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Vivek Kumar, MD, medical director of the Digestive Disease Center at UPMC Susquehanna, performs a colonoscopy.

Digestive needs now met at Muncy hospital

MUNCY — Getting a colonoscopy isn’t exactly one’s idea of a good day, but it can make for a productive one. Tracking digestive health can help people prevent, identify or treat problems such as colon cancer, infections and other potentially life threatening issues. Colonoscopies are ...

ABUNDANT LIVING: Why most diet and exercise programs fail

(EDITOR’S NOTE: “Abundant Living” is a weekly column about health and wellness. It will include topics ranging from health and medicine to exercising at home and making wise food choices. The intention is to shed light on topics that affect the choices we make, explore topics that affect ...

Anne Holladay, executive director for Long-Term Care at UPMC Susquehanna, top left, stands next to the “As I Age” wall that recently was in the Tower Lobby at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center and allowed people to finish, with their own thoughts and impressions, their ideas on growing older. 
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Hospital wall sparks thoughts on aging

They literally went to the wall recently to express their thoughts on a subject that perhaps many people don’t like to consider. Anyone could pick up a piece of chalk and finish the phrase, “As I Age” with their own thoughts and impressions. Within days, at least 200 people had filled ...

UPMC Susquehanna sets healthy events UPMC Susquehanna announces healthy events scheduled to provide health information and benefit the community. They are as follows: 6:30 p.m. third Wednesday of each month Coping with cancer at SSMH All those affected by cancer are invited to attend and ...

UPMC Susquehanna celebrates nurses week

“As nurses, it is our life’s work to help heal. We offer care and compassion to those in need and change lives every day,” said Jan Fisher, executive vice president and chief operating officer, as she addressed the crowd during UPMC Susquehanna’s 23rd annual Nurses Recognition and ...

Important caregivers recognized

Every year on Doctors’ Day, physicians who have dedicated their lives to practicing medicine are celebrated. For the seventh year, Susquehanna Health Foundation committed one very special day to honoring these everyday heroes. This year, 213 contributions were made to the Foundation, totaling ...

Give blood here

Blood drives are scheduled on the following dates, times and places: Thursday, June 1 • Beaver Memorial UMC, 42 S. Third St., Lewisburg, 2-7 p.m. • Lock Haven Moose Lodge, 150 S. Hanna St., Lock Haven, 1-6 p.m. Friday, June 2 • St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1400 Market St., 1-6 ...

LSVT therapies help to control the disease

The bad news is there exists no cure for Parkinson’s disease. The good news is that there are ways to control the symptoms that otherwise can severely limit a person’s activities, according to local medical professionals. Dr. Donald Dworek, a UPMC Susquehanna neurologist, recently ...

Your Health

UPMC Susquehanna sets healthy events UPMC Susquehanna announces healthy events scheduled to provide health information and benefit the community. They are as follows: • 5:30 p.m., today Living with Parkinson’s Parkinson’s disease brings challenges for those who have been ...

Science: Kimmel baby’s heart defect common, fixable

The hole-in-the-heart problem that plagues comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s newborn son is one of the most common heart-related birth defects, and it usually can be fixed with surgery. Some people even live with it for several years before it’s detected although the Kimmel baby’s is the most ...

FDA OKs bladder cancer drug

TRENTON, N.J. — U.S. regulators have approved a new drug that harnesses the immune system to treat bladder cancer that has spread after chemotherapy or surgery. The Food and Drug Administration on May 1 approved Imfinzi for advanced bladder cancer, along with a companion diagnostic test for ...

Give blood here

Blood drives are scheduled on the following dates, times and places: May 11 • St. John Neumann Regional Academy, 901 Penn St., 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. • Walk by Faith Full Gospel Church, 32 Hornberger Road, Cogan Station, 1-6 p.m. May 15 • Montoursville Presbyterian Church, 900 Elm ...

Certified diabetes educators offer support for a lifetime of good health

If you have diabetes, you must carefully manage your condition. Information about diabetes from friends and family who want to be helpful, the Internet, television and other sources may not be accurate. A sound plan, that is made just for you by a certified diabetes educator (CDE) can help you ...

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Kelli Smith, left, is shown with Rose Trevouledes, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, prior to a yoga session at Muncy Bank & Trust. More than a dozen bank employees are taking part in the six week wellness plan.

Healthy ideas

MUNCY — Karen Brandis was intrigued and excited after learning that a yoga and nutrition program was being offered to Muncy Bank & Trust employees. “It sounded like if might fit into a wellness plan,” Brandis, the bank’s corporate secretary and human resources officer, said. ...

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 ...

Your Health

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 ...