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Jefferson Health

Home of Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Shellie Wass
Breathe Easier: The Ins and Outs of Lung Nodules
Are you at high risk of lung issues? Screenings and preventative care are easier than ever to help keep patients informed.
How to Perform a Breast Self-Exam
Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death in women. It’s important to understand your risk and understand your unique risk as well as knowing how to perform a breast self-exam each month to stay safe.
Sleeping Soundly: Is There Really a Surgery to Stop Your Snoring?
Loud snoring is just a nuisance for some. But for others, it could pose some serious health issues.
How to Save a Life with a Tourniquet
After a severe injury, a person can bleed out in under five minutes. Having and using a tourniquet can save someone’s life.
What I Wish People Knew About Being a Young Adult with Multiple Sclerosis
A 25-year-old nurse with multiple sclerosis reflects on her unexpected diagnosis, how she’s learned to cope and how people can be supportive of others’ health journeys.
Doctors Feel Hopeful About Restoring Taste and Smell Loss After COVID
The second phase of a clinical trial for patients to regain their sense of taste and smell is about to begin, and it is showing promising results.
How One Patient Recovered Their Taste and Smell After COVID
Nancy Damato went from being a perfume collector to being a part of a clinical trial to regain her sense of taste and smell.
In 24 Hours, She Donated Her Kidney and Saved Her Dad’s Life
The decision to donate her kidney to her father came easy to Lillian Santiago and a minimally invasive robotic surgery dramatically improved her recovery.
COVID Vaccinations and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know
We spoke with experts to better understand the benefits of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant and breastfeeding.
What You Need to Know About the COVID Vaccine and Kids Ages Five and Up
The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children ages 5-11, so we spoke with pediatrician Dr. Meg Frizzola to answer questions from parents.
Surviving Breast Cancer: How One Patient Found Strength in Advocacy and Lifestyle Changes
Kathleen Stremmel, 67, recounts her breast cancer treatment and how taking an active role in her health made a world of difference in her journey.