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UPMC Susquehanna dietitian April Mase, left, consults with a patient at Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Mase says healthful eating choices can make for a better year, year after year.






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The new year can mean a new start toward healthier eating

The new year means another beginning for many people looking to eat healthier and perhaps drop some pounds. UPMC Susquehanna dietitian April Mase said you can takes some simple steps to meet those goals. A start, she said, is to choose what she called “super foods” in lieu of comfort ...

Retired nurse couldn’t save own daughter from opioids

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (AP) — Her daughter had nine broken ribs and had a blood clot that required surgery to remove it. So, when Judy Jenkins called about her upcoming visit, the two women made plans to take it easy, go out to eat and visit a spa to get their nails done. Fun, low-key ...

Raynaud’s syndrome is more than just a case of cold feet

If you’ve noticed that cold weather causes a sting to your nose or a bite to your toes while traveling over the river and through the wood this season, the pain could be telling you something. Raynaud’s phenomenon is a disorder of the small blood vessels in the extremities that presents ...

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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 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Jan. 25 Diabetes education classes UPMC Susquehanna’s Diabetes and Nutrition Care ...

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County gets high marks in health index

A nationwide comprehensive measurement for health care revealed Lycoming County scoring more favorably than much of the rest of the nation. The Highmark Inc. Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index is a first-of-its kind measurement considering health conditions, according to Highmark ...

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In this photo provided by the Carrie Stevenson, her daughter Estelle holds a bag of peanut snacks in her pediatrician’s office at age 9 months, in Columbus, Ohio.

New advice: Peanuts in baby’s diet can prevent scary allergy

WASHINGTON — New parents, get ready to feed your babies peanut-containing foods — starting young lowers their chances of becoming allergic. The National Institutes of Health issued new guidelines Thursday saying most babies should regularly eat those foods starting around 6 months of age, ...

Cells dripped into the brain help man fight a deadly cancer

A man with deadly brain cancer that had spread to his spine saw his tumors shrink and, for a time, completely vanish after a novel treatment to help his immune system attack his disease — another first in this promising field. The type of immunotherapy that 50-year-old Richard Grady ...

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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 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Jan. 18 and 25 Diabetes education classes UPMC Susquehanna’s Diabetes and ...

Flu shots, opioid overdose awareness at farm show

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health is offering free flu shots all this week at its booth at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show, according to a recent news release from the department. The state’s booth also will offer information on how everyone can acquire and administer naloxone, ...

UPMC Susquehanna’s Medical Group is named as Acclaim Award honoree

American Medical Group Association recently named UPMC Susquehanna’s medical group as a 2016 Acclaim Award honoree recipient, according to a news release from the UPMC Susquehanna. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in the delivery of care that is safe, effective, efficient, ...

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A new partnership between Susquehanna Health and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is announced in May. The official signing to affiliate came Oct. 19.

Health system becomes UPMC Susquehanna

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today the Sun-Gazette continues its annual review of the past year’s major news stories.) Rumors of a possible merger, partnership or affiliation of some kind between Susquehanna Health and another health system or hospital reverberated in the community back in 2015, ...

Too sick to go to school? Here’s how to make that decision

If your child isn’t feeling his or her best, should you definitely keep him or her home from school? After an illness, when is it OK for your child to return to school? As a parent, you know your children best. You also likely have a sense about when your child just doesn’t feel well ...

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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 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Jan. 11, 18 and 25 Diabetes education classes UPMC Susquehanna’s Diabetes and ...

Fish oil pills for pregnant moms may cut asthma risk in children

Children whose moms took high doses of fish oil during their last three months of pregnancy were less likely to develop chronic wheezing problems or asthma by age 5, finds a study that suggests a possible way to help prevent this growing problem. Asthma cases have been rising in developed ...

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University of Vermont psychologist Stacey Sigmon holds a tamper-proof electronic pill dispenser in her office in Burlington, Vt., on Dec. 21. People hooked on prescription painkillers were able to use the device to take a drug at home to curb cravings and prevent abuse while waiting to get into a treatment program. In results published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Dec. 22, use of the device showed dramatic results in helping people who use the system to remain free of illicit opioids.

Dispenser allows drug Suboxone to be used safely

People hooked on prescription painkillers were able to use a drug at home to curb cravings and prevent abuse while waiting to get in a treatment program, finds a small study that gives hope for a new way to fight the opioid problem. The drug used in the study is usually only given under ...

Brain changes may help mom prepare for baby

NEW YORK — Pregnancy affects not only a woman’s body: It changes parts of her brain too, a new study says. When researchers compared brain scans of women before and after pregnancy, they spotted some differences in 11 locations. They also found hints that the alterations help women ...

Evangelical’s 29th annual Lights of Love tree lighting held

LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital and its auxiliary hosted the 29th annual Lights of Love Ceremony on Dec. 4. The celebration included entertainment by the Buffalo Valley Singers, and new this year, the lighting of the memorial garden and the facade of the hospital, according to a ...

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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. Wednesday Heartworks grief support group for young adults For young adults ages 18 through 35 who ...

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Doctors named to national CMS Clinical Committee DANVILLE — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has named Geisinger cardiologist James Blankenship and endocrinologist Ronald Harris to serve on its clinical committee, according to a news release from Geisinger. As members of ...

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Jennifer Reeder, assistant director of West Branch Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission, speaks during the Sports Medicine and Outreach Athletic Training opioid symposium at Williamsport Regional Medical Center on Dec. 8.

A time-out from opioids for sports injuries?

Opioid addiction reaches across all socio-economic populations and certainly doesn’t exclude the student athlete. Physicians, school officials and trainers discussed the very real problem of the use of opioids to treat pain during a recent symposium at Williamsport Regional Medical ...