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Boat, snowmobile, camel: Vaccine reaches world’s far corners

PORTLAND, Maine — After enduring 40-knot winds and freezing sea spray, jostled health care providers arrived wet and cold on two Maine islands in the North Atlantic late last month to conduct coronavirus vaccinations. As they came ashore on Little Cranberry Island, population 65, residents ...

Addiction treatment center designated a COE by state

Williamsport Family Medical Center recently was designated a Center of Excellence by the state Department of Human Services, announced the center’s parent company, Pinnacle Treatment Centers. Located at 2062 Lycoming Creek Road, Suite 8, Williamsport Family Medical Center is one of ...

UPMC allergist: Relief from seasonal allergies possible

Spring this year brings warmer weather and an awakening from what many would consider as a harsh winter here in northcentral Pennsylvania. The flowers, the butterflies, the fresh air. It’s a beautiful time of year unless you suffer from allergies. Suddenly, those signs of spring become signs ...

Pandemic means far fewer eyes on kids’ welfare

LANSFORD — Ava Lerario lived in a home marked by love and chaos, even before the walls of the pandemic started closing in on her family. Sandwiched between two brothers, the 9-year-old was her father’s princess. She loved to snuggle up with her mom to read. She sometimes lugged her ...

In-person SINGERCISE is back at the Y

Singercise, a free program for those living with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners, will begin its fourth session on April 7, 2021. Offered through the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA thanks to a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, Singercise uses music therapy and ...

UPMC oncologist: Clinical trials advance cancer care

One of the most important aspects of advancing cancer treatment towards developing curative therapies happens because of research. By discovering new therapies, we can provide hope to patients who may have limited treatment options. Significant advances are made every day and the way this is ...

Physician returns to area to join Geisinger 65 Forward

MILTON —Richard Smith, M.D., a Lycoming County native, Bucknell University graduate and U.S. Air Force veteran, has joined the Geisinger 65 Forward Health Center team in central Pennsylvania as the first physician at the soon-to-open location near Milton. Geisinger 65 Forward is a health ...

UPMC welcomes new neurosurgeon to Williamsport

UPMC welcomes Jonathan Bussey, DO, MPH, neurosurgeon, to team at The Neuroscience Center at UPMC, 740 High St., Suite 3002, Williamsport. Bussey received his medical degree from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tulsa, Okla., and he completed his residency in ...

Evangelical Community Hospital awards DAISY Honor for nursing excellence

Amanda Glenny, RN BSN, obstetrics nurse at Evangelical Community Hospital’s The Family Place, was presented the DAISY Award on Monday, March 22, 2021. The award is presented to a deserving nurse who exemplifies clinical expertise and compassionate care and is recognized as a role model in the ...

UPMC Dermatology expands access in Lewisburg, Williamsport

LEWISBURG — UPMC is now offering comprehensive dermatology services at UPMC Specialty Care Lewisburg, 2330 Saint Mary St. West, Lewisburg. “Many people struggle with managing a variety of skin conditions — ranging from rashes to psoriasis to skin cancer — and there’s often long ...

UPMC trainer: Take your time to avoid training injuries

When the cold weather hits, it’s common for many of us to spend more time indoors, and allow some of our exercise routines to lapse. However, once spring arrives, motivation levels rise as the days lengthen and grow warmer. As we approach warmer weather and spring, it can be tempting to jump ...

Survivors struggle as scientists race to solve COVID mystery

There was no reason to celebrate on Rachel Van Lear’s anniversary. The same day a global pandemic was declared, she developed symptoms of COVID-19. A year later, she’s still waiting for them to disappear. And for experts to come up with some answers. The Texas woman is one of thousands of ...

Global rise in childhood mental health issues amid pandemic

PARIS — By the time his parents rushed him to the hospital, 11-year-old Pablo was barely eating and had stopped drinking entirely. Weakened by months of self-privation, his heart had slowed to a crawl and his kidneys were faltering. Medics injected him with fluids and fed him through a tube ...

Geisinger Medical Clinic Lock Haven set to open Monday

LOCK HAVEN — Construction is entering the final stretch at Clinton County’s newest medical facility. Geisinger Medical Clinic Lock Haven is set to open on Monday, making it easier to get care closer to home. Located at 68 Spring St. in Lock Haven, the two-story facility will house primary ...

UPMC: Colonoscopy can save your life

More than 140,000 new cases of colon cancer are diagnosed each year, making it the third most common cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. However, when caught early it is highly treatable. Screening saves lives as it helps catch cancer early and the gold standard for ...

Local pharmacists step up in COVID-19 vaccination effort

NEW YORK — They’re just your regular neighborhood pharmacists, but some now wear superhero capes. Local pharmacy owners are filling in the gaps as federal, state and county authorities across the country struggle to ramp up vaccinations vital to crushing the COVID-19 pandemic. In some ...

UPMC therapist: The pains of working from home

When the pandemic started almost a year ago, many people weren’t sure how to manage their daily lives as lock-down orders essentially turned homes into offices, schools, and gyms. As the restrictions loosened up, some companies began to open offices again, however, others are still ...

UPMC doctor: COVID-19 and pregnancy

For expecting parents, there’s nothing quite like the anticipation of bringing new life into the world. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused additional concerns for women who are pregnant, have recently delivered a baby, or are breast-feeding. While there’s a lot of information out ...

Local nurse joins Laurel Health Centers

MANSFIELD, PA—The Laurel Health Centers have announced that Linda Thorp, certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP), has joined its provider team. She will be seeing patients at the Mansfield Laurel Health Center, located at 416 S. Main St., Mansfield. A life-long local, Thorp brings 33 ...