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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 ...

UPMC Susquehanna hosts Spirit Girls’ Night Out

More than 350 area women participated in free health screenings and enjoyed an evening of health education, wine and food, and  shopping with local businesses during UPMC Susquehanna’s  annual Spirit Girls’ Night Out Oct. 27 at The Holiday Inn in Williamsport, according to a news release ...

New mothers and children benefit from partnership

UPMC Susquehanna Nurse-Family Partnership, or NFP, and the Pearls with a Passion Fund of First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania have joined together to fund child-safety programming in the Williamsport community, according to a news release from UPMC Susquehanna. Over the past ...

Boxing aids the fight against Parkinson’s

THOMASTON, Conn. (AP) — Finding out he had Parkinson’s disease in 2014 was like a sucker punch to Stephen Belfiore’s gut. But since then, the Thomaston man has fought back. This summer, he even took up boxing to ramp up his defenses against the disease, a neurological disorder that ...

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Steve Hayward reads a book in his Fond du Lac, Wis., home on Nov. 25.

Man prepares for death from ‘orphan’ syndrome

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Steve and Pam Hayward spent some of their Thanksgiving holiday preparing a “green” funeral, picking out environmentally-friendly shrouds and caskets as well as deciding what type of oak tree to plant at the cemetery. While planning a funeral is not uncommon, ...

Taking a few minutes for flu vaccine may save you a week

Have you scheduled your flu illness yet? Be sure to keep five to seven days open at any time during flu season, October through March, for a fever, body aches, headache, runny nose and a cough. If you’d rather not commit that much time to the flu, and you don’t like the idea of missing ...

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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 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 12 Osteoporosis screening at The LifeCenter A quick and painless ultrasound heel ...

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From left to right, state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy; state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township; Janai Arbogast, supervisor of Inpatient Care/ED; Ron Reynolds, chief administrative officer of Muncy Valley Hospital; and Steve Johnson, president of UPMC Susquehanna stand near the construction site of the expanded emergency department at Muncy Valley Hospital.

Muncy Valley Hospital expansion continues

Construction and renovation work continues at Muncy Valley Hospital to improve emergency services. Through the efforts of state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, and state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, $5 million in state funds allocated through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance ...

UPMC Susquehanna palliative care honored

Bringing innovation, integrity and compassion to end-of-life care, hospice and palliative care programs honored with the American Hospital Association’s Circle of LifeAward are distinguished as the best in the nation. Each year, AHA recognizes only three programs nationwide that have made ...

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Geisinger selected to join national initiative DANVILLE —  Geisinger Health System said it has been named as one of four new health care provider organizations to participate in the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program to help build a nationwide million-person-strong ...

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Dr. David Bulbin talks with a patient recently at his office in Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. The rheumatologist says the coming of cold and/or wet weather often can cause those suffering with arthritis to feel more pain.

Weather changes can mean increased joint pain, doctor says

For some people, cold weather means more than just uncomfortable frigid air. It also can mean increased misery from already aching joints. Dr. David Bulbin, a Geisinger Medical Center rheumatologist, said there’s certainly medical research to support a correlation between dropping ...

Geisinger study assesses mental health of today’s vets

DANVILLE —  A new Geisinger Health System study, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, has found that recently deployed National Guard and Reserve veterans returning from the Global War on Terrorism, or GWOT —   military campaigns that started after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the ...

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John O’Conner talks to a reporter in Vero Beach, Fla., on Oct. 24. O’Connor, the firefighters union president, hopes a Vero Beach battalion chief’s death will push his colleagues with PTSD to seek help as O’Connor already had.

Emotional stress often can be deadlier that flames, smoke

VERO BEACH, Fla. —  Battalion Chief David Dangerfield’s nickname was “Super Dave,” a moniker the veteran firefighter had earned over the years for his cheerful, get-things-done personality. The leader of a fire department dive team in a quiet Florida beach community of 15,000 ...