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For 60 years, hospital heroines and best friendsFor upward of six decades, Goldie and Gladys have worked to raise funds for the Women's League for Medical Research to benefit Einstein. They've managed to raise $2.8 million for cardiovascular, pulmonary and renal care.Philly.com - May 8, 2016
Einstein Montgomery maternity ward receives special recognitionEinstein Medical Center Montgomery earned a special maternity designation by offering family-centered care, a robust lactation program for new mothers, ongoing staff training, measuring the quality of care provided and meeting requirements for cost efficiency.The Times Herald - May 7, 2016
Einstein's Volunteer Program Contagious with GenerosityWith a collective 36,200 hours of caring service completed at Einstein Healthcare Network in the last year, these volunteers deserved a little recognition. Jewish Exponent - April 27, 2016
Einstein study shows how most-hospitalized patients often face threat of hungerEinstein surveyed 40 patients who had been hospitalized at least three times in the past year. The majority of them were dealing with six or more chronic conditions at the same time, like diabetes or kidney disease, and the average age was 60 years. Philly Voice - April 20, 2016
Einstein Medical Center First in Philadelphia to Offer New Technology for Breast Cancer PatientsEinstein Medical Center Philadelphia is the first hospital in Philadelphia to offer brand new technology to help breast surgeons achieve clear margins during lumpectomy.Philadelphia Medicine - Spring 2016
Einstein Healthcare Network Celebrates 150 years of Compassionate CareEinstein Healthcare Network marks its 150th anniversary in 2016 with a year of events, including an anniversary bash with a performance by legendary singer Diana Ross and hosted by award-winning stage and screen actor Jason Alexander.Philadelphia Medicine - Spring 2016
Innovative Tool Enhances Breast Cancer CareSurgeons at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia are using a new device to detect cancer cells during lumpectomies, reducing the risk of repeat operations by up to 50 percent.America's Essential Hospitals - March 30, 2016
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Life Rolls On.
Einstein Medical Center Montgomery Opens
If you’re on Medicare, one thing that you might not know is this: The drug plan that might be appropriate to your needs might not work for your spouse.
Maybe that sounds like common sense, but Medicare isn’t always easy to navigate, if for no other reason than that there are so many moving parts—literally, Parts A, B, C and D—covering a range of services from hospital care to tests to doctor visits to prescription medications and more. The potential for a bad choice when choosing a drug plan is one example of many.
There’s a lot to sort out and keep straight, and most people aren’t experts when it comes to these issues. And think about it: If you’ve just turned 65, is that when you want to start making costly mistakes with your health insurance?
Thankfully, help is near at hand in the form of APPRISE, a free state health insurance counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries, and you can find it at Einstein.
Ruth Lefton has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, home of the largest independent academic medical center in the Philadelphia region; Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park, a full-service medical and surgical specialty hospital; MossRehab, a world-renowned provider of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative programs; and Willowcrest, a short-term subacute rehabilitation and nursing facility with a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Lefton has been part of Einstein Healthcare Network for more than 20 years, having served as Chief Operating Officer for MossRehab, Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park, and Willowcrest for the past 14 years, and prior to that, she was Assistant Vice President for MossRehab.
“Ruth is a tremendous asset to our organization, having guided MossRehab and other clinical services through substantial growth in recent years,” says Barry R. Freedman, President and Chief Executive Officer for Einstein Healthcare Network. “I am confident that Ruth’s strong leadership abilities and her deep commitment to our patients, employees and physicians will serve us well.”
(Pictured from left: Rita, Stephen, Bob and Stephanie Murken)
It started on March 27, Easter Sunday, with what seemed like a bad case of the flu. Though he could not have known it at the time, Roxborough attorney Bob Murken was about to come dangerously close to death.
“It was nondescript,” Murken, 41, recalls. “It wasn’t clear what was going on. I had a big fever and I just felt terrible and I went to bed. When I got up the next morning, I didn’t want to go to work—and it takes a lot to keep me from going to work. (Murken is director of legislative affairs in Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney’s office.) I was just taking Advil and taking my temperature and staying in bed, figuring I’d get over it. I started getting these really high fevers—like 103 and 104.”
Murken called his doctor, who told him to keep in touch and to call back if his symptoms didn’t improve. And then she asked: Do you have any other symptoms?
Make the most of your fresh tomatoes and basil in this colorful healthy salad. Perfect for summer, this tomato, basil and avocado salad is an easy side dish. It is also heart-healthy, diabetes-friendly and gluten-free.
Caption: Pokemon visitations at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia.
Pokémon Go, a free smartphone game already downloaded 15 million times since its release on July 6, has a lot of people scouring the real world for battling creatures who up to this point have only inhabited the world of fantasy. And more than a few gamers have earned real-world battle scars of their own.
The Pokémon Go app allows smartphone users to find, catch and train the monsters—with names like Bulbasaur, Charmander, and the best-known, Pikachu. Where are the monsters? They’re everywhere. They pop up on your smartphone screen as you walk about, superimposed on a stylized map of the real world.
The game is incredibly involving—so involving that players are walking off curbs or into telephone poles (or worse) because they’re more focused on their smartphone screens than their surroundings. Reports of injuries, some serious, abound on social media and in the press—including a report of two men who fell off a cliff in California.
Physical activity is as important for kids as it is for adults. Here are a few fun activities that the entire family can enjoy together this summer.
1. No Pool Necessary - When the weather heats up, a dip in the pool is a great way to cool down, but if you don't have access to one, don't worry, try out one of these fun games involving water. Play the classic Hot Potato game but this time use a water balloon. Someone is going to get wet! Another one we enjoy only requires a hose and some imagination. Spray the water straight out and play a little Water Hose Limbo. Add some fun music and the whole group will keep moving.
2. Play Ball - Sure, Baseball is often thought of as a classic summer sport, but if your team wants to get active in a different way, grab any round ball you have and play a family game of Kickball. Even the big kids will get into it. After you've run the bases for awhile, toss a frisbee around and see who has the best backhand, or for the experts among us, maybe even a hammer throw.
3. Outdoor Gym - Have fun taking turns playing the role of a personal trainer. Get the group outside and try out a few exercises, no equipment needed. When it's your turn, you have one minute to callout the next exercise everyone has to do. Think the group can handle 10 jumping jacks, followed by a set of mountain climbers? Find out.
4. The Classics - Find a spot and rotate through a couple of classic schoolyard games such as Simon Says, What Time Is It Mr. Fox, or setup your finish line and teach the little ones Red Light, Green Light.
5. Nature Scavenger Hunt - Create a list of easy (or maybe not so easy) items that can be found outside in your yard, or at the park, and see who collects the items first. Maybe it's 2 kinds of leaves, or something round, or an acorn. By mixing it up, everyone has a chance to complete the list in a different way.
6. Walk, Run, Bike - Exercise comes in many different forms, so think about finding the nearest trail and enjoy a nice walk, or grab your bikes and head out on an adventure.
Here’s an easy, healthy salad for a summer brunch that is heart-healthy, diabetes-friendly and (with the appropriate substitutions) gluten-free.
Pink grapefruit gives the shrimp a citrus spark. Fresh mint and avocado top it off with great flavor and healthy fat.
Sheila Adkins was halfway through her devastating chemotherapy treatment—unable to eat, walk, work, consumed by exhaustion, weakness and pain—when, one day, she looked at her oncologist and said: “Someday, doc, you and I are going to dance.”
It may have been false bravado, a desperate expression of hope, because the promise was unlikely to be kept: Sheila had stage 4 stomach cancer that had already spread to her liver, and the powerful treatment had rendered her an invalid. But here she was a year and a half later, back to work, making the keynote speech at a recent Cancer Survivor’s Day Celebration sponsored by Einstein Medical Center Montgomery.
William Biermann, MD, her physician, was in the audience of survivors, their families and friends, and the nurses and other physicians from Einstein Montgomery who brought them back to health. The fact that Adkins could walk to the podium at all showed just how far she’d come.
Think about the last time you had to wait for something. Perhaps you were stuck in traffic, waiting to hear about a new job or looking forward to a vacation. You may have been a little impatient, anxious, or excited, but those emotions were short-lived—so was your wait.
Now imagine what it’s like to wait for a life-changing organ, eye or tissue donation. For the thousands of Americans on the national organ transplant waiting list, the wait can be excruciating. Every 10 minutes, another name is added to the list.
Nearly all Americans are aware of the benefits of organ donation, but less than half of them are registered organ donors. Why are so many people reluctant to donate?
Two of the main reasons are:
These concerns are simply not true.
A lean source of protein with monounsaturated fats, salmon is a weight loss superfood. Topped with almonds, another superfood with healthy fats, this salmon recipe is loaded with ingredients that may help curb your appetite.
While Americans await the fireworks, flag-waving and food binging of July 4, hospitals await the apparent consequences of the holiday activities: increased heart failure admissions in the days afterwards.
A 10-year study conducted at Einstein Healthcare Network showed a drop in heart failure admissions on the actual day of the holiday, but a significant increase in the four days following.
Holiday revelers apparently avoid seeking medical attention so they can indulge in the holiday—salty foods, for instance, which aggravate heart failure—and then seek help afterwards.
Overeating, the stress of traveling and partying, and the lack of exercise, may contribute to the increase in heart failure admissions after the holidays.
Here is your chance to get answers to your questions about how to prevent and treat kidney stones.
On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Justin Friedlander, MD, director of endourology (endoscopic urologic surgery) and Einstein's Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center, will field your questions in an online chat. The one-hour chat will take place at 2 p.m. Eastern time.
Dr. Friedlander specializes in the treatment of kidney and ureteral stones. He is one of the only physicians in the Philadelphia area to perform percutaneous nephrolithotomy for larger kidney stones by using x-ray guidance to gain access to the kidney, and the stone is removed through a small incision in the flank.
For stone prevention, Dr. Friedlander conducts comprehensive metabolic evaluations to develop individualized patient treatment plans.
Grilling isn’t just for meat and chicken. Make a delicious summer salad with grilled peaches and fresh berries. This grilled fruit recipe is a pretty start to any summer meal.
This salad is heart-healthy and gluten-free.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Einstein Healthcare Network (Einstein) today announced they will form a unique alliance to provide neonatal, newborn, maternal care, and pediatric emergency services in one location on the Einstein Medical Center Montgomery campus (Einstein Montgomery), in East Norriton, Pa.
Einstein’s exceptional women’s health and maternity care and CHOP’s world-class neonatology and pediatric emergency services will be available to families at one easily-accessible location. This alliance will also support opportunities for Einstein and CHOP to work together to identify enhancements in care delivery to maternal and pediatric patients at Einstein Montgomery.
“CHOP is very excited by the endless possibilities to bring world-class neonatal care to area families,” said Madeline Bell, president and chief executive officer of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “We have formed an alliance that will extend the delivery of CHOP’s top-rated care to communities surrounding the city of Philadelphia. Einstein Medical Center Montgomery has become known for its dedicated and skilled doctors and nurses and we are happy to have CHOP clinicians collaborate with them in their efforts. We know this program will become a centerpiece for medical excellence in the region.”
This Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Herbed Quinoa is perfect fare for brunch, lunch or a light dinner.
High protein and low carb, this healthy, easy seafood dish makes a great impression.
It is also heart-healthy, diabetes-friendly and (with easily available ingredients) safe for celiacs and for those who are going gluten-free.
When a group of surfers with disabilities took to the water off the beach at Wildwood, N.J., for the annual “They Will Surf Again” program on Father’s Day, one of the surfboards they rode to shore was more than just a surfboard—it was an authentic work of art influenced by none other than the French impressionist Claude Monet. And the creative spirits who painstakingly painted the Monet-inspired water lilies that decorated the board from nose to tail were none other than the members of the art therapy program at MossRehab—with support from longtime associates at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
So the question is: Why Monet? Well, first, there is the clear association with water. But there’s something more.
“Our theme all year has been telling stories through portraits,” says Marya Camilleri, MA, art therapist and Art Therapy Community Partnership Coordinator at MossRehab. “We’ve been focusing on stories of people who have had interesting or adventurous experiences—either the artists or the subjects of their artwork.”
Breezy weather. Water temperatures in the comfortable high 60s. And thanks to Mother Nature, an endless supply of perfect, frothy waves.
If you were a surfer on Sunday in Wildwood Crest, N.J., it was hard to imagine a more flawless day.
On the beach at the foot of Rambler Road, more than 60 people who might not get many chances to surf had an opportunity to do just that, thanks to a MossRehab-sponsored program called They Will Surf Again, the flagship program of Life Rolls On, a nonprofit that serves as a resource and advocates for people whose lives have been affected by spinal cord injury.
A team of eight nurses at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery has become the first group to complete special training in the care of the frail elderly.
At a recent graduation celebration, they all said they chose the work for the same reason: They love caring for the elderly.
“They have such good stories and advice, and they really enjoy life,” said Katrina Collins, one of the newly designated Geriatric Resource Nurses. “They could look at being ill and hospitalized as the worst thing, but they have such a great outlook.”
Paula Sobel, MA, CCC- SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at MossRehab. You would expect a person trained to work in that field to have an understanding of the communication difficulties experienced by people recovering from brain injuries, strokes, and other disorders. But sometimes it’s personal.
“I had an uncle who recently passed away from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), the disease that many may recognize from the movie about Stephen Hawking’s life,” she said. “My uncle was a lawyer, and communication was critical to his profession. As his speech deteriorated, he became harder and harder to understand. People would come to the house to talk to him and to socialize. As his speech became more difficult to understand, these people became more and more uncomfortable. They would end up talking over him to others in the room. He would get so upset because they were talking around him and over him. It was really devastating.”
Informed by experiences like that, Sobel and fellow MossRehab speech-language pathologist Pippa Sigüenza, MS, CCC- SLP, have created a new Communication Literacy program to help educate members of the general public—helping them learn how to communicate with people who have speech, language and cognitive disorders. This program is called Communication Literacy: Setting the Stage for Successful Interaction.
And without a doubt, survivorship richly deserves a celebration.
So on June 3, Einstein Philadelphia Cancer Center hosted an event in recognition of National Cancer Survivors Day. The event was presented in conjunction with the Iris Fund. Cancer survivors enjoyed an evening of dinner, music performed by The Central High School Jazz Band Ensemble and Philadelphia Clef Club Ensemble, along with a meet and greet with some of their fellow survivors.
Einstein Healthcare Network Patient Navigator Tracy Kane was the master of ceremonies. Dr. Lisa Jablon, director of the Breast Program at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, offered welcoming remarks.
Einstein Healthcare Network is using new technology to treat patients with heart failure, one of the biggest health scourges in the country. Einstein is the only hospital in Pennsylvania using a new implant that boosts the heart’s pumping function more effectively than previous devices.
“This is the most advanced biventricular device available,” said Sumeet Mainigee, MD, associate director of Electrophysiology at Einstein. “At every other hospital in Pennsylvania, patients will receive older, less sophisticated and less helpful models,” he said.
Heart failure, the leading cause of hospitalization of seniors older than 65, is a condition in which the heart doesn’t pump blood effectively, so patients with this condition are short of breath, weak and often become completely incapacitated.
For the past few years, short, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) has been all the rage. Now there’s reason to believe slow and steady cardio is the way to go for weight loss and fat burning.
Known as low-intensity steady state (LISS) training, this method focuses on consistent effort and low intensity for longer periods of time. The idea is to keep your heart rate steady, at 60 to 80 percent of your maximum rate, for the entire workout.
You will clearly burn calories with either kind of workout. Yet the science behind LISS shows that if your heart rate goes too high, you’re mostly burning glucose (sugar). Slower, lower-capacity workouts are better for burning body fat.
When Jean Ford was 17, he remembers someone asking what he planned to choose for his college major. He recalls replying, “I have enjoyed so many things, but I think I'm going to be a psychologist or a philosopher.”
His mother disagreed.
“She said, ‘No, you’re going to be a doctor,’” he recalls. “I said: ‘Impossible.’”
Evidently, it must have been possible. Today, Jean G. Ford, MD, is Paul J. Johnson Chair of Medicine at Einstein Healthcare Network. His resume prior to joining Einstein is equally impressive. He was chair of the Department of Medicine at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, associate professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, associate professor of medicine and oncology in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and an assistant professor at Columbia University.
What’s more, two of his brothers are doctors and three of his sisters are nurses.
Dr. Ford was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, one of nine children. The quest for excellence was clearly a family affair.
Here’s a fast, easy dessert that will impress your guests and won’t go straight to your thighs. For less than 100 calories, you can enjoy three of these pretty raspberry tartlets guilt-free.
Appetizers - Deviled Eggs Recipe
Healthy Greek yogurt substitutes for high-fat mayonnaise in this easy deviled eggs recipe. Perfect for brunch, a light lunch or an easy appetizer, these low calorie deviled eggs can be made ahead.
If you've developed kidney stones, you know that in many cases the pain can be memorable. What's more, without prevention, kidney stones are highly likely to recur.
Of course, we understand the causes of kidney stones, and we know how to treat them.
No single treatment works for every patient, so at Einstein in our Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center—led by Justin Friedlander, MD—we offer a wide variety of treatment options, including treatment for the most complex cases.
We also know how to prevent kidney stones, and we offer dedicated medical management for high risk patients.
Learn more about kidney stones and Einstein treatment options with this interactive infographic.
If you are one of the estimated 30 million men in the United States suffering from erectile dysfunction—the inability to achieve and sustain an erection—then what you don't know could hurt you.
Of course, the frustration of erectile dysfunction, or ED, alone is enough to send many men to the doctor, looking for a solution. But understand this: ED is often an outward sign of a serious underlying health condition that bears looking into.
One more thing: If you've been told nothing more can be done, think again. At Einstein, we offer several advanced treatment options.
Take a look at our interactive graphic to learn more.
On June 15, 2016, Jay Simhan, MD, director of Urologic Trauma, Reconstruction and Prosthetics for Einstein Healthcare Network, fielded questions during a live online chat.
Dr. Simhan specializes in urologic trauma including injury to the kidneys, bladder, ureters, urethra, penis or scrotum. Dr. Simhan’s clinical interests include treatment of urethral stricture disease (narrowing of the urethra caused by inflammation or scar tissue from surgery, disease or injury), open and robotic urinary tract reconstruction, penile implant surgery, male anti-incontinence surgery, revision male prosthetic surgery, Peyronie’s disease (abnormal curvature of the penis), and complications from prostate cancer treatment.
When the siren wailed through the small Pennsylvania town where Thomas Gaylets grew up, the then teenager would run three quarters of a mile and jump into an ambulance or fire truck on its way to an emergency. As a volunteer, he helped deliver babies, learned how to read electrocardiograms, became familiar with medications and was mentored, in general, by paramedics.
It was an early expression of Gaylets’ social conscience and a seminal experience that determined his medical career. Gaylets is assistant vice president, nurse and manager of the interventional platform—where surgical and diagnostic procedures are performed—at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery.
Dr. Ramsey Dallal has known for decades, as have other bariatric surgeons, that gastric bypass surgery can help patients control or cure their diabetes. Finally, this week, the world’s leading experts on diabetes acknowledged as much—a fact that may change the perception of gastric surgery as a last-ditch treatment for patients who may be too debilitated by then to benefit.
(Ramsey Dallal, MD, above, at right)
An international group of 45 diabetes specialists, researchers and organizations issued a game-changing guideline this week that diabetes patients be offered gastric surgery as a standard treatment option. It was noted as the most dramatic shift in diabetes treatment since the emergence of insulin.
There’s no question that the offering of an organ for a transplant—a kidney, liver or a pancreas—is a priceless gift. As a transplant social worker at Einstein Healthcare Network, Danielle D'Aguanno, LSW, MSW, is on a mission to ensure the gift reaches its fullest potential.
D’Aguanno specializes in working with transplant patients. It’s her job to help patients know what to expect before the transplant, support them emotionally while they wait, and supply them with the information and assistance they require after the implant, so that that gift can keep on giving.
Patients can be very ill to start with, and their pre-transplant illness poses its own set of issues. Even after the transplant occurs, challenges persist, in the short term and sometimes longer. There can be emotional highs and lows for both patient and caregiver, recovery can take a while … and then there is the lifetime commitment to taking immunosuppressant drugs, without which the body might reject the transplanted organ.
Nutrition - Can You Spot the Gluten at Your Barbecue?
When you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, it’s critical that you eat gluten-free foods. Some gluten-containing foods, such as the roll that holds your hot dog, are easy to spot. But gluten can also be lurking in other foods that you thought were safe. In addition to wheat, rye and barley, additives such as malt, dextrin and modified food starch often contain gluten.
Before you load up your plate this summer, be aware of these foods that may contain gluten:
Einstein nurse Melissa Hewlitt understands firsthand what it's like to be the parent of a newborn in intensive care. She came up with a special way to mark the milestones of a progressing baby in the sometimes long journey to leaving the hospital.
Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia is offering free Tay-Sachs disease screenings to those of Irish descent Sunday, June 5 at Irish Fest Boston—a two-day festival (starting June 4) of Irish art and culture. The festival is being held at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England, 200 New Boston Drive in Canton, Mass.
(Amybeth Weaver, Einstein genetic counselor, right)
The screenings, which will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., involve a simple blood test. To be eligible, participants must be at least 18 years of age and have at least three grandparents of Irish descent. (You can sign up ahead of time for this screening by going online to http://irish-tay-sachs-study.eventbrite.com/, sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 484-636-4197.)
Tay-Sachs Disease is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that can be passed on to children when both parents are carriers of an altered gene.
Nadeem Ahsan, MD, is director of the Einstein Pain Institute and clinical assistant professor of Anesthesiology and Interventional Pain at Jefferson Medical College. He is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of evidence-based, guideline-driven patient care plans, which includes utilizing advanced treatment approaches for a wide range of chronic pain conditions, including axial-spine pain (localized pain) and radicular pain (pain that radiates into a lower extremity), repetitive stress disorders, headaches, neuropathies and complex regional pain syndromes. He is a five-time Philadelphia Magazine Top Doc.
What is interventional pain management? A lot of people might assume the approach just consists of medication.
Dr. Ahsan: Typically it’s for patients whose pain hasn’t been brought under control with conventional treatment options, such as medications, physical therapy and surgery, who are referred to an interventional pain specialist.
Interventional pain management is devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of pain-related disorders, principally with interventional techniques in managing sub-acute, chronic, persistent, and intractable (severe and constant) pain, independently or in conjunction with other types of treatment.
Interventional pain management techniques consist of X-ray-guided minimally invasive procedures with placement of drugs in targeted areas or removal of targeted nerves. We also use state-of-the-art surgical techniques such as laser or endoscopic discectomy (surgical removal of part or all of a disc), intrathecal infusion pumps (injection of pain-killing drugs into the space surrounding the spinal cord) and spinal cord stimulators (which send a mild electrical current to the spinal cord, blocking the pain), for the diagnosis and management of chronic, persistent, or intractable pain.
Jay Simhan, MD
Jay Simhan, MD, director of Urologic Trauma, Reconstruction and Prosthetics for Einstein Healthcare Network, admits he wasn't familiar with the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Awards. After he learned his name had been put forward, he did what everybody does: “I Googled it.”
Here’s what Simhan, who is 33, found: The award honors “40 individuals under the age of 40, who are proven performers in their respective industries and communities.”
Given such high standards, he didn’t expect to win. Perusing past winners, he also noticed “the overwhelming majority of them were not doctors.”
Light, refreshing and low calorie, this tasty shrimp gazpacho can be made ahead to let the flavors meld. If you don’t have fresh tomatoes on hand, tomato juice will work as a substitute.
Sports bras have come a long way from their humble beginnings when the first versions were no more than two jockstraps sewed together.
Forty years later, Theresa Toczylowski, MPT, a physical therapist at MossRehab, spoke at the Broad Street Run Health and Wellness Expo about the importance of selecting the right sports bra for runners.
She broke down the options:
A compression sports bra helps to control the up and down movement of the breasts during activity. This option is best for lighter athletic activity and not preferred for running.
Einstein surgeon Pak Shan Leung, MD, recently returned from a volunteer mission with Doctors Without Borders in South Sudan. He worked in the only hospital in an isolated village, lived in a one-room mud hut with no indoor plumbing, endured smothering heat that often soared above 110 degrees and was on call around the clock for five weeks. He treated everything from infections to broken bones to traumatic wounds in the tumultuous East African nation beset by civil war.
The hardest part for him was—leaving.
“I was happy to come home because I missed my friends and colleagues,” said Dr. Leung (pictured here in the left of the photo), “but it was difficult to leave the hospital and country knowing there’s so much work that has to be done.”
Dr. Leung, 36, associate chair of the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Einstein Healthcare Network, chose to go to the Agok region in South Sudan for his first overseas mission precisely because the need was so great.
On May 26, 2016, Debra Somers Copit, MD, director of breast imaging for Einstein Healthcare Network, answered your questions about 3D mammography in an online chat.
Dr. Copit has devoted her career to developing sophisticated technologies to help detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. In 2012, she was honored by Living Beyond Breast Cancer with the Founder’s Award—the organization’s highest honor.
When Michelle Wheeler rolled across the finish line at Sunday’s Blue Cross Broad Street Run, you could see the determination etched on her face, her arms pumping like pistons as she turned the wheels of her racing wheelchair. That gutsy determination paid off with a win in the women’s wheelchair division.
Wheeler, 29, a member of the MossRehab/Global Abilities wheelchair team, accomplished what she had set out to do—but then, so do a lot of athletes. Winning was no sure thing, and she knew it. Under the best of conditions, rolling 10 miles down Broad Street at breakneck speed is no easy feat. On Sunday, with temperatures in the low 50s and in the driving rain, it was draining.
“My gloves kept slipping off the wheels, I kept hitting a lot of potholes and mud, and I had a lot of rain in my face, but I kept pushing myself through it,” she said in an interview following the awards ceremony. “I have been preparing myself for years to get better and better, and I feel like this year is my year, so I think I did great on this race considering it was raining and slipping. I think I did pretty well.”
Nearly 40,000 chilled, rain-soaked athletes hit the pavement for the 2016 Blue Cross Broad Street Run on Sunday, a 10-mile test of endurance sponsored in part by Einstein Orthopedics and MossRehab. It’s the largest 10-mile road race in the nation.
Einstein Healthcare Network recognizes 39 physicians selected as Top Doctors in the May 2016 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
Recognized by their peers for their clinical excellence, the Einstein doctors represent a wide range of clinical areas including orthopedics, cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, clinical genetics, surgery, endocrinology, and others.
The group affirms the reputation of Einstein doctors as providers of high quality care and continues a long tradition of the network’s doctors earning this distinction.
“It’s terrific that so many of our doctors across numerous disciplines are acknowledged by their peers for the high standard of care they provide to patients. Even better news is that our number of Top Docs has been increasing each year,” says Barry R. Freedman, President and Chief Executive Officer for Einstein Healthcare Network.
In medical terms, it's called digital breast tomosynthesis, but it is better known as 3D mammography—and this sophisticated diagnostic tool represents a remarkable development in the early detection of invasive breast cancers. Einstein uses this breast imaging technology at no additional cost to patients, and it was one of the first medical centers in the entire country to do so routinely, starting in 2011.One additional benefit 3D mammography lies in its lower rates of false positive results. That reduces the need for unnecessary follow-up testing. All told, 3D mammography offers vast benefits compared to the previous 2D screening.But how does 3D mammography work? Precisely how is it different from 2D? How much more sensitive is this advanced diagnostic and screening tool?The following interactive infographic explains it all.
Little league elbow is an overuse injury most frequently found in baseball players and other young athletes who participate in throwing sports. It typically affects athletes between the ages of 9 and 14 who are still growing.
Little league elbow refers to elbow pain associated with repetitive throwing. It can be caused by many issues ranging from strains to tendonitis to ligament damage to bone injury.
The most common symptom is pain on the inside of the elbow.
Other symptoms include a limited range of motion and locking of the elbow joint.
If a child experiences any of these symptoms, he or she should stop throwing to rest the joint.
The best way to prevent little league elbow during in-season play is to limit the number of pitches young athletes throw each week during practice and competitive play.
In addition, young pitchers should play only three to four innings each game.
Ready for beach weather? Here’s a quick ab circuit to do once a week, or at most every three days.
This nine-minute workout is a lot more fun than crunches, and it will tone and strengthen you to the core. Be creative and let yourself go wild!
Perform the following exercises as quickly as you can while maintaining proper form:
Are sore feet taking the spring out of your exercise routine? Corns, calluses and ingrown toenails putting a damper on those dogs? Chronic foot problems are not normal. They can hamper your springtime activities and, if left untreated, cause more severe joint and back problems.
Here are some common foot problems and remedies from the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society to keep your feet happy this spring.
Food might not qualify as medicine, but an inadequate amount of it could be a factor in repeated hospitalizations, according to a study by an Einstein Healthcare Network researcher.
The report, cited in several publications, found that many patients who are frequently hospitalized have “food insecurity”—often worried about having enough food and, at times, forced to go without eating or to reduce portions because they can’t afford to buy more.
“Without access to sufficient and healthful food, patients simply cannot care for their own health, cannot comply with diet regimens, cannot promote healing,” said Etienne Phipps, PhD (right), lead author on the study recently published in Population Health Management, a peer-reviewed journal about health care management and quality.
Editor-in-chief David Nash, MD, said the research would provide “important insights for healthcare providers who are working to help vulnerable populations avoid hospitalizations.”
Marjorie Stanek, MD, joined the Einstein Cardiology Department in 1977, becoming the first full-time female cardiologist on the hospital’s staff. She has remained here for 39 years, watching the Cardiology Department grow from a unit of just six full-time doctors to close to 50 today.
After graduating from The Medical College of Pennsylvania (MCP), Dr. Stanek served her first two years of residency at The Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I., and her last year at Hahnemann University Hospital and completed a cardiology fellowship at MCP.
Dr. Stanek, who is director of Einstein’s Cardiac Stress Laboratory and an assistant professor of medicine at Jefferson Medical College, recently sat down to reminisce about her early years at the hospital and how the practice of cardiology has advanced.
Let’s go back 39 years. Can you talk about how you wound up working at Einstein?
Dr. Stanek: I was a fellow at The Medical College of Pennsylvania. The head of my department, Dr. William S. Frankl, knew Dr. Harry Goldberg, the head of Einstein’s Cardiology Department. He called Dr. Goldberg. I came and interviewed, and they gave me the job. It was simple. I’ve been here ever since. [Dr. Goldberg was chief of cardiology at Einstein for 25 years and director emeritus for another 17 years.]
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