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Laurel Health expert answers your COVID vaccine questions

Safe, effective vaccines play a vital role in preventing, reducing, and even eradicating disease. The approval of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines is a major milestone in our battle against Coronavirus COVID-19, made possible by unprecedented collaboration between scientists and ...

UPMC doctor: Pain relief possible without opioids

It is estimated that more than 30% of Americans are living with chronic and acute pain, and that percentage increases with age. In the past, opioids have commonly been the choice for chronic pain management. However, this approach to treating pain has been largely proven ineffective while also ...

Biden’s COVID-19 plan: Masks, testing, more vaccine supplies

A day after being sworn in, President Joe Biden is rolling out a national strategy to fight COVID-19, reopen the nation’s schools and restart the U.S. economy. His plan calls for an expansion of coronavirus testing, accelerated vaccine distribution and new action to prepare for future ...

Biden’s US revives support for WHO, reversing Trump retreat

GENEVA — The United States will resume funding for the World Health Organization and join its consortium aimed at sharing coronavirus vaccines fairly around the globe, President Joe Biden’s top adviser on the pandemic said Thursday, renewing support for an agency that the Trump ...

Final beam in place at new Geisinger facility in Muncy

PENNSDALE — The final beam for the new 120,000-square-foot Geisinger Medical Center healthplex in Muncy Township was placed on Nov. 17. Due to the placement of the beam during the COVID pandemic, Geisinger, Highmark and their construction crews held a private ceremony to celebrate the ...

Ask UPMC: When are antibiotics safe for children?

Antibiotics are a weapon to fight disease through targeting the bacteria that can cause illness. However, overuse of antibiotics can cause bacteria to develop a resistance to antibiotic treatment, which allow bacteria to continue to grow and make them difficult to kill. According to the ...

Geisinger’s employees begin receiving second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Geisinger’s health care heroes are now receiving their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Wednesday morning, exactly 21 days since vaccine doses first were given within the health system, employees returned and rolled up their sleeves to get their second dose. In three weeks Geisinger has ...

Worst case scenario: Geisinger professionals curate ventilator sharing study

Geisinger professionals gathered together during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to understand if ventilators could be shared in the event that patients would need it while hospitals are in short supply. Dr. Mark Poler, anesthesiologist and senior author, was a part of the study and said that it ...

Holidays during the pandemic: Find your silver lining

2020 has been a year of challenges and sacrifices, and the idea of “forfeiting” this holiday season to Coronavirus COVID-19 can feel like the last straw. While family gatherings, travel, and traditions need to unfold differently this year, different doesn’t have to mean bad or losing the ...

UPMC hospitals receive top quality marks from The Leapfrog Group

Thirteen UPMC hospitals, including UPMC Susquehanna - Williamsport, received top “A” grades from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2020 Hospital Safety Grade. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization that aims to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. “At ...

UPMC donates to Food Bank in recognition of providers

In recognition of Advanced Practice Providers (APP) Week earlier this month, UPMC in the Susquehanna Region made a $5,000 contribution to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Health Innovations Program on behalf of its advance practice provider staff. The Health Innovations Program ...

AP Explainer: Allergic reactions to vaccines rare, short-lived

Vaccines can sometimes cause allergic reactions, but they are usually rare and short-lived. British regulators are looking into reports of allergic reactions in two people who received the new Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, the first day of a vaccination program. In the meantime, they’re ...

River Valley designated ‘Rural Health Program of the Year’

River Valley Health & Dental recently was designated “Rural Health Program of the Year” by the state Office of Rural Health in a virtual award ceremony. The award is given to honor exemplary health programs that address an identified need in a rural community, according to a recent ...

Geisinger official: The science behind the flu shot

Each year, it’s recommended that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu shot. But, why? Because it’s the best way to protect yourself from the flu — helping to prevent serious illness, hospitalizations and even death. Have you ever wondered how the flu shot works to provide this ...

Ask UPMC: How does diabetes affect wound healing?

A small cut or bruise may not seem like a big deal, but for millions of Americans with diabetes, they can be. For individuals with diabetes, all wounds are a serious health concern and require careful attention. Understanding the Complications Diabetes is a result of your body’s inability ...

Evangelical welcomes new pain medicine physician

LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital is pleased to welcome interventional pain medicine specialist Lukasz Chebes, MD, to Pain Medicine of Evangelical. As a pain medicine physician, Chebes specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain. Chebes is Fellowship-trained in ...

Advanced practitioners join Evangelical Community Hospital

Evangelical Community Hospital is welcoming several advanced practitioners to its family of services. Advanced practitioners are a group of medical professionals that include physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses, who have higher levels of training and certifications, ...

UPMC welcomes new MD to pain management team

Mariam Salisu, MD, MPH, recently joined UPMC’s pain management team. Committed to bettering the lives of individuals through medicine, Salisu received her medical degree at George Washington School of Medicine, Washington D.C. She then completed a residency in anesthesiology at Johns ...