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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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Here is your chance to ask questions about urologic issues.
On June 15 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern, Jay Simhan, MD, director of Urologic Trauma, Reconstruction and Prosthetics for Einstein Healthcare Network, will field your 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 (at right) 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. It can all be a bit complicated, especially for patients with low health literacy.
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 email@example.com, 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 hadn’t heard of 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.
Nina Ghobadi, DDS,FAGD, supervising a procedure
Nina Ghobadi DDS, FAGD, is the program director for the General Dental Practice Residency at Einstein. Her clinical interests include hospital dentistry, comprehensive restorative dentistry, implant dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Philadelphia Magazine recognized her as a 2016 Top Dentist.
Perspectives: How did you become interested in dentistry?
Dr. Ghobadi: I was born in Iran and some of the children in that country didn’t have access to dental care as readily as some of the more fortunate children in this country. I was fortunate to be able to go to the dentist, and I really enjoyed watching him do the work that he did. After my visit, he would allow me to stay and watch him around the office for the next half hour for so. I never gave it a second thought.
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.]
Looking to add lots of color to your vegetable garden and kick up your meals with a burst of flavor this spring? These five hearty veggies are easy to grow and will add punch to salads, soups and main meals.
Asparagus: One of the few perennial vegetables you can plant, asparagus will grow back in your garden year after year for 15, 20, even 30 years. One cup of asparagus is low in calories, high in fiber and packs three grams of protein and nearly 20 percent of the recommended daily amount of iron. Try adding asparagus to your favorite stir-fry for extra texture or roast it alongside chicken or fish for a delicious one-pan dinner.
Try this healthy alternative to fried chicken and savor the flavor and health benefits of walnuts paired with chicken.
This is a crunchy comfort food packed with immune-boosting nutrients.
Whether you’re an exercise novice or a fitness guru, going to the gym can be intimidating. The people, special equipment and insider lingo can feel overwhelming and you may not know where to begin. Going to the gym doesn’t have to be complicated or intimidating, however, if you follow these tips:
So, how did the Jewish Hospital wind up being named after Albert Einstein?
In 1951, the Jewish Hospital agreed to merge with Philadelphia’s other two Jewish hospitals—Mt. Sinai Hospital in South Philadelphia and Northern Liberties Hospital.
The three hospitals had decided to face the growing medical challenges of the 20th century together.
One of the first orders of business for new president Joseph M. First was to choose a name for the combined network.
It was agreed to approach Albert Einstein, one of the most eminent names in science at the time. (Second choice was Moses Maimonides, a Jewish philosopher and physician from the 13th century.)First, who had been a board member of Mt. Sinai for many years and was an executive with the company that owned the Philadelphia Inquirer, reached out to Einstein with an offer to visit the great scientist at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. to discuss using his name for the new medical center.
Robert Williams doesn’t just prepare food—he serves food for the soul.
Williams, lead cook at Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park, started his food service career at Germantown Hospital and Medical Center, and moved over to Elkins Park a few years after Einstein acquired Germantown in 1997. All told, he’s been at home in the kitchen for nearly 45 years.
People love his food, of course, but Williams’ most satisfying entrée has always been his sunny disposition—and it’s free of charge.
Kenneth Brown, who started as an outpatient at the medical center a year ago, remembers their first meeting. Williams greeted him as he greets most every customer—with a beaming smile.
“I was in the hospital and I was hungry and I found myself walking to the cafeteria,” Brown recalls. “I wasn’t feeling great and it was kind of a lift.”
In Brown’s estimation, you can’t underestimate the healing power of a smile or a kind word, especially when you aren’t feeling well. “He (Williams) is not just making my breakfast,” says Brown. “He’s starting my day off with a smile. There’s somebody who makes a difference, as much as any of the doctors in the hospital. He’s just a nice guy.”
Chicken Parmesan is often pan-fried first, then baked. This baked Chicken Parmesan recipe cuts down on high-fat oil and keeps the chicken moist, too.
If you’re under 50, you probably haven’t given much thought to your risk of developing colorectal cancer. The focus of colorectal cancer screening and treatment has been, up to now, on older Americans over age 50. It’s been paying off. The overall rate of colorectal cancer in older Americans has decreased during the past decades.
But in younger Americans, research shows a steady increase in colorectal cancer cases. In fact, one in seven colorectal cancers is now diagnosed in people under 50, and these rates are expected to keep rising.
Marinate the pork loin the night before and you can have this satisfying Glazed Pork Roast ready in about an hour. While the roast is in the oven, sauté some spinach for a quick, healthy side dish.
In a bowl, mix together maple syrup, tamari, teriyaki sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Pierce the pork all over with a fork, then place in a freezer bag. Pour marinade on top and massage pork roast to coat evenly. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
It’s called “Match Day.” For many of us, it sounds inconsequential, maybe even trivial, like “Sadie Hawkins Day.” Trust us when we tell you that, for graduating medical students, the third Friday in March is one of the most consequential days of their lives. It’s the day on which most—though not all—will discover where they are going to spend their residency years.
It’s a rite of passage celebrated annually in medical schools throughout the country. Roughly 42,000 registered applicants from the class of 2016 were in competition for just under 31,000 positions, according to the National Resident Matching Program®. Obviously, some went away disappointed.
(Glenn Eiger, MD, right)
It’s possible for residency programs to be disappointed, too. They might not always get the candidates they want. For Einstein’s Internal Medicine Residency Program, though, it was a very happy day indeed.
Is there a link between football and degenerative brain disorders—including chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE? And, if so, what does it mean for young football players—and those who want to play?
On March 14, at a Congressional roundtable on concussions, Jeff Miller, the National Football League’s senior vice president for health and safety policy, answered the question. Miller's response, later affirmed by an NFL spokesman, came as a shock to many. “The answer to that," Miller said, "is certainly, yes.”
A story in the New York Times described Miller's answer as "a stunning about-face" for the NFL, and compared it to "big tobacco’s confession in 1997 that smoking causes cancer and heart disease."
Miller's comment might be expected to have a ripple effect on football policies and practices—from the pros on down to the pee wees.
We asked MossRehab Clinical Manager/Physical Therapist Michael Parlatore PT, DPT (Einstein Medical Center Montgomery)—who mentors and assists with challenging patient cases throughout the MossRehab network—for his thoughts on the NFL's new stance.
Robert Czincila, DO
For Robert Czincila, DO, there was virtually no chance that he would not grow up to enter the medical profession and, in a broader sense, science, technology, engineering and mathematics—STEM, for short.
“When I was a child, my family pushed me toward science and math. My father was a podiatrist, and I spent a lot of time with him at the hospital,” says Dr. Czincila, chief of Emergency Medicine, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. “I always had an interest in helping people. And I liked thinking about how things were made and how you could break them down to make something new or different.”
For a kid with those inclinations, it helped to be coming of age in a generation in which the first, most rudimentary Apple computers were starting to appear in schools. As an elementary school student, Dr. Czincila remembers writing code to draw shapes on the monitors.
Herbs and spices are great for adding flavor to your favorite dishes without adding salt or fat. Navigating the spice and herb aisles, however, can be more than intimidating if you don’t know where to begin. Add these flavorful ingredients to your next dish for an extra kick!
Coriander seeds: Coriander seeds are the dried fruits of the coriander plant, also known as cilantro. They possess a warm, earthy flavor with a slight hint of citrus. Coriander seeds come in both whole and ground forms, but for the richest flavor, it is best to buy them whole and grind them yourself with a mortar and pestle or in a coffee grinder. Coriander seeds pair great with most Indian, Latin and Middle Eastern dishes. They also add an earthy flavor to most vegetable-, beef- or chicken-based soups. Not only do these seeds taste great, but they contain important minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Suppose you needed help to pull up your pants and fasten your belt.
For most of us, those two tasks come easily. We don’t even think about them. For many stroke patients, however, being able to accomplish those two activities without help would represent a remarkable improvement in the quality of life—a level of independence they never thought they might attain.
Thanks to a glove-like splint invented by Joseph Padova, OTR/L, an occupational therapist at MossRehab, who specializes in stroke rehabilitation and has experience as a clinical specialist for upper limb amputee training—and a self-professed tinkerer—many stroke patients are able to do those two things and more, such as tie their shoelaces, open jars, fold laundry, wrap presents or hold a wallet open to remove cash or credit cards.
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 13, at 2 in the morning. For many of us, running around the house and resetting the time on our clocks—springing forward one hour—is a harbinger of longer, sunnier days to come.
And so it can be. But for many of us, the switch to Daylight Saving Time can upset our finely tuned internal clocks, resulting in a day or two of sluggishness at the least, and potentially longer—and even increase risks to health and safety.
Fortunately, the more dire consequences are unlikely. What’s more, you can ward off or reduce some of the minor near-term consequences of this momentary wrinkle in time.
We spoke with Ganesan Murali, MD, medical director of the Einstein Sleep Center, for some insights and tips.
Remember how it felt to run out the door in the middle of the school day to swing around on the monkey bars? Then grab a hula hoop and a jump rope and get moving!
Gyms around the country are bringing back the joy of movement in recess-style fitness classes. Want to get your heart rate up? Run a relay race. Looking to build upper-body strength? Find a partner and do some wheelbarrow push-ups. Don’t belong to a gym or never liked team sports and games? There are plenty of playground-style exercises you can do on your own, at home or in your neighborhood playground.
March is Brain Injury Awareness month, a perfect time to brush up on safety before pulling that new hoverboard out of the garage. Hoverboards, in case you missed the buzz, are a new type of electric scooter that can reach speeds of 12 miles per hour. Staying upright at that speed on a two-wheeled platform, especially for the novice rider, can be a bit of a challenge, adding to the fun—and the falls.
Not surprisingly, hoverboard accidents have been linked to an increase in pediatric emergency room visits, many involving traumatic and nontraumatic brain injuries. Novice users unfamiliar with the dangers of hoverboards are suffering the more severe injuries.
You’re driving the car—and forget where you’re going.
You walk into the kitchen—and don’t remember why.
A neighbor greets you at a party—and you can’t remember her name.
It’s frustrating—and scary. Are you developing dementia? Alzheimer’s?
It’s possible, of course. Only a thorough examination by a physician who can monitor behavior over time can determine for sure.
(At right: Madeline DiPasquale, PhD (photo by Wes Hilton)
But chances are—you’re just getting old.
“Normal aging of the brain starts around 40, but most of us don’t feel the effects until the sixth or seventh decade,” said Madeline DiPasquale, PhD, clinical neuropsychologist at MossRehab, one of the country’s top-ranked rehab facilities, which is part of Einstein Healthcare Network.
Maddy Rovinsky spent more than 30 years in the School District of Philadelphia as a teacher of the visually impaired. Now, she continues to give back through her activity in the Albert Einstein Society.
The Society awards grants to Einstein employees and physicians, supporting their great ideas to "solve some of today’s most exciting healthcare challenges."
Twenty years ago, a friend asked Rovinsky to attend a meeting of the Society. She needed no further convincing to attend more meetings, and to become ever more involved in the Society's great work. She's now a co-chair.
For Rovinksy, the Albert Einstein Society represents Einstein at its best.
Twins Jacob Nathan and Ryland Nathan Harney were smaller than the average sack of sugar when they were born at 33 weeks on December 17 last year. But they were healthy: Ten fingers and 10 toes each, healthy wails, and, most important, no wayward gene mutation of the type that cost their older brother Nathan his life when he was only 4.
Nathan Harney, the first child of Aaron and Kathryn Harney of Downingtown, was diagnosed at 14 months with Tay-Sachs Disease, a rare and lethal inherited neurological disorder largely associated with Ashkenazi (central or eastern European) Jews. But the Harneys aren’t Jewish. Kathryn Harney is Irish and German, her husband, Irish and Italian. But through their work with a researcher at Einstein Healthcare Network, they—and Nathan—have become the new face of a devastating disease that seems to also single out the Irish and people with French Canadian ancestry. (It’s also more common in groups where there’s more intermarriage, like the Amish.)
Dr. Friedlander is director of Endourology and Einstein’s Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center. He specializes in the treatment and prevention of kidney and ureteral stones.
Perspectives: What is endourology?
Dr. Friedlander: It originally meant endoscopic, scope-related treatment of stones. It’s been broadened over the years to mean any urologic procedure that requires a scope. It encompasses minimally invasive urology, whether it be ureteroscopy for stones in the kidney, whether it be laparoscopy for removal of a kidney, or robotic surgery—it’s all under the umbrella of endourology. It was a term coined by one of my mentors at the Smith Institute for Urology. His name is Arthur Smith (MD, chairman emeritus of the Department of Urology at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center). He’s thought of as the father of Endourology. I was very fortunate to have worked with him.
Perspectives: How did that happen, and how did you decide to get into this field?
Dr. Friedlander: I was interviewing for residencies and, not knowing what I specifically wanted, I happened to go into that program. It was my top choice. I was fortunate. They had a fellow in urology but as I was transitioning from general surgery to urology, that fellow did not come to do his fellowship. I was the junior resident on service and for whatever reason, my upper-year colleagues didn’t really want to do much of the kidney stone cases, which I realize now is because they went later into the evening. Every Tuesday and Thursday, you were there late.
It opened its doors as The Jewish Hospital in 1866, with a few thousand dollars in donations, and an inspired idea: to provide medical care to "the sick and wounded without regard to creed, color or nationality."
In its first 50 years, more than 203,000 patients had received skilled, compassionate care within its walls.
Fast forward to today. What grew to become Einstein Healthcare Network comprises three hospitals and MossRehab, the top-ranked physical rehabilitation network in the state, admitting more than 40,000 patients and treating nearly 650,000 outpatients in 2015 alone.
Want to know more about how that little hospital with the big idea grew?
Check out our infographic.
This delicious chocolate mousse rivals traditionally high-fat recipes. It replaces egg yolks and whipping cream with silky tofu, which is packed with heart-healthy soy protein.
It takes only seconds for hot water to cause a third-degree burn.
Each year, more than 500,000 scald burns occur in the United States, according to the Burn Foundation. To avoid scalding, keep the temperature on your water heater set no higher than 120˚F. And never leave young children unattended in the bathroom, near a sink or in the bathtub.
What Is a Scald?
Skin burned by boiling water is said to be scalded. When the skin is scalded, tissue and cells are damaged and liquids may ooze from the skin to replace lost fluids. In severe cases, you can go into shock from loss of fluids.
“I run like an old man runs, not like I want to run.”
That’s how Brett "Spike" Eskin described his attempts to take to the road like he used to, before suffering a torn labrum (a ring of cartilage) in his hip and two herniated discs when a drunk driver slammed into the rear of the car he was driving. Eskin also has arthritis. Since then, his running has been more like shuffling. He has compensated for his injuries by essentially running “wrong.”
Eskin, program director for SportsRadio 94WIP, recently had the opportunity to start to learn how to run “right” when he took part in a session on the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill at MossRehab in Elkins Park, under the watchful eyes of MossRehab Running Clinic physical therapists John Feeley, MSPT, and Steve Sepel, MSPT. Both are also busy getting runners prepared for the Broad Street Run in May.
It’s a fact. Healthy eating—eating fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and less sugar—is a good thing. It’s part of a balanced life that includes gratifying relationships and engaging outside interests. But if you develop an extreme preoccupation with avoiding food you perceive as “bad,” your life can lose that healthy balance. You may have an eating problem referred to as orthorexia nervosa.
When Good Intentions Go Awry
The term orthorexia nervosa roughly means “fixation on righteous eating.” Unlike other eating problems such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia that focus on calories and weight, orthorexia nervosa involves an obsession with food purity and the self-loathing that results when “slip-ups” occur. Over time, this obsession can result in food choices so restrictive that health deteriorates and relationships and social interactions suffer.
Lifting weights does more than build strong bones. Strength training can also contribute to heart health by building lean muscle mass, which helps to burn extra calories, keep blood sugar in check and improve cholesterol levels.
Strength training, especially for older adults, can also make it easier to perform everyday activities such as lifting a bag of groceries. Resistance exercises are also important for bone health and can help prevent osteoporosis.
Many fitness centers offer low impact strength-training classes. But if you cannot get to a gym and feel uncomfortable working with weights at home, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests trying some of the following activities for strength training: