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Look who’s swiping now: 6-month-old babies are using smartphones, study saysMore and more Americans are handing their smartphones to their kids, some as young as 6 months old, according to a new study.The Washington Post - April 27, 2015
Very Young Kids Often Use Tablets, Smartphones, Study FindsUp to half of very young children use smartphones and tablets in some way before their first birthday, a new study finds. But parents still worry about their children's use of mobile media, a separate study says.Health Day - April 26, 2015
Babies as young as 6 months using mobile mediaMore than one-third of babies are tapping on smartphones and tablets even before they learn to walk or talk, and by 1 year of age, one in seven toddlers is using devices for at least an hour a day, according to a study to be presented Saturday, April 25 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in San Diego.Eureka Alert - April 25, 2015
Angelina Jolie discusses her tough choicesJennifer Simmons, MD, Chief of Breast Surgery at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery is quoted in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the preventive surgery Angelina Jolie underwent to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes. Since finding out she has the BRCA1 gene which puts you at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer, Angelina Jolie has had a preventive double mastectomy and now this surgery. Philly.com - March 25, 2015
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Do you have high blood pressure? Do you smoke? Do you have diabetes? Are you overweight?
If your answer to any one of these questions is “yes,” you’re at risk at risk for stroke. There are other risk factors, but high blood pressure in particular is the leading cause of stroke—and unlike risk factors you can’t do anything about such as gender, age or race, you can do something about high blood pressure. In fact, research suggests that up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.
Stroke happens when blood flow to an area of the brain is interrupted. Blood carries oxygen, and brain cells require oxygen to function properly. Cutting blood flow to any given area of the brain can cause critical functions, such as movement, speech or memory, to be lost.
You’ve probably seen it: Young children intently thumbing away on smartphones as their parents do something else, like talk over dinner in a restaurant.
What you probably didn’t know is that nearly 75 percent of those kids are using smartphones, tablets and other media devices before they reach the age of 2—and many of them are tapping away before they’ve taken their first steps.
Hilda Kabali, M.D., a third-year pediatrics resident at Einstein Medical Center, observed digital device behavior among children visiting a pediatric practice and also outside the hospital settings. Her findings, presented at the recent Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in San Diego, have attracted a lot of attention.
“We were curious to understand what was happening,” she says of the children and their devices. “We wanted to find out what they were doing with them." All of the 370 children included in the study, ages 6 months to age 4, had access to some type of mobile device.
The most surprising aspect of the study, Dr. Kabali says, was the observation that many children began to use mobile devices when they were as young as 6 months old. Some of them were on-screen for as 30 minutes at a time. “They started very young,” she says.
In the market for a new pair of running shoes, tennis shoes, cross trainers or just plain old sneakers?
The right footwear is essential to an active lifestyle and can help to prevent blisters, calluses and foot, ankle or leg injuries.
These tips can keep you a step ahead:
Shop at Specialty Shoe Stores
There are a host of athletic shoes on the market, with special shoes made for walking, aerobics and running, just to name a few.
In each category, there are shoes made for support, control and pronation needs (if your foot rolls inward or outward).
Finding a comfortable shoe that meets your requirements can be tricky, so it’s best to consult an expert at a specialty athletic shoe store.
The shop’s knowledgeable staff can measure your feet, analyze your gait and recommend certain shoes for your needs.
When you attend the Broad Street Run on Sunday, May 3, keep your eyes peeled for the wheelchairs that look like long, skinny tricycles. And then focus your attention on the determined athletes propelling them along. If they don’t redefine what the word “disability” means in your mind, then nothing will.Those dogged competitors are all members of the Global Abilities Race Team, sponsored in the Broad Street Run this year by MossRehab, driving home the institution’s creed—Challenge Accepted—in one of the most exciting and visual ways possible. All of the wheelchairs will display MossRehab labeling, but the connection to the hospital’s core mission goes far deeper than that, says MossRehab Recreation Therapy Team Leader Anne Weiland, CTRS, MHA. The race team’s participation stands out as the living personification of that institutional credo. “Moss definitely makes that connection by offering the team the opportunity to be in the race,” she says. “Global Abilities is near and dear to our hearts.”Leading the race team is A.J. Nanayakkara. If you think the Broad Street Race course is long—it’s 10 heart-pumping miles—consider the long road Nanayakkara traveled to get there.Now 41, Nanayakkara was 20 and a martial arts student when he suffered a spinal cord injury, the result of a bad fall during a class. He had been active, if not the most naturally talented athlete, all his life. “I did a lot. I played tennis. I ran cross country. I was always the last person in the cross-country race,” he laughs. “Then I found martial arts and I became actually pretty good at that. I trained 20 hours a week. And then all of a sudden that was done."
Several risk factors can increase a woman's risk of developing cervical cancer.
The most significant risk factor—found in more than 95 percent of cervical cancer cases—in an infection with certain strains of human papilloma virus (HPV).
Screening for cervical cancer with a pap smear should begin when a woman turns 21, and be repeated every three years until age 30. After age 30, if all Pap smears have been normal, women should have a Pap and HPV test HPV test every five years.
"Most women will be exposed to HPV as young adults," says obstetrician/gynecologist Mary E. Fleming, MD, MPH. "For a lot of women, the body will clear the virus on its own over time. But for those who don't, HPV can cause changes to cervical cells that can lead to cervical cancer."
You wake up Monday morning filled with good intentions for a week of healthy eating.
Then life happens.
With a little foresight and planning, the following tips and strategies can help pave the way for more nourishing and sustainable habits that can help keep the weight off long after surgery. 1. Double up. Making extra servings for leftovers is a huge time-saver.
In this television spot, currently running on NBC10, Einstein orthopedic surgeon Bobby Ndu, MD, and MossRehab physical therapist John Feeley, MSPT give running advice for atheletes competing in this year's Broad Street Run.
Have a look!
Sugar is not healthy for anyone, but it’s particularly dangerous if you’ve had bariatric surgery. That’s because foods with too much sugar, or high-fructose corn syrup, can cause dumping syndrome.
If you’ve had weight-loss surgery, you should have no more than 2 ½ teaspoons of sugar per meal. Try to avoid all processed foods, which often have “hidden” sugars added to them.
And the next time you’re craving sugar, try any of these things to combat it:
Choose natural sugars
Craving sweet? Have a piece of fruit, packed with natural sugars. That will satisfy your sweet tooth and fill you up with fiber and nutrients.
Don’t skip meals
Skipping meals leads to hunger, which leads to sharp sugar cravings. Eat regular meals to make sure your blood-sugar levels stay even.
Eat something bitter
The surest way to end a craving for a taste is to eat the opposite. Incorporating bitter-tasting foods into your diet can cause you to crave sugar less. Eat more dark leafy greens, such as arugula, dandelion greens and kale. Snack on crunchy celery and radishes throughout the day. Added bonus: Eating bitter foods can also freshen bad breath!
Give in to sugar cravings – a little
If you absolutely need to have sugar, it’s OK to give in … a little. Think very, very small: 2 chocolate chips or even just 1 or 2 M&Ms. You’ll be shocked by how little sweetness you need to get that sugar fix.
At the end of the day, everybody is different. It’s important for bariatric surgery patients to listen to their bodies and how they respond.
PERSPECTIVES: Tell us about what you do in your role as Director of Breast Imaging at Einstein Healthcare Network.
DR. COPIT: My role is to ensure that Einstein has a state-of-the-art breast imaging program that takes excellent care of patients, encompasses advanced technology and equipment, and boasts a highly experienced team of technologists and radiologists who specialize in breast imaging.
PERSPECTIVES: When – and why – did you choose to join Einstein?
In the last few years, “the core” has become a buzzword in the exercise and fitness community. According to MossRehab’s Sports & Spine Rehabilitation specialist Jeff North, MD, our core is literally our core, or the center of our body and the central portion of our movements.All of our body’s motions and force production involve a properly functioning core. Our core is not just our abdominals. It includes the thoracic and lumbar spine, abdominal muscles, back muscles, pelvic and hip girdle muscles (especially the gluteals) and the thigh muscles.