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Cancer survivorship: What comes next?

Early detection, advances in treatment, and innovative new technology all contribute to the continual rise cancer survivorship rates in the U.S. The American Cancer Society estimates 16.9 million individuals with a history of cancer were alive on Jan. 1, 2019, in the U.S., and it is estimated ...

Urgent Care of Evangelical recertified

LEWISBURG — Urgent Care of Evangelical, located at West Branch Medical Center, 7095 West Branch Highway, Lewisburg, has been recertified by the Urgent Care Association of America, which distinguishes it as an urgent care center that meets all criteria needed to deliver high-quality care, ...

Advanced practitioners join Evangelical

Evangelical Community Hospital has welcomed several advanced practitioners to its family of services, according to a recent press release. Advanced practitioners are a group of medical professionals that includes physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses, who have higher ...

The new faces of Type 1 diabetes — children of color

Kimberley Jarrett tucked her 15-month-old son into his car seat and jumped in beside him as her husband took off for the hospital, driving as fast as he dared. During the brief trip from their Mount Airy home, Kim dabbed coconut water onto Jace’s tongue. To her shock, it felt like ...

Column: Getting active after a having a baby

While trying to stay active during pregnancy, women face many challenges both physically and mentally. The good news is that now that the baby has arrived, you can focus on getting back to your pre-pregnancy activity level or work toward a new goal to help you feel your best. The benefits of ...

Psychologists suggest coping mechanisms, online services

In a time of social isolation amid the pandemic, local mental health experts say people should take the time to focus on their minds along with their bodies. Lindsay Sauers, Psy.D, psychologist at UPMC Williamsport Divine Providence, and Dr. Kylie Oleski, Psy.D, psychologist at Geisinger ...

UPMC officials testify to Senate in regard to safe reopening

Steven D. Shapiro, M.D., executive vice president, chief medical and scientific officer, and Donald M. Yealy, M.D., chairman of emergency medicine, both of UPMC, detailed a “safe and smart” approach to reopening society and bringing back lesser essential procedures with a “targeted ...

Geisinger launches virus home monitoring program

Most patients with COVID-19 will recover at home, but that doesn’t mean they have to do it alone. Geisinger launched a new mobile app to connect patients with their care providers and monitor their symptoms as they recover from COVID-19 at home. Through Epic’s MyChart Care Companion, ...

Lock Haven University recognizes ‘COVID Heroes’

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so many lives in so many ways. People have had to change how they work, shop, exercise and even communicate with others. Through all of the challenges, the pandemic also has brought out the best in many people, and has helped others recognize those ...

Geisinger launches online resource hub for reopening businesses

As businesses prepare to reopen across Pennsylvania, Geisinger is providing tools, information and guides to help employers keep their staff and patrons safe and healthy, according to a recent press release. This online resources center is available at ...

Superstars fitness program carries on for those with diverse abilities

MUNCY-Superstars, a fitness program for individuals with diverse abilities at the East Lycoming YMCA, is going on the road from house to house to keep their individuals up, moving, drumming and smiling during the pandemic shutdown. Founder Diana Logan, alongside her daughters, Erica and ...

Facial protection can trigger those with traumatic experiences

Dawn Nau, of Williamsport, recently went to the grocery store for the first time since wearing a mask became mandatory in her state. For someone with post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, this was a huge task. “To be honest, I thought I was being brave,” she said. “The first time ...

Highmark expands virtual opioid treatment into Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh — Highmark recently announced that its commercial, Affordable Care Act and Medicare Advantage members in Pennsylvania and Delaware now have access to a comprehensive, technology-enabled opioid use disorder (OUD) program, according to a recent press release. The program, which ...

UPMC Susquehanna’s Dr. Sabrina Mikita: Are you at risk for melanoma?

Although it may not feel like summer, warmer weather and hot sunny days are right around the corner. May 4 is also known as Melanoma Monday, and kicks off Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the perfect time for a reminder of the long-term effects of unprotected sun exposure and skin cancer. ...

Geisinger: Health care may be available for those impacted by layoffs

At a time when healthcare coverage is more important than ever, many Pennsylvanians are losing employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For those who recently lost their employer health benefits, there are options coverage options available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid and ...

UPMC telegenetics program offers window into family health legacies

Beginning in May, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport, partnering with the Cancer Genetics team at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh, will offer virtual risk assessments, genetic counseling, education, and genetic testing to patients with a referral based on personal and family ...

Bucknell engineers create PPE for local hospitals

LEWISBURG — Rachel Michael, class of 2020, chose her major in biomedical engineering because she wanted to design medical devices that save lives. She didn’t know then that she’d be crafting those designs even before she graduated, but Michael says everyone needs to do their part in a ...

COVID-19: Seeking care and preventing the spread

There are still many unknowns about COVID-19 and this is a time of uncertainty for everyone, including front line health care workers and public health experts. This is a complex epidemic, so we continue to see evolution in approaches to providing care with a focus on safety. No one has ...

Geisinger expands telehealth services amid pandemic

DANVILLE — To give patients continued access to primary and specialty care while slowing the spread of COVID-19, Geisinger has expanded its telehealth services to include primary care and more than 70 specialties. Telemedicine video visits allow patients to speak with providers in real time ...

Geisinger to keep non-urgent procedures on hold through May

DANVILLE — To continue efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, Geisinger is extending its hold on performing elective, non-urgent procedures through May 31, which is subject to change based on the progression of the virus in our communities. Patients will be contacted if they have an ...