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

November 16, 2020

Healthy Eating

Prescription fish oil doesn't improve heart health – and may even harm it

A Cleveland Clinic-led clinical trial has stopped early because prescription fish oil supplements failed to show any substantial heart health benefits and increased the risk of atrial fibrillation.

November 16, 2020

Prevention

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine also highly effective, early results show

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective, early results show. It is the second coronavirus vaccine candidate to show promising results within a week. Pfizer's vaccine showed a 90% effective rate. Both could receive an emergency use authorization from the FDA this year.

November 16, 2020

Children's Health

Antibiotic use before age 2 may lead to health issues later in childhood

Children who receive antibiotics before age 2 are more likely to develop asthma, allergic rhinitis, weight issues and obesity, food allergies, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, celiac disease and atopic dermatitis later in childhood, according to a new study by the Mayo Clinic.

November 11, 2020

Prevention

Face masks protect the people wearing them too, new CDC guidance states

New face mask guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention acknowledge that they protect the people who wear them and the people around them. The federal agency also backs universal masking policies, noting they reduce the spread of the coronavirus and can avert future shutdowns.

November 11, 2020

Adult Health

Telemedicine can reduce wait times for highly-sought dermatology visits

Using telemedicine services reduced the wait time for dermatology consults from nearly 84 days to less than 5 hours, according to a study by the University of Pennsylvania and Independence Blue Cross. Researches say telehealth can accelerate health care access by getting around infrastructure barriers.

November 11, 2020

Illness

Limiting capacity at restaurants, stores could drastically reduce COVID-19 spread, study suggests

The vast majority of COVID-19 cases last spring stemmed from crowded, indoor venues like restaurants, gyms, hotels, houses of worship and cafés, according to a study conducted by Stanford and Northwestern universities. Implementing capacity limits could dramatically reduce the spread of the coronavirus, they suggested.

November 10, 2020

Wellness

New wellness app, VetTriage, aims to boost veterans' health through resiliency

The new VetTriage wellness app aims to help veterans overcome employment, financial and health challenges by building resiliency. Many vets suffer from PTSD, substance abuse or depression. The free app was developed by Brendan McNichol, a U.S. Army veteran who founded the Hoplite Resilience Center.

November 10, 2020

Illness

Lilly's COVID-19 antibody treatment gets nod from FDA for emergency use

Eli Lilly's COVID-19 treatment, bamlanivimab, is the first monoclonal antibody therapy to receive an emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat coronavirus patients. The therapy, intended to be given to patients suffering mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms, has been shown to prevent hospitalizations and emergency room visits.

November 9, 2020

Prevention

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine has higher effectiveness rate than expected

A COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech has a 90% effectiveness rate, according to early data from a Phase 3 trial. Scientists reacted with excitement, but several questions remain to be answered. It is unclear whether it can prevent severe COVID-19 cases and its unknown how long its protection will last.

November 9, 2020

Health News

Penn's Ezekiel Emanuel tapped to help guide Biden's COVID-19 response

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, an oncologist and vice provost at the University of Pennsylvania, will serve one the COVID-19 Advisory Board that will inform President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on the coronavirus pandemic as they transition to the White House.

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