Health

More than $2.4 million raised for Geisinger children’s hospital

DANVILLE — Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger wrapped up its annual Celebrating Miracles Telethon last Monday evening raising $2,432,825 for Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital pediatric services. The total was announced at the close of the annual broadcast 8 p.m. Monday. The ...

Local attorney to speak to support group

LOCK HAVEN —Margaret Stockdale, an attorney with Marshall, Parker and Weber, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Alzheimer’s and Caregiver’s Support Group at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 in Conference Room B of Susque-View. The topic will be “How to Shop for the Right ...

Limit screen time to get kids moving this summer

Parents often complain about how childhood looks so different today, compared to when they were children. Today, kids have technology at their fingertips 24 hours a day-TV, smartphones, YouTube, and video games. Research backs these complaints. A 2018 study from Common Sense Media, showed ...

Do I have Parkinson’s Disease or an essential tremor?

While you may be familiar with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor is much less known, yet much more common — eight times more common, in fact. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease of the nervous system noticeable by resting tremor, balance issues, muscular rigidity, and slow ...

Tracking microbes people carry may predict future health

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON - We share our bodies with trillions of microbes that are critical to staying healthy, but now scientists are getting a much-needed close look at how those bugs can get out of whack and spur disease. One lesson: A single test to see what ...

Girl believed to be tiniest newborn weighed as much as apple

By JULIE WATSON and JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press SAN DIEGO - When she was born, the baby girl weighed about the same as an apple. A San Diego hospital on Wednesday revealed the birth of the girl and said she is believed to be the world's tiniest surviving micro-preemie, who weighed ...

Who gets to give dietary advice? Health coach fights law

By CANDICE CHOI AP Food & Health Writer NEW YORK - In California, Heather Del Castillo offered tips on natural eating as a health coach. But in Florida, the title didn't qualify her to give nutrition advice. After getting a complaint that she was working without a license, Florida ...

Reader looking for alternative to prescription antidepressant

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I suffer from depression. It comes and goes, but I’ve been feeling sad, worried and angry at the world, as well as irritable, for the past four months or so. I force myself to function. My family doctor prescribed Effexor. He prescribed a 37.5 mg dose ...

UPMC Susquehanna and Pennsylvania Department of Health Celebrate EMS Week

WILLIAMSPORT— “I’m here today because of you,” said Keith McCabe of Williamsport as he addressed a crowd of emergency medical services professionals and community members as a special guest at an EMS Week celebration held at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center. UPMC ...

UPMC Susquehanna nurses recognized at annual awards banquet

WILLIAMSPORT— “As nurses, the work you do for our community and health system is deeply appreciated. You are the unsung heroes of health care, serving our patients at the bedside and out in our community every day,” said Lori Beucler, vice president and chief nursing officer at UPMC ...

The role of occupational therapy in recovering from a stroke

Stroke is the number one cause of adult disability in the U.S. and the fourth leading cause of death in Pennsylvania. If you have had a stroke, occupational therapy has more than likely been a critical aspect of your recovery. After a stroke, everyday activities can prove to be challenging. ...

Hydrogen peroxide is too harsh for at-home use in ears

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you said that using peroxide in the ear is a bad home remedy. Would you please expand on this subject? My children grew up with me using peroxide to clean excessive wax from their ears, and they now use the same remedy on my ...

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. June 11 (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. June 12 ...

Having your appendix removed-why and how?

When someone mentions their appendix, they are usually talking about having it removed. Most people are only aware of their appendix when it becomes inflamed and infected, requiring a general surgeon to remove it, also known as an appendectomy. Why would I need my appendix removed Your ...

Emotions and stroke

A stroke impacts the brain, and the brain controls our behavior and emotions. After a stroke, survivors often experience emotional and behavioral changes. Emotional and behavioral changes are a common effect of stroke. Not only can a stroke impact one’s mood and outlook, but the area of the ...

Geisinger offers free skin cancer screenings in LH

LOCK HAVEN — Geisinger is offering free skin cancer screenings on Tuesday, May 21, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Geisinger Lock Haven, 955 Bellefonte Ave., Lock Haven. More than 3 million Americans develop skin cancer each year, and early detection can greatly improve outcomes. Geisinger ...

5 states announce new suits over prescription opioids

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press CHARLESTON, West Virginia — Five state attorneys general announced lawsuits Thursday seeking to hold the drug industry responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that has become the biggest cause of accidental deaths across the ...

‘Zombie cells’ buildup in your body may play role in aging

By MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer NEW YORK — Call them zombie cells — they refuse to die. As they build up in your body, studies suggest, they promote aging and the conditions that come with it like osteoporosis and Alzheimer's disease. Researchers are studying drugs that can kill ...