Health

To Your Good Health: What’s in a name?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: How does a medical condition get named? Once named, can the name be changed (for example, Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS)? I have a condition called hemiplegic migraines. It is rare and misunderstood. I am part of an online support group, and many people with ...

FINDING SUPPORT

HEALTH - Alzheimer’s and Caregivers Support Group — 7 p.m. March 12 (second Tuesday of the month), Conference Room B of Susque-View Home. Information: Fran Decker at 748-4302. - Parkinson’s Support Group — Open to everyone interested in learning about the disease, 3 p.m. March 13 ...

TAKE STEPS TO RECOVERY

Editor’s note: Groups listed below focus on recovery from addiction, and the meetings are open to the general public, unless otherwise indicated. Al-Anon is for friends and family members of addicts, and Romans 12:2 is for people battling addiction and their families. — — — ...

MAKING LIFE BETTER: Making a budget part of your New Year’s resolution

The number one New Year’s Resolution is to “Get Healthy,” including losing weight and getting fit. How about trying to get financially healthy for this new year? What is financial health? Financial health is a term used to describe one’s personal financial situation. There are many ...

Foundation donates care bags to Cancer Center

PHOTO PROVIDED The Paternostro Family Foundation’s Harnessing Hope bags initiative recently hit a major milestone - 500 bags donated to the Susquehanna Health Foundation for patients at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport. The Harnessing Hope initiative was created by the ...

New home test for kidney damage shows promising results

DANVILLE — A clinical trial that followed nearly 1,000 people using a new home test for chronic kidney disease (CKD) shows a high percentage of the participants were happy with the process and preferred it to getting tested in a doctor’s office. The National Kidney Foundation (NKF), ...

Living-donor liver transplant frequently asked questions

With close to 14,000 people on the liver transplant waiting list, the wait for a transplant may take years. Despite increased awareness of organ donation and the pressing need for donors, people with end-stage liver disease continue to die while on the waiting list because an appropriate match ...

Dr. Matthew Hazey joins Mt. Nittany group

STATE COLLEGE —Dr. Matthew Hazey has jointed the Mount Nittany Physician Group Dermatology. “As a healthcare provider, listening to the patient and being a shared decision maker in their care is my focus, so Mount Nittany Physician Group’s patient-centered approach fits perfectly with ...

To Your Good Health: Vitamin E worth a trial for some NASH patients

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and had very high AST and ALT numbers. I lost about 25 pounds, and the numbers were normal. As a result of other health issues, the weight came back and the numbers went up. My liver specialist suggested ...

Teleneurology, Telestroke available at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital

JERSEY SHORE – Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital recently added Telestroke and Teleneurology technologies to optimize timely care for emergency room, critical and acute care patients. This technology allows Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital physicians to have around-the-clock access to ...

To Your Good Health: What is the optimum healthy level of cholesterol?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: A 74-year-old woman has a total cholesterol of 123 and was told that low cholesterol like this greatly increases the risk of diabetes, stroke and cancer. It seems she has had low cholesterol for many years. What do you think is the optimum healthy level? ...

To Your Good Health: Blood sugar checks may be reduced after control achieved

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 53-year-old female, and I weigh 190 pounds. A year and a half ago, I had gastric sleeve surgery. I have lost 24 pounds. I have been diabetic since about 2013. At my last blood analysis, in August 2018, my A1C was 6.5, which I understand is still ...

UPMC Susquehanna announces support groups

STROKE AND BRAIN INJURY - Fourth Tuesday, 2 p.m., UPMC Williamsport Regional Medical Center Stroke survivors, family members, and caregivers are invited to attend the Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group which off–ers educational programs to improve the quality of life of patients and ...

TAKE STEPS TO RECOVERY

Editor’s note: Groups listed below focus on recovery from addiction, and the meetings are open to the general public, unless otherwise indicated. Al-Anon is for friends and family members of addicts, and Romans 12:2 is for people battling addiction and their families. — — — ...

FINDING SUPPORT

HEALTH - Alzheimer’s and Caregivers Support Group — 7 p.m. Feb. 12 (second Tuesday of the month), Conference Room B of Susque-View Home. Information: Fran Decker at 748-4302. - Parkinson’s Support Group — Open to everyone interested in learning about the disease, 3 p.m. Feb. 13 ...

To Your Good Health: What can be done to get off insulin injections?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My doctor placed me on insulin for diabetes because I was not able to bring my glucose below 100. The bloodwork results are now 120 glucose and 6.6 hemoglobin A1C. I have been averaging 6.5 hemoglobin A1C for over two years. I have been taking glucose ...

The benefits of exercising during cancer

Every doctor recommends regular physical activity as an important part of your overall health, but did you know exercising when you have cancer can provide additional physical and psychological benefits? Being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatments like surgery, chemotherapy, and ...

Samantha Cotrill joins Mt. Nittany Physician Group

STATE COLLEGE —Samantha Cottrill, CRNP, has joined the Mount Nittany Physician Group OB/GYN. “I’m excited to be a part of the Mount Nittany Health family,” says Cottrill. “Having grown up close by and attending Penn State, I’ve always wanted to stay local and am happy to have ...