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 15, 2021

Prevention

A COVID-19 vaccine for children inches closer as AstraZeneca launches trial

The University of Oxford and AstraZeneca are the latest COVID-19 vaccine developers to study the safety and effectiveness of their vaccine in children. Pfizer and Moderna already have launched clinical trials among children ages 12 and older. AstraZeneca's vaccine will be tested on children 6-17 — the youngest group yet.

February 15, 2021

Prevention

Winter months hold the most risk for carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, muscle weakness, chest pain, confusion and loss of consciousness. The winter months can be particularly dangerous because cold temperatures force heating systems to run for hours, increasing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

February 10, 2021

Children's Health

Antibodies from childhood colds don't offer protection against COVID-19, Penn study finds

Previous exposure to seasonal coronaviruses — like those that cause the common cold — does not reduce the severity of COVID-19 or offer protection against the novel coronavirus, new research from the University of Pennsylvania shows.

February 10, 2021

Adult Health

More Americans adults are developing peanut allergies than previously believed

More than 17% of adults with peanut allergies developed them after childhood — a larger percentage than previously believed, a Northwestern University study finds. Symptoms include hives or redness, an itching or tingling in the mouth or throat, nausea or vomiting, tightening of the throat and wheezing.

February 8, 2021

Prevention

AstraZeneca adapting COVID-19 vaccine to neutralize emerging variants

AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine provides minimal protection against mild illness caused by the South African variant. AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford are adapting their vaccine to neutralize emerging coronavirus variants.

February 8, 2021

Illness

U.K. coronavirus variant rapidly advancing through the United States

New cases of the U.K. coronavirus variant are doubling almost every 10 days in the United States — evidence that backs up the CDC's warning about increased community transmission.

February 4, 2021

Mental Health

Personalized screenings may help detect teens at risk of suicide, researchers say

Michigan Medicine researchers have developed a personalized screening tool that they say is more effective at detecting youth, ages 12 to 17, at high risk of attempting suicide. The CASSY screening not only asks adolescents about suicidal thoughts, but also examines other factors that might put them at risk, including sleep problems, trouble concentrating in school, depression and feelings of hopelessness.

February 3, 2021

Prevention

Is it better to wear two face masks in public? Here's what the experts say

Some infectious disease experts are suggesting two face masks are better than one during the COVID-19 pandemic, though there isn't yet any hard data showing the strategy is more effective than a single mask.

February 2, 2021

Children's Health

Penn State researchers identifying children most prone to screen overuse

Children who frequently act out in kindergarten are more likely to become heavy users of online technologies, like online gaming, social media networks and messaging apps, by the end of fifth grade, a Penn State University study found. Researchers are trying to identify the groups most vulnerable to becoming frequent screen users.

February 2, 2021

Prevention

Delaying colonoscopy after abnormal stool test increases risk of colorectal cancer, VA study finds

Many patients wait too long to get a colonoscopy after an abnormal stool blood test. Such delays increase the risk for colorectal cancer, according to a Veterans Affairs study. Researches say guidelines need to be adopted to provide patients with a more definite timetable to get their colonoscopies.

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