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February 21, 2013 | By Kimberly Garrison
1 OBESITY Carrying extra pounds is a risk factor for nearly every preventable disease. No, it's not about being skinny - and it's not about being obese. It's about being at an optimal, healthy weight for your height. Forget the BMI and just look at yourself in a full-length mirror naked. 2 PHYSICAL INACTIVITY Don't worry about running a marathon. Just commit to walking every day for a minimum of 30 minutes and doing a few calisthenics in your bedroom. It doesn't have to be complicated.
NEWS
May 18, 1999 | By Murray Dubin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Despite the economic good times, 9.2 million American children - one in seven - are in serious distress and at risk of having continuing problems later in life. These youngsters are at risk not just for one reason, but for many. What makes their situation especially dire is that each is burdened with four or more measurable risk factors, as identified by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its new Kids Count Data Book, which was released today. The factors are: the child is growing up in a single-parent home; the household head does not have a high school diploma; family income is below the poverty line; a parent does not have steady full-time employment; the family is receiving welfare benefits; and the child lacks health insurance.
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November 28, 1997 | by Mensah M. Dean, Daily News Staff Writer
Ahlayshia Holmes. Amire Lowe. Charnae Wise. Raymond Graves. These young Philadelphians all died this year, allegedly at the hands of adult relatives. Though the abuse they suffered is extreme compared to what social workers normally encounter, it is still indicative of the harsh realities that thousands of city preschoolers face day in and day out. According to a new city-commissioned report, an alarmingly large number of young children are exposed to myriad risk factors that keep them from excelling once they begin school.
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May 24, 1999 | BY MICHAEL P. ERIKSEN
Jeff Jacoby (column, May 12) challenges the science used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to estimate how many people die from cigarette smoking each year in the United States. The column was based on an article by Robert Levy and Rosalind Marimont in Regulation magazine, which contains numerous errors about the harm of smoking. Levy and Marimont claim the government counts as a smoking-related death all smokers who die from a certain disease, even if they had other risk factors.
NEWS
November 22, 1994 | BY CAROL DAHLGREN
Every year, more than 45,000 American women die from breast cancer. Seventy-five percent of those women have no risk factors. These women are among the most susceptible to the disease because they feel that since they have no risk factors, they are immune. Because of this false sense of security, these and many more women will die from breast cancer this year, although they could greatly increase their chances of survival by taking a few minutes out of their routines to conduct breast examinations.
NEWS
December 17, 1990 | By Marc Schogol Compiled from reports from Inquirer wire services
THE SPORTING LIFE What is this? Runners swilling beer after an important race? Yes, but it is nonalcoholic beer that runners increasingly are reaching for after they hit the finish line, Runner's World magazine reports. Not only are such brews palatable and refreshing, they also supply needed carbohydrates and fluids. The alcohol in regular beer acts as a diuretic, but nonalcoholic beer, which is less than 0.5 percent alcohol, does not leave you dry or drunk, the magazine says.
NEWS
February 24, 1993 | by Mary Flannery, Daily News Staff Writer
Baldness can be bad for your heart. That's the conclusion of a report published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That baldness is bad for the heart is no secret to thousands of lighter- on-top men toiling in the singles bars and computer dating files of America. But romance isn't the interest of the JAMA report. Dr. Samuel M. Lesko of Boston University School of Medicine studied 1,437 men ages 21 to 54 at 35 New England hospitals and found that men with male- pattern baldness may face a "modest" increased risk of heart attack.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2013
AS WE celebrate Valentine's Day on Thursday, this is an opportune time to talk heart health with the ones we love. Just in case you need a little reminder, the No. 1 silent killer of all Americans, regardless of education, race or social-economic status, is coronary heart disease, the result of plaque blockages in the arteries that supply oxygen to the heart. Approximately every 30 seconds, an American is stricken with some kind of coronary event, according to the American Heart Association.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2013
FORMER ATHLETE-turned-restaurant manager Stephanie Varela, 29, attributed her sweating, shortness of breath and slight chest pains to the stress of hard work and rushing around. Neither she nor the paramedics would realize she was having a heart attack. It happened on a Saturday evening last September, the Philadelphia resident recalled recently. "I was on the phone trying to calm down an irate guest, and the minute I hung up, it felt like someone was sitting on my chest. I felt this stabbing pain in my shoulder that traveled down to my arm, elbow and finally to my fingers, which went numb.
NEWS
January 27, 2012 | By Martin Tobias
Albert Einstein is reputed to have said that "everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. " The current debate about the global epidemic of non-communicable diseases - chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer - has ignored this advice. Policymakers have oversimplified the challenge by focusing on the growing prevalence of non-communicable diseases - the sheer number of people with these diseases - which is not really the problem. True, almost all regions of the world are experiencing an increase in the prevalence of these diseases, partly because as deaths from acute infectious diseases and injuries decline, people live long enough to develop them.
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October 22, 2014
ISSUE | RACY E-MAIL With robes, change Courtesy of Justice Seamus P. McCaffery, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has become a laughingstock anew, a comedian's punchline ("Swift justice," Oct. 17). McCaffery, a former Philadelphia police officer, asserts that coarse language and crude jokes were part and parcel of his former job. I do not doubt it, but that type of comportment is something that a Supreme Court justice must shed long before ascending to the bench. |Oren M. Spiegler, Upper St. Clair Didn't even peek?
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September 8, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Using caffeine to treat premature newborns for apnea - dangerous pauses in breathing during sleep - does not have long-term harmful effects on their sleep or breathing patterns, according to research led by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. But the new study also found that prematurity itself is a risk factor for sleep disorders years later. Children born preterm had high rates of obstructive sleep apnea and periodic limb movement during sleep, whether or not they had caffeine therapy in the neonatal intensive care unit.
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February 2, 2014 | By Meeri Kim, For The Inquirer
Since the 1960s, the number of people dying from heart disease has fallen steadily in the United States. But heart disease is still responsible for a quarter of all deaths, and remains the leading cause of mortality for both men and women. Innovations in care and more insight into risk factors has helped lessen its damaging impact. One insight is that many people can control their risk. Most heart disease is preventable, but "we don't pay attention to that disease process" until it's too advanced, said Daniel Edmundowicz, medical director of the Temple Heart and Vascular Institute in North Philadelphia.
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September 1, 2013 | By Daniel Taylor, For The Inquirer
The word pediatrician conjures up Norman Rockwell-like images of a doctor listening to the heart of a child's doll. We tend to be a happy crew: treating newborns with unlimited potential, struggling with teens as they figure out who they are. That's the good stuff. But there's a darker side of pediatrics. It rears up when a child removes his shirt for an exam and has telltale bruises. Or when a child flinches each time a parent moves suddenly. Recently, as I was preparing for patients, I noticed a consult report on an 8-year-old boy whom I have been caring for since birth.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2013
FORMER ATHLETE-turned-restaurant manager Stephanie Varela, 29, attributed her sweating, shortness of breath and slight chest pains to the stress of hard work and rushing around. Neither she nor the paramedics would realize she was having a heart attack. It happened on a Saturday evening last September, the Philadelphia resident recalled recently. "I was on the phone trying to calm down an irate guest, and the minute I hung up, it felt like someone was sitting on my chest. I felt this stabbing pain in my shoulder that traveled down to my arm, elbow and finally to my fingers, which went numb.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2013 | By Kimberly Garrison
1 OBESITY Carrying extra pounds is a risk factor for nearly every preventable disease. No, it's not about being skinny - and it's not about being obese. It's about being at an optimal, healthy weight for your height. Forget the BMI and just look at yourself in a full-length mirror naked. 2 PHYSICAL INACTIVITY Don't worry about running a marathon. Just commit to walking every day for a minimum of 30 minutes and doing a few calisthenics in your bedroom. It doesn't have to be complicated.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2013
AS WE celebrate Valentine's Day on Thursday, this is an opportune time to talk heart health with the ones we love. Just in case you need a little reminder, the No. 1 silent killer of all Americans, regardless of education, race or social-economic status, is coronary heart disease, the result of plaque blockages in the arteries that supply oxygen to the heart. Approximately every 30 seconds, an American is stricken with some kind of coronary event, according to the American Heart Association.
NEWS
August 8, 2012
By Jerry Ratcliffe Since the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., the media have focused particularly on two issues: the ease with which the perpetrator acquired an assault rifle and the possibility that he is mentally ill. While these topics may fascinate cable news channels, they are at most peripheral to America's gun violence problem - which grabbed headlines yet again with a mass shooting at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee on Sunday. Rifles are used in less than 5 percent of the country's homicides.
NEWS
July 30, 2012
Numerous studies have found that erectile dysfunction is a better predictor of future heart disease than well-known risk factors such as smoking, high cholesterol, and family history of heart attacks - especially in middle-aged men. Based on a review of the research, an international group of experts including Allen D. Seftel, head of urology at Cooper University Hospital, is urging physicians to ask about ED symptoms in all men over age 30. ...
NEWS
March 2, 2012 | By Susan Reimer, Baltimore Sun (MCT)
Dementia and its evil twin, Alzheimer's, may have moved ahead of cancer on the list of most feared diseases, especially among baby boomers, who have begun to believe it is their inescapable fate if they have the bad luck to live too long. So we grasp at any news about aging, hoping that medical science has indeed found a way to preserve that most essential part of who we are - our memories. Do we protect our minds by doing the New York Times crossword puzzle or by doing aerobics?
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