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 5, 2020

Adult Health

Cancer diagnoses have plummeted amid the COVID-19 pandemic – and doctors are worried

The average weekly number of newly diagnosed cancer patients fell by an astounding 46.4% among the six most common cancer types during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Quest Diagnostics analysis. Breast, colorectal, lung, gastric, pancreatic and esophageal cancer diagnoses all fell by at least 24%.

August 4, 2020

Children's Health

CDC fears resurgence of rare, polio-like disease in children

The CDC is anticipating an outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis, a rare, polio-like illness that causes limb weakness. The illness mostly affects children. In its most severe forms it can lead to permanent paralysis or death. If current trends persist, an outbreak will occur in the 2020 fall.

August 4, 2020

Mental Health

Vitamin D supplements don't reduce depression risk in adults, according to new study

While vitamin D supplementation provides important health benefits, reducing the risk of depression isn't one of them, according to the latest research. Some earlier studies have suggested that low levels of vitamin D, often referred to as the "sunshine vitamin," were linked to a greater risk of depression later in life, but direct causation was never proven. These new findings show that the risk of depression or depressive symptoms wasn't significantly different between those who received vitamin D supplements and those given placebos. No significant differences were observed in mood scores, either.

August 4, 2020

Health Stories

Philly warehouse worker beats severe COVID-19 with experimental treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Abiomed's Impella heart pump in conjunction with an oxygen machine for emergency use in COVID-19 patients with heart and lung failure, the company said Tuesday. The experimental treatment saved the life of Devan Smith, a Philadelphia warehouse worker.

August 3, 2020

Senior Health

Eli Lilly launching COVID-19 treatment trial in nursing homes

U.S. pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly is launching a Phase 3 clinical trial on LY-CoV555, an experimental COVID-19 antibody treatment. The study will enroll 2,400 participants from nursing homes with recent COVID-19 cases. It aims to determine whether the drug can be given as a preventive measure.

August 3, 2020

Children's Health

Youth with diabetes more likely to stick to CGM if they're involved in the decision, CHOP study finds

Continuous glucose monitoring devices can help youth with type 1 or type 2 diabetes better control their blood sugar levels. But getting them to use the devices consistently can be challenging. A CHOP study finds that youth who are involved in the decision to use a CGM device are more likely to be using them consistently two months later.

July 30, 2020

Senior Health

New blood test can detect Alzheimer's 20 years before symptoms show, study finds

A new blood test for Alzheimer's disease is as accurate as more expensive brain scans and spinal taps, according to new research presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference. It also can detect the disorder 20 years before symptoms appear.

July 29, 2020

Illness

Stroke risk among COVID-19 patients may be lower than previously thought

Most COVID-19 patients who experienced a stroke in three Philadelphia hospitals had pre-existing risk factors, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, according to a study by Penn Medicine. Researchers found the overall stroke risk to be low among hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

July 29, 2020

Adult Health

Cinnamon supplements may slow advancement of type 2 diabetes

Taking a cinnamon supplement for 12 weeks improved fasting blood sugar levels and glucose tolerance in people with prediabetes, according to a new study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society. Researchers believe the supplement may help slow the progression of type 2 diabetes.

July 28, 2020

Health News

Penn Medicine hospitals again named among nation's best by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report named the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center among the best hospitals in the United States. Both Penn Medicine and Jefferson Health had several specialties ranked among the nation's best.

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