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

October 14, 2020

Illness

Blood type may make some people less vulnerable to COVID-19, growing evidence suggests

A pair of studies published in Blood Advances add to the evidence that people with blood type O may be less susceptible to COVID-19. Danish researchers found people with blood type O were less vulnerable to a coronavirus infection. Canadian researchers found they were less likely to require mechanical ventilation or kidney dialysis.

October 14, 2020

Health News

Safety concerns temporarily halt Eli Lilly's COVID-19 antibody therapy trial

The phase 3 trial evaluating Eli Lilly's COVID-19 antibody therapy has been paused by the National Institutes of Health due to safety concerns. It is unclear whether the concerns stem from the group that received the treatment or the participants who were given a placebo. The monoclonal antibody is synthetically made to strengthen the immune system's response to the coronavirus.

October 13, 2020

Illness

NIH study confirms remdesivir shortens COVID-19 recovery time

Remdesivir has quickly become the standard treatment for patients with severe coronavirus infections. The antiviral medication shortens COVID-19 recovery time by five days, according to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health. The findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

October 13, 2020

Children's Health

CHOP opens gender and sexuality development clinic in New Jersey

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia opened a new gender and sexuality development clinic at the Voorhees Specialty Care Center in New Jersey. The clinic, the second launched by CHOP, aims to provide youth and families with affirming and comprehensive gender care.

October 13, 2020

Addiction

College students are drinking less alcohol, but smoking more weed

Alcohol abstinence increased and the prevalence of alcohol use disorder dropped among young Americans between 2002 and 2018, a study conducted by the University of Michigan and Texas State University finds. Marijuana use increased during that same time period. Researchers suggest different intervention strategies be adopted to address co-misuse.

October 12, 2020

Women's Health

Breast cancer treatment advancements, early detection are saving lives

Breast cancer rates have dropped 40% since 1989, thanks to improved screenings and advancements in treatment. Still, 42,000 U.S. women still die of the illness every year. Philly cancer experts explain the steps women can take to catch breast cancer early.

October 8, 2020

Adult Health

Is early physical therapy better for lower back pain? The answer is complicated

Early physical therapy has been touted as an alternative treatment to pain relief medications. Some recent studies suggest it can help alleviate lower back pain, but it's not a 'magic bullet' for everybody, researchers say.

October 7, 2020

Health News

The FDA's new COVID-19 vaccine criteria tries to 'balance' safety and speed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is instructing COVID-19 vaccine makers to monitor study participants for at least two months for adverse reactions before submitting a vaccine for emergency use authorization. That timeline makes it unlikely a coronavirus vaccine will be authorized by Election Day.

October 6, 2020

Children's Health

Vitamin D may protect unborn babies from childhood high blood pressure

Prenatal vitamin D exposure may reduce the risk of childhood high blood pressure. A Johns Hopkins study finds children born with relatively high levels of vitamin D were less likely to have high blood pressure – even if their mother had preeclampsia.

October 6, 2020

Adult Health

Adults also susceptible to serious inflammatory syndrome after COVID-19

More than 1,000 children have been affected by MIS-C – multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children – following a coronavirus infection. The CDC says a similar condition also is affecting adults. At least 27 adults have developed MIS-A – multisystem inflammatory syndrome in adults.

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