Health

Show Your ‘Irish’: but beware the green

As many prepare to let loose their inner Irishmen and women in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, community health care professionals remind those in search of a good time that it’s possible to be safe and still enjoy a few adult beverages. “People will always want to drink and have fun, ...

River Valley Center, Food Bank partner to offer nutrition workshops

The River Valley Health and Dental Center, in partnership with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, is celebrating National Nutrition Month with two free nutrition workshops. The workshops are titled: “Nutrition 101: Your Prescription for Better Health” and are scheduled for Tuesday, and ...

‘Modern-Day Miracle’

By JERRI BROUSE Sun-Gazette Correspondent magine being told you have just days to live. Five days, specifically. You’ve got five days to get your affairs in order. Five days to say goodbye to family and friends. Five days … What would you do? For Andrea Hughey, 46, that day came ...

Cribs for Kids helps infants sleep safely

“Infants should sleep alone, on their backs and in an empty crib.” This frequently-recited line encompasses the A-B-Cs of safe sleep, as set by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and used by the Lycoming County coroner’s office in its Kids for Cribs program. The program helps educate ...

Donation-based bracelets save lives in Lycoming County

On a sultry, 90-degree summer afternoon an elderly woman diagnosed with Alzheimer’s tells her husband she’s going to sit on the porch but becomes disoriented and wanders her street. Wearing a long-sleeve shirt she walks down the sidewalk in the city glancing at the impending storm clouds. ...

ABUNDANT LIVING: Learning how to embrace your inner weirdo

What is weirdness? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines weird as supernatural, uncanny or eerie. Conversely, urbandictionary.com says the word weird lacks a finite definition, but the most popular definition on the website was someone that wasn’t afraid to be themselves. Personally, I ...

Local doctor named Everyday Hero

A local doctor received a surprise recently to help him celebrate his 70th birthday and 40 years of medical practice in the United States. Dr. Eduardo Rueda Vasquez, a physician who practices telepsychiatry in Williamsport and Lancaster, was named an Everyday Hero by the Pennsylvania Medical ...

Girl’s name lives on through love of music

Though she has been gone over three years, the name and the memory of Angelina Miele still live on through the music that she loved. Angelina, 11, who lived in Montoursville and Loyalsock Township, died in July 2015 from a rare form of cancer — synovial sarcoma. Her love of music spured ...

Evangelical, Geisinger Health enter into new partnership

LEWISBURG — Geisinger Health will begin as early as January with a plan to contribute resources and money to Evangelical Community Hospital in the coming years in a joint effort to improve health care in the region. Kendra Aucker, Evangelical Community Hospital President and CEO, announced ...

Young-onset Parkinson’s patients defy stereotypes

ALLENTOWN (AP) — What comes to mind when you think of Parkinson’s disease? Many people know an older friend or relative who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and it’s no surprise — according to Medical News Today, 1 million adults in America live with Parkinson’s, and about 10 ...

Study: Negative social media causes ‘depressive symptoms’

Likes, comments and shares can boost one’s morale on social media and communication with friends, family and followers is changing people’s experiences with one another through digital platforms. However, according to a study at Pitt Health Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh, ...

Kids, adults prove too connected to social platforms

From teenagers to adults, people of all ages are communicating with friends and family on social media platforms, but it’s how they interact that can impact their lifestyles. Having information available at your fingertips is useful when you need it, but college students’ online presence ...

ABUNDANT LIVING: The wonder years — What kind of example are you setting?

Children — on a good day they are angels sent from heaven. At other times, however, they are like a plague of locusts devouring and destroying everything in their path. If you have ever seen my living room you would know of what I speak. Whether we like it or not, children mimic everything ...

City, area businesses work to improve ‘quality of life’

The City of Williamsport is combating rising health care costs by taking steps toward a healthier, happier staff, said Megan Page, human resources director. In May, a weightloss and wellness class taught by Rose Trevouledes, a registered dietitian, was introduced. The course lasted eight ...

City hospital aims for trauma center designation in 2019

Already two years into the process of becoming a designated trauma center, UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center still has another year to go before that designation is granted or denied. Though some may consider it too early to be confident, officials at the hospital are ...

Partnership seeks to bring healthy options to local corner store

Over six weeks, the Healthy Corner Store Initiative — in partnership with The Food Trust, Harrisburg YMCA and Geisinger Wellness — visited Harvest Moon to encourage and educate people about healthier foods and drinks available at corner stores. The initiative follows the Supplemental ...

New orthopedics center built to fit patients

LEWISBURG — The Center for Orthopedics at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg, was unveiled Thursday with tours for community members and employees, said Linda Thoms, director of surgical services for the Evangelical Medical Services Organization. The new space, on the second and ...

State College athlete reunites with surgeon

For many, falling from a great height is a deep-seated fear that luckily is never realized. For adventurer Carl Byington, falling from a great height was a life-altering moment that could have ended in tragedy. Byington, from State College, came close to death when he fell about 70 feet ...

ABUNDANT LIVING: In a world full of trouble — kindness matters

Recently, I have been thinking about the troubled times we live in. You see the tragedies on television, in the newspaper and on social media. Another day, another shooting. Car wrecks, celebrity suicides, global climate change, etc... It can be overwhelming at times. In order to cope, I ...

Local group fights the stigma of mental health

A local health organization’s community involvement has grown since 2005, as members and staff work together to stomp out mental health stigma. After outgrowing its previous location, the Commerce Park Clubhouse, 1020 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 14-A, recently held an open house at its new, ...