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Answers to Your Questions about Liver Health

Posted by Larry Blumenthal on Jan 30, 2017 3:30:00 PM

You may not be aware of it, but your liver plays an important role in your digestive system. Everything you drink or eat – including medications and supplements – passes through your liver, creating the potential for damage.

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, hepatologist Jennifer Au, MD, and registered dietitian Danielle Zolotnitsky from Einstein’s Center for Advanced Liver Disease and Transplantation fielded questions about liver health and wellness live on Facebook. Below is a transcript of the questions and answers. You can view the event itself on Facebook.

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Topics: Liver

Stroke Therapy Tricks Brain Motor System

Posted by Larry Blumenthal on Dec 23, 2016 12:44:02 PM

Steven Jax, PhD

Many people who have had a stroke experience difficulty moving one arm.

These problems can significantly affect their quality of life, but treating them is often challenging and many individuals fail to ever recover adequate use of the arm. Improvement for many people who have experienced a stroke is also hindered by limited medical insurance coverage for long-term therapy.

Hope may come for these patients from a technique using mirrors that tricks the brain into thinking it sees both limbs as healthy.

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Topics: Stroke, MRRI

Testing a Treatment for Phantom Limb Pain

Posted by Larry Blumenthal on Dec 15, 2016 10:43:17 AM

Research by Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute and Penn Medicine into a treatment for the phantom limb pain received coverage on a Philadelphia television station recently.

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Topics: MossRehab

Police Officer Heads Home from MossRehab

Posted by Larry Blumenthal on Nov 9, 2016 2:01:37 PM

Atlantic City Police Officer Josh Vadell, who was shot in the head responding to a robbery Sept. 3, 2016, was discharged yesterday from the Drucker Brain Injury Center at MossRehab to a hero's welcome.

Police officers from Atlantic City Police DepartmentPhiladelphia Police Department, and other local municipalities greeted Officer Vadell and his family to escort them home with motorcycles, cars, and sirens.

Learn more about MossRehab's traumatic brain injury services.

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Topics: MossRehab

A History in Pictures

Posted by Larry Blumenthal on Sep 6, 2016 3:28:56 PM

Over the past 150 years, Einstein Healthcare Network has grown from a 22-bed, converted farmhouse in West Philadelphia known as the Jewish Hospital to the largest independent academic medical network in the region. Here is the story of the Hospital's early years—in pictures.

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Topics: Einstein150

Your Questions Answered on Kidney Stones

Posted by Larry Blumenthal on Jun 29, 2016 3:42:12 PM

On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Justin Friedlander, MD, director of endourology (endoscopic urologic surgery) and Einstein's Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center, fielded your questions in an online chat.

Dr. Friedlander specializes in the treatment of kidney and ureteral stones. He is one of the only physicians in the Philadelphia area to perform percutaneous nephrolithotomy for larger kidney stones by using x-ray guidance to gain access to the kidney, and the stone is removed through a small incision in the flank.

For stone prevention, Dr. Friedlander conducts comprehensive metabolic evaluations to develop individualized patient treatment plans.

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Topics: Urology, Kidney Stones

Dr. Simhan Answers 31 Patient Questions on Erectile Dysfunction

Posted by Larry Blumenthal on May 26, 2016 3:32:44 PM

On June 15, 2016, Jay Simhan, MD, director of Urologic Trauma, Reconstruction and Prosthetics for Einstein Healthcare Network, fielded questions during a live online chat. 

Dr. Simhan specializes in urologic trauma including injury to the kidneys, bladder, ureters, urethra, penis or scrotum. Dr. Simhan’s clinical interests include treatment of urethral stricture disease (narrowing of the urethra caused by inflammation or scar tissue from surgery, disease or injury), open and robotic urinary tract reconstruction, penile implant surgery, male anti-incontinence surgery, revision male prosthetic surgery, Peyronie’s disease (abnormal curvature of the penis), and complications from prostate cancer treatment. 

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Topics: Urologic Trauma, Reconstruction and Prosthetics

Meet Our First Full-Time Female Cardiologist

Posted by Larry Blumenthal on Apr 13, 2016 3:51:54 PM

Marjorie Stanek, MD, joined the Einstein Cardiology Department in 1977, becoming the first full-time female cardiologist on the hospital’s staff. She has remained here for 39 years, watching the Cardiology Department grow from a unit of just six full-time doctors to close to 50 today.

After graduating from The Medical College of Pennsylvania (MCP), Dr. Stanek served her first two years of residency at The Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I., and her last year at Hahnemann University Hospital and completed a cardiology fellowship at MCP.

Dr. Stanek, who is director of Einstein’s Cardiac Stress Laboratory and an assistant professor of medicine at Jefferson Medical College, recently sat down to reminisce about her early years at the hospital and how the practice of cardiology has advanced.

Let’s go back 39 years. Can you talk about how you wound up working at Einstein?

Dr. Stanek: I was a fellow at The Medical College of Pennsylvania. The head of my department, Dr. William S. Frankl, knew Dr. Harry Goldberg, the head of Einstein’s Cardiology Department. He called Dr. Goldberg. I came and interviewed, and they gave me the job. It was simple. I’ve been here ever since. [Dr. Goldberg was chief of cardiology at Einstein for 25 years and director emeritus for another 17 years.]

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Topics: Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Care

Stroke of Genius: The Naming of Albert Einstein Medical Center

Posted by Larry Blumenthal on Mar 31, 2016 4:35:35 PM

So, how did the Jewish Hospital wind up being named after Albert Einstein?

In 1951, the Jewish Hospital agreed to merge with Philadelphia’s other two Jewish hospitals—Mt. Sinai Hospital in South Philadelphia and Northern Liberties Hospital.

The three hospitals had decided to face the growing medical challenges of the 20th century together.

One of the first orders of business for new president Joseph M. First was to choose a name for the combined network.

It was agreed to approach Albert Einstein, one of the most eminent names in science at the time. (Second choice was Moses Maimonides, a Jewish philosopher and physician from the 13th century.)

First, who had been a board member of Mt. Sinai for many years and was an executive with the company that owned the Philadelphia Inquirer, reached out to Einstein with an offer to visit the great scientist at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. to discuss using his name for the new medical center.

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Topics: 150th Anniversary

Born at Einstein? Share Your Story

Posted by Larry Blumenthal on Jan 4, 2016 10:51:18 AM

In 1866, a hospital built in a converted farmhouse in West Philadelphia opened its doors, “dedicated to the relief of the sick and wounded without regard to creed, color or nationality.”

150 years later, that hospital has grown into the Einstein Healthcare Network.

To help celebrate Einstein’s 150th Anniversary, we are looking for photos of all the bouncing baby boys and girls who were born into our family.

Upload your photo and a brief story or comment at While you are there, you can browse through the stories from other members of the family. Maybe you’ll even find someone who was in the crib next to you.

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Topics: 150th Anniversary

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