Is Outpatient Knee Replacement on the Horizon?

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 23, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Imagine this: get knee replacement surgery in the morning, and be home in time for dinner. In pain and on a walker, perhaps, but home nonetheless.

That’s the future that awaits otherwise healthy patients, according to orthopedic surgeon Daniel  Goldstein. That’s the future that Medicare may make possible. And Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, where Dr. Goldstein works—with its on-site surgical center and affiliation with MossRehab—is the ideal setting for outpatient knee surgery. 

“We’re doing knee replacements in younger and healthier patients and we decided that some of them don’t have to stay overnight or two or three nights,” he said. A patient who is otherwise healthy, is walking, has a companion at home to help, and can tolerate the pain, is the ideal candidate for the outpatient procedure.

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Topics: Orthopedics

Debunking 5 Common Myths about Donating Blood

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 23, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Donating blood provides a lifesaving gift. It’s a simple thing to do and can make a big difference in the lives of others.

Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of those eligible actually donate, according to the American Red Cross. Many people don’t give blood due to misconceptions about the risks involved or their eligibility to donate.

Here are five common myths about donating blood—and the real facts:

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Topics: Blood Donation

Pioneering Einstein Cardiologist Honored with Woman of Heart Award

Posted by Jill Porter on Jan 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM

When Marjorie Stanek was a little girl, she accompanied her physician father on his house visits and hospital rounds. “He loved medicine,” she said, remembering that he inspired many members of the extended family to pursue careers in medicine. And even though she almost passed out while watching him perform surgery when she was a young teen, she became a doc, too.

Stanek is in her 40th year of practice at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, where she was the first full-time female cardiologist when she was hired in 1977. Now, she’s been named the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women 2017 Woman of Heart Award.

“I love cardiology and I’m thrilled to be honored by this wonderful organization for my work,” said Dr. Stanek, 70, who lives in Huntingdon Valley.

The award recognizes an “outstanding healthcare professional who has made it their mission to make a difference in the lives of those who have been impacted by heart disease,” according to the American Heart Association.

“I often think about my patients, especially in the middle of the night. You’re never free of that.”

Dr. Stanek was among the women pioneers who broke gender barriers when they became physicians.

Her husband’s class of 160 at Temple Medical School had eight women. She attended Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania—now Drexel—and said she’s “grateful” for the opportunity to pursue the career she loved, rather than bitter at the discrimination that may have kept her out of a coed school.

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Topics: Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Care

Einstein Celebrates Martin Luther King Day 2017

Posted by Jeff Meade on Jan 17, 2017 3:06:28 PM

Rachel Loeper, Mighty Writers education director (above), accepts donations of books and writing materials 

For Einstein Healthcare Network, Martin Luther King Day is a day to remember the life of the late civil rights leader, but it also presents an opportunity to celebrate the Einstein employees whose acts of kindness and charity best exemplify the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Take, for example, the four employees who earned the 2017 Keeper of the Dream Awards, presented at Einstein’s annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Tribute.

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Topics: People

Is Weight Loss Surgery Possible if You Have Heart Disease?

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 16, 2017 5:55:23 PM

If you struggle with obesity and heart disease, you may think weight loss surgery is out of reach. But the truth is, many people with heart disease are good candidates for bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

“People with heart disease can absolutely be candidates for weight loss surgery,” says Renee Tholey, MD, a bariatric surgeon at Einstein Healthcare Network. Dr. Tholey specializes in minimally-invasive surgery and robotics. “We will ask you to see your cardiologist—or we can set you up with one here at Einstein—prior to surgery. You may need an ultrasound of your heart or further workup to ensure your heart is in the best condition it can be.”  

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Topics: Bariatric Surgery

Tricks to Help You Stick with Your Resolutions

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 16, 2017 12:33:24 PM

This is it. The year you vow to lose weight, get fit, quit smoking or make other positive changes in your life. It seems easy enough—you’re motivated and know that what you’re planning to do is good for you.

You start the year with the best intentions. So why is it that if you’re like approximately 80 percent of Americans, you’ll give up on your goals by the second week in February?

One major problem with sticking to resolutions for more than a few days or a few weeks is that many people try to make changes that are not easy to live with. We aim too high only to set ourselves up for failure because those changes are not sustainable. For example, if we want to lose weight, we adopt an eating plan that makes us feel deprived. If getting fitter is our goal, we join a gym and start going five times a week, only to quickly burn out.

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Topics: Nutrition

Are You Getting the Cervical Cancer Screenings You Need?

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Wellness - Are You Getting the Cervical Cancer Screenings You Need?

In 2016, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released new cervical cancer screening guidelines. The big news?

Yearly Pap tests may be a thing of the past for many women. How often you should get screened for cervical cancer now depends on your age and health history.

While less frequent Pap smears are recommended for many women, ACOG still encourages a yearly visit to your gynecologist to discuss health maintenance and lifestyle issues, as well as whether a pelvic exam is needed. 

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Topics: Women's Health

Cheddar Bacon Muffins a Filling Breakfast On the Go

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

This healthy muffin is a perfect grab-and-go snack. Made with whole wheat flour, these cheddar bacon muffins are a healthy snack for any time of the day.


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp salt
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Topics: Recipes

Meet Claudia Dourado, MD

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Claudia Dourado, MD, is a medical oncologist and hematologist, board certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology, and here's how she sums up her practice: 

"My work is important because being diagnosed with cancer is probably one of the hardest things that's going to happen to somebody's life."

Watch this video to learn more. 

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Topics: Cancer

One Einstein Department's Generosity Benefits Cradles to Crayons

Posted by Jeff Meade on Jan 10, 2017 3:27:33 PM

Hugh Jenkins and Larisha Barnes-Taylor

Spend $25 for a Pollyanna gift to exchange with a co-worker, or use the money to better the lives of people who could really use it?

For a group of employees in Einstein’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine over the holidays, there was no question about it—not when there are so many needy people in the world.

“We wanted to make a donation instead of a Pollyanna,” says histology technologist Larisha (Re) Barnes-Taylor. “We wanted to find an organization we could donate to.” The organization they chose was Cradles to Crayons, which collects new and gently used children’s items—everything from toys to clothing to diapers—to help families in need. Barnes-Taylor had seen Cradles to Crayons profiled locally on 6ABC’s Action News.

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Topics: Laboratory

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