Health

Dr. Matthew Rohrbacker joins Philipsburg group

PHILIPSBURG – Matthew Rohrbacker, CRNP, has jointed a team of family medicine providers at the Mount Nittany Health – Philipsburg location. Matt previously worked as a registered nurse in the emergency department and post anesthesia care unit at Mount Nittany Medical Center. ...

Pot industry wants to see ‘stoner’ stereotype go up in smoke

By JOHN ROGERS and KRYSTA FAURIA Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Michelle Janikian, who writes about marijuana for publications like Herb, Playboy and Rolling Stone, says after she tells someone what she does for a living, she usually spends the rest of the conversation "trying to act ...

Geisinger to raise minimum hire rates for employees

DANVILLE— Geisinger has announced that the organization will raise its minimum hire rate to $11 per hour across its system, effective Sept. 30. This is the second time in three years that Geisinger has raised its minimum hire rate for employees. “It was important to us to make this ...

City Hospitals Auxiliary to host Autumn Fest and Car Show

WILLIAMSPORT — UPMC Susquehanna’s City Hospitals Auxiliary Autumn Fest and Car Show is slated for Sunday, Sept. 30 on the grounds of UPMC Susquehanna Divine Providence, 1100 Grampian Boulevard in Williamsport. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include hundreds of antique and ...

School hygiene tips

METRO — Children are in close contact with others at schools and daycare facilities, where germs can be easily transmitted. Children may not be as conscientious as adults in regard to the health risks associated with poor hygiene. These tips can keep students stay healthy and help prevent ...

UPMC Susquehanna nurses give back to local schools

PHOTO PROVIDED UPMC Susquehanna’s Nursing Professional Excellence Council recently held a school supply drive collecting back-to-school items such as backpacks, tablets, pencils, and crayons. The supplies will be donated to schools throughout the region including East Lycoming, Muncy, ...

Free BP screening at Grange Fair

PHOTO PROVIDED Centre Home Care’s Scott Davidson, right, takes the blood pressure of Grange Fair-goer Chuck Smith, while Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteer Bob Kidder records the reading. Centre Home Care has been providing this service at Grange Fair for many years.

Penn College students serve health care needs at LLWS

WILLIAMSPORT. – Forty-three students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physician assistant and emergency medical services/paramedic programs will be on hand to help serve the health care needs of spectators and players at the Little League Baseball World Series, Aug. 16-26. The ...

New pain management physician at UPMC

WILLIAMSPORT— UPMC Susquehanna has added Dr. Jack M. Smith to its Pain Management Services team. Dr. Smith received his medical degree from Temple University, Philadelphia. He also completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation and fellowship in interventional pain ...

Feeling faint? What’s causing your dizziness

If you’ve ever had that light-headed feeling after standing up too fast, you know how unpleasant and alarming it can be. You feel a little dizzy, your vision narrows, blurs or greys out and you may feel a little sick to your stomach. Some people experience it more frequently than others, but ...

Former Penn State guard Dieffenbach announces cancer is in remission

By DOUG GULASY Associated Press Just over four months after revealing his cancer diagnosis on Twitter, Miles Dieffenbach tweeted much better news Wednesday. Dieffenbach, a former lineman for Fox Chapel, Penn State and the Pittsburgh Steelers, announced Wednesday on Twitter that his ...

Is peanut butter a possible cure for insomnia?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: Several years ago, I attended a presentation about insomnia. A registered nurse discussed how, in her career as a nursing home nurse, she had many residents with insomnia. She stated that she had amazing success with these residents. The snack they gave ...

FINDING SUPPORT

HEALTH - Covenant Cafe, a social engagement program for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s — 1-3 p.m. Tuesday (first and third Tuesdays of the month), Covenant United Methodist Church, 44 W. Main St., Lock Haven. Information: Fran Decker, 570-748-4302. GRIEF - GriefShare — 7 ...

Geisinger received AIDS Resource award

PHOTO PROVIDED Dr. Darrell McBride, Geisinger Medical Center, Infectious Diseases Department, Danville, is shown with AIDS Resource award. AIDS Resource, Inc., a community-based health and social service agency, has recognized Geisinger a Community Partner Award to honor their efforts in ...

Include physical in back-to-school routine

DR. LAURA SMITH Preparing your child to go back to school can be a hectic process. In the midst of buying new clothes and school supplies, it is important to remember that scheduling a back-to-school physical exam is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your child is ready ...

New cardiovascular pavilion planned for Mount Nittany Health

STATE COLLEGE — A new 26,000 square-foot cardiovascular pavilion is being built at Mount Nittany Medical Center. The new structure is being built directly above the Medical Center’s emergency department, and is another mark of the health system’s continued investment to ensure access ...

Smokers better off quitting

Even when it comes to weight gain By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK — If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you're trading one set of health problems for another. But a new U.S. study finds you're still better off in the long run. Compared with smokers, even ...

Officials remove special rules for gene therapy experiments

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer U.S. health officials are eliminating special regulations for gene therapy experiments, saying that what was once exotic science is quickly becoming an established form of medical care with no extraordinary risks. A special National ...

70 years after Babe Ruth’s death, fans still flock to grave

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. (AP) — Amid the serene graves at Gate of Heaven Cemetery sits the one where visitors leave baseballs and bats instead of bouquets, tributes to a baseball superstar who still outshines others seven decades after his death. It's the resting place of Babe Ruth, the indelible ...

Dental Hygiene students treat 400 children in Dominican Republic

WILLIAMSPORT – Seventeen Pennsylvania College of Technology students recently returned from the Dominican Republic, where they provided dental care to children at six schools in the Las Terrenas area. The students are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in dental hygiene. Most were enrolled in ...