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Health

Make the most of your time at home

If you’ve suddenly found yourself and your children stuck at home, cooking can be a healthy way to spend time together. Gathering together in the kitchen to cook and then enjoying a meal together has many benefits. It’s an opportunity for parents to be healthy role models by creating a ...

How to eat right, bite by bite

March is National Nutrition Month, a campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to bring awareness to nutrition by encouraging the public to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is “Eat Right, Bite by Bite.” Consider the following ...

Handling the opioid crisis amid a pandemic

“It’s quite an interesting dynamic to be dealing with two public health crises at the same time — the opioid crisis and COVID-19,” Jennifer Smith, secretary of the state’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, said. Speaking to the media by a web conference, Smith said that one ...

UPMC WorkCenter adds telehealth service for workplace injury evaluation

UPMC WorkCenter now offers telehealth workers compensation evaluations to employers in the Susquehanna region. Through a connected device, occupational health specialists can interview and evaluate the employee and determine treatment options for minor injuries or refer them to a higher ...

Technology brings medical care home, especially for rural families, elderly

Mabel Henninger knitted on her living room couch as her husband of 69 years sat nearby in a recliner having his heart and lungs monitored by a Geisinger physician. The physician, Dr. Anthony Wylie, was in his Pittston office more than 60 miles away while the consultation with Glenn Henninger ...

Evangelical charity gala raises $113K

LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital’s signature celebration, the Evangelical Charity Gala and Auction, was held on Saturday, March 7, 2020, and raised $113,000 during the A Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed event. Proceeds from this year’s Gala, including ticket sales, auctions, ...

UPMC’s Spirit of Women encourages women to focus on their health

Women from across the region recently joined UPMC’s Spirit of Women for a free, uplifting morning packed full of fitness, educational workshops and shopping at Clearstory at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport. “We’re excited so many women in our community came out for a morning of ...

What is a ‘widowmaker’ heart attack?

A heart attack happens when blood flow to your heart muscle is blocked for long enough to damage the muscle. If blood flow isn’t restored quickly, the heart muscle begins to die from a lack of oxygen, and non-functioning scar tissue forms in its place. If enough muscle function is lost, ...

UPMC acquires West Branch Nephrology Associates

UPMC recently acquired West Branch Nephrology Associates in Williamsport, a private practice specialty care clinic with kidney health services provided by Sam Stea, MD, nephrologist; Emily Wascher, PA-C, and John Tyler Helmus, PA-C. The practice will now be known as SH Nephrology. “Dr. ...

Low-cost dental care available in college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s state-of-the-art Dental Hygiene Clinic is scheduling appointments for the spring semester. The clinic provides low-cost preventive dental hygiene services to the community, including cleanings, exams, X-rays and sealants. The clinic collaborates with ...

Study: What doesn’t kill you does make you stronger

LEWISBURG — A recent study by Bucknell biology researchers shows that, when it comes to stress, what doesn’t kill you may, in fact, make you stronger. Their study on Japanese quails explored how 20-minute periods of social isolation (removing birds from their pen mates) affected oxidative ...

A-fib treatment offers options

Over the last two weeks, we’ve discussed both arrhythmia in general and its most common form, atrial fibrillation, or A-fib. In doing so, we’ve laid the groundwork to discuss the wide spectrum of options available to treat this irregular heartbeat. Affecting between 2.7 and 6.1 million ...

Emergency department, urgent care clinic, or your doctor’s office?

Urgent care. Emergency department. Extended hours. Walk-in appointments. With more ways than ever to access medical care, we have created greater consumer choice – and greater confusion. How do you know which choice is right for you and your family? Clear up the confusion with this helpful ...

Bucknell study finds toxins in vape juice

LEWISBURG — Bucknell University Professor Dabrina Dutcher and Karen Castle, associate dean of faculty, along with senior chemistry students Jewel Cook and Ana Islas, are working on continuing research that was recently published by Dutcher, Castle and Alyssa Brown, Carnegie Mellon student, to ...

Williamsport native needs liver transplant

Always a giver, Sue Garison, of Loyalsock Township, finds it difficult and humbling to be on the receiving end of the generosity of her family, friends and strangers. But receiving a 90-day to live prognosis before Christmas and standing by for the “OK” of a life-saving liver transplant has ...

The rhythm of the heart

Many know that my dear wife Mary is quite an accomplished pianist. In fact, during my long years of training she merged her musical talent and her amazing way with young children and supplemented my meager resident’s salary by teaching music lessons — in addition to her full-time teaching ...

How sugar affects the heart

You probably know that your sweet tooth affects your waistline, but did you know it can also be harmful to your heart? A 2014 study showed that a diet high in sugar puts you at a greater risk of dying from heart disease, even if you aren’t overweight. If at least 25% of calories in your ...

Vision center celebrates 10 years of success stories, hopes for expansion

MUNCY — Dr. Marcus Myers, along with his staff of four, has worked to help patients of all ages with vision and learning problems in school, double vision, and losing their place in reading through physical therapy to create “amazing changes” to their lives for the last 10 years. “As ...

Schedule HIV testing online

AIDS Resource now offers an online option to schedule appointments for HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhea testing. Instead of calling, which can be incredibly nerve-racking, anyone can go to freetesting.as.me to schedule. Scheduling an appointment only requires a few quick clicks. You pick whether ...