Health

Beyond Alzheimer’s: Geisinger launches support group for dementia caregivers

DANVILLE – As it debuts its weekly support group designed to help caregivers and family members of those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, Geisinger Medical Center points out it is now is one of two health systems in the country licensed to offer such a program. Beyond Alzheimer’s ...

Top 8 tips for caregivers to manage themselves, responsibilities

The role of caregiver for a loved one can be overwhelming. Not only are caregivers watching a loved one suffer from illness, dementia, disability, or advanced age, they also are keeping their life — and their own life — running smoothly. Caregivers are responsible for everything from the ...

Your Health: Mobile Health of Evangelical Bus Stop, health screenings

Mobile Health of Evangelical brings preventive and primary care services directly into the communities surrounding the hospital and beyond. A variety of services are offered on the 38-foot-bus throughout the area. Upcoming stops and locations for April are as follows: Union County Monday, ...

When is best time to get a flu shot? Researchers discuss!

PITTSBURGH — When flu season peaks after mid-winter, tens of thousands of influenza cases and hundreds of deaths can likely be avoided if older adults wait until October to get their flu immunization, a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine analysis reveals in the April issue of the ...

Health Briefs: Mobile Health of Evangelical Bus Stop, health screenings

Mobile Health of Evangelical brings preventive and primary care services directly into the communities surrounding the hospital and beyond. A variety of services are offered on the 38-foot-bus throughout the area. Upcoming stops and locations for April are as follows: Clinton ...

Governor Wolf stresses poison prevention tips

HARRISBURG – With the safety of all residents in mind, the Wolf Administration is stressing the importance of keeping poisonous materials in a safe place to prevent someone from getting sick or even dying. If a poisoning happens, remain calm and call 911 if the person is not responding or ...

Heart problems can persist unnoticed

As Cecelia Counsil was climbing into bed one evening, her chest felt tired and sore. The 70-year-old resident of Jersey Shore continues to work three days per week at the Jiffy Market and tries to eat a healthy diet. So this discomfort was notable. "I had this pain, and I kind of ...

Show Your ‘Irish’: but beware the green

As many prepare to let loose their inner Irishmen and women in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, community health care professionals remind those in search of a good time that it’s possible to be safe and still enjoy a few adult beverages. “People will always want to drink and have fun, ...

River Valley Center, Food Bank partner to offer nutrition workshops

The River Valley Health and Dental Center, in partnership with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, is celebrating National Nutrition Month with two free nutrition workshops. The workshops are titled: “Nutrition 101: Your Prescription for Better Health” and are scheduled for Tuesday, and ...

‘Modern-Day Miracle’

By JERRI BROUSE Sun-Gazette Correspondent magine being told you have just days to live. Five days, specifically. You’ve got five days to get your affairs in order. Five days to say goodbye to family and friends. Five days … What would you do? For Andrea Hughey, 46, that day came ...

Cribs for Kids helps infants sleep safely

“Infants should sleep alone, on their backs and in an empty crib.” This frequently-recited line encompasses the A-B-Cs of safe sleep, as set by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and used by the Lycoming County coroner’s office in its Kids for Cribs program. The program helps educate ...

Donation-based bracelets save lives in Lycoming County

On a sultry, 90-degree summer afternoon an elderly woman diagnosed with Alzheimer’s tells her husband she’s going to sit on the porch but becomes disoriented and wanders her street. Wearing a long-sleeve shirt she walks down the sidewalk in the city glancing at the impending storm clouds. ...

ABUNDANT LIVING: Learning how to embrace your inner weirdo

What is weirdness? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines weird as supernatural, uncanny or eerie. Conversely, urbandictionary.com says the word weird lacks a finite definition, but the most popular definition on the website was someone that wasn’t afraid to be themselves. Personally, I ...

Local doctor named Everyday Hero

A local doctor received a surprise recently to help him celebrate his 70th birthday and 40 years of medical practice in the United States. Dr. Eduardo Rueda Vasquez, a physician who practices telepsychiatry in Williamsport and Lancaster, was named an Everyday Hero by the Pennsylvania Medical ...

Girl’s name lives on through love of music

Though she has been gone over three years, the name and the memory of Angelina Miele still live on through the music that she loved. Angelina, 11, who lived in Montoursville and Loyalsock Township, died in July 2015 from a rare form of cancer — synovial sarcoma. Her love of music spured ...

Evangelical, Geisinger Health enter into new partnership

LEWISBURG — Geisinger Health will begin as early as January with a plan to contribute resources and money to Evangelical Community Hospital in the coming years in a joint effort to improve health care in the region. Kendra Aucker, Evangelical Community Hospital President and CEO, announced ...

Young-onset Parkinson’s patients defy stereotypes

ALLENTOWN (AP) — What comes to mind when you think of Parkinson’s disease? Many people know an older friend or relative who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and it’s no surprise — according to Medical News Today, 1 million adults in America live with Parkinson’s, and about 10 ...

Study: Negative social media causes ‘depressive symptoms’

Likes, comments and shares can boost one’s morale on social media and communication with friends, family and followers is changing people’s experiences with one another through digital platforms. However, according to a study at Pitt Health Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh, ...

Kids, adults prove too connected to social platforms

From teenagers to adults, people of all ages are communicating with friends and family on social media platforms, but it’s how they interact that can impact their lifestyles. Having information available at your fingertips is useful when you need it, but college students’ online presence ...