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Health

Dog study could help pets, people

SEATTLE — Can old dogs teach us new tricks? Scientists are looking for 10,000 pets for the largest-ever study of aging in canines. They hope to shed light on human longevity too. The project will collect a pile of pooch data: vet records, DNA samples, gut microbes and information on food ...

Lewisburg hospital to offer screenings

LEWISBURG — Community Health and Wellness at Evangelical Community Hospital will hold a series of screenings through the month of December. A comprehensive blood screening will be available on multiple occasions, listed below, to provide important details about your health, sometimes before ...

If I have a hysterectomy, will I go through menopause?

Many women ask if having a hysterectomy will send them into menopause early, however, the answer isn’t a simple yes or no. There are several different types of hysterectomies, and your overall health and the reason for the hysterectomy will determine if you experience symptoms of ...

Diabetes facts from head to toe: What you need to know

An estimated 9% of Americans are living with diabetes — about 30 million people. It’s important to learn the facts about diabetes so you can stay healthy from head to toe. Know the types Having diabetes means your body has trouble regulating glucose and does one of two things: it either ...

Medication takeback box now available in Jersey Shore hospital

JERSEY SHORE – The addition of a medication takeback box at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital now gives residents in Lycoming County a new location to drop off their expired and unused medications. Recently installed in the hospital, the box is ready to use just in time for the Saturday, Oct. ...

Pregnancy center receives new technology

Since 1996, members and volunteers of the Expectations Women’s Center have been providing support to couples or single parents who are expecting the unexpected with such items as baby clothes, diapers, formula, counseling and other resources in the Williamsport area. The center “seeks ...

When is your headache a symptom of a brain tumor?

Everyone experiences headaches from time to time caused by stress, hormone changes, or dehydration. Usually, a headache can be relieved by an over-the-counter pain reliever or rest. Approximately 13 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from severe migraines, recurring headaches. Migraines can ...

Big plans

North Central Sight Services has grown exponentially since 1957 employing and helping the visually impaired and blind. Though the organization has expanded from manufacturing rubber door mats from recycled tires and caning chairs to filling military contracts and shredding information with high ...

Tips on how to beat that back to school stress

Whether your kids are in elementary school, high school, or college, going back to school is a transition that can affect the whole family. However, it doesn’t need to be filled with stress and anxiety. Here are a few tips to help your child stay calm and allow them to enjoy the experience of ...

Clyde Peeling’s battle with cancer

Clyde Peeling has held many titles in his lifetime: Air Traffic controller for the United States Air Force, pilot, founder and owner of Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland. Roughly 17 years ago Peeling earned one more – cancer survivor. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Peeling has not ...

Scranton pain clinic to close

SCRANTON – Geisinger will close its Scranton pain clinic, which cares for hundreds of patients with chronic and acute pain conditions each year, by the end of September. The health system is consolidating pain care in the region at the Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre hospital. Geisinger is ...

Coping with depression in patients with Parkinson’s Disease

While everyone feels sad from time to time—depression is different. Sadness is temporary and doesn’t last very long, but depression lasts for weeks or longer. Studies indicate approximately 50 percent of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease also have a mood disorder like depression. ...

Docs say insurers increasingly interfere

After Kim Lauerman was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, doctors wanted to give her a drug that helps prevent infections and fever during chemotherapy. Her insurer said no. Anthem Blue Cross told Lauerman the drug wasn’t necessary. She eventually got it after an infection landed her in the ...

Despite calls to start over, US health system covers 90 percent

WASHINGTON — America’s much-maligned health care system is covering 9 out of 10 people, a fact that hasn’t stopped the 2020 presidential candidates from refighting battles about how to provide coverage, from Bernie Sanders’ call for replacing private insurance with a government plan to ...

Study finds racial gap in who gets stroke treatments

Black and Hispanic people having a stroke are less likely than their white counterparts to get treatments proven to reduce death and improve quality of life, new research shows. For strokes caused by a clot, the gold standard treatment is a clot-busting drug called alteplase, according to ...

Breastfeeding benefits both mom and baby

Breastfeeding is often thought of as a gift between mother and baby. Not only does it provide bonding time, but the health benefits for both baby and mom are undeniable. August is National Breastfeeding Month, a month dedicated to educating women and families on the importance of ...

Hospital awarded Gold Seal for stroke rehab

UPMC Susquehanna has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for stroke rehabilitation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and ...

Newly public data maps opioid crisis across US

The release of a massive trove of data from lawsuits over the nation’s opioid crisis provides the most detailed accounting to date of the role played by the major pharmaceutical companies and distributors. In legal cases across the country, they have defended themselves as being little more ...

How to know if what you’re feeling are signs of menopause

As a woman starts to enter middle age, they start to think about menopause and when it will affect them. Menopause is a normal, natural event. Most women start to enter menopause in their 40s and 50s, but the age can vary. Unless surgically induced, menopause is not a quick trip, it is a ...

How to protect your eyes from the summer sun this week

Everyone seems to understand the importance of wearing sunscreen when you are enjoying the summer sun, but protecting your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) radiation or light is just as important. Although UV radiation comes from several sources, most people get their exposure from rays of energy ...