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Health

Experts: Census undercounts could risk rural health funding

DUBOIS, Idaho (AP) — Bonnie Stoddard knows the history of Idaho’s sparsest county. She’s chronicled the ranching families who settled Clark County more than a century ago. The notable statesmen after whom the county and the county seat are named. Buildings she’s hoping to keep ...

Contact tracing, other measures help to slow the spread

Dr. Daniel Glunk, chief quality officer for UPMC in the Susquehanna region, and his colleagues have worked tirelessly to continually improve contact tracing procedures at area hospitals. “The pandemic is here to stay,” Glunk said. “We are tracking everything and taking care of our ...

Geisinger study shows low correlation between stroke, coronavirus

Geisinger scientists led a team of experts from around the world to study the correlation between COVID-19 infection and stroke risk. The multinational COVID-19 Stroke Study Group included scientists and clinicians from 99 medical centers in 11 countries. The team was led by Ramin Zand, M.D., ...

Myth vs fact: Alcohol’s effects on the heart

While drinking can be a socially acceptable part of our lives, lifestyle changes and challenges resulting from the pandemic including working from home, kids stuck at home, lack of routine, boredom, and increased uncertainty about the future may have you reaching for a glass of wine or mixed ...

UPMC welcomes pediatrician to Wellsboro

WELLSBORO — UPMC welcomes Hadeel Naqib, MD, to the pediatrics team in Wellsboro. Naqib received her medical degree from the University of Baghdad College of Medicine, Baghdad, Iraq, and completed residencies in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and T.C. Thompson ...

Still too soon to try altering human embryo DNA, panel says

It’s still too soon to try to make genetically edited babies because the science isn’t advanced enough to ensure safety, says an international panel of experts who also mapped a pathway for any countries that want to consider it. Thursday’s report comes nearly two years after a Chinese ...

Column: Do I really need a primary care physician?

Your health is better off with a primary care physician or family doctor. Here’s why. In some ways, access to healthcare seems easier than ever, with the expansion of retail walk-in clinics at pharmacies and big-box stores, virtual doctor appointments and urgent care clinics. However, if ...

Column: Don’t put off essential cancer screenings

Thanks to earlier detection, more Americans are surviving cancer. That’s why you shouldn’t put off having the screening tests you need. While scheduling a mammogram or colonoscopy may not be top of mind for you right now, screening tests like these can spot cancer before it causes any ...

Evangelical Community Hospital awards its latest DAISY honor

Angela Cassel, CNM, OB/GYN of Evangelical, was surrounded by her coworkers, as well as hospital and nursing leadership, as she was presented with the DAISY Award. She was nominated by her colleague Louann Benfer, LPN. In the nomination, Benfer stated, “Angela’s greatest gifts to our ...

Geisinger recognized as top telehealth network

Geisinger was recognized as a top telehealth network in the United States at the recent Telehealth Innovation Forum, hosted by Teladoc Health. Geisinger was named one of four “Top Telehealth Innovators and Leaders,” earning the designation as the number-one national telehealth network for ...

Physician awarded for work with area athletes

The state Athletic Trainers’ Society honors Dr. Patrick Carey, board certified orthopedic surgeon and UPMC Susquehanna director of sports medicine, with the Team Physician Honorary Membership Award after his dedicated work with area high school, collegiate and other athletic teams for over 30 ...

Virtual walking program available through Penn State Extension this fall

Fall is a great time to get outside and be more active! Penn State Extension is offering an eight-week virtual walking program to help turn behaviors into healthy habits, according to a recent press release. Moderate activity, such as walking, reduces stress and fatigue and increases ...

Back to school 2020: Tips for keeping kids healthy

Back-to-school looks very different this year. And parents everywhere are asking themselves (and their pediatricians), “should I send my child back to school?” There’s no doubt that school plays a critical role in kids’ lives, not only for their educational needs, but for their ...

Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy? Seeking the right care

Occupational therapy and physical therapy are commonly confused with each other. While, occupational and physical therapy have a lot of similarities including improving quality of life, increasing independence, reducing pain and discomfort, and preventing further injury or injury recurrence, ...

Evangelical welcomes new emergency medicine physician

LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital is pleased to welcome a new Emergency Medicine physician to its medical staff, according to a recent press release. Eliza Reed, DO, joined the hospital’s Emergency Department in August. As an emergency physician, Reed specializes in rapid ...

UPMC names new medical director of Occupational Health

UPMC welcomes Nicholas Pytel, MD, MPH, as the new medical director for Occupational Health services in the Susquehanna region. Pytel received his medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey. He also obtained his master of public health and completed his residency in ...

UPMC welcomes new neurosurgeon

UPMC welcomes Fadi Sweiss, MD, neurosurgeon to the neurosciences team in the Susquehanna region. Sweiss received his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio, and completed his residency in neurosurgery at George Washington University Hospital, Washington, ...

Evangelical Community Hospital offers classes

LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital will hold a series of classes through the month of September. For the safety of participants, masking is required while inside Hospital facilities and during all learning sessions. Physical distancing and frequent handwashing/use of hand sanitizer is ...

Screenings offered at Evangelical this month

LEWISBURG — Community Health and Wellness at Evangelical Community Hospital will hold a series of screenings through the month of September. For the safety of participants, masking is required while in hospital facilities and during the screenings. Physical distancing and frequent ...

Air Force recruiter lost nearly 200 pounds to join military

For 6-foot tall, 362-pound college freshman Leo Knight-Inglesby, a chance meeting with U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ty Lopez in 2007 changed the course of his life. That meeting led to him becoming Technical Sgt. Leo Knight-Inglesby, Williamsport’s newest U.S. Air Force recruiter. Lopez, an ...