Health

Geisinger’s diabetes prevention program is recognized

DANVILLE — Geisinger Health Plan’s (GHP) diabetes prevention program recently earned full recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for demonstrating the program’s ability to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in members and patients. An evidence-based ...

Test for allergen returns troubling result for reader

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 62 and in excellent health. I had a blood test for allergens, including honeybees and wasps. My results ranged from moderate to high levels. However, the test for serum proteins, IgE levels, concerns me even more: The reference range is less than 430 ...

Linking health and population patterns via satellite

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - While great strides have been made in reducing measles outbreaks in the United States, for many remote communities around the world, the disease is still a very real concern. The World Health Organization estimates there were more than 170,000 measles cases worldwide in ...

Geisinger appoints president and chief executive officer

DANVILLE— Jaewon Ryu, M.D., J.D., has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Geisinger. Dr. Ryu, who has served as interim president and CEO since November 2018 and executive vice president and chief medical officer since September 2016, becomes the seventh chief executive ...

Tips for a safe summer celebration

Your kids are finally on summer vacation and they are ready to make the most of their school break. You’re probably planning plenty of barbecues, road trips, and family fun. However, it isn’t fun and games when someone gets hurt. Here are some tips to keep you safe during your summer ...

What is dementia and when to consult with a doctor

By ROZALIA HORVATH Dementia is one of the most feared diseases, especially among older adults. The disease is progressive and irreversible. Dementia develops in the brain by damaged brain cells, and it could slowly deprive a person independent functioning. Dementia is not part of normal ...

Diabetes prevention program coming to Jersey Shore

JERSEY SHORE — A free diabetes prevention program is coming to the Jersey Shore area. The program, being organized through Geisinger Wellness Department, will be held in the Community Room at the Jersey Shore Hospital on Wednesdays, beginning July 10, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The ...

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. July 9 (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. July 10 ...

Senior center menus

Bread available daily Monday — Creamy honey mustard chicken, peas and cauliflower, brown rice, fresh orange Tuesday — Cheeseburger with hamburger bun, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, chocolate chip cookie Wednesday — Breaded pork chop, cheesy penne, rataouille, creamy cole ...

Covenant Cafe invites everyone to its Open House

LOCK HAVEN — The Susquehanna Hay Balers 4-H Club will bring their petting zoo to an open house hosted by Covenant Cafe, an early stage Alzheimer’s activity group, on Tuesday, June 18 from 1-3 p.m. at Covenant United Methodist Church, 44 W. Main St., Lock Haven in celebration of their ...

Fatherhood: Stay healthy and enjoy the journey

By Dr. JOHN PELLEGRINO My daughter Kaitlyn was born on Father’s Day, when I was in the final stages of my internship and had just worked 72 hours straight. I was so tired, I almost slept through her birth. All I wanted to do was sleep, but my wife said her water broke, and I either ...

When is it time for hernia surgery?

Have you ever noticed a small bulge in your abdomen or groin? Even if it isn’t painful, it could be a hernia. Unfortunately, aside from resting and taking ibuprofen for pain, there isn’t much you can do on your own to treat a hernia, but have a general surgeon repair the hernia. What is ...

Jersey Shore pool gets Stop the Bleed donation

PHOTO PROVIDED The Jersey Shore swimming pool will have another safety tool this summer, following Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital’s donation of a bleeding control station. Chelsea Reichard, left, RN, inpatient operations manager at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital, presented a bleeding ...

UPMC doctors perform life changing surgery to repair spinal defect

PITTSBURGH— A team of specialists at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh have performed UPMC’s first in-utero surgery to close an open neural tube defect in a baby months before her birth. When Allee Mullen was pregnant, her baby was diagnosed with ...

Mt. Nittany Physician Group welcomes Katie Armold, PA-C

STATE COLLEGE —Mount Nittany Health announced the addition of Katie Armold, PA-C, to Mount Nittany Physician Group General Surgery. “Helping patients at their most vulnerable is a privilege and a responsibility I’m proud to share with our surgical team,” shares Armold. “Witnessing ...

Pediatrician joins Penns Valley group

PENNS VALLEY — Mount Nittany Health has announced that Dr. Craig Collison, pediatrician, will begin seeing pediatric patients at the Mount Nittany Physician Group Family Medicine practice at the Mount Nittany Health - Penns Valley location, 3631 Penns Valley Road, Spring Mills, effective ...

Health Brief

Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital to host joint-replacement session JERSEY SHORE— Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital will host a free community joint-replacement session on Tuesday, June 18, from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. in the hospital community room. Dr. Thomas Connolly, M.D., will discuss the ...

Geisinger Jersey Shore donates to Relay for Life

PHOTO PROVIDED Over the past few weeks, Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital employees collected donations for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, totaling more than $1,600. Presenting the donation on behalf of GJSH employees to Ellen Bokeko, center, American Cancer Society community ...

Restarting your hearing aids

From time to time, hearing aids will stop working. If that problem is a serious reason, it will need to be repaired. The discussion about repairs, in andout of warranty, versus the idea of buying new hearing aids is a bigger topic for a different article. I tell my patients when they are ...