June 14, 2015 |
If you have a chronic medical problem, you may be taking a prescription medication daily for the rest of your life. This can prove costly and often causes long-term adverse side effects. But did you know there are alternatives to medications? Though some people will need prescription drugs long-term, others may find that with their doctors' help they can reduce dosages or even get off one or more medications entirely by making simple lifestyle changes. Let's take a look at some of the most-prescribed medications, what they are designed to treat, and how to get started on a path for life with fewer or no medications.
May 14, 2015 |
A FATHER of eight who was shot by police after his car allegedly struck four cops yesterday in Olney was disoriented because he had experienced a seizure while driving, according to the man's family members and a woman who was in the car with him. Rudolph "Blue" Keitt Jr., 46, of West Oak Lane, remained in a medically induced coma last night after undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to his chest at Einstein Medical Center, his family said....
May 10, 2015 |
If you asked 100 random people on the street whether they would like to be in good physical shape, most would answer with a resounding "yes. " Though many people want to exercise, too many of us reason our way off the treadmill and onto the couch. Spring is here and summer is approaching, so I have compiled a list of the top 10 excuses I have heard from patients, and how to overcome them. 1. I don't have time. Planning out time to exercise at the start of the week is crucial.
May 7, 2015 |
GEORGE HETTENBACH had a lifelong love of automobiles, so it was considerably trying for him when he wasn't allowed to drive while recuperating from a heart attack in 2011. "Neurologically, he's fine," his wife, the former Alyson Walsh, said at the time. "I'm not dealing with any other issues, other than his complaints about my driving, which he believed could cause him to have a heart attack. " George's life was saved by a dedicated team of doctors and nurses when he suffered cardiac arrest at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in September 2011.
February 23, 2015 |
At Martin O'Riordan's cardiology practice in Darby and Springfield, it happens weekly. A 45- or 50-year-old patient mentions that her father had a heart attack at the same age. Worried that the same fate will befall her despite being in good health, she takes baby aspirin every day. O'Riordan's typical response: Please stop. Physicians have known for decades that daily, low-dose aspirin makes sense for patients who have had a heart attack or stroke, as it sharply reduces the chance of having a second one. But for people who have never had one of these cardiovascular "events," the thinking on aspirin is less clear, despite two recent large-scale studies.
February 16, 2015 |
Can a modified vegan diet - heavy on tofu, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and low on saturated and trans fats - significantly help with heart disease? It's a question that Robert Fischer, head of the division of infectious diseases at Einstein Medical Center, considered last October, after his second coronary event in 61/2 years. On the surface, Fischer, 65, of Elkins Park, appears to be an unlikely candidate for heart disease. He exhibits none of the usual risk factors.
January 3, 2015 |
An Army narrative describes how Jeffrey F. Zauber, a Cherry Hill native, earned a Distinguished Service Cross for "exceptionally valorous actions" in South Vietnam on Feb. 2, 1969. "While serving as company medic during a mission to relieve a sister unit engaged with an enemy force," Mr. Zauber showed "extraordinary heroism," the June 25, 1969, account reads. "Approaching the combat area, Specialist Zauber's company came under intense enemy fire and sustained several casualties.
November 16, 2014 |
A 14-year-old girl had two light-headed spells at school and "nearly fainted. " The incident quickly brought her to the attention of the school nurse, who noted that her heart rate was high at 112 beats per minute. The girl admitted that she had sensed her heart beating quickly over the last few months. Before eighth grade, she had been an A student in honors classes. But this year her grades fell considerably, with mostly Cs. She was playing field hockey but opted to pull herself off the field because she felt short of breath.
November 12, 2014
HAPPY DAYS are here again, right? Stocks are up, the recession is over and employment continues to grow (though wages remain stagnant). Perhaps it's a renewed optimism over employment growth - or is it apathy over stagnant wages? - that kept two-thirds of U.S. voters from even bothering to vote last week. You may be asking what the Pennsylvania governor's race had to do with your fitness and health. Quite a bit, if you ask me. Gubernatorial elections have a real impact on our day-to-day lives.
August 3, 2014 |
You might recall the name of Michelle Funk, the toddler who was submerged underwater in an icy creek in 1986 for more than an hour. When paramedics finally pulled her out, she was lifeless, cold and blue. Miraculously, as the American Medical Association later described it, the 21/2-year-old not only survived, she made a full recovery. No one had ever been "dead" for that long and brought back without severe brain damage. Funk's recovery is an extraordinary case of resuscitation, the act of bringing patients back to life.