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Annual picnic reunites organ donors, recipients

ELYSBURG — Hundreds of folks recently gathered at Knoebels Amusement Resort for the annual Geisinger Transplant Program Picnic, which celebrates successful operations and reunites donors with recipients and doctors with patients. Geisinger’s transplant specialists have performed liver, ...

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Firefighters fight to make firemen firefighting fit

WATSONTOWN — With heart attacks, post traumatic stress disorder and line-of-duty deaths on the rise nationwide, a firefighting trio from the Warrior Run Area Fire Department in Northumberland County, are working toward getting area firefighters back in shape.­­ Volunteer firefighters Coty ...

How to safely remove a tick as population increases

Pennsylvania has the highest incidence of Lyme disease in the United States, according to 2015 CDC data. Due to a mild winter, experts predict an increase in occurrences this year, particularly from an expected rise in the deer tick population, which spreads Lyme disease. But, there’s no ...

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Wednesday • Brusters Ice Cream, 1600 E. Third St., 1-6 p.m. July 11 • American Red Cross North Central PA, 320 E. Third St., 1-6 p.m. July 13 • Trinity Episcopal Church, 844 W. Fourth St., 1-6 p.m. July 14 • Divine Providence Hospital, 1100 Grampian Blvd., 1-6 p.m. July ...

Mesothelioma: long lasting and hard to detect

Imagine having symptoms for the common cold — coughing, wheezing, feeling down and out. The symptoms go on for a while until, finally, you just can’t take it anymore. You suck it up and go to the doctor. The doctor sees what you see, tells you what you already know — you have a ...

A healthier summer cookout for a trim body

Summertime is here and the barbecue grills are heating up! Everyone loves a summertime cookout with family and friends, friendly yard-game competitions, and plenty of sunshine, and of course, FOOD! Typical cookout foods such as hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, potato salad, potato chips, ...

Tioga County to host cancer survivor brunch

A celebration brunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 8, in the Survivor Tent on The Green in Wellsboro for cancer survivors. “The survivors brunch is a celebration of strength and courage. A cancer diagnosis turns our lives upside down — affecting not only the patient but ...

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Wednesday • Genetti Hotel, 200 W. Fourth St., 1-6 p.m. Thursday • Cinema Center of Williamsport, 300 W. Fourth St., 12-5 p.m. • Genetti Hotel, 200 W. Fourth St., 1-6 p.m. Saturday • The Fitness Factory, 330 Hughes St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 5 • Brusters Ice Cream, ...

New guidelines individualize prostate test results

About 75 percent of men who undergo prostate-specific antigen testing end up with a false positive result, according to the National Cancer Institute. To address this, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force made a change to screening guidelines, said Dr. Glenn T. Bloiso, a urologist with ...

Minimalism: What is it and where can I buy it?

(EDITOR’S NOTE: “Abundant Living” is a weekly column about health and wellness. It includes topics ranging from health and medicine to exercising at home and making wise food choices. The intention is to shed light on topics that affect the choices we make, explore topics that affect the ...

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Blood drives are scheduled on the following dates, times and places: Today • Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine St., 1-6 p.m. Thursday • Pennsylvania College of Technology Bush Campus Center, 1 College Ave., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 27 • St. Johns Lutheran Brick ...

‘Stop the bleed’ gives bystanders a way to help

Whether there’s a mass casualty event or an everyday injury occurs, knowing what action to take is both reassuring and can potentially save a life. In recognizing that bystanders are always first on the scene and ahead of trained emergency personnel, the “Stop the Bleed” training ...

Geisinger’s Sturm is new president-elect of NSGC

DANVILLE — Amy Curry Sturm, professor and director of cardiovascular genomic counseling at Geisinger Health System, has been named president-elect of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. “I’m overwhelmingly humbled and excited for this honor and for the support of my professional ...

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Today • Woodward Fire Co., 4147 N. Route 220, Linden, 1-6 p.m. Wednesday • Trinity United Methodist Church, 1407 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, 1-6 p.m. • Hughesville Fire Hall, Railroad and Water streets, Hughesville, 1-6 p.m. Thursday • Williamsport Regional Medical Center, ...

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Dr. Emily Solow, a UPMC Susquehanna general surgeon, attends to a patient, cautioning that extended exposure to the sun can be harmful.

Sunscreen vital to preventing skin cancer

The warmth of the days this time of year pushes people outdoors to play or just to bask in the glow of the sun’s rays. Unfortunately, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. “There is a tendency to think the sun is healthy,” said Dr. Emily Solow, a UPMC Susquehanna general ...

ABUNDANT LIVING: The future of health care is now

(EDITOR’S NOTE: “Abundant Living” is a weekly column about health and wellness. It will include topics ranging from health and medicine to exercising at home and making wise food choices. The intention is to shed light on topics that affect the choices we make, explore topics that affect ...

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Community volunteers try on their shades while enjoying their “rays of sunshine” volunteer luncheon, gifts and entertainment at Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro.

Shedding Light on the Power of Volunteering

WELLSBORO — Giving back is vital to a thriving community, and UPMC Susquehanna recently recognized its many tireless Tioga County volunteers as “rays of sunshine” in the lives of patients and visitors, giving the gift of their time and compassion. Each year, this luncheon event honors ...

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Vivek Kumar, MD, medical director of the Digestive Disease Center at UPMC Susquehanna, performs a colonoscopy.

Digestive needs now met at Muncy hospital

MUNCY — Getting a colonoscopy isn’t exactly one’s idea of a good day, but it can make for a productive one. Tracking digestive health can help people prevent, identify or treat problems such as colon cancer, infections and other potentially life threatening issues. Colonoscopies are ...

ABUNDANT LIVING: Why most diet and exercise programs fail

(EDITOR’S NOTE: “Abundant Living” is a weekly column about health and wellness. It will include topics ranging from health and medicine to exercising at home and making wise food choices. The intention is to shed light on topics that affect the choices we make, explore topics that affect ...

Anne Holladay, executive director for Long-Term Care at UPMC Susquehanna, top left, stands next to the “As I Age” wall that recently was in the Tower Lobby at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center and allowed people to finish, with their own thoughts and impressions, their ideas on growing older. 
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Hospital wall sparks thoughts on aging

They literally went to the wall recently to express their thoughts on a subject that perhaps many people don’t like to consider. Anyone could pick up a piece of chalk and finish the phrase, “As I Age” with their own thoughts and impressions. Within days, at least 200 people had filled ...