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Column: Tips to avoid caregiver burnout

Caring for a loved one that needs extra support can be mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting. The stress of having to manage someone else’s life or the excessive compassion you may feel for your loved can turn into caregiver burnout. The truth is, you cannot — and should not — ...

Geisinger introduces dental services bus

Geisinger’s Mobile Dental Services will offer dental exams, cleanings and X-rays for pediatric patients, preschool age to grade 12, every Tuesday this month from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bus will be out front of Geisinger’s Montoursville clinic, 780 Broad St. Dr. Michael Halupa and ...

Managing stress, anxiety: When is it too much?

It seems like everywhere we turn, we’re being inundated by all that’s going on in the world. The global pandemic, social unrest and life in general may be causing you stress and feelings of anxiety. Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or ...

Column: Partner support essential for moms who breastfeed

Congratulations, on welcoming your bundle of joy into your family. The pride, joy, and delight you feel is likely mixed with fear and nervousness. After all, your new role as parents will last for decades to come. Breastfeeding is often thought of as a gift between mother and baby. Not only ...

Early in pandemic, frantic doctors traded tips across oceans

Amid the chaos of the pandemic’s early days, doctors who faced the first coronavirus onslaught reached across oceans and language barriers in an unprecedented effort to advise colleagues trying to save lives in the dark. With no playbook to follow and no time to wait for research, YouTube ...

Column: Diabetes prevention, management during COVID-19 pandemic

2020 has been a stressful time for everyone, and in times of stress, we often turn to “comfort foods” or increase our snacking. This can spell trouble when our favorite treats include a lot of sugar, especially for those of us whose bodies don’t store glucose well. Diabetes and ...

Scientists get closer to blood test for Alzheimer’s disease

An experimental blood test was highly accurate at distinguishing people with Alzheimer’s disease from those without it in several studies, boosting hopes that there soon may be a simple way to help diagnose this most common form of dementia. Developing such a test has been a long-sought ...

Column: Six tips for sun safety for children

­­­Over the last few months our families have spent a lot time at home and indoors, and we are ready to spend quality time outside. Before we send our kids out to play and enjoy summer, we need to be careful to protect their skin from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. The Skin Cancer ...

UPMC offers low-cost blood analysis screening

WELLSBORO — UPMC Wellsboro is offering community multidiagnosis blood analysis screenings at nine locations throughout the month of September, according to a recent press release. The screening can establish normal blood levels to monitor from year to year, help detect changes, or help lead ...

UPMC urologist offers services in Wellsboro

WELLSBORO — UPMC urologist Robert Grzonka, MD, is now offering services in Wellsboro, according to a recent press release. Offering a full range of diagnostic procedures and treatments of all disorders and diseases of the genitourinary system in men and women, Grzonka specializes in all ...

UPMC recognized for quality hospice services

Susquehanna Home Care & Hospice, a part of UPMC in the Susquehanna region, has been recognized by Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) as a “Superior Performer” for achieving an overall caregiver and family satisfaction score that ranked in the top 20% of all eligible SHP clients for the ...

Kelly Solomon named director of The Family Place at Evangelical

Kelly Solomon, RN, has been named director of The Family Place, the obstetrics unit, at Evangelical Community Hospital, according to a recent press release. In this role, Solomon will work in collaboration with the OB/GYN practices in achieving seamless care for the hospital’s obstetrical ...

Two key rehabilitation programs at Evangelical earn recertification

Evangelical Community Hospital announced the recertification of its Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation programs by the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) in a recent press release. The certification demonstrates each program’s adherence to ...

Geisinger pediatrician offers tips to help prepare families for daycare

As the region continues to reopen, childcare providers can expect an uptick in attendance due to parents returning to work. Dr. Praful Bhatt, Geisinger Lock Haven pediatrician, wants to help families ease back into the “new normal” of returning to daycare. “Children have stayed home ...

Column: Rehabilitation key to improving cancer survivor’s quality of life

When fighting cancer, physical therapy may not be the first health care service that comes to mind. Successful cancer treatment involves a health care team approach, including oncologists, radiologists, nurses, surgeons, social workers, and as you transition to survivorship, physical and ...

Virtual music therapy program aims to help those with Parkinson’s

Singercise, a free, live-online program will be offered through the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA thanks to a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. The program is a music therapy, group-singing protocol designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease and their care ...

UPMC works to reduce prescription costs for its health plan members

UPMC recently announced the implementation of a new technology in partnership with RxRevu to enable its physicians to help patients lower prescription drug costs based upon their insurance coverage, according to a recent press release. By giving UPMC physicians real-time access to a ...

OB/GYN of Evangelical welcomes new laborist

LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital is pleased to welcome Max Laurore, MD, FACOG, Laborist, to OB/GYN of Evangelical, according to a recent press release. Laurore had been contracted to provide Laborist services at OB/GYN of Evangelical in 2019 and has now been placed on staff as an ...

Two Geisinger campuses nationally named Best Maternity Care hospitals

Geisinger Medical Center in Danville and Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital were recently named to Newsweek’s 2020 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals, according to a press release. The distinction recognizes facilities that have excelled in providing care to mothers, newborns and their ...