Health

Demand for organ transplants increasing

Some 120,000 people in the U.S. await life-saving organ transplants. Unfortunately, that number is increasing. “It’s been a problem for years,” said Dr. Michael Marvin, chairman of Geisinger Medical Center’s Department of Transplantation and Liver Surgery. “Transplantations have ...

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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: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday Diabetes education classes At the Diabetes & Nutrition Care Center, Divine Providence ...

Geisinger relaunches PrayerNet

DANVILLE — Geisinger Health System relaunched its PrayerNet website, (Geisinger.org/PrayerNet), an online community offering patients and their families comfort, support and prayer. With PrayerNet, it’s easy for patients to request prayer, share their prayer request with loved ones around ...

Guthrie introduces region’s first transoral robotic surgery program

SAYRE — Guthrie Clinic has introduced the region’s first transoral robotic surgery program. Located within the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, TORS, as the procedure is commonly referred to, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that utilizes the FDA-approved da ...

Germ in raw milk, poultry now tops food poisoning list

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government’s latest report card on food poisoning suggests that a germ commonly linked to raw milk and poultry is surpassing salmonella at the top of the culprit list. The report counts cases in only 10 states for nine of the most common causes of foodborne ...

New advances in stroke care — what you need to know

Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke. A stroke, or “brain attack,” is the third leading cause of death, and the number one cause of disability in the country. Treatments for stroke have advanced dramatically in the last 10 years, but their effectiveness relies on ...

Many of the signs of autism tend to be subtle, noted Dr. Cora Taylor, a
 pediatric 
psychologist at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. “Fairly new research can show 
abnormalities in the first year of life,” she said.

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Early intervention important for autism

Early intervention for children with autism is important in helping them better improve their lives. Although often difficult to diagnose, milestones to look for in an autistic child include developmental delays. Many of the signs of autism tend to be subtle, noted Dr. Cora Taylor, a ...

New, free anti-HIV drug clinic set to open

AIDS Resource Inc., a community-based agency serving Lycoming, Clinton, Centre, Snyder, Union and Potter counties, will start a new, free clinic to offer an anti-HIV drug Truvada, also called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), beginning April 28 at its 500 W. Third St. Clinic physician Dr. ...

Friction sounds in the knee could require cartilage repair

If you experience pain, swelling and an audible clicking sound in your knee, whether active or at rest, you could have an articular cartilage injury. This tough and elastic material, similar to what makes up your ears and portions of your nose, covers the ends of the three bones in your knee ...

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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: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and April 26 Diabetes education classes At the Diabetes & Nutrition Care Center, Divine ...

It’s all in the mind: Hypnosis seen as aid to controlling waistline

More than 2 in 3 adults in the U.S. are considered to be overweight or obese, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Overweight and obesity are risk factors for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and other health problems. Not ...

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The UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center is one the facilities that serve the health-care needs of the area. A recent survey revealed that Lycoming County’s overall health ranking has slipped from 29th to 46th in the state. Experts say many factors potentially come into play.

Study reveals disturbing health trends for Lycoming County

Lycoming County is heading in the wrong direction when it comes to certain health issues, according to recently released data. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps study revealed that overall figures in the past year for smoking, adult obesity and teenage births each exceed the state ...

What to do when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer

If someone you care about has cancer or another potentially life-threatening diagnosis, you may struggle with what to do. Amid feelings of sadness, disappointment and even anger, there’s also a desire to say and do the right things to bring comfort and hope to your loved one. As the ...

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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: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and April 12, 19 and 26 Diabetes education classes At the Diabetes & Nutrition Care Center, ...

Pain Medicine of Evangelical Opens at the West Branch Medical Center

LEWISBURG — Pain Medicine of Evangelical is open officially and accepting patients at its new location inside of the Evangelical Community Hospital’s West Branch Medical Center in Lewisburg, according to a news release from the hospital. The center, which opened in November 2016, houses ...

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A fluorescence-colored microscope image made available by the National Institutes of Health in September 2016 shows a culture of human breast cancer cells. Environmental risks and heredity get the most blame for cancer, but new research released on March 23 suggests random chance may play a bigger role than people realize: Healthy cells naturally make mistakes when they multiply, typos in your DNA that can leave new cells carrying cancer-prone genetic mutations.

Unavoidable ‘typos’ in human DNA help fuel cancer in the body

WASHINGTON — Cancer patients often wonder “why me?” Does their tumor run in the family? Did they try hard enough to avoid risks like smoking, too much sun or a bad diet? Lifestyle and heredity get the most blame, but new research suggests random chance plays a bigger role than people ...

Many heart patients not getting rehab despite the benefits

Cardiac rehabilitation programs can boost independence and quality of life for older adults, especially after hospitalization for heart disease, but it’s not always prescribed, according to a scientific statement published last week by the American Heart Association. Cardiac rehabilitation ...

What to expect with a colonoscopy, from prep to results

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States. More than 140,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Screening colonoscopies prevent cancer death by allowing doctors to detect and remove polyps before they grow and become ...

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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: 7 to 8:30 p.m. today Expectant parents classes At Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital. Free series of expectant ...

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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 ...