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Cahy Shreppel, left, takers a tour of the inflatable colon at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center as Jill Kline, a registered nurse, explains some of the signposts along the way.

A tour of the colon is an education

Visitors to Williamsport Regional Medical Center may pause in their tracks at the site of the large inflatable just inside the main entrance off High Street. But those who step inside the model of a human colon can learn something or perhaps even take the first stop toward saving a life. On ...

North Central Sight Services grant program aids area vision

North Central Sight Services Inc. recently announced a $25,000 eSight grant program to benefit the visually impaired within Lycoming County. According to a news release from the organization, the grant program will award up to $5,000 per qualifying individual to be used towards the purchase ...

New drug for type of advanced breast cancer is approved

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved a new drug as an initial treatment for postmenopausal women with a type of advanced breast cancer. The drug, called Kisqali and developed by Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG, is a pill that works to slow the spread of cancer by blocking two ...

Avoid winter’s pitfalls: Stay active safely during a cold spell

While this winter has been mild, it still has had some bite. And likewise, Tioga County is seldom “out of the woods” for wintry weather until April rolls around. As a result, keeping winter safety tips in mind remains important as we look forward to spring. While temperatures continue to ...

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UPMC Susquehanna sets healthy events UPMC Susquehanna announces healthy events scheduled to provide health information and benefit the community. They are as follows: 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday Baby Cafe at The LifeCenter Baby Cafe at The LifeCenter offers moms an opportunity to exchange ...

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Mary Lou Rueve, left, received help with the care of her sister, who has Alzheimer’s disease. A group made it possible for the care to be given by Home Instead Serior Care in Williamsport. At right is Maria Weisser, home care consultant.

Big sister gets help in providing for the needs of her little sister

It’s likely not easy for anyone to take care of a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Especially, when the caregiver is a senior citizen. Mary Lou Rueve, 78, found all her time taken up with caring for her little sister, Barbara Linehan, 53. It was exhausting, and it got to the point ...

Awarded author to share insights on opioid crisis

Sam Quinones, a former Los Angeles-based journalist, will share the insights he gained while writing his book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” during a presentation 7 p.m. April 3 at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport, according to recent news ...

Display will aid awareness of threat of colon cancer

As part of an effort to talk openly about colon cancer, UPMC Susquehanna offers a giant inflatable colon that the public can walk through, according to a news release from the local health organization. Digestive Disease Center and endoscopy representatives will offer educational tours of ...

Too little or too much? Understanding the thyroid gland

There are many reasons a person can feel tired all of the time, but one that’s important to consider is the activity of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland located in your neck, below your Adam’s apple. It makes a hormone that controls how your body uses and ...

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Annual blood drive is set for Sunday The fifth annual “In Memory of Greyson Blood Drive” will be held 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Zafar Grotto Rafaz Club, 381 E. Second Ave., South Williamsport. Donors can bring along a children’s book for donation to the James V. Brown Library to honor ...

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Rick and Nina Schlidt sit at the table of their home in Hartland, Wis. Nina Schlidt was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia in 2009 and had to take drugs to control it for six years. After she went into remission, she qualified for a study led by the Medical College of Wisconsin, allowing her to go off treatment completely.

Can you stop a cancer drug to see if you’re cured?

Imagine you had a life-threatening cancer that a wonder drug had kept in remission for years. Would you risk quitting? Thousands of people with a blood cancer called chronic myelogenous leukemia, or CML, now have that choice. New treatment guidelines in the U.S. say certain patients can ...

Geisinger Health System to hire 2,000 employees

DANVILLE (AP) — A hospital system that covers much of rural Pennsylvania announced last week it plans to start hiring 2,000 employees at several locations this year. The Danville-based Geisinger Health System said in a news release that about half of the new hires will be doctors, nurses, ...

Taking aim at colon cancer: Remember ‘80% by 2018’

The best test for colon cancer is the one that is administered. If more people are screened for colorectal cancer at the appropriate age, more lives will be saved. Right now, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States. Yet ...

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UPMC Susquehanna sets healthy events UPMC Susquehanna announces healthy events scheduled to provide health information and benefit the community. They are as follows: 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and March 22 Baby Cafe at The LifeCenter Baby Cafe at The LifeCenter offers moms an opportunity ...

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From left to right are UPMC Susquehanna nurses Andrea Woodling, Martha Laird and Tony Phillips. They received the latest DAISY awards.

Nurses honored with DAISY awards

Three UPMC Susquehanna nurses recently were recognized as recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, according to a news release from the medical organization. Andrea Woodling, nurse with the Emergency Department at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, was selected after being ...

Medical Bag

Evangelical acquires Williamsport practice LEWSIBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital has acquired the practice of Central Penn Interventional Pain Medicine, or CPIPM, in Williamsport. With the acquisition, Dr. Shiyi Abla-Yao, lead practitioner of CPIPM, joins the Evangelical family of ...

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Heather Stafford, left, director of infection
prevention and control at UPMC Susquehanna, instructs a nurse on proper hand washing 
techniques to prevent the spread of germs.

We’re ‘in touch’ every day with things that can make us sick

Trying to avoid the many germs that lead to colds, influenza and other health problems may seem like navigating a minefield, especially during the winter months. But protection against germ warfare to stay healthy is not so much a battle as much as it is a common-sense approach. Germs are ...

Test: Adding friendly bacteria to skin lotion wards off bad germs

WASHINGTON — Bacteria live on everyone’s skin, and new research shows some friendly germs produce natural antibiotics that ward off their disease-causing cousins. Now scientists are mixing the good bugs into lotions in hopes of spreading protection. In one early test, those customized ...

Palliative medicine, hospice differ but strive for same goal

As care evolves for those experiencing chronic conditions, many patients ask: What’s the difference between palliative medicine and hospice care? While palliative medicine and hospice share the same philosophy of focusing on a patient’s comfort through an emphasis on quality of life, they ...

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UPMC Susquehanna sets healthy events UPMC Susquehanna announces healthy events scheduled to provide health information and benefit the community. They are as follows: Noon to 5 p.m. March 6 Community blood drive Save a life with the Wellsboro Community Blood Bank. All are welcome to ...