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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 ...

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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: 11:30 a.m. to noon Thursday and Feb. 16, 23 Introduction to Guided Meditation Thursdays in February at The ...

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Dr. Matthew Meeker, a family practice physician with UPMC Susquehanna, speaks to a patient. Meeker says antibiotics will fail to do their job properly if they are used when they are not supposed to be or not used as prescribed.

Using antibiotics properly

Antibiotics are medicines used to treat infections or diseases caused by bacteria. Unfortunately, according to Dr. Matthew Meeker, family practice physician, UPMC Susquehanna, antibiotics often are used and even prescribed incorrectly and therefore not effective in treatment. “The most ...

It’s all good: Any exercise cuts risk of death

Weekend warriors, take a victory lap. People who pack their workouts into one or two sessions a week lower their risk of dying over roughly the next decade nearly as much as people who exercise more often, new research suggests. Even people who get less exercise than recommended have less ...

New info reverses some common peanut beliefs for babies

Peanut allergy is the most common and severe of all food allergies. And, it’s on the rise. For someone with a peanut allergy, exposure to small amounts of peanut oil or dust can be life threatening, with reactions ranging from an itchy tongue to anaphylactic shock, and even death. Unlike ...

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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: 11:30 a.m. to noon Thursday and Feb. 9, 16, 23 Introduction to Guided Meditation Thursdays in February at The ...

Sensory Friendly Film Series resumes Feb. 5

LEWISBURG — Geisinger’s Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute, or ADMI, and the Campus Theatre offer children with special developmental needs and their families a chance to experience the joy of seeing movies on the big screen, according to a news release from Geisinger. The ...

Michael Ulrich can’t let something like a rare form of cancer get him down.
Heís got too much to do, like enjoying life with his wife, Rhonda, as well as his children and grandchildren.
There’s the work around the house he loves to do, and his job as a plumbing pro at Lowe’s in Montoursville.
In short, Ulrich, 58, has been an active guy all his life, and he wants to remain vital into his retirement years.
“Everything has been put on the back burner,” said Ulrich, as he sat in the living room of his Upper Fairfield Township home on a mid-January day. 
He’s scheduled to undergo a bone marrow transplant for angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma. The process involves harvesting his existing stem cells and reinfusing them into him.
There also will be chemotherapy along the way, which is never easy.
Ulrich should know.
Four years ago, he was diagnosed with the same cancer before enduring chemotherapy and living to tell about it.
Ulrich and his wife hardly were looking forward to another bout of cancer. But then he was diagnosed with the same cancer last year following a routine checkup.
For a while, as part of his treatment for his present cancer, he underwent several rounds of chemotherapy. 
As a young man, he sported a bushy head of curly hair but now is bald.
“I get tired easily,” he said. “I can’t do yard work.”
Over the years, Ulrich has kind of been the go-to guy of his neighborhood, lending his capable hands and expertise to those who need his help.
The Ulriches’ comfortable home along Heilman Road in the rolling hills north of Montoursville that they moved into several years ago is testament to Ulrich’s skills. 
He completely remodeled the basement and some of the bedrooms and the did the landscaping outside.
“He has a lot to live for,” his wife said. 
Until recently, he was still working at his job, where he has received a number of awards for his achievements and exemplary employment record.
Rhonda said it’s hard for her husband not being able to do the things he enjoys. 
With a compromised immune system, he has to be careful about catching colds or infections too.
Now, the two are crossing their fingers that the transplant will prove successful.
“With his type of cancer, it will will continue to come back if they don’t do the transplant,” she said. 
Still, Rhonda said she’s optimistic.
“Neither one of us are ready to give up,” she said.
With two children and grandchildren ranging in age from an infant to 13 years old, they were looking forward to retirement in coming years.
A fundraiser is set from 2 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Sons of Italy in Williamsport. In the meantime, money to help defray his medical expenses has been set up at youcaring.com/michaelulrich-699195.
The couple have been grateful for the outreach and love extended to him in his time of need. 
“I’m not ready to give up yet,” Ulrich said.

Transplant can give local man new lease on life

Michael Ulrich can’t let something like a rare form of cancer get him down. Heís got too much to do, like enjoying life with his wife, Rhonda, as well as his children and grandchildren. There’s the work around the house he loves to do, and his job as a plumbing pro at Lowe’s in ...

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UPMC Susquehanna Surgery Center and Extended Care Unit patient care manager Deanna Shamsie demonstrates the use of the Apple iPad on the unit.

Apple tech supports UPMC Susquehanna Surgical Center

The old proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is true when related to fruitful health benefits, but not to technology, according to a news release from UPMC Susquehanna. Doctors and nurses actually are drawn to the Apple (iPad, that is) to assist in treating patients at UPMC ...

Health law doesn’t require gun disclosure

Should gun owners have to share information with health professionals about their firearms and whether they’re stored safely at home? This controversial issue gets a nod in the federal health law. Tucked into the Affordable Care Act is a section that protects people from having to disclose ...

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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 Diabetes education classes UPMC Susquehanna’s Diabetes and Nutrition Care Center ...

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North Central Sight Services held its first Camp Vision on Sept. 30, 2016, at Camp Victory, a special camp for special kids, in Millville. NCSS is celebrating its 60th anniversary with the series of events this year.

North Central Sight Services Inc. turns 60

North Central Sight Services Inc. announced in a recent news release that it officially has launched its Diamond Anniversary year, announcing an exciting year that celebrates the values of the agency —  employment, prevention and independence. North Central Sight Services was established ...

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 ...