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This Mom Created a Very Philly Line of Shirts to Help Fight Cancer

Isabella Santos was just two when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer. That was in 2007. Over the new few […]

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More Philly Hospitals Are Becoming “Baby-Friendly.” Maybe That’s Not a Good Thing.

Less than 12 hours after Benny enters the world, she’s rolled into my room in a plastic bassinet. I can tell she’s on her way […]

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This Wayne Teenager’s Selfie Was Broadcast in Times Square to Raise Awareness for Pediatric Migraines

Six years old should be an age of glorious firsts — learning how to read, successfully riding a two-wheeler, maybe even hosting a sleepover. For […]

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Haley Morris Seemed Like a Healthy 20-Year-Old — Until a Genetic Disorder Took Her Life

Every night, Susan Wallace and Haley Morris exchanged the same three phrases: “Good night. God bless you. I love ya.” To an outsider, these remarks […]

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These Three Philly Sisters Are Here to Help Lupus Patients Feel Less Alone

So you wake up one day with aches and pains. Who hasn’t, right? You assume they’ll go away in a few days, attributing the twinges […]

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This Philly-Area Expert’s Creative New Book Gets Real About Postpartum Depression

When you’re in the throes of trying to keep a tiny human alive, the world around you may seem a little gray. After all, you’re […]

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You Might Want to Get Your Home Tested for This Radioactive Gas

There’s a reason we all have carbon monoxide detectors in our homes: The toxic gas can cause memory, vision, and movement issues, and high levels […]

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10 Places to Go for Healthy-ish Happy Hours Around Philly

Non-alcoholic drinks (or mocktails) have become increasingly trendy across the bar and restaurant scene in the city. And this is good news for wellness lovers; considering […]

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Do Yoga and Zumba at This Free West Philly Health Fair and Block Party

Some of us take our ability to go to the doctors whenever we need to for granted — and it’s easy to do that because when […]

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Independence Blue Cross Announces Big Drops in Opioid Prescriptions and Use Among Members

Independence Blue Cross says it’s making headway in fighting the opioid crisis. The insurer’s efforts over the last four years have led to a dramatic […]

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An American Tale

The Migration Policy Institute estimates that 27 percent of the approximately 850,000 practicing physicians and surgeons in the United States are foreign-born. I am part […]

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Girl Power

This is an extraordinary time for female athletes, especially in the United States. Serena Williams — arguably the greatest American athlete of all time — […]

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Today I Told A Woman She’s Going to Die

I told my patient today that I think she’s going to die. Not because she has any one terminal illness, but because she’s the prototype […]

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Having a Heart (Or a Kidney)

I traveled to Philadelphia in 2002 for a United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) consensus conference to discuss the state of the national kidney allocation […]

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A Good Death

I was a brand-new doctor, in my first week of residency after med school, working overnight in the ICU. I called home to check on […]