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Too little or too much? Understanding the thyroid gland

There are many reasons a person can feel tired all of the time, but one that’s important to consider is the activity of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland located in your neck, below your Adam’s apple. It makes a hormone that controls how your body uses and ...

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Annual blood drive is set for Sunday The fifth annual “In Memory of Greyson Blood Drive” will be held 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Zafar Grotto Rafaz Club, 381 E. Second Ave., South Williamsport. Donors can bring along a children’s book for donation to the James V. Brown Library to honor ...

Can you stop a cancer drug to see if you’re cured?

Imagine you had a life-threatening cancer that a wonder drug had kept in remission for years. Would you risk quitting? Thousands of people with a blood cancer called chronic myelogenous leukemia, or CML, now have that choice. New treatment guidelines in the U.S. say certain patients can ...

Geisinger Health System to hire 2,000 employees

DANVILLE (AP) — A hospital system that covers much of rural Pennsylvania announced last week it plans to start hiring 2,000 employees at several locations this year. The Danville-based Geisinger Health System said in a news release that about half of the new hires will be doctors, nurses, ...

Taking aim at colon cancer: Remember ‘80% by 2018’

The best test for colon cancer is the one that is administered. If more people are screened for colorectal cancer at the appropriate age, more lives will be saved. Right now, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States. Yet ...

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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: 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and March 22 Baby Cafe at The LifeCenter Baby Cafe at The LifeCenter offers moms an opportunity ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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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: 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 ...

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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 Introduction to Guided Meditation Thursdays in February at The LifeCenter, 641 Walnut St. ...

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 ...

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 ...