Health

Mind Matters: Crisis as opportunity

How quickly life can change. Got to admit, I never expected life to change all across the globe so abruptly. Not so abruptly perhaps if you are a scientist paying attention to the signals from China or a self-serving politician who figured the stock market would tank because he had been forewarned of an imminent pandemic. Now that we are quarantined en masse, how ...

 
 

UCF suspends travel to MontCo

Amid continuing concerns over COVID-19, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District now considers all of Montgomery County to be an area of infection. As such, the district has suspended student- and staff-travel to MontCo. The action is one of several — including the closure of Unionville High School and CF Patton Middle School for Tuesday, March 10 — because a ...

 

Two U-CF schools closed for COVID cleanup

Unionville- Chadds Ford School District Superintendent John Sanville has ordered Unionville High and CF Patton Middle schools closed today because a student was reportedly exposed to COVID-19. The order came after the school board adopted a pandemic action plan during it's March 9 work session. In a letter on the district website, Sanville wrote: “The ...

 

New digs for Chadds Ford chiropractor

For almost 17 years, Dr. Jim Cesca, of Cesca Family Chiropractic, has been practicing out of the little strip mall just east of Painters Crossing Condominiums in Chadds Ford. This week he officially moved into another office in the Chadds Ford Business Campus. The new office is on the second floor — room 203 — at 1204 Baltimore Pike, the same building as Premier ...

 

New A-fib procedure for strokes at Crozer

In the coming weeks, Crozer-Keystone Health System will begin performing WATCHMAN device implantation. It’s intended for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, which is an irregular heart rhythm that increases your risk of a stroke. Crozer-Keystone is the first to offer WATCHMAN in Delaware County. You may benefit from the procedure if you are a ...

 

Mind Matters: Thoughts are not facts

How about some fireside non-fiction reading for winter hibernation? When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough: Harnessing the Power of Mindfulness to Alleviate Depression by Stuart J. Eisendrath, M.D., would be a good start. This psychiatrist’s antidote to depression taps into the benefits of meditation and mindfulness. Depression may be fleeting unhappiness or a temporary ...

 

Mind Matters: Grief revisited

I sit at a college in Massachusetts, staring out the window at a stand of lodgepole pines. Students, staff, tread the paved walkways cleared of snow. I am here because a young woman athlete named Grace died in a car crash. Some of her rowing crewmates are still in a Florida hospital, hopefully healing from their injuries. The local Boston papers have reported sudden ...

 

Everything you need to know about the coronavirus

Coronavirus has been a fixture in the news cycle since the start of the new year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes its spread and the ongoing investigation as an “emerging, rapidly evolving situation.” Within the last 24 hours, nearly 6,000 cases had been confirmed by the World Health Organization across 16 countries, including five in ...

 

New studies for stroke care

A landmark study has ignited a dramatic shift in stroke care over the last two years, removing much of the ambiguity that had long surrounded one of the primary treatments. If you had a stroke at some point over the last 24 years and you were brought to an ER within three hours of its onset, you likely would have been given a drug called tPA intravenously. This, ...

 

Mind Matters: 2020 vision

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions for 2020? Perhaps if you share your goals with a “higher status” individual, you will be more committed in reaching them. According to research summarized in the American Psychological Association Monitor’s In Brief column (January, February 2020), people appear more committed to achieving their goals when they share them with ...

 

Mind Matters: Empathy

The word empathy gets bandied about a lot these days, becoming yet another platitude. If we slap the word in a “PR” paragraph, it must mean a corporation cares. If we use it in conversation, it must mean we really own it. Well, no, on both counts. True empathy is the unsung hero of the quotidian lives we live. What is empathy anyway? It is not to be confused with its ...