Health

In this Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 photo, diabetes educator Kimberly P. Miller, BSN, RN, CDE, holds a Medtronic Minimed diabetes insulin pump in her office at CHI Memorial, in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Tim Barber/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

Doctors encouraged by new diabetes treatment

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — While the number of Tennesseans fighting diabetes continues to grow, doctors are encouraged by new treatment options they say may help prevent, or at least lessen, the impact of the chronic disease. About 9 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes but ...

What is heart failure?

By William Cicio Heart failure, sometimes called congestive heart failure or CHF, is not a single disease. It is a medical condition, having many different causes, which can lead to symptoms such as shortness of breath, leg swelling, and/or fatigue. Heart failure is not a heart attack, ...

MDSave and LH Hospital help patients save money

LOCK HAVEN – MDsave and Lock Haven Hospital are working together to help local residents save money and get more of the medical care they need. Through the MDsave marketplace, patients at Lock Haven Hospital will have access to a wide variety of medical procedures at upfront prices as well as ...

Mardi Gras at Covenant Cafe

LOCK HAVEN —The Covenant Cafe, an early-stage Alzheimer’s activity group, will be meeting Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 1-3 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 44 W. Main St. The group will be celebrating Mardi Gras by making Mardi Gras masks with volunteer Sherry Wilson. Participants will also ...

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June at center right, receives her award from the National American Cancer Society.

Cancer caregiver receives National American Cancer Society Award

WILLIAMSPORT —June K. Zimmerman, oncology social worker at UPMC Susquehanna’s Cancer Center, was one of six cancer caregivers in the U.S. recently honored with the American Cancer Society (ACS) Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award at a ceremony in Atlanta. The Lane W. Adams Award is a ...

Simple tips for maintaining a healthy heart

Americans are more informed than ever about the prevalence of heart disease in the United States. Claiming more than one million lives annually, heart disease, including stroke, heart attack and other types of cardiovascular disease, is the leading killer of women and men in the country, ...

HEALTH BRIEFS

Alzheimer Support Group meets Tuesday LOCK HAVEN —The Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in Conference Room B of Susque-View. Virla Ocker, admissions and marketing director of Nippenose Valley Village, a new senior living community in Oval, will be the ...

COMING EVENTS IN AREA CHURCHES

SUNDAY ST. MARK UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, Snydertown — Bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry on “Souper Bowl Sunday.” Feast of chili, corn bread, soups, desserts following worship. MONDAY NITTANY VALLEY FELLOWSHIP — Lenten services planning,7 p.m., Trinity ...

Cindy McCoy, RN

Jersey Shore Hospital receives two Excellence ratings

JERSEY SHORE — The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health Recognizes Jersey Shore Hospital for Excellence in Patient Satisfaction and Excellence in Outcomes. The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and iVantage recognize Pennsylvania as having 32 hospitals reach top ...

Dr. Jay Oaks

Getting to the bottom of leg vein issues

By J. FRANKLIN OAKS You may suffer from chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) and not even know this could be the cause of your discomfort. While varicose veins, spider veins and dark skin patches are a visible sign of CVI, other symptoms, such as pain, itchiness and/or heaviness in the legs, ...

Cancer Support Group meets Thursday

LOCK HAVEN — The Cancer Support Group will meet on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in Conference Room B of Susque-View. “Spirituality and Survivorship” and “How to Provide Support to Someone Who Has Cancer” are the topics for this meeting. Cancer is often described as a wake-up call as ...

Flu season is here: here’s how to protect yourself

Flu season is officially in full swing, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an increase in positive flu test results at the end of December and expects that trend to continue in the coming weeks. Flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus, ...

Raynaud’s Syndrome is more than just a case of cold feet

If you’ve noticed that cold weather causes a sting to your nose or a bite to your toes while traveling over the river and through the wood this season, the pain could be telling you something. Raynaud’s phenomenon is a disorder of the small blood vessels in the extremities that presents ...

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This photograph is the main image being used to celebrate community in 2017, as North Central Sight Services Inc. turns 60 years old. An exciting year is planned celebrating the values of the agency — employment, prevention and independence.

North Central Sight Services Inc. turns 60

WILLIAMSPORT — North Central Sight Services Inc., has officially launched its Diamond Anniversary year, announcing an exciting year that celebrates the values of the agency — employment, prevention, and independence. North Central Sight Services was established in 1957 as the Lycoming ...

Bundle up to stay warm, but wash hands to prevent infection

Conventional wisdom encourages children and adults to bundle up in the cold weather to prevent colds and other infections. Though you will be more comfortable, bundling up does not prevent the spread of infection. But what does work is good hand-washing. While it may seem too simple, it is the ...

Mt. Nittany opens office in Philipsburg

PHILIPSBURG – Mount Nittany Health has opened a new Mount Nittany Health – Philipsburg practice located at 1061 N. Front Street. The new location offers 12 family medicine practice exam rooms, an outpatient lab and space for a future radiology suite. It will also provide several ...

Warning signs and prevention for heart attacks and stroke

By Dr. Paul Suri Heart disease and stroke are the among the nation’s top causes of death and disability. Although one disease affects the heart and the other affects the brain, these conditions actually have a lot in common. Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, ...

HEALTH BRIEFS

Cooking demonstration at Covenant Cafe LOCK  HAVEN — The Covenant Cafe, an early-stage Alzheimer’s activity group, will be meeting Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 1-3 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 44 W. Main St., Lock Haven. Volunteers David and Candy Gore will do a cooking demonstration with ...

Four reasons to see your primary care physician

With the close of another year comes a desire by many to make improvements in their daily lives. As people begin to consider resolutions for the new year, personal health should be at the top of the list. Annual visits to a primary care physician can be viewed as non-negotiable by some and ...

An all too familiar story about hearing aids

Almost every week I hear someone tell me the story of how their grandfather, grandmother, or parents had a difficult time using their hearing aids. They tell of how the aids squeaked constantly, fit horribly, and sounded harsh.  That story does not have to be the next generation’s experience ...