Which Fitness Tracker Is Right for Me?

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Dec 5, 2016 10:30:00 AM

You’re off to a great start on your new fitness program. A fitness tracker may be just what you need to stay motivated and track your progress.

Choosing the right fitness tracker can be daunting. Classified as “wearable technology,” fitness trackers can be used as simple devices to track distance walked, run or biked or as technology companions to monitor your sleep and lifestyle patterns, acting as a kind of fitness coach.

Which Type of Tracker Is Best for You?

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Topics: Fitness

Einstein Injury Analysis Report Podcast: Week 13 Player Commentary 2016

Posted by Christine Skiffington on Dec 2, 2016 3:32:42 PM

Einstein's own sports medicine expert Rosemarie Boehm, MD, joins Ike Reese on Sportsradio 94WIP this week to discuss the most important injuries of interest to Philadelphia football fans. Going into week thirteen of the season, Dr. Boehm weighs in on Jordan Matthews's sprained ankle and what makes a sprain more or less severe. Plus, she discusses how Lane Johnson can stay in football shape while he is suspended.  Read More

Topics: Sports Medicine, Injury Analysis Report

A Look Back at Thinkfest

Posted by Jasmine Johnson on Dec 2, 2016 11:46:37 AM

Einstein Health Network was once again a proud sponsor of Philadelphia magazine’s ThinkFest, now in its second year.

The annual conference features speakers from throughout the city sharing ongoing innovations and discoveries. 

Einstein’s Victor Navarro, MD, Medical Chair, Department of Transplantation, was one of the speakers at this year’s conference. Navarro spoke about his recent discoveries on the detrimental effects of herbal and dietary supplements on the liver. 

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Topics: Thinkfest

Are You Eating Too Much Sugar?

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Dec 1, 2016 2:41:35 PM

Sugar. It’s everywhere. You’ll not only find sugar in places you would expect—like cookies and candy—but it’s hiding in places you might not think of, like yogurt, ketchup and packaged foods that don’t even taste sweet. And those drinks that keep you going all day long? Chances are a majority of your daily sugar intake is coming from them.

The 2015-2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend adults limit the amount of sugar they consume each day to 10 percent of daily calories. For a 2,000-calorie diet, that equals about 50 grams or 12 teaspoons of sugar. The World Health Organization, which also used to recommend that sugar consumption be kept to a maximum of 10 percent of daily calories, now suggests only 5 percent of calories come from added sugar each day. That equals about 25 grams or 6 teaspoons of sugar. The American Heart Association also recommends that kids 2 to 18 years old eat no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day.

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Topics: Nutrition

Committed to a Career of Problem-Solving, Thanks to STEM

Posted by Jeff Meade on Dec 1, 2016 8:54:37 AM

Douglas McGee, DO, Chief Academic Officer, can’t recall a time when the sciences and math didn’t help determine the course of his life and career.

It started in Boy Scouts, with merit badges for first aid. It moved along to certification as an emergency medical technician (EMT) in high school and volunteer service with the local fire company. In junior high school and high school, he thrived on an academic diet of math, science, biology and physics. In college, he majored in chemistry, with a focus on organic chemistry.

The thread that ran through all of those intellectual and personal pursuits was an insatiable desire to analyze often stubborn problems and solve them.

Dr. McGee went on to the field of medicine, specializing in emergency medicine, where he is widely acknowledged for his expertise, leadership and scholarship. In his role as chief academic officer for Einstein Healthcare Network, he is principally responsible for all graduate, undergraduate and continuing medical education programs.

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Topics: STEM

Are Supplements Safe? Some Are—But Some Are Dangerous

Posted by Jeff Meade on Nov 28, 2016 1:49:50 PM

Nearly seven out of 10 Americans take dietary supplements of one kind or another. Most believe they're safe and that they do what it says they do on the label.

These assumptions could be wrong—in some cases, dangerously wrong.

We asked Victor Navarro, MD, medical chair in the Department of Transplantation, and a recent guest speaker at Philadelphia Magazine's Thinkfest, to weigh in on the subject.

1.) A 2015 consumer survey suggests 68 percent of U.S. adults take dietary supplements, and that 84 percent are confident that they’re safe, effective and of high quality. Do you believe their confidence is misplaced?

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Topics: Supplements, Liver

Einstein Injury Analysis Report Podcast: Week 12 Player Commentary

Posted by Christine Skiffington on Nov 23, 2016 11:01:24 AM

Einstein's own sports medicine expert Brett Sweitzer, MD, joins Ike Reese on Sportsradio 94WIP this week to discuss the most important injuries of interest to Philadelphia football fans. Going into week 12 of the season, Dr. Sweitzer weighs in on Ryan Matthews' sprained MCL, what it means and how that differs from an ACL injury. Plus, he discusses Halapoulivaati Vaitai's knee injury and how rehab differs for people of different sizes. 

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Topics: Sports Medicine, Injury Analysis Report

How—and Why—Einstein Fights Antibiotic Resistance

Posted by Jeff Meade on Nov 23, 2016 10:30:00 AM


When penicillin first started to enter everyday use in the 1940s, the antibiotic was considered a miracle. What’s not as well-known is this: even as this revolutionary killer of bacteria began curing infections that had previously taken the lives of countless human beings, some bacteria had already evolved that were resistant to it.

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Topics: Antibiotic Resistance

Video: How to Make Healthy Beverage Choices

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Nov 22, 2016 10:30:00 AM

In this video, Einstein dietitian Caitlyn Crosby, RD, LDN provides tips for deciding what to drink and what to avoid.

Many beverages are high in sugar or other sweeteners that have the effect of loading you up with empty calories, and guess what--you're still going to feel empty.

Some of the alternatives to sodas and other sugary drinks are, we'll admit it, just not the same, but trust us when we tell you that your body will like you for drinking them.

Hint: Water is big.

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Topics: Nutrition

Einstein Honors for a Transplant Coordinator

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Nov 21, 2016 1:14:47 PM

Einstein's Department of Transplantation is proud to honor Beth Meder, RN, BSN, with the Great Employee of the Month (GEM) Award!

Beth is our pre-liver transplant coordinator in the Department of Transplantation. She was nominated for the GEM Award by two co-workers, because she is always going above and beyond for our patients.

For one patient in particular, that was certainly true. Beth—along with some of our other dedicated nurseshelped this patient find an apartment. But they also went a step further and had their own family and friends donate furniture and clothing for the patient.

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Topics: Liver Transplant

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