Health

Behavioral health murals enlist patients, provide meditation

By JEFF VICTOR Laramie Boomerang LARAMIE, Wyo. — The Behavioral Health Services unit of Ivinson Memorial Hospital just got a little more colorful. Two murals — one a more traditional work of art, based on a photograph, the other a therapeutic tool with ancient origins — are ...

Five ways to love your heart

Here are some little daily habits that go a long way in preventing heart disease. 1. Eat a diet that is low in saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium. Taking the time to read food labels will help you understand what foods you should avoid or eat in small quantities. Saturated fats are ...

Meatless dishes in 30 minutes or less

The Lenten season begins today so I thought I’d share some of my favorite meatless recipes. Whether you observe Lenten traditions, or not, you’ll like these particular dishes for their ease of preparation and their economy, two concepts that are very appealing to cooks strained for time and ...

Penn College students assist Food Network Star at PA Farm Show

WILLIAMSPORT – An “Iron Chef” was among the culinarians who joined Pennsylvania College of Technology students to showcase the quality ingredients produced by Pennsylvania farms at the state Farm Show. The students volunteered the final days of their winter break at the event, where they ...

Finding Support

HEALTH r Alzheimer’s and Caregivers Support Group — 7 p.m. Tuesday (second Tuesday of the month), Conference Room B of Susque-View Home. Information: Fran Decker at 748-4302. r Parkinson’s Support Group — Open to everyone interested in learning about the disease, 3 p.m. Wednesday ...

Medical marijuana and pregnant women

Headaches, glaucoma, nausea, seizures, pain, Crohn’s disease and even cancer-medical marijuana can (at least in part) be beneficial for all of these conditions. Scientists have seen many benefits in marijuana in recent years, and it has caused more than half of states to allow marijuana for ...

Give your breakfast a make-over

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it can sabotage your efforts to eat healthy if you’re eating foods that only appear healthy. “It’s always the healthy choice to eat breakfast in the morning,” said Danette McPherson, RD, LDN, of Geisinger Jersey Shore ...

Scientists aim at joint injuries that can trigger arthritis

WASHINGTON — Arthritis isn't always from the wear and tear of getting older — younger adults too often get it after suffering knee or ankle injuries. Now researchers are hunting a way to stave off the damage, by targeting the little energy factories that power cartilage ...

Winter is always the right time for a hot bowl of soup

January was National Soup Month, but alas I missed the perfect opportunity to feature a column in celebration of the event. I did however make soup once a week throughout the month and am dying to share some of my favorites. Better late than never, as long as there is snow in the flower beds ...

Slow-cooked pork roast

By KATIE WORKMAN Associated Press Slowly cooking a big hunk of tough, inexpensive meat isn't just the best way to cook this cut of meat. It's really the only way. Most tough cuts of meat come from the hardest working parts of the animal, and therefore have a lot of collagen. This collagen ...

Serve white bean soup with dumplings for hearty winter meal

By SARA MOULTON Associated Press They say that everyone complains about the weather — winter especially — but no one ever does anything about it. Well, here's something you can do that will make you feel much better. Cook up a big hot bowl of Italian soup for dinner, garnished with ...

‘Lady Doritos’? It’s not happening, PepsiCo says

By JOSEPH PISANI AP Retail Writer NEW YORK — Don't expect to see "lady Doritos" on store shelves. The company behind the cheesy chips said Tuesday that it's not developing a line of Doritos designed specifically for women, despite widespread online speculation that it was. The phrase ...

The key to hearty granola that you can eat by the handfuls

By ELIZABETH KARMEL Associated Press I have been a fan of homemade granola for as long as I can remember. I literally grew up with it as my mother made it way before it was a trend to do so. When I was in college, I would pack big tins of her granola to take back to school with me. I ...

Lawmakers seek safer packaging for toxic laundry pods

By DAVID KLEPPER Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y.— Two New York lawmakers want the state to mandate child-resistant packaging, warning labels and uniform colors for toxic laundry detergent pods amid the dangerous trend of people eating them and encouraging or daring others to do the ...

This main dish tuna slaw may boost your weekday dinner routine

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN Associated Press One of the best pieces of advice I have read about promoting healthy eating is to make your own food. We live in a world of shrinking attention spans, immediate gratification and moving quickly from one activity to the next, margin-less and rushed. ...

Centre Crest has new director of nursing

BELLEFONTE — Jennifer Brooks, RN, has been promoted to director of nursing at Centre Crest. Brooks started with Centre Crest in 2001 as a Certified Nursing Assistant while attending school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked her way through the ranks as an LPN from Graduate ...

‘Tide pod challenge’ calls attention to home poisoning risks

UNIVERSITY PARK — In the wake of recent hype in the news and social media about the so-called “Tide pod challenge,” an expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is reminding people about the dangers of look-alike products in the household. The Tide pod challenge is a ...

Hearing loss in other languages

Do the people who do not speak English experience hearing loss in different ways than English speakers? The answer is no. All humans experience hearing loss the same way. Then why should you keep reading? To learn some really fascinating things about hearing technology. Though hearing loss ...

Skin conditions that get worse in the winter

Winter presents a unique challenge for your skin. It can be damaged by the cold and dampness outside, and when you finally make it back inside, the conditions may be just as bad. The hot air from the heater can dry out and irritate the skin on your face, hands and feet. Keeping your skin ...