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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 ...

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: Noon to 5 p.m. March 6 Community blood drive Save a life with the Wellsboro Community Blood Bank. All are welcome to ...

State investigating mumps cases at Penn State main campus

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health is working with Penn State to investigate confirmed cases of mumps at the State College campus, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy announced Friday in a news release. The department also is working with Penn State’s University Health ...

Whole Life Society offering integral yoga

LEWISBURG — Lewisburg Reiki Practice and Whole Life Society are working together in service to our community by providing free monthly Reiki sessions to area residents currently in active cancer treatment. Reiki treatment has an excellent and proven track record of supporting cancer ...

US flu shot looks like good match for season

NEW YORK — This season’s flu vaccine seems to be working pretty well, weakening the punch of a nasty bug that’s going around, U.S. health officials said last week. Preliminary figures suggest the vaccine is 48 percent effective. That’s not bad since the strain that’s making most ...

Heart failure a complex condition requiring careful monitoring

Heart failure, sometimes called congestive heart failure or CHF, is not a single disease. It is a medical condition, having many different causes, which can lead to symptoms such as shortness of breath, leg swelling and/or fatigue. Heart failure is not a heart attack, although this is a very ...

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: 11:30 a.m. to noon Thursday Introduction to Guided Meditation Thursdays in February at The LifeCenter, 641 Walnut St. ...

Jon Obe, of Dubuque, Iowa, prepares for a sleep study at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque’s sleep lab. Over the past 15 years, sleep has become widely recognized as a critical aspect of good health, and new research has shed more light on its importance in cardiovascular, metabolic and immune health.





 
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Sleep linked to cardio, metabolic and immune health

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — It’s 10 p.m. on the Wednesday after Christmas, and two of the four beds at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque’s sleep lab are full. A sign at the end of the hallway warns: “Quiet, please. Sleep study in progress.” Sleep technician Tina Walsh puts EEG leads on ...

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UPMC Susquehanna recognizes quality, safety excellence

Teams of care providers and physicians were recognized for researching, developing and implementing the use of new processes aimed at fulfilling UPMC Susquehanna’s triple aim at the annual Chairman’s Quality Awards ceremony held recently at Williamsport Regional Medical Center. UPMC ...

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: 11:30 a.m. to noon Thursday and Feb. 23 Introduction to Guided Meditation Thursdays in February at The LifeCenter, ...

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Cancer caregiver gets national award June K. Zimmerman, oncology social worker at UPMC Susquehanna’s Cancer Center, was one of six cancer caregivers in the U.S. recently honored with the American Cancer Society Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award at a ceremony in Atlanta, accoring to a ...

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Dr. Pius Ochieng, a pulmonary disease specialist in Williamsport, left, consults with a patient. Ochieng says he finds the increase of e-cigarette use among young people alarming.

E-cigarettes’ safety prompts clash of experts

The use of e-cigarettes, particularly among youths, recently received a less than ringing endorsement from a local physician who agrees with the U.S. surgeon general’s report in December that they pose a public health concern. Dr. Pius Ochieng, a pulmonary disease specialist in ...

When and how often you eat may affect heart

What times someone eats during the day and how frequently may play a role in having a healthy weight and heart. According to a scientific statement published Jan. 30, eating breakfast, avoiding late-night eating and mindful meal-planning are associated with a lower risk of heart disease, ...

UPMC Susquehanna invites women to Day of Dance event

UPMC Susquehanna’s Spirit of Women program will hold its annual Day of Dance event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Williamsport Branch YMCA, 641 Walnut St., according to a news release from the health care organization. Women who sign up for free Spirit of Women membership are eligible to ...

Take steps to get to the bottom of leg vein issues

You may suffer from chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI, and not even know this could be the cause of your discomfort. While varicose veins, spider veins and dark skin patches are a visible sign of CVI, other symptoms, such as pain, itchiness and/or heaviness in the legs, unexplained leg ...