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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 ...

In this April 2016 photo provided by Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman P.C., Marc Eli Freund stands with client Katrina Williams at the law firm’s offices in New York, as she recovers from injuries she says she got from an exploding e-cigarette. 





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Feeling burned: E-cigarette injuries are on the increase

MINEOLA, N.Y. — Katrina Williams wanted a safer alternative to smoking, and e-cigarettes seemed to be the answer until the day one exploded in her pocket as she drove home from a beauty salon. “It was like a firecracker” as it seared third-degree burns in her leg, blasted through her ...

‘Tis the season: Watch for winter blues, depression and SAD

Everyone has had an off day. Maybe you didn’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning or you moped through work, feeling hopeless and weary. Perhaps you turn down invitations that you would normally accept. At home, you flip through the options on your television, unable to find ...

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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: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday Getting you healthy for surgery For those who have an elective surgical procedure in ...

Soiree raises funds for Soldiers & Sailors

WELLSBORO — Dunham’s was full of festive fun, cheer and laughter at the 12th-annual Holiday Shopping Soiree held Nov. 5, according to a news release from Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital. The hospital’s auxiliary teamed up with Dunham’s to present the event to raise funds ...

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Brenda Poole poses with Eric J. Foss, Aramark’s chairman, president and CEO.

Employee honored at Aramark Ring of Stars ceremony in Vegas

Brenda Poole, unit leader of Environmental Services-Aramark at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, recently was recognized at the 2nd annual Aramark Ring of Stars Award Ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to a news release from UPMC Susquehanna. The Ring of Stars program recognizes ...

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Dr. Edward Gusick examines a patient’s arm during a recent consult. Gusick is the primary care sports medicine physician at UPMC Susquehanna.

Preparation key to avoiding sports injuries

Injuries and other medical problems related to sporting activities can’t be completely avoided, but the weekend warrior as well as the more serious athlete can take certain precautions and steps to lessen the chances for them. Dr. Edward Gusick, primary care sports medicine physician at ...

Grim tally: More than 50K OD deaths in US

NEW YORK — More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever. The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids. Heroin deaths rose 23 percent in one year, to 12,989, ...

Goals missed on obesity, food poisoning despite gov’t push

NEW YORK — Progress in the U.S. against obesity, food poisoning, and infections spread in hospitals has been uneven and disappointing, despite dedicated efforts to fight these health threats by the nation’s top public health agency. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued 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: 6 to 7:30 p.m. today and Dec. 27 Heartworks grief support for children UPMC Susquehanna’s Heartworks program ...