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They Will Surf Again: Life rolls on after spinal cord injurySurfer Jesse Billauer’s life took an unexpected turn in March of 1996 when he landed headfirst into a sandbar while surfing at Zuma Beach in California.Philly.com - June 16, 2015
Infection prevention and housekeeping: A collaboration of equalsThe goals, duties and responsibilities of infection prevention don't solely reside with infection preventions and clinicians focused on quality initiatives.Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality - June 15, 2015
How Baby Friendly is getting more Phila. moms to breastfeedIn 1989, an international panel of experts called attention to the irony that health workers were preventing many newborns from getting the healthiest possible food - mother's milk.Philly.com - June 14, 2015
MossRehab Staff to Help Surfers with Disabilities in Wildwood Crest, NJFor the fourth year in a row, MossRehab, the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient physical and cognitive rehabilitation in the Philadelphia region, will officially sponsor and send a volunteer corps of rehab therapists, doctors, nurses and supporters to They Will Surf Again, a free, one-day event that gets people with spinal cord injuries into the ocean and riding waves with the help of volunteers and special, adaptive surf boards. MossRehab is also encouraging patients and former patients to participate.ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners - June 3, 2015
Medical facilities weigh including mental health records in digital patient filesDr. Julie Massey, Chief Medical Information Officer for Einstein Healthcare Network, was interviewed by WHYY-FM's behavioral health reporter, about what hospitals, including Einstein, are doing to incorporate patients' mental and behavioral health records into their electronic medical record (EMR).Newsworks - May 26, 2015
Einstein docs take national honors againThose brainy docs at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia have done it again. For the fourth consecutive year, they are the nation’s medical Jeopardy! champs. The team of internal medicine residents took top honors at the American College of Physicians’ medical Jeopardy!-style competition, “Doctor’s Dilemma.”Philly.com - May 8, 2015
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Life Rolls On.
Einstein Medical Center Montgomery Opens
It was an act of kindness that probably seemed like such a small thing at the time, but to Laura Bickle it sums up everything she believes about what being an employee of Einstein really means.
Bickle, Einstein director of development communications, learned about that moment of generosity in a letter.
Not all that long ago, she says, a woman taking her 84-year-old father to a medical appointment experienced a partial brake failure in the middle of Broad Street, right in front of the medical center.
She managed to drive the car into the medical center driveway at Broad and Tabor, where she was met by an Einstein staff member, who helped the man and his daughter into the lobby and called a cab for them.
He helped each one of them into the cab when it arrived, and found a safe place to park their car.
No matter how long and dreadful Philly winters seem to have become, chances are pretty good that the time for snow shoveling injuries is over.
OK, seriously, now is the time for illnesses and injuries that are far more typically associated with warm weather than cold weather.
“As winter turns into spring, we see illnesses like acute asthma exacerbation triggered by allergies,” says emergency physician Maria Halluska-Handy, MD, medical director of Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park. “Later on, we’ll see heat-related illnesses. This is also the time of year where we might see people who were at the same event come down with food-related illnesses.”
Bites and stings from other insects also might prompt a visit to the emergency room—and for people with severe allergies to insect stings, they can be a life-threatening emergency.
What types of warm-weather illnesses or injuries merit a trip to the emergency department? How can you avoid them?
It had been a good 10 years since Alysse Einbender had been in the ocean. That was before the spinal stroke in 2004 that left her paralyzed below the ribcage.
On Sunday, she was back on the board——riding a wave back to the beach at Wildwood Crest, enwreathed in a cloud of spray, with a broad, excited smile on her face. The board soared through a chute of volunteers ready to leap to her aid if she ran into trouble.
“It was great,” she said after her ride, the smile still very much in place. “It was like no time had passed.”
Einbender was one of about 48 persons with disabilities who took part in They Will Surf Again, a free, one-day event sponsored for the fourth year by MossRehab on what turned out to be a picture-perfect day on the beach at Wildwood Crest. Three hundred volunteers joined the effort, including 35 from MossRehab.
Women require about 46 grams of protein a day, and men need about 56 grams.
It’s easy to meet these requirements with just a few servings of the delicious plant-based foods below.
Diet can make or break your sports performance. Here's how to start eating like a top athlete today.Think of your body as a high-end luxury car and your food as the gasoline. Your body is a complex of many moving parts, and your body needs premium “gas” to run most efficiently and effectively.These six amazing foods will keep your engine running:
Quinoa: Quinoa is a gluten-free grain loaded with complex carbohydrates and protein. This special combination of macronutrients makes it perfect for eating both before and after workouts. In one serving (1/2 cup) of quinoa, you’ll also get about half of your daily magnesium intake, which can help support bone and heart health, making it perfect for athletes.
Lyme disease is a particular threat in Pennsylvania this year, because disease-bearing ticks have been found in all of the state’s 67 counties. The State Health Department began an awareness campaign last month, called “Don’t Let a Tick Make You Sick.” Robert Fischer, MD, is doubly qualified to talk about Lyme disease: he’s an infectious disease doc at Einstein Healthcare Network and he once had Lyme disease and didn’t know it.
Dr. Fischer woke up one day years ago “feeling like death warmed over,” he said. He had a severe headache, a fever of 102 and ached all over. Dr. Fischer thought he had the flu or a wicked sinus infection, and he missed several days of work at Einstein.
“After five days, I started feeling better so I went to take a shower,” he said. “As I’m toweling off, I see I have bright red blotches all over my body. At that point, I realized I have Lyme disease.”
And no, he didn’t have a red bulls-eye rash, the symptom that’s been cited as evidence of Lyme. “Typically, it’s a big red blotch,” he said, and only one third of the time does the rash appear to be a bulls-eye.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf visited MossRehab in Elkins Park last week, pursuing his interest in advancements in medicine using robotics and high technology.
Joined by State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, Wolf met with senior officials from Einstein Healthcare Network, and then received a tour led by Alberto Esquenazi, MD, MossRehab's chief medical officer.
The highlight of the tour was a demonstration of ReWalk, a robotic exoskeleton pioneered at MossRehab that enables patients with lower limb disabilities—including complete paralysis—to independently stand and walk.
Hitting the links this Father's Day? Our own Dr. Brett Sweitzer, an Orthopaedics Sports Medicine expert, can keep your day fun and injury-free.
Dr. Sweitzer's advice:
As many dads and their kids flock to the golf course on Father's Day, many for their only round of the year, it’s important they keep in mind a few simple tips on how to avoid common golf injuries.
Though golf is often perceived as being a “safe” sport with little risk for injury, many recreational golfers will suffer injuries if they do not use proper technique.
The most commonly injured areas of the body in golfers are the back (strains, herniated discs), shoulder (tendonitis, rotator cuff tears), and elbow (golfer’s elbow).
Most acute injuries occur during a single traumatic swing during which sudden pain occurs, such as hitting the hard ground “fat” or taking an awkward shot from the rough.
Society often teaches men to keep their emotions in check and their feelings to themselves. But living such a buttoned-down life can wreak havoc with mental well-being. The following are some top tips to protect your mental health.
The surfboard is totally awesome, and the dude who built it is really stoked.
Nine feet long, 22 inches at its widest point, and three-and-a-half to five inches thick, this board is big and sturdy. It has to be. Board maker Luke Alvarez painstakingly crafted it in his shop in Tuckerton, N.J., for a specific purpose: to give persons with disabilities an opportunity to catch a wave and rush to shore with the roar of the water echoing in their ears.
That day will come on Sunday, June 21, when persons with disabilities from throughout the region will take to the waves for They Will Surf Again, a free, one-day annual event on the beach at Rambler Road in Wildwood Crest. MossRehab is sponsoring the event, and sending a crowd of volunteers. The volunteers perform crucial roles. They help surfers in and out of wetsuits, on and off boards, in and out of chairs—and most important of all, form lines out in the water between the surf breaks and the beach to help any surfers who might fall off their boards, and help them get back on.
“I’m ridiculously excited,” says Alvarez, owner of Generic Brand Surfboards, who presented the custom board to representatives from MossRehab Wednesday at Carusi Middle School in Cherry Hill, N.J., where he teaches 7th grade. “I’m totally thrilled to be doing it.”