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Health

Pandemic shows risk of obesity, challenge of weight loss

NEW YORK — Jennifer Bergin was already obese and pre-diabetic before the pandemic, and learning she also had high blood pressure made her worry about how sick she might get with COVID-19. She began walking three hours a day, eventually losing 60 pounds. “I just knew I was a prime ...

UPMC surgeon: When to consider joint replacement for arthritis

People are living longer than ever and many of us want to remain active later in life. All those years of activity can wear on our bodies, especially our joints. While minor pain and aches are normal, long-lasting pain or pain that causes you to make lifestyle changes are something you should ...

Can virtual reality help seniors? Study hopes to find out

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — Terry Colli and three other residents of the John Knox Village senior community got a trip via computer to the International Space Station in the kickoff to a Stanford University study on whether virtual reality can improve the emotional well-being of older people. ...

South Side graduate marks fifth suicide awareness walk

Madison A. Losell, of South Williamsport, lost a dear friend at the age of 14 to suicide. From that time on, Losell said she wanted to do something about this tragic and preventable loss of life, which is often the result of mental illness. Losell said she spoke first to a teacher about ...

Study: People with COVID have more severe strokes

Among people who have strokes and COVID-19, there is a higher incidence of severe stroke as well as stroke in younger people, according to new data from a multinational study group on COVID-19 and stroke, led by a team of Geisinger researchers. The COVID-19 Stroke Study Group’s latest ...

UPMC provider: BE FAST with signs of stroke

In the United States, stroke affects more than 750,000 people each year. It’s the leading cause of adult disability and is the fifth-leading cause of death. Stroke can happen to anyone, and it is important to know what stroke looks like and what do to if someone shows the signs. Signs of ...