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Health

Goal-setting for diabetics: What is a ‘normal’ glucose level?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: All my friends who are hypertensive have been able to bring their blood pressure to 120/80 or less. However, I have diabetic friends who are taking several diabetic drugs but none has been able to bring the fasting glucose levels to the ideal amount, ...

Salt substitute is a tricky replacement for potassium pills

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 91-year-old man with swollen legs. I take 20 mg of furosemide and 20 mEq of Klor-Con daily. I understand that the Klor-Con is to replace the potassium loss caused by the former. I also understand that I should reduce my salt intake to the lowest ...

Let’s talk turkey

By EMILY LHAMON It’s time again to bust out the cranberries and stretchy pants – Turkey Day is right around the corner! Thanksgivings of old relied on a bountiful fall harvest of grain and game. For most American families today, a turkey is the centerpiece of the meal along with new ...

Finding Support

HEALTH ∫ Alzheimer’s and Caregivers Support Group — 7 p.m. Dec. 1 (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. Nov. 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. — — — ...

Senior Center Menus

Bread available daily Monday — Sausage gravy and butter milk biscuit, mixed vegetables, fresh orange Tuesday — Lemon pepper fish, alfredo penne, stewed tomatoes, fresh apple Wednesday — Roasted turkey with gravy and dressing, parsley potatoes, corn, pumpkin custard Thursday — ...

Cancer Center shines a light on lung cancer

PHOTO PROVIDED UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport, in partnership with GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer, recently held its sixth annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer event. Ganga Ranasuriya, MD, pulmonologist, and Amy Rothrock, PA-C, discussed the latest advancements for lung cancer ...

Don’t let diabetes stop you from enjoying Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy your family, friends, and of course-food. However, if you have diabetes, it can pose a problem since many Thanksgiving feasts are full of calories and carbohydrates. From mashed potatoes full of butter to candied yams, the Thanksgiving table can be hard to ...

Penn College’s first physical therapist assistant grads 100% employed

WILLIAMSPORT – The first graduating class of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physical therapist assistant major not only achieved a 100% first-attempt pass rate on the national certification exam for physical therapist assistants, but the graduates have subsequently achieved 100% ...

Big study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer PHILADELPHIA — People with severe but stable heart disease from clogged arteries may have less chest pain if they get a procedure to improve blood flow rather than just giving medicines a chance to help, but it won't cut their risk of having a ...

Some family doctors ditch insurance for simpler approach

By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer WASHINGTON — Dr. Emilie Scott was only a few months into her first job when she started hearing the complaint: She was spending too much time with each patient. Like many primary care doctors working in large medical systems, Scott was encouraged to ...

Trump backing off banning vaping flavors popular with teens

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, MATTHEW PERRONE and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump boarded Air Force One to fly to a Kentucky campaign rally two weeks ago, a plan was in place for him to give final approval to a plan to ban most flavored ...

Girl Scouts recognize newborn at The Birthplace

PHOTO PROVIDED Members of the Girl Scouts troops in Lycoming County recently presented a basket full of donated baby items to Cheyenne Hand and her daughter Bristol Lynn Hand, born Oct. 31 at The Birthplace, UPMC Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Every year the troops recognize a baby ...

If I have a hysterectomy, will I go through menopause?

Many women ask if having a hysterectomy will send them into menopause early, however, the answer isn’t a simple yes or no. There are several different types of hysterectomies, and your overall health and the reason for the hysterectomy will determine if you experience symptoms of ...

Hearing aids and the coming holidays

Your mother, or someone else that you love, may really struggle to hear properly and perhaps you have considered surprising them with a hearing aid(s) for the holidays. Don’t do it! What? Did that caution really just come from the keyboard of someone who sells hearing aids? Yes it did, and ...

Old dogs, new tricks: 10,000 pets needed for science

By CARLA K. JOHNSON AP Medical Writer SEATTLE — Can old dogs teach us new tricks? Scientists are looking for 10,000 pets for the largest-ever study of aging in canines. They hope to shed light on human longevity too. The project will collect a pile of pooch data: vet records, DNA ...

The search for the mayors

By Lou Bernard Lock Haven is my city, and I love it here. I love the geography, I love the history. I can’t picture myself living anywhere else. Lock Haven is where I belong. And, obviously, the heart of the city is on Church Street — City Hall. I love city hall. I’ve been known to ...

Making life better: What’s so great about sweet potatoes?

By Laurie Welch With Thanksgiving just around the corner, sweet potatoes are an important part of dinner for many families. Sweet potatoes are excellent sources of vitamin A, potassium, vitamin C and fiber. Sweet potatoes also contain niacin, folate and iron. Sweet potatoes are also rich in ...

Finding Support

HEALTH - Alzheimer’s and Caregivers Support Group — 7 p.m. Nov. 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. Nov. 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. — — — ...