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Laurel Health Centers launch more telemedicine appointments, expand hours

TIOGA COUNTY — As part of its proactive Coronavirus COVID-19 strategy, the Laurel Health Centers (LHC) are launching more virtual telemedicine appointments by phone and video in addition to expanding hours and weekend coverage. Telemedicine allows healthcare providers to interact with ...

UPMC Lock Haven offers nursing scholarships

LOCK HAVEN — UPMC Lock Haven is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Lee & Bessie Graham Scholarship for Nurses. The late Bessie Graham, a native of Lock Haven, established the scholarship trust in 1979 to assist graduates of Clinton County high schools who are interested in ...

Seven ways to spring clean your health

Spring is the season of renewal and growth. This year, it will also be the season we remember being stuck at home while we social distanced ourselves so we could stay healthy and virus free. We can use the extra time we have from not running between activities and commitments to improve ...

City woman donates 10th gallon of blood

Lenora Golamis Georges, of Williamsport, estimates she has potentially saved over 240 lives in the last 40 years of being a faithful Red Cross blood donor. “It is the nicest thing you can do for someone you do not know,” she said. According to the Red Cross, one pint of blood can saves ...

A PA answers: Is screen time really bad for our eyes?

Many people have suddenly found themselves spending more time at home, relying on televisions, video games, computers and phones to help pass the hours. Is all this screen time bad for our eye health? Effects of Too Much Screen Time Spending too many hours staring at a screen can cause eye ...

Video visits for 30 services now offered by UPMC in the Susquehanna region

UPMC in the Susquehanna region is offering online video visit services as a more efficient, safer way to provide patients with the care they need while limiting the spread of COVID-19. All you need for an online video visit is an internet connection and a connected device. Although a ...

Make the most of your time at home

If you’ve suddenly found yourself and your children stuck at home, cooking can be a healthy way to spend time together. Gathering together in the kitchen to cook and then enjoying a meal together has many benefits. It’s an opportunity for parents to be healthy role models by creating a ...

How to eat right, bite by bite

March is National Nutrition Month, a campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to bring awareness to nutrition by encouraging the public to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is “Eat Right, Bite by Bite.” Consider the following ...

Handling the opioid crisis amid a pandemic

“It’s quite an interesting dynamic to be dealing with two public health crises at the same time — the opioid crisis and COVID-19,” Jennifer Smith, secretary of the state’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, said. Speaking to the media by a web conference, Smith said that one ...

UPMC WorkCenter adds telehealth service for workplace injury evaluation

UPMC WorkCenter now offers telehealth workers compensation evaluations to employers in the Susquehanna region. Through a connected device, occupational health specialists can interview and evaluate the employee and determine treatment options for minor injuries or refer them to a higher ...

Technology brings medical care home, especially for rural families, elderly

Mabel Henninger knitted on her living room couch as her husband of 69 years sat nearby in a recliner having his heart and lungs monitored by a Geisinger physician. The physician, Dr. Anthony Wylie, was in his Pittston office more than 60 miles away while the consultation with Glenn Henninger ...

Evangelical charity gala raises $113K

LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital’s signature celebration, the Evangelical Charity Gala and Auction, was held on Saturday, March 7, 2020, and raised $113,000 during the A Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed event. Proceeds from this year’s Gala, including ticket sales, auctions, ...

UPMC’s Spirit of Women encourages women to focus on their health

Women from across the region recently joined UPMC’s Spirit of Women for a free, uplifting morning packed full of fitness, educational workshops and shopping at Clearstory at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport. “We’re excited so many women in our community came out for a morning of ...

What is a ‘widowmaker’ heart attack?

A heart attack happens when blood flow to your heart muscle is blocked for long enough to damage the muscle. If blood flow isn’t restored quickly, the heart muscle begins to die from a lack of oxygen, and non-functioning scar tissue forms in its place. If enough muscle function is lost, ...

UPMC acquires West Branch Nephrology Associates

UPMC recently acquired West Branch Nephrology Associates in Williamsport, a private practice specialty care clinic with kidney health services provided by Sam Stea, MD, nephrologist; Emily Wascher, PA-C, and John Tyler Helmus, PA-C. The practice will now be known as SH Nephrology. “Dr. ...

Low-cost dental care available in college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s state-of-the-art Dental Hygiene Clinic is scheduling appointments for the spring semester. The clinic provides low-cost preventive dental hygiene services to the community, including cleanings, exams, X-rays and sealants. The clinic collaborates with ...

Study: What doesn’t kill you does make you stronger

LEWISBURG — A recent study by Bucknell biology researchers shows that, when it comes to stress, what doesn’t kill you may, in fact, make you stronger. Their study on Japanese quails explored how 20-minute periods of social isolation (removing birds from their pen mates) affected oxidative ...

A-fib treatment offers options

Over the last two weeks, we’ve discussed both arrhythmia in general and its most common form, atrial fibrillation, or A-fib. In doing so, we’ve laid the groundwork to discuss the wide spectrum of options available to treat this irregular heartbeat. Affecting between 2.7 and 6.1 million ...

Emergency department, urgent care clinic, or your doctor’s office?

Urgent care. Emergency department. Extended hours. Walk-in appointments. With more ways than ever to access medical care, we have created greater consumer choice – and greater confusion. How do you know which choice is right for you and your family? Clear up the confusion with this helpful ...