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Health

Bucknell study finds toxins in vape juice

LEWISBURG — Bucknell University Professor Dabrina Dutcher and Karen Castle, associate dean of faculty, along with senior chemistry students Jewel Cook and Ana Islas, are working on continuing research that was recently published by Dutcher, Castle and Alyssa Brown, Carnegie Mellon student, to ...

Williamsport native needs liver transplant

Always a giver, Sue Garison, of Loyalsock Township, finds it difficult and humbling to be on the receiving end of the generosity of her family, friends and strangers. But receiving a 90-day to live prognosis before Christmas and standing by for the “OK” of a life-saving liver transplant has ...

The rhythm of the heart

Many know that my dear wife Mary is quite an accomplished pianist. In fact, during my long years of training she merged her musical talent and her amazing way with young children and supplemented my meager resident’s salary by teaching music lessons — in addition to her full-time teaching ...

How sugar affects the heart

You probably know that your sweet tooth affects your waistline, but did you know it can also be harmful to your heart? A 2014 study showed that a diet high in sugar puts you at a greater risk of dying from heart disease, even if you aren’t overweight. If at least 25% of calories in your ...

Vision center celebrates 10 years of success stories, hopes for expansion

MUNCY — Dr. Marcus Myers, along with his staff of four, has worked to help patients of all ages with vision and learning problems in school, double vision, and losing their place in reading through physical therapy to create “amazing changes” to their lives for the last 10 years. “As ...

Schedule HIV testing online

AIDS Resource now offers an online option to schedule appointments for HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhea testing. Instead of calling, which can be incredibly nerve-racking, anyone can go to freetesting.as.me to schedule. Scheduling an appointment only requires a few quick clicks. You pick whether ...

Geisinger opening career center in downtown Danville

DANVILLE — As one of the largest employers in the region, Geisinger is set to expand its career services reach to downtown Danville, opening its first community-based career center in February 2020. The Geisinger Career Center, located at 529 Mill St., will offer convenient hours so ...

Preventive screenings, immunizations recommended

A multitude of preventive screenings and immunizations created for people of all ages can help folks stay on top of their health, according to Dr. Amit Mehta, medical director of community medicine at Geisinger. These screenings and immunizations can offer a bit of peace-of-mind when it comes ...

Elysian Fields aims to build equine-assisted psychotherapy program

Veterans, first responders and law enforcement officers living with anxiety, depression or PTSD will soon have access to an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program at Elysian Fields Equestrian Center on Tallman Hollow Road in Montoursville. The program, pending 501(c)(3) non-profit status, is ...

Can the cold give you a cold?

You may associate the cold weather with being sick or catching a cold. The truth is, the weather is not directly responsible for making you sick, but it can affect your body. The Common Cold According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of people in the U.S. ...

UPMC Health Plan expands CHIP plans to Lycoming, surrounding area

PITTSBURGH — UPMC for Kids, Pennsylvania’s largest Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) plan with the highest number of enrolled children and teens, recently announced that it has expanded to 16 additional counties across the commonwealth to better serve the health care needs of ...

Pre-teen to raffle off homemade quilt for grief support group

Shortly after Amanda Witmer’s grandmother, affectionately known as “Kins,” passed away from lung cancer in September 2017, Witmer could tell something was not quite right with her daughters, Olivia and Marisa, now 12 and 10 respectively. “They were not themselves,” Amanda said. ...

Dog study could help pets, people

SEATTLE — Can old dogs teach us new tricks? Scientists are looking for 10,000 pets for the largest-ever study of aging in canines. They hope to shed light on human longevity too. The project will collect a pile of pooch data: vet records, DNA samples, gut microbes and information on food ...

Lewisburg hospital to offer screenings

LEWISBURG — Community Health and Wellness at Evangelical Community Hospital will hold a series of screenings through the month of December. A comprehensive blood screening will be available on multiple occasions, listed below, to provide important details about your health, sometimes before ...

If I have a hysterectomy, will I go through menopause?

Many women ask if having a hysterectomy will send them into menopause early, however, the answer isn’t a simple yes or no. There are several different types of hysterectomies, and your overall health and the reason for the hysterectomy will determine if you experience symptoms of ...

Diabetes facts from head to toe: What you need to know

An estimated 9% of Americans are living with diabetes — about 30 million people. It’s important to learn the facts about diabetes so you can stay healthy from head to toe. Know the types Having diabetes means your body has trouble regulating glucose and does one of two things: it either ...

Medication takeback box now available in Jersey Shore hospital

JERSEY SHORE – The addition of a medication takeback box at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital now gives residents in Lycoming County a new location to drop off their expired and unused medications. Recently installed in the hospital, the box is ready to use just in time for the Saturday, Oct. ...

Pregnancy center receives new technology

Since 1996, members and volunteers of the Expectations Women’s Center have been providing support to couples or single parents who are expecting the unexpected with such items as baby clothes, diapers, formula, counseling and other resources in the Williamsport area. The center “seeks ...

When is your headache a symptom of a brain tumor?

Everyone experiences headaches from time to time caused by stress, hormone changes, or dehydration. Usually, a headache can be relieved by an over-the-counter pain reliever or rest. Approximately 13 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from severe migraines, recurring headaches. Migraines can ...

Big plans

North Central Sight Services has grown exponentially since 1957 employing and helping the visually impaired and blind. Though the organization has expanded from manufacturing rubber door mats from recycled tires and caning chairs to filling military contracts and shredding information with high ...