When most people go to see their primary care physician, they will inevitably have a discussion on their cholesterol or lipid panel. This is a set of laboratory studies that includes cholesterol subtypes minimally including LDL, HDL and triglyceride cholesterol. Some doctors may choose to order more specialized testing that can include dozens of other cholesterol particle measurements. The overall goal of this type of testing is to help determine an individual’s overall risk for cardiovascular disease including heart attack, stroke and kidney disease.
Dr. Rocco Costabile, For the Times
| October 1, 2014 |
Achieving the full advantages of immunizations begins with patient education. It is critical to understand thoroughly the statistics, necessity and importance of timeliness to complete each immunization series. All childhood vaccines are given in two or more doses. Vaccines stimulate a child’s immune system, thus producing antibodies against potentially fatal infections. Vaccines do not treat diseases. The benefit of routine vaccination prevents them. More information can be found by visiting the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov
Ribbon cutting: Holmesburg residents celebrated the grand opening of a new, comprehensive medical campus on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting and health fair at The Center for Medical Excellence on the 8000 block of Frankford Ave. The former Holmesburg Family Practice, led by Dr. Joseph Pongonis, has expanded into a full-service medical center with EPIC Physicians primary and urgent care, Einstein Healthcare Network’s Multispecialty Suite, Progress Physical Therapy, Lawall Prosthetic & Orthotic Services, Patelka Dental and Holmesburg Pharmacy. Doctors and staff treated visitors to breakfast, refreshments, prize giveaways, child face painting and other entertainment, in addition to medical information.
Two Northeast-area ambulance drivers were sentenced last week to serve at least two years in federal prison for their roles in a multimillion-dollar Medicare fraud. One of the drivers is also facing murder charges for his role in an unrelated drag racing crash on Roosevelt Boulevard that claimed the lives of a woman and her three young sons.
This is a common complaint heard in a doctor’s office. It affects men and women, young and old. But what is it? It is most commonly plantar fasciitis. You may not have heard of this diagnosis. It is more commonly known as a heel spur. This is an older terminology for the same diagnosis. The reason it was called a heel spur was because when the foot is X-rayed, often one sees a spur-like bony projection off of the bottom of the heel bone. For many years, this was thought to be the cause of the pain. Surgery was often performed to remove the spur. But often, even after removing the spur, the pain persists.
Walking for a cause: Students at Henry W. Lawton School in Wissinoming make supportive posters for a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk around their school on Friday, May 9. Proceeds benefitted the Linda Creed Foundation. The walk was organized by first-grade teacher Linda Pratts Lopez, a breast cancer survivor. PHOTOS BY MARIA POUCHNIKOVA
Federal narcotics investigator Jeremiah Daley spoke about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
Jeremiah Daley oversees a multimillion-dollar narcotics enforcement agency that reports directly to the White House. Yet, illicit substances like heroin, cocaine and marijuana aren’t atop his agenda when he speaks to community groups like the 7th Police District Advisory Council.
Almost everyone will experience an episode of low back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, about 80 percent of people in the U.S. will experience low back pain, known medically as lumbago, at some time.
Dr. Rocco Costabile, For the Times
| April 16, 2014 |
A former ambulance driver was ordered on April 3 to serve two years in federal prison for his role in a scheme to defraud Medicare of millions of dollars by transporting ineligible patients to medical facilities.