Health

Stick with proven CBD benefits until more research is done

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a friend whose daughter has an egg allergy. She said her daughter will break out in a rash if she eats anything that even has trace amounts of egg in it. Another friend of hers told her to use CBD oil to prevent reactions, but I am skeptical. I ...

Amid an ‘epidemic’ of school vaping, a search for solutions

American Heart Association News One of the toughest challenges for those fighting the problem of vaping in schools may be getting people to realize how big the problem is in the first place. Many teachers and parents don't know that the number of teens using e-cigarette devices has grown ...

Ebola outbreak spreads to third province in eastern Congo

By SALEH MWANAMILONGO and AL-HADJI KUDRA MALIRO Associated Press KINSHASA, Congo — Congo's year-long Ebola outbreak has spread to a new province, with two cases, including one death, confirmed in South Kivu, according to the government health ministry. The movement of the ...

Among hurdles for those with opioid addictions: getting the drug to treat it

By Nina Feldman WHYY Kaiser Health News via AP Louis Morano knew what he needed, and he knew where to get it. He made his way to a mobile medical clinic parked on a corner of Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, in the geographical heart of the city’s overdose crisis. People call ...

Taking 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. — — — ...

Unfamiliar, troubling condition, PGAD comes with social stigma

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I have persistent genital arousal disorder. I find it incredibly difficult to talk about with my doctors and I’ve been openly mocked for it. I find there is a distinct lack of sensitivity in the medical community about this. People like me genuinely ...

Local organizations partner to support cancer patients

PHOTO PROVIDED Local organizations partner to support cancer patients Patients of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Centers in Williamsport and Wellsboro will benefit from a recent donation of comfort items like blankets and notes of encouragement thanks to Blaise Alexander Subaru and The ...

Beating back to school stress

Whether your kids are in elementary school, high school, or college, going back to school is a transition that can affect the whole family. However, it doesn’t need to be filled with stress and anxiety. Here are a few tips to help your child stay calm and allow them to enjoy the experience of ...

Watch out! Does your child have a sports injury?

Helmets, padding and mouthguards protect young athletes from many serious injuries. But falls and collisions are inevitable, and sometimes kids get hurt. From the stands, it might be difficult to tell how your child is coping after an incident on the field, but there are signs to watch for ...

Electrophysiologist joins UPMC Susquehanna

WILLIAMSPORT – S. Sree Kesan, MD, an electrophysiologist, has joined the cardiology team at UPMC Susquehanna. Dr. Kesan earned his medical degree from University of Madras, India, and completed fellowships in electrophysiology at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Ind., ...

The Medical Minute: Keeping your bones strong at every age

By Penn State Health UNIVERSITY PARK — Falling may be painful, especially if the landing is less than graceful. Even a few steps out the front door can carry with them the risk of falling. “Don’t wait until you fall to start thinking about bone strength,” said Dr. Philip Bosha, a ...

First CRISPR study inside the body to start in US

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer Patients are about to be enrolled in the first study to test a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR inside the body to try to cure an inherited form of blindness. People with the disease have normal eyes but lack a gene that converts light ...

Avid hiker meets bad bug, ends up with babesiosis

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an avid hiker, and I live in an area with lots of Lyme disease. I recently developed some fever, headache, shaking chills and dark urine, and just felt awful. My doctor did some blood tests and said I had Babesia and/or Anaplasma. Are these ...

Smoking, symptoms biggest factors in COPD prognosis

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with COPD a year and a half ago and have several questions. I seem to be unable to get answers from my pulmonary doctor, as he is always busy and doesn’t have a lot of time to spend with me. How fast does COPD progress? I’m 78 years ...

Vegetarian needs guidance for possible fructose intolerance

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: What can you tell me about fructose intolerance and/or malabsorption? Is there a genetic predisposition to this? Can it develop later in life? What are the symptoms, and how is it diagnosed? What type of doctor can best make a diagnosis? I’ve read ...

Five things you need to know to stay safe and healthy this summer

American Heart Association News via AP Summer is a time to have fun in the sun – but it's also the season for keeping a watch on your health. Heat-related illness, dehydration and sun exposure are among the most common concerns as temperatures rise. To prevent a potentially dangerous ...

Long list of possibles for microscopic amount of blood in urine

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My question is about microscopic hematuria. I see a rheumatologist for sarcoidosis. In February 2018, I had various lab tests, including a urinalysis. That test and several since then have shown microscopic hematuria. The rheumatologist sent me to a ...