Health

How electrical currents through the legs may help predict heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Imagine stepping onto a scale – not to measure your weight, but the chance of your heart failing. That’s the potential scenario envisioned by researchers who may have discovered a new risk factor for heart failure: leg bioimpedance. More ...

Anxiety disorder top mental health issue

METRO - According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the United States. Roughly 40 million adults in the United States, or 18 percent of the country's population, has an anxiety disorder. Developing from a complex set ...

Embarrassing fecal incontinence? You are not alone

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I hope you can help elderly folks (like myself, age 83) who have a very embarrassing situation wherein their stool seeps out of them. The problem is only noted when I sit down and find that my underwear sticks to me. The problem appears to happen anytime, ...

Strategies for facing tough blood pressure

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My whole family has heart problems. I’m 74 years old. My blood pressure has been high lately. Today it’s 143/79. Some days 139/73. It’s always different, but still high. I take 20 mg of lisinopril twice a day. Now I am taking 10 mg of amlodipine ...

Is telling the truth good for patient safety?

By CLIFF RIEDERS For years I have been critical about the secretiveness which pervades the medical system. In spite of laws assuring patient access to their own medical records, it is still extremely difficult and expensive for patients to get their own medical records and test results. ...

r Back Tracks

Patch, patch, patch There was a lot of fixing and patching going on in the Fifties and Sixties, as men tried to eke out the last bit of use from tools and everyday items. Maybe memories of the Depression, which at that point in time was only 25 years in the rear-view mirror, still loomed ...

Enjoy the blooming Mountain Laurel

Now is the time to venture out into the countryside and admire one of North America’s native flowers. When I mean countryside, go out into the mountains and take in the beauty of the Kalmia latifolia or Mountain Laurel. Hearty from Zone 5 to 9, these five- to eight-foot shrubs put on a ...

FINDING SUPPORT

HEALTH r 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. r Alzheimer’s and ...

UPMC Lock Haven Auxiliary awards scholarships

PHOTO PROVIDED The UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven Auxiliary recently recognized three local students with health care scholarships. From left are Makenna Bittner from Beech Creek, Lauryn Geisewite from Loganton, and Allison Walbridge from Mill Hall. The three 2018 high school graduates were ...

Preventing peanut allergies in patients

In the last 20 years, peanut allergies have increased dramatically. From 1997 to 2010, rates tripled from .4 percent to 1.4 percent. Researchers haven’t determined what has caused this steep rise in peanut allergies, but a promising new study shows how parents might help prevent their ...

Keep your cool as the temperatures start to soar

By tribune-review Associated Press As Pennsylvanians prepare to spend more time outdoors, Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine shares important tips to keep families safe in extreme heat this summer. "We want to make sure Pennsylvania residents enjoy these warmer months but ...

It’s not a coffee cake or a pancake. It’s both – a cobbler

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Chef Bridget Lancaster developed this blueberry cobbler, admitting she's not a "biscuit-style cobbler lover_they just taste too much like doughy dumplings." In "Cooking at Home," Lancaster writes: "Somewhere between a blueberry coffee cake and a stack of blueberry ...

New flu vaccine only a little better than traditional shot

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A newer kind of flu vaccine only worked a little bit better in seniors this past winter than traditional shots, the government reported Wednesday. Overall, flu vaccines barely worked at all in keeping people 65 and older out of the ...

Instead of meat kebabs, why not concentrate on some veggies?

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN When it comes to grilled kebabs, vegetables are often an afterthought, typically used as a filler on meat-heavy skewers. But this treatment often leads to mushy, burnt vegetables with no flavor of their own. We wanted to create a recipe that would put the vegetables ...

A simple American buttercream improves a flag sheet cake

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN A big flag sheet cake is the perfect Fourth of July dessert; and at a time when patriotic-colored berries are at their best, vibrant blueberries and red raspberries are a fitting topping. We knew that our workhorse Yellow Sheet Cake was the ideal base for the ...

Caesar steak salad at a Fourth of July picnic

By SARA MOULTON Associated Press Let's say you wanted to land a luxurious rib-eye steak at the center of your Fourth of July picnic, but worried about being able to afford it. Here's a simple way to make it happen: Instead of serving every guest a huge slab of steak, slice up a smaller ...

Natural ways to lower blood pressure

(METRO) High blood pressure is a big problem. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure. In Canada in 2014, slightly less than 18 percent of Canadians ages 12 and older reported being diagnosed with ...

All-American picnic fare

Pack a blanket, a cooler, a picnic basket and the kids and have the time of your life this July 4th. If you and the family are planning to reserve a spot to view some Independence Day fireworks, a picnic is the perfect way to celebrate. Whether you make it a tailgate party or simply choose a ...

The perfect summer Salmon Corn Chowder

By KATIE WORKMAN Associated Press Certain foods just need to be made and eaten at least once a summer. Corn chowder (or chowdah, as my in-laws would say) is one. And if you are in a place where the ears of fresh sweet corn are piled high at the market (often for pennies an ear), then ...

Why buy barbecue sauce when you can design your own?

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Barbecue sauce is one of the most versatile sauces out there_it can be served as a dipping sauce or a topping, brushed onto protein and vegetables during cooking, or stirred into beans and shredded meat after cooking. Further contributing to its versatility is the ...