Health

To Your Good Health: Having hot flashes for 45 years is not cool

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 69-year-old woman. I still have hot flashes since a partial hysterectomy at age 24. I have them day and night, and they are really getting on my nerves. My doctor is treating me with venlafaxine, which helps some. I was on an estrogen patch years ...

Heart problems can persist unnoticed

By KATELYN HIBBARD khibbard@sungazette.com As Cecelia Counsil was climbing into bed one evening, her chest felt tired and sore. The 70-year-old resident of Jersey Shore continues to work three days per week at the Jiffy Market and tries to eat a healthy diet. So this discomfort was ...

Bradley joins ear, nose, throat in Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT — Elizabeth Bradley, PA-C, has joined the team of skilled providers at Susquhanna Health Ear, Nose, and Throat in Williamsport. Bradley completed her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, and her masters in physician assistant ...

Stop your heart attack right now

Stop your heart attack emergency right now before it begins. Many people who reach the point of having a heart attack say they didn’t know they were at risk. Have you discussed your risks with your family doctor recently? Is your blood pressure at an acceptable level? Do you know your ...

Choosing the right doctor for you and your family

By Family Features What matters to you when finding a doctor to treat you or your family members? A recent survey commissioned by the American Board of Medical Specialties found that four out of five people ranked Board Certification as an important factor when selecting a doctor, second ...

To Your Good Health: Concerns about contamination in stem cell treatment

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 76-year-old male who’s thinking of having fetal stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease. Please tell me your feelings and offer advice on this subject matter? — S.C. ANSWER: I am frequently asked about stem cell treatment, and my answer ...

3 ways to make your heart healthier today

By Family Features Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? One in four people die from it each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and millions more have it or are at risk of developing the disease. Smoking, being ...

To Your Good Health: Climbing platelet count deserves reasonable diagnosis

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife is 58 years old, in good health, exercises and gets regular checkups. The bloodwork from those checkups has shown that her platelet count was 400 a year ago, 600 six months ago and 800 a couple weeks ago. She went to a hematologist who had little ...

To Your Good Health: What’s in a name?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: How does a medical condition get named? Once named, can the name be changed (for example, Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS)? I have a condition called hemiplegic migraines. It is rare and misunderstood. I am part of an online support group, and many people with ...

FINDING SUPPORT

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

MAKING LIFE BETTER: Making a budget part of your New Year’s resolution

The number one New Year’s Resolution is to “Get Healthy,” including losing weight and getting fit. How about trying to get financially healthy for this new year? What is financial health? Financial health is a term used to describe one’s personal financial situation. There are many ...

Foundation donates care bags to Cancer Center

PHOTO PROVIDED The Paternostro Family Foundation’s Harnessing Hope bags initiative recently hit a major milestone - 500 bags donated to the Susquehanna Health Foundation for patients at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport. The Harnessing Hope initiative was created by the ...

New home test for kidney damage shows promising results

DANVILLE — A clinical trial that followed nearly 1,000 people using a new home test for chronic kidney disease (CKD) shows a high percentage of the participants were happy with the process and preferred it to getting tested in a doctor’s office. The National Kidney Foundation (NKF), ...

Living-donor liver transplant frequently asked questions

With close to 14,000 people on the liver transplant waiting list, the wait for a transplant may take years. Despite increased awareness of organ donation and the pressing need for donors, people with end-stage liver disease continue to die while on the waiting list because an appropriate match ...

Dr. Matthew Hazey joins Mt. Nittany group

STATE COLLEGE —Dr. Matthew Hazey has jointed the Mount Nittany Physician Group Dermatology. “As a healthcare provider, listening to the patient and being a shared decision maker in their care is my focus, so Mount Nittany Physician Group’s patient-centered approach fits perfectly with ...

To Your Good Health: Vitamin E worth a trial for some NASH patients

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and had very high AST and ALT numbers. I lost about 25 pounds, and the numbers were normal. As a result of other health issues, the weight came back and the numbers went up. My liver specialist suggested ...

Teleneurology, Telestroke available at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital

JERSEY SHORE – Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital recently added Telestroke and Teleneurology technologies to optimize timely care for emergency room, critical and acute care patients. This technology allows Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital physicians to have around-the-clock access to ...

To Your Good Health: What is the optimum healthy level of cholesterol?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: A 74-year-old woman has a total cholesterol of 123 and was told that low cholesterol like this greatly increases the risk of diabetes, stroke and cancer. It seems she has had low cholesterol for many years. What do you think is the optimum healthy level? ...