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Putting a Wheelchair Racing Trainer Through its Paces at MossRehab

Posted by Jeff Meade on Dec 7, 2016 2:02:14 PM

A team of students from the University of Delaware is designing a portable wheelchair racer trainer. Where better to test it but at MossRehab, with a veteran member of the MossRehab-sponsored Global Abilities racing team?

The visit was designed to help the students refine their design for the project, which will continue into next semester. After the team tweaks the trainer based on this week’s visit, it will come back to MossRehab and Global Abilities for further testing at that time. Wesley Chay, MD, Clinical Director, Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilition Inpatient Unit, and Naomi Greenberg, Physical Therapy Team Leader, were on hand to watch the test and offer insights on improving the design. 

The goal is to help advance the popularity and accessibility of wheelchair racing as a sport. Testing enabled the U.D. students to gauge the trainer’s speed, stability and resistance.

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Topics: MossRehab

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

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

MossRehab Offers Yoga Class for People with MS

Posted by Jeff Meade on Oct 31, 2016 10:26:44 AM

They might be in a wheelchair or a power chair. Maybe they walk with a cane.

It’s not that it doesn’t matter, but for the two hours they devote each week to yoga at MossRehab, people with multiple sclerosis (MS) can focus not on their limitations, but their potential. And they have greater potential than they might have realized, says Sherri Bittner, who leads what is called oMS Yoga, both at MossRehab’s main campus in Elkins Park, Pa. and MossRehab in Doylestown, Pa.

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Topics: MossRehab

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

Einstein Emergency Doctors Receive Heroism Award

Posted by Jeff Meade on Sep 26, 2016 10:00:59 AM

Although they helped save the life of a 46-year-old man pinned beneath a train in Northeast Philadelphia more than a year ago, Einstein emergency physicians Melissa Kohn, MD, and Megan Stobart-Gallagher, DO, are still being recognized for their critical role in the man’s rescue. Drs. Kohn and Stobart-Gallagher performed an emergency amputation of the heavily sedated man’s foot, working in a cramped space under the train.

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Topics: Emergency Medicine

Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases Advises: Get Your Inside Story

Posted by Jeff Meade on Sep 20, 2016 10:40:46 AM

Screening for Tay-Sachs—a fatal neurological disease affecting young children—has been widely embraced within the Jewish community for decades and is regarded as one of the true success stories in the field of genetic testing.

While Tay-Sachs is by far the best known of Jewish genetic disorders, it is far from the only one.

That’s why the Einstein Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases strongly recommends that couples of Jewish heritage get screened to determine whether they are carriers for diseases with a high prevalence within the Jewish community. (Carriers are people who have one copy of a mutated gene that could be passed along to their children. People who are carriers do not have the actual disease.)

Among the specific Jewish genetic diseases the Victor Center screens for is Gaucher Disease, a metabolic enzyme deficiency with a carrier rate of 1 in 200 in the general population, but up to 1 in 10 to 15 among Ashkenazi Jews (Jews of Eastern European descent). Another example is Fanconi Anemia, an inherited bone marrow disorder with a carrier rate of 1 in 300 in the general population, but about 1 in 100 among Ashkenazi Jews.

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Topics: Victor Center

Four Lessons for Parents on Kids' School Health

Posted by Jeff Meade on Sep 6, 2016 1:58:38 PM

Emiliano Tatar, MD

The kids have gotten the required vaccinations and physicals. From a health perspective, at least, they’re ready to start school.

Still, as parents take their children to visit the pediatrician to take care of the basic school health requirements, other subjects do come up, says Emiliano Tatar, MD, a pediatrician at Einstein Physicians Roxborough. Many of those issues should remain on parents’ radar all school year, he says.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Tatar.

Obesity. It's one of the key medical concerns that presents itself, Dr. Tatar says. Although addressing obesity doesn’t fall into the category of a school district health requirement, it is something parents need to recognize as a problem and take steps to address.

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Topics: Pediatrics

For MossRehab's Alberto Esquenazi, STEM Is a Part of Everyday Living

Posted by Jeff Meade on Aug 15, 2016 1:53:52 PM

Alberto Esquenazi, MD, chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MossRehab, always knew he wanted to go into medicine. Growing up in Mexico, he says, the school system helped him prepare for his future vocation—indeed, his passion—with a thorough grounding in the sciences.

“In Mexico, very early in high school you have to choose a path,” Dr. Esquenazi says. “You are encouraged to make a selection, and then your curriculum will reflect that choice. I knew I wanted to go into medicine, so I got into the track for the sciences. There was still a core curriculum, but I was heavily benefited by receiving math, physics and biology classes.”

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Topics: STEM

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