Health

Getting a better grasp on asthma management

METRO — People with asthma often fear the next attack. As a chronic inflammatory condition, asthma causes the airways to narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. This makes breathing very difficult, and also can cause wheezing and coughing fits, advises the Mayo Clinic. Asthma is a common ...

To Your Good Health: Advice to a 7-year-old interested in becoming a doctor

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My 7-year-old grandson has a question: “How can I be a science doctor like you? Thank you, Colton Fancher from Florida” — C.F. DEAR COLTON: Being a doctor is great — I wouldn’t change it for any other job — but it isn’t right for everyone. ...

To Your Good Health: Nighttime urination is a common problem for men

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband, 79 years old, is getting up five or six times at night to urinate. The urgent care doctor said he doesn’t have an infection but doesn’t know what’s going on. He is taking Flomax, but that doesn’t seem to be helping. Who should he see? ...

To Your Good Health: Gallbladder removal didn’t stop formation of gallstones

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband had his gallbladder removed many years ago. In the past few years, he has had six ERCPs to remove gallstones from his bile duct, as he is still making them. He has been told to drink lots of water but that there is no preventive remedy. Do you ...

FINDING SUPPORT

HEALTH ∫ Alzheimer’s and Caregivers Support Group — 7 p.m. May 8 (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. May 9 ...

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. — — — ...

If my measles shot was years ago, am I still protected?

By Eyal Amiel University of Vermont As the measles outbreaks spread, many people are growing concerned. New York City declared a public health emergency and mandated vaccinations in four ZIP codes where vaccination rates have been low. A Israeli flight attendant is in a coma from being ...

Survive and thrive during menopause

Although menopause is a natural part of aging for women, many women aren’t happy when they start recognizing the signs. Technically, menopause is when a woman stops menstruating- signaling the end of her ability to develop eggs and reproduce. Emotionally, many women feel the transition is ...

Cancer Care Partnership names interim administrative director

STATE COLLEGE —Marianne Dietrick-Gallagher, MSN, RN, MBA, has been named interim administrative director of Cancer Care Partnership, a partnership between Mount Nittany Health and Penn State Cancer Institute, providing personalized care for outpatient hematology, medical oncology and infusion ...

The importance of safely disposing of opioids

By Scott Gilbert news.psu.edu HERSHEY, Pa. - Cleaning out your medicine cabinet is about more than having a tidy bathroom. In an age of opioid addiction, it also can prevent leftover medications from getting into the wrong hands. Dr. Alexis Reedy-Cooper, a family medicine physician at ...

U.S. measles count up to 555, with most new cases in New York

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK - U.S. measles cases have surged again, and are on pace to set a record for most illnesses in 25 years. Health officials on Monday said 555 measles cases have been confirmed so far this year, up from 465 as of a week ago. While 20 states have ...

Blood in the urine prompts doctor visit — at any age

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 92-year-old man in better-than-average health. I have had two episodes of blood in my urine in the past two months. I know this isn’t normal. At my age, I’d just like to make believe it didn’t happen. What’s my future like? — ...

Geisinger integrates telehealth into its orthopaedic care delivery and EMR

DANVILLE – Geisinger has announced an expanded collaboration with Force Therapeutics, a web platform and mobile app that extends care outside the hospital. Geisinger and Force have partnered for three years in delivering prescriptive, episodic care to improve patient outcomes. Geisinger ...

Cough syrup likely a factor in longtime alcoholic’s dementia

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My 60-year-old husband is a longtime alcoholic. He is also bipolar. His current drug of choice is cough syrup. He drinks a bottle a day or more of generic cough syrup without alcohol. At age 59, he was diagnosed with early dementia, which I attribute to ...

Immunizations stop deadly disease

It is hard to believe, but in 2019 we are talking about a measles outbreak. Already more than 225 cases have been confirmed this year and 12 states have reported cases. This outbreak is once again bringing infant immunizations into focus. As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of National ...