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Thursday, December 31, 2009

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss in the United States, affecting an estimated 4 million people. Glaucoma refers to a group of eye diseases that cause progressive damage to the optic nerve, resulting in reduced ability to see. Vision loss usually starts in the periphery, or off to the side, so a person may not notice problems with their vision until much damage has already occurred. Intraocular pressure, or IOP, is known to be a major factor in damage to the optic nerve, although other undetermined factors appear to be involved as well. If untreated, glaucoma can lead to blindness.

Glaucoma affects people of all ages, however African Americans, people over 60, and those with a family history of glaucoma are more susceptible. Once glaucoma has affected your vision there is no way to restore it, but medicine or surgical treatments are available to prevent further damage. The key to treating glaucoma is early detection, so it is critically important to see a Penn ophthalmologist for your annual screening.

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Resolve to Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals!

Penn's Albert J. Stunkard Weight Management program is a medically supervised treatment program that provides the highest level of care in a setting of clinical excellence. Patients receive a customized weight loss treatment plan and lose an average of 25 pounds over 13 weeks, with significantly reduced risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. Resolve to reach your long-term weight loss goals in the New Year!

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Quit Smoking Successfully in 2010

It is common for patients to feel frustrated when trying to quit smoking. Penn’s smoking treatment program provides a supportive environment that does not rely on fear or shame to motivate smokers to quit. The comprehensive smoking treatment program at Penn provides a one-on-one physician evaluation followed by a specialized treatment plan designed to help patients quit smoking comfortably and successfully.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Announcing Penn's New and Expanded NeuroIntensive Care Unit

The new Penn NeuroIntensive Care Unit is improving neurological outcomes, advancing remarkable recoveries, and saving lives. Located at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, a Level I trauma center, acute brain and spine injury center, and comprehensive stroke center, Penn's Neuro ICU is among the most technologically advanced neurocritical care units in the nation and is the only academic facility of its kind in the region.

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When is the Right Time to See a Fertility Specialist?

About one in seven couples struggle with infertility and require assistance in becoming pregnant. The good news is recent breakthroughs in reproductive care are giving couples more hope than ever before. Treatments for infertility are rapidly advancing, but some conditions affecting fertility take more time to treat than others. Therefore, it is important to know when to seek care from a fertility specialist. Penn Fertility Care specialists are pioneers in the development of infertility treatments and are at the forefront of research in the field.

Penn Sports Medicine: Helping Patients Get Back in Action

From the weekend warrior to the professional athlete, the specialists at the Penn Sports Medicine Center provide comprehensive care for athletes of all abilities. Specially trained in the field of sports medicine, the physicians at the Penn Sports Medicine Center have one goal: to help their patients get back in the game as quickly as possible.

A sports medicine patient can be anyone who is active and needs treatment in order to get back to work, weekend activities or organized sports.

Our sports medicine team is really multifaceted," said Brian Sennett, MD, chief of sports medicine at Penn. "We see nearly 4,000 patients a year and provide treatment for a full range of sports injuries related to recreational, high school, collegiate and professional athletic performance."

The physicians at the Penn Sports Medicine Center are experts in treating serious injuries. They combine treatment, therapy and surgery for the least invasive approach to achieving the best possible outcomes.
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