Tracey Romero

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Tracey Romero is a Philadelphia-based health and science journalist. Her work has appeared in Cardiology Today, Orthopedics This Week and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She loves to write about the personal side of medicine. Follow her on Twitter @trarom.

tracey@phillyvoice.com

August 2, 2021

Health News

New lupus drug with fewer side effects approved by FDA

A new drug for the treatment of adult patients with moderate to severe cases of the most common type of lupus was approved Monday by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration. AstraZeneca's Saphnelo produces fewer side effects than standard treatments and is effective against severe disease, and the medicine's approval is causing excitement in the lupus community.

August 2, 2021

Illness

It's mosquito season: Know how to protect yourself from West Nile Virus

West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself.

July 28, 2021

Healthy Eating

Updated food labels now provide clearer understanding of what people are eating

Packaged food products must include new nutrition facts labels that are designed to make it easier for consumers to make informed food choices. The FDA has made changes to the way manufacturers must label serving sizes, calories and nutrients on their packages, among other amendments.

July 27, 2021

Parenting

Many parents won't vaccinate young kids due to safety concerns, poll finds

How likely are parents to vaccinate their children against COVID-19? A national poll conducted by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital found 51% of parents with children ages 3-11 are unlikely to vaccinated their children. They citied concerns about the shots' safety and efficacy.

July 27, 2021

Health News

Penn Medicine hospitals climb higher on the U.S. News & World Report rankings

The top hospitals in Pennsylvania are the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. The publication also ranked the Penn Medicine enterprise as the 13th best hospital in the United States.

July 26, 2021

Prevention

Visiting a petting zoo? Prevent animal-borne illnesses by taking precautions

Petting zoos make a fun family activity during the summer, but animals can carry diseases that make people sick — and children are particularly at risk. To prevent diseases like salmonella and E. coli, make sure to wash hands thoroughly after touching animals. Don't eat or drink near animals. And keep objects, like pacifiers, out of kids' mouths.

July 26, 2021

Wellness

Sleep talking is quite common, but it can hint at a bigger health problem

Most people sleep talk at least once in their lives. For most, it's a harmless, but sometimes embarrassing, episode. But for some people, sleep talking can be a sign of a more serious health condition, like sleep apnea, REM sleep behavior disorder or post-traumatic stress order. Specialists offer tips for improving sleep hygiene.

July 23, 2021

Children's Health

CHOP pediatric center adds interactive murals that foster creativity

Picture This!, a new project at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, reimagines patient waiting rooms. Interactive murals use play to foster learning and creativity while families wait to see a doctor. The first murals have been installed at the Karabots Pediatric Care Center in West Philly.

July 23, 2021

Children's Health

Biologics an emerging treatment for serious childhood arthritis cases, CHOP study finds

Childhood arthritis affects more than 300,000 children in the U.S. About 10-20% of them have systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis, a form historically treated with corticosteroids. But new research suggests biologics may reduce the need for steroids, which cause long-term side effects.

July 22, 2021

Children's Health

Ulnar collateral ligament injuries still on the rise in young baseball pitchers

Despite national guidelines for safe pitching, ulnar collateral ligament injury and the need for Tommy John surgery has been on the rise for decades in youth baseball. Arm overuse injuries are not just an issue for collegiate and professional baseball players.

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