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Back to school: Tips for helping children wear masks

We’re in the full swing of summer, which believe it or not means the new school year is now just around the corner. Though the course of the virus could alter plans, right now many schools plan to reopen with at least some in person operations. To help keep our community safe, it’s ...

Managing Stress and Anxiety: When is it too much?

It seems like everywhere we turn we’re being inundated by all that’s going on in the world. The global pandemic, social unrest, and life in general may be causing you stress and feelings of anxiety. Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought ...

New urologist joins UPMC team

WILLIAMSPORT — David Kurz, MD, urologist, has joined the Urology Services team in Williamsport. Dr. Kurz received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, and completed his residency in urology with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ...

Heart risks of marijuana use need more research

Marijuana use could hurt the heart and blood vessels, according to a report that found no cardiovascular benefits to cannabis use and called for more research of the drug that is growing in popularity. Cannabis studies have been limited because it is listed as a Schedule 1 controlled ...

Partner support essential for breastfeeding moms

WILLIAMSPORT — Congratulations, on welcoming your bundle of joy into your family. The pride, joy, and delight you feel is likely mixed with fear and nervousness. After all, your new role as parents will last for decades to come. Breastfeeding is often thought of as a gift between mother and ...

Pool safety and drowning prevention tips

With summer in full swing, families are heading to the pool to stay cool and entertain the kids. Ensuring the safety of children at the pool is a huge responsibility. It only takes seconds for a child to drown. With drowning as the leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 1 ...

Psychiatric CRNP serving Williamsport and Mill Hall

Community Services Group (CSG) has announced that Lillian Rivers, CRNP is joining the Williamsport and Mill Hall Outpatient programs as a Psychiatric CRNP providing medication management services to individuals ranging from school age children to older adults. “We are thrilled to welcome ...

Scientists get closer to blood test for Alzheimer’s disease

An experimental blood test was highly accurate at distinguishing people with Alzheimer’s disease from those without it in several studies, boosting hopes that there soon may be a simple way to help diagnose this most common form of dementia. Developing such a test has been a long-sought ...

Six tips for sun safety for kids

Over the last few months our families have spent a lot time at home and indoors, and we are ready to spend quality time outside. Before we send our kids out to play and enjoy summer, we need to be careful to protect their skin from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. The Skin Cancer ...

Geisinger tops in hip and knee replacement

DANVILLE — Geisinger Medical Center has been designated a Center of Excellence (COE) for hip and knee replacement surgeries in the Employers Centers of Excellence Network (ECEN) by Health Design Plus, a national leader in the creation and management of employer-sponsored health plan offerings ...

Bingeing on doom: expert on the ‘Black Death’ attracts cult following

Before COVID-19, Purdue University English professor Dorsey Armstrong was well known in a way that only other enthusiasts of medieval literature and culture might appreciate. That is to say, she once got a discount on a replica of an Anglo-Saxon drinking horn — made from an actual cattle ...

Did you know?

METRO — Basements may not be go-to hangouts during spring, summer and fall, when many homeowners spend more time on their patios and decks enjoying the great outdoors. But as winter approaches and the great outdoors becomes less welcoming, basements once again become popular places to relax ...

Deep South doctor disagrees with statin recommendation

By KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: As a family physician, I must differ with you on your advice to the 71-year-old lady whose doctor wanted to start her on a statin. Using a Mesa score and her desire not to take any medicine, you advised her to decline the statin. I am able to obtain ...

Allyson White receives scholarship award

Allyson White, center, received the UPMC 2020 LH Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Award of $1,200. With her are co-chairs, Myla Magent, left, and JoAnn Marcinkevage. Allyson is the daughter of Jason and Melissa White of Woolrich. She is a 2020 graduate of Central Mountain High School and plans ...

Beating COVID-19 is a team effort — our masks are our jerseys

More than 130,000 lives have been lost in the United States as a result of COVID-19. In Pennsylvania we’ have had more than 96,000 people contract COVID-19. Tragically, close to 7,000 have died. This week, we’ve watched Pennsylvania’s case count begin to rise once again - enough so ...

Rehabilitation Key to improving cancer survivor’s quality of life

When fighting cancer, physical therapy may not be the first health care service that comes to mind. Successful cancer treatment involves a health care team approach, including oncologists, radiologists, nurses, surgeons, social workers, and as you transition to survivorship, physical and ...

Mounting ‘social determinants’ could magnify stroke risk

The cumulative effect of several social factors can more than double the risk of stroke in people under 75, according to new research that examined the impact of living in a poor or rural area, having low education or income level, lacking health insurance or being Black. Research already has ...

Face masks: Know your options

Pennsylvania has done a great job at bringing the number of cases of COVID-19 down in our state. It’s why our counties have gone green, and we should all be patting ourselves on the back for a job well-done. COVID isn’t gone, though. We still have new cases every day. And if we aren’t ...

Tips for staying safe while traveling

Your summer vacation this year is probably not shaping up as planned. While there’s always been health issues and risks associated with traveling, this summer, one of the biggest risks of is acquiring or transmitting COVID-19. As you find new and different ways to enjoy your summer break and ...

How do we measure sound?

I last wrote on this topic five years ago this month and decided to revisit the measurement of sound. Sound energy travels in waves that are invisible and is measured in frequency and amplitude. I will define both of these words. Frequency is measured in the number of sound vibrations in one ...