Tracey Romero


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.

January 26, 2021


Brazilian coronavirus variant detected in the U.S.

Minnesota Department of Health officials have identified the first U.S. case of the Brazilian coronavirus variant. The variant is believed to be more transmissible, but not thought to cause more severe illness. However, scientists fear COVID-19 vaccines may be less effective against the variant.

January 26, 2021

Healthy Eating

New approaches are needed to help teens eat enough vegetables, CDC says

Only 2% of high school students consume the daily recommended amount of vegetables, according to a new CDC report. Only 7.11% of them eat enough fruit. Here are some tips for ensuring teenagers adopt healthy eating habits.

January 25, 2021


Even when in remission, cancer can put you at higher risk for severe COVID-19

All cancer patients are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 complications — including those whose disease is in remission, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania. Previous research had focused on patients with active disease, but the latest research suggests patients in remission also should take significant precautions to avoid exposure to the coronavirus.

January 25, 2021

Women's Health

Entering menopause before age 40 often results in more severe symptoms

Women who enter menopause before turning 40 — a condition known as premature ovarian insufficiency — often experience more severe symptoms, including mood swings, vaginal dryness, decreased libido and painful intercourse, researchers found.

January 25, 2021


U.K. coronavirus variant may be more deadly, new data suggests

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reviewing data that suggests the U.K. coronavirus variant actually may be more deadlier than other variants.

January 25, 2021

Health News

Merck halts development of COVID-19 vaccine candidates

Merck has ceased development of its two COVID-19 vaccine candidates because they failed to generate a sufficient immune response. Instead, the pharmaceutical company plans to focus on two promising drug therapies.

January 21, 2021

Mental Health

Doorway study illustrates how anorexia changes body awareness

The eating disorder anorexia affects a person's unconscious body awareness too. A study conducted by Ruhr University Bochum in Germany found people with anorexia tended to turn their shoulders to the side when walking through wide doorways.

January 20, 2021


Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine protects against U.K. variant, research shows

Pfizer and BioNTech released new data showing their COVID-19 vaccine protects against the coronavirus variant first identified in the United Kingdom.

January 19, 2021

Adult Health

Many Black and Hispanic Americans lack confidence in access to COVID-19 vaccines, treatments

More Black and Hispanic Americans lack confidence in their access to equal health care during the COVID-19 pandemic than their white counterparts, according to a new Quest Diagnostics Health Trends analysis. The divide stems from a mistrust rooted in structural racism and the United States' history of unethical medical research.

January 19, 2021


Post-COVID recovery clinics offer continuing care to 'long-haulers'

Penn Medicine and other health care systems have opened post-COVID recovery clinics to better understand why some people have long-term complications from the coronavirus.

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