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Health

Pregnancy center receives new technology

Since 1996, members and volunteers of the Expectations Women’s Center have been providing support to couples or single parents who are expecting the unexpected with such items as baby clothes, diapers, formula, counseling and other resources in the Williamsport area. The center “seeks ...

When is your headache a symptom of a brain tumor?

Everyone experiences headaches from time to time caused by stress, hormone changes, or dehydration. Usually, a headache can be relieved by an over-the-counter pain reliever or rest. Approximately 13 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from severe migraines, recurring headaches. Migraines can ...

Big plans

North Central Sight Services has grown exponentially since 1957 employing and helping the visually impaired and blind. Though the organization has expanded from manufacturing rubber door mats from recycled tires and caning chairs to filling military contracts and shredding information with high ...

Tips on how to beat that back to school stress

Whether your kids are in elementary school, high school, or college, going back to school is a transition that can affect the whole family. However, it doesn’t need to be filled with stress and anxiety. Here are a few tips to help your child stay calm and allow them to enjoy the experience of ...

Clyde Peeling’s battle with cancer

Clyde Peeling has held many titles in his lifetime: Air Traffic controller for the United States Air Force, pilot, founder and owner of Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland. Roughly 17 years ago Peeling earned one more – cancer survivor. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Peeling has not ...

Scranton pain clinic to close

SCRANTON – Geisinger will close its Scranton pain clinic, which cares for hundreds of patients with chronic and acute pain conditions each year, by the end of September. The health system is consolidating pain care in the region at the Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre hospital. Geisinger is ...

Coping with depression in patients with Parkinson’s Disease

While everyone feels sad from time to time—depression is different. Sadness is temporary and doesn’t last very long, but depression lasts for weeks or longer. Studies indicate approximately 50 percent of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease also have a mood disorder like depression. ...

Docs say insurers increasingly interfere

After Kim Lauerman was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, doctors wanted to give her a drug that helps prevent infections and fever during chemotherapy. Her insurer said no. Anthem Blue Cross told Lauerman the drug wasn’t necessary. She eventually got it after an infection landed her in the ...

Despite calls to start over, US health system covers 90 percent

WASHINGTON — America’s much-maligned health care system is covering 9 out of 10 people, a fact that hasn’t stopped the 2020 presidential candidates from refighting battles about how to provide coverage, from Bernie Sanders’ call for replacing private insurance with a government plan to ...

Study finds racial gap in who gets stroke treatments

Black and Hispanic people having a stroke are less likely than their white counterparts to get treatments proven to reduce death and improve quality of life, new research shows. For strokes caused by a clot, the gold standard treatment is a clot-busting drug called alteplase, according to ...

Breastfeeding benefits both mom and baby

Breastfeeding is often thought of as a gift between mother and baby. Not only does it provide bonding time, but the health benefits for both baby and mom are undeniable. August is National Breastfeeding Month, a month dedicated to educating women and families on the importance of ...

Hospital awarded Gold Seal for stroke rehab

UPMC Susquehanna has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for stroke rehabilitation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and ...

Newly public data maps opioid crisis across US

The release of a massive trove of data from lawsuits over the nation’s opioid crisis provides the most detailed accounting to date of the role played by the major pharmaceutical companies and distributors. In legal cases across the country, they have defended themselves as being little more ...

How to know if what you’re feeling are signs of menopause

As a woman starts to enter middle age, they start to think about menopause and when it will affect them. Menopause is a normal, natural event. Most women start to enter menopause in their 40s and 50s, but the age can vary. Unless surgically induced, menopause is not a quick trip, it is a ...

How to protect your eyes from the summer sun this week

Everyone seems to understand the importance of wearing sunscreen when you are enjoying the summer sun, but protecting your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) radiation or light is just as important. Although UV radiation comes from several sources, most people get their exposure from rays of energy ...

UPMC Susquehanna recognizes extraordinary nurses

Six UPMC Susquehanna nurses were recently recognized as recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. John Fox, RN, Intensive Care Unit at UPMC Williamsport Regional Medical Center, was nominated by a fellow nurse. The nurse wrote, “John was caring for a patient in the ICU while ...

Local woman speaks about struggles, triumph of people with diverse abilities

Amber Logan, a 2005 Montoursville graduate, has experienced the highs and lows of living life with diverse abilities. For years, Logan walked with her head down. She rarely wanted to leave her house. Flash forward to today. Now Logan not only walks with her head high, but she is ready for ...

7 more years of life: How to gain control of your body in a modern world

Do you know that at the turn of the 19th Century heart disease and cancer were rare? Diabetes and dementia were not even talked about. One hundred years later and these conditions are our worst nightmare. While they tear us apart, modern medical advancements can’t keep up. As occurrences keep ...

Life Flight’s new software increases speed

When emergency care is needed, every minute counts, and that means having air medical services at the ready. Geisinger Life Flight is now able to launch their helicopters back into service faster with digital signatures maintenance software. Following state and federal regulatory approval, ...