Tips for Planning a Healthier Halloween Party

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Oct 25, 2016 10:30:00 AM

If you’re planning a Halloween party, the event doesn’t have to be all about candy and unhealthy treats. This healthy black-and-orange themed menu will keep ghosts and goblins of all ages coming back for more.

Spooky Appetizers

Serve black bean mango salsa with black bean tortilla chips.

To make salsa, combine 1 can rinsed black beans, 2 to 3 tablespoons of lime juice, 1 diced mango, 1/3 cup diced red onion and a minced jalapeño pepper.

Create a platter filled with raw baby carrots and sliced orange peppers. Serve with black bean dip.

Melt low-fat shredded cheddar cheese over black bean tortilla chips. Top with sliced black olives.

Skewer low-fat cheese cubes with olives.

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Topics: Recipes, Nutrition

Plan on Scaring Up This Healthy Recipe for Halloween: Boo Cups!

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Oct 24, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Here's a Halloween treat that is easy and healthy. Chocolate pudding dressed up with ghostly whipped topping makes a perfect Halloween dessert.


  • 8 oz 70% dark chocolate
  • 1/4 tsp olive oil
  • 12 oz light silken tofu
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup fat-free whipped topping
  • 20 mini dark chocolate chips
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Topics: Recipes, Nutrition

Einstein Injury Analysis Report Podcast: Week 7 Player Commentary

Posted by Christine Skiffington on Oct 21, 2016 2:52:15 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 seven of the season, Dr. Boehm weighs in on Bennie Logan's groin strain and how to avoid a reoccurring injury. Plus, she discusses the likelihood of Sam Bradford re-tearing his ACL.  Read More

Topics: Sports Medicine

Infographic: 7 Steps to Better Heart Health

Posted by Christine Skiffington on Oct 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

If you’re at risk for heart disease, we have good news for you. Many people can take steps to greatly reduce their chances of developing it.

Even if you already have cardiovascular issues or have had a heart attack, there’s still a lot you can do to prevent future heart problems.

This infographic outlines seven steps that experts recommend you take to help prevent heart disease.

Your doctor can tell you what each one means for you.

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Topics: Fitness

Video: Who Should Have a Gluten Free Diet?

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Oct 20, 2016 9:52:55 AM

Einstein dietitian Caitlyn Crosby, RD, LDN, answers this important question and addresses whether there are health benefits to going gluten free when not directed to by your health care provider.

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Topics: Nutrition, Celiac

Straight Talk about Good Posture

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Oct 20, 2016 9:26:58 AM

Good posture improves balance and circulation. Poor posture is bad for your health. It throws your head forward and strains the muscles in the neck, shoulders, back, and knees–a prescription for pain and injury down the road.

Do you slouch down in your easy chair to read or watch TV? Hunch over the sink to brush your teeth? Carry a heavy shoulder bag? Regularly wear high heels? Strain your wrists and crane your neck for hours at the computer?

If so, it’s time to sit up, straighten up, balance your load, change shoes, and take a break. Use this infographic for quick tips to improve posture while sitting at a computer or standing.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Einstein Orthopedic Surgeon Honored with Diversity Award

Posted by Jeff Meade on Oct 19, 2016 10:30:00 AM

For Einstein orthopedic surgeon Richard E. Grant, MD, dedication to diversity and inclusion runs deep.

“It really started with my dad, Benjamin F. Grant,” he says. “My dad was a doctor, but he was also a civil rights activist out of Muncie, IN. He saw two goals for someone to be a responsible individual: they had to have a direction in life and a sense of dedication to something.”

He also credits the courage and determination of his social worker mother, Juanita C. Grant, MSW. A strong role model, she worked her way up from poverty and difficult circumstances to earn her master’s degree before she met her husband.

Though he doesn’t consider himself a civil rights activist, Dr. Grant’s own experience coming up through the ranks of medicine also made it clear to him that although there’s been notable progress, there’s still a way to go before women and minorities are better represented in orthopedics. That’s why he has dedicated himself to opening up the field—and it’s for those efforts that the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is presenting him with the organization’s 2017 Diversity Award.

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Topics: Einstein People

Trick or Treat Safety Tips for a Spooktacular Halloween

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Oct 18, 2016 1:28:13 PM

When we think of Halloween, we picture children laughing in colorful costumes, jack-o'-lanterns glowing in house windows, and buckets brimming with candy and treats.

Experts warn, however, that this fun-filled night can pose safety hazards.

An alternative is to throw a Halloween party and invite kids, rather than have them out on the street.

If your kids will be going door-to-door trick-or-treating, however, some precautions can make the evening safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Use this infographic and additional tips below as a guide for a safe and spooktacular Halloween.

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Topics: Health and Safety

Turning to Art When All Seemed Lost and Finding Himself

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Oct 17, 2016 1:02:39 PM

Artist Ray Colleran won’t soon forget his 34th birthday. While celebrating with friends, he endured a grand mal seizure that lasted five minutes. The seizure—which followed two previous neck and spinal cord injuries sustained in auto accidents—changed his life, including his personality:

“I became agoraphobic,” he says. “I couldn’t take the subway. I couldn’t remember if I ate. I started watching TV all the time. I stopped playing cards with my friends.”

Not long after the seizure, his marriage broke up, and the gallery that represented him dropped him. “I guess I was not the man I used to be,” he says. “I can’t believe I thought nothing had changed, but everybody else knew.”

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Aneurysm that Claimed Actor's Life Surprisingly Common

Posted by Jill Porter on Oct 14, 2016 4:04:33 PM

Tommy Ford, a member of the cast of “Martin,” a popular sitcom that aired on the Fox network in the '90s, died of an abdominal aortic aneurysm on Wednesday at the age of 52. The rupture is a surprisingly common cause of death, according to Nadia Awad, MD, a vascular surgeon at Einstein.

AAA is the 10th leading cause of death in men over the age of 55 and the 15th leading cause of death in the United States, Dr. Awad said. It's caused by the weakening of the aorta, the main blood vessel that supplies blood to your body, which leads to a balloon-like dilation.

According to Dr. Awad:

AAA is fairly common and every year 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with one. Most AAA cause no symptoms and are found when a patient is being evaluated for another medical problem. However, some patients have pain, which can be a sign of impending rupture. The larger the AAA becomes, the greater the chance that it may burst, which is a life-threatening event that can happen without notice. Up to 90 percent of patients who have ruptured AAA die.

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Topics: Diseases & Conditions

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