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

January 14, 2020

Health News

WHO warns hospitals worldwide about possible spread of new coronavirus

The World Health Organization is preparing for the possibility of wider outbreak of the new coronavirus that has infected dozens of people in China. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory urging American travelers to Wuhan City to take precaution.

January 14, 2020

Adult Health

People age in at least 4 different styles, Stanford study finds

Stanford University scientists have found that people age along at least four different biological pathways, called ageotypes. Making behavioral changes, like losing weight or eating a healthier diet, may slow the aging process.

January 13, 2020

Fitness

You can get a workout by watching a movie – if you're at the theater

Watching a film at the cinema can raise moviegoers' heart rates to levels associated with light cardiovascular workouts, according to a study by researchers at University College London.

January 13, 2020

Illness

Influenza B is the dominant flu strain for first time in almost 30 years, CDC says

Influenza B is responsible for most of the reported flu illnesses, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This particular strain hasn't caused this much trouble for 27 years. Influenza B is hitting children the hardest and is particularly active in the Louisiana area where there have been reports of severe illnesses and one death. This flu season started in July in Louisiana and other parts of the United States, which is earlier than the expected October start.

January 13, 2020

Health News

Flyers tap Penn Medicine as their official health system

The Philadelphia Flyers named Penn Medicine as the official health system for the team and the Wells Fargo Center. The new partnership also makes Penn the preferred medical care provider for front office employees at Comcast Spectator.

January 7, 2020

Women's Health

Another study fails to find definitive link between talc powder and ovarian cancer, despite lawsuits alleging it exists

Researchers found no definitive link between talc powder and ovarian cancer, according to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings come as Johnson & Johnson faces thousands of lawsuits alleging its baby powder causes cancer.

January 7, 2020

Men's Health

Zinc and folic acid supplements do not improve male fertility

Dietary supplements containing zinc and folic acid do not improve sperm count, shape and movement, according to a NIH study on male fertility.

January 7, 2020

Fitness

Running a marathon may reduce effects of aging, study finds

Running a marathon may reduce the effects of aging and help people live longer, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Marathon training may reduce age-related stiffness in the aorta and reduce blood pressure.

January 6, 2020

Men's Health

Men with testicular cancer may only need one round of chemo, study says

One dose of chemotherapy for men being treated for testicular cancer appears to be as effective at combating the disease as two doses – and results in fewer long-term side effects – according to a new study by researchers overseas.

January 6, 2020

Senior Health

New blood test can improve triage for elderly concussion patients

A recently FDA-approved blood test can help speed up diagnosis of brain tissue damage in older concussion patients, according to a study published in the American Association for Clinical Chemistry's Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine.

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