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Health

Local woman speaks about struggles, triumph of people with diverse abilities

Amber Logan, a 2005 Montoursville graduate, has experienced the highs and lows of living life with diverse abilities. For years, Logan walked with her head down. She rarely wanted to leave her house. Flash forward to today. Now Logan not only walks with her head high, but she is ready for ...

7 more years of life: How to gain control of your body in a modern world

Do you know that at the turn of the 19th Century heart disease and cancer were rare? Diabetes and dementia were not even talked about. One hundred years later and these conditions are our worst nightmare. While they tear us apart, modern medical advancements can’t keep up. As occurrences keep ...

Life Flight’s new software increases speed

When emergency care is needed, every minute counts, and that means having air medical services at the ready. Geisinger Life Flight is now able to launch their helicopters back into service faster with digital signatures maintenance software. Following state and federal regulatory approval, ...

Tips for staying safe during summertime sports

Now that the summer weather is here, it seems easy to jump right into athletic activity and pick up right where you left off last year. Unfortunately, over 3.5 million people in the U.S. suffer sports related injuries each year, with a large portion during the summer months. If the body is not ...

Local woman shares about her life with cystic fibrosis

For a typical teen, turning 18 means being legally old enough to purchase lottery tickets and having the right to vote in elections. For Amy Stubanas, turning 18 meant reaching a milestone age that many doctors told her she would be lucky to reach. At just 6 months old, doctors diagnosed ...

Dental care given to those in need at volunteer event

In a first-come, first-serve fashion, patients unable to regularly afford dental care were given the opportunity recently to receive free treatment from volunteer dentists and dental hygienists. Robert H. Frederickson, DDS, participated as a volunteer on June 7th and 8th’s Mission of ...

Area experts take hard stance on e-cigarettes

Medical professionals all over the nation, including many locally, are becoming active against an alarming e-cigarette and vaping craze among high school and middle school students. Since 2014, based on data provided by the Department of Health, e-cigs have become the most common tobacco ...

Tips help with variety of outdoors and summer recreation

Warmer weather is finally here, and the kids are ready to have some fun outdoors. Whether it’s swimming, hiking, biking, or just going to the playground, your children want to be on the move as the weather warms up. As they get more active outdoors, they are likely to fall, slip, and stumble. ...

Campaign supports home visiting programs

Of just over 7,800 children under the age of 6 in Lycoming County, nearly half are members of low-income families. Of those, only 201 are served by publicly funded, evidence-based home visiting programs, according to Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. “Unfortunately, the numbers in ...

Five UPMC Susquehanna nurses earn recognition

Five UPMC Susquehanna nurses were recently recognized as recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, according to a news release. Debra Risley, of Haven Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation at UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven, was recognized after being nominated by a friend of a ...

Evangelical Community Hospital named one of healthiest companies in US

Interactive Health recently named 151 employers as the “Healthiest Companies in America,” and Evangelical Community Hospital was one of 11 in Pennsylvania to earn the honor. According to the news release, the annual award recognizes corporations that have invested in and improved the health ...

Students introduced to careers in health care

Intubating. Chest compression. Wrapping injuries with ace bandages. These are not things one would typically expect high school students to know how to do. But a few dozen from schools across Lycoming County had the chance to learn during a recent health care career fair at UPMC Susquehanna ...

Plant-based meat sales on the rise

From soy-based sliders to ground lentil sausages, plant-based meat substitutes are surging in popularity. And carnivores — not vegans or vegetarians — are among the biggest consumers. Growing demand for healthier, more sustainable food is one reason people are seeking plant-based meats. ...

Americans getting more inactive

Americans are becoming increasingly sedentary, spending almost a third of their waking hours sitting down, and computer use is partly to blame, a new study found. Over almost a decade, average daily sitting time increased by roughly an hour, to about eight hours for U.S. teens and almost 6 ...

Beyond Alzheimer’s: Geisinger launches support group for dementia caregivers

DANVILLE – As it debuts its weekly support group designed to help caregivers and family members of those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, Geisinger Medical Center points out it is now is one of two health systems in the country licensed to offer such a program. Beyond Alzheimer’s ...

Top 8 tips for caregivers to manage themselves, responsibilities

The role of caregiver for a loved one can be overwhelming. Not only are caregivers watching a loved one suffer from illness, dementia, disability, or advanced age, they also are keeping their life — and their own life — running smoothly. Caregivers are responsible for everything from the ...

Your Health: Mobile Health of Evangelical Bus Stop, health screenings

Mobile Health of Evangelical brings preventive and primary care services directly into the communities surrounding the hospital and beyond. A variety of services are offered on the 38-foot-bus throughout the area. Upcoming stops and locations for April are as follows: Union County Monday, ...

When is best time to get a flu shot? Researchers discuss!

PITTSBURGH — When flu season peaks after mid-winter, tens of thousands of influenza cases and hundreds of deaths can likely be avoided if older adults wait until October to get their flu immunization, a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine analysis reveals in the April issue of the ...