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

February 26, 2020

Children's Health

Premature infants are at greatest risk for developing cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability among children. Risk factors include premature birth and low birth weight. Early signs include missing milestones, like sitting up or walking. Treatment often takes a multidisciplinary approach.

February 24, 2020

Illness

New sickle cell disease treatments are helping people live longer – and giving them a higher quality of life

Sickle cell disease is an inherited red blood cell disorder that affects about 100,000 Americans, mostly of African or Hispanic descent. Treatment advancements are both expanding life expectancy and giving people a higher quality of life. Symptoms of the disease, often diagnosed at birth, include jaundice, fatigue and swelling of the hands and feet.

February 24, 2020

Women's Health

Radiation may cause triple-negative breast cancer to keep growing

Triple-negative breast cancer may grow after patients undergo radiation treatments, according to a study by ChristianaCare in Delaware. Inflammation caused by the radiation causes stem cells to act more aggressively.

February 21, 2020

Caregiving

Caregivers need to focus on their own health too, CDC emphasizes

Caregivers help sick or elderly loved ones remain independent in their homes for as long as possible. But the CDC is concerned that they may be jeopardizing their own health to do so.

February 21, 2020

Prevention

The current flu shot appears more effective than last season's vaccine

The 2019-2020 flu shot appears to be more effective than the previous vaccination, according to a midseason estimate released by the CDC. Flu season began with an unexpected surge in influenza B infections and activity remains high across the United States.

February 19, 2020

Health News

Arthritis pain reliever Voltaren to be sold over the counter

Voltaren Arthritis Pain, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory topical gel, has been approved for over-the-counter sales by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The drug, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, has been available via prescription since 2007.

February 18, 2020

Parenting

To help infants avoid asthma, go easy on the cleaning – at least for a bit

The chemicals found in common cleaning supplies, like multi-surface cleaners, glass cleaners and hand dishwashing soap, my increase an baby's risk of developing asthma and wheeze as toddler, according to a study published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

February 18, 2020

Women's Health

Struggling to eliminate the sweets? Try getting some more sleep

Women who struggle to sleep well also tend to binge on junk food, according to a new study from researchers at Columbia University's Irving Medical Center. The study analyzed the dietary and sleep habits of nearly 500 women, examining sleep quality, insomnia and the length of time it takes to fall asleep.

February 17, 2020

Health News

What is a pandemic – and will the coronavirus outbreak become one? Health experts weigh in

What's the definition of a pandemic? And will the coronavirus become one? The term is a nebulous one, but health experts say COVID-19 must become more widespread before the World Health Organization declares it a pandemic.

February 14, 2020

Health News

Medtronic recalling 322,000 defective insulin pumps

Medtronic is recalling more than 322,000 MiniMed insulin pumps. The defective pumps may cause serious injury or death to the diabetics that rely on the devices to regulate their disease.

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