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Health

The mind-gut connection

We’ve all been there. That uneasy feeling you get deep in the pit of your stomach. Stress and anxiety may be to blame for this feeling you can’t explain. It’s a what is referred to as the mind-gut connection and it may affect your physical and mental health. BEHIND THE CONNECTION ...

Winter workouts: Staying fit during the pandemic

The pandemic adds another layer to the challenge to keep fit. Many of us have relied on gym memberships to stay active, but fitness centers have been closed or operating at limited capacity. On top of that, many of us might not feel comfortable working out in a gym during the pandemic. While ...

Make managing eczema easier

Family Features — More than 30 million Americans, including nearly 10 million children, have eczema, the umbrella term for a group of noncontagious, inflammatory and painful skin conditions marked by an itchy, rash-like appearance. Because one of the most challenging aspects of eczema can be ...

Smoking boosts risk for rare, often fatal, bleeding stroke

People who smoke, especially those genetically predisposed to doing so, are at much higher risk for a rare but often fatal type of bleeding stroke, new research shows. And the more you smoke, the higher the risk. The study, published Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, ...

UPMC physician toasts to your health in 2021

Many of us started 2020 with resolutions and looking forward to the year ahead. Well, we all know 2020 just wasn’t what we thought it would be. After a year of uncertainty and stress, it is time to focus on the positives and plan for a healthy and happy you in 2021. As we kick off the New ...

Leading risk factors for COVID-19 hospitalization studied

DANVILLE — Geisinger professionals took it upon themselves to gather a group of professors and researchers to study what the highest risks for COVID-19 hospitalization are during the first wave starting in March and studying through May. What they found to be true is that kidney disease, ...

Channels, what’s the big deal?

If you’re researching hearing aids for the first time, you’ve probably come across terms that describe hearing aids which you aren’t familiar with. While many of these terms are proprietary or exclusive to each individual manufacturer and named very differently, some of the generic terms ...

GMC offers autism virtual training program

DANVILLE— Geisinger’s Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI), in partnership with the Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence (ACCE), is offering an online training program for professionals — and family members — who care for people with autism spectrum disorder. The ...

Students encourage residents to test their homes for radon

Harrisburg — Three students who won a poster contest are helping the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Department of Health encourage Pennsylvanians to test their home for radon in January, National Radon Action Month. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that enters ...

COVID-19: How to be safe when living with others

It’s nice to have some company during the pandemic, whether you’re living in an apartment or splitting your time between households — but make sure to do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19. If your housemates aren’t being safe or if someone you live with is diagnosed with ...

Improve your mental health with better sleep

FAMILY FEATURE — For some, the holidays may be the happiest season of all, but for others the hectic pace and endless to-do lists can take a real toll on their mental health. This year, the impact is heightened by a global health pandemic. According to a survey from Mattress Firm, more ...

UPMC Williamsport professional and daughter urge readers to wear masks

WILLIAMSPORT — “I think everyone has to realize COVID doesn’t select who it is going to affect,” Dr. Susan Branton, UPMC Williamsport medical staff president and UPMC Susquehanna Breast Health Center medical director, said. “It can affect anyone across the board. It is important to ...

Geisinger president and CEO: ‘We are not out of the woods yet’

DANVILLE — Geisinger healthcare facilities have vaccinated approximately 400 of their employees with the goal of reaching 2,100 employees vaccinated by the end of Sunday according to Dr. Jaewon Ryu, CEO and president. After receiving their first 3,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the ...

UPMC dietitian offers tips to end the year on a lighter note

The holidays are usually a time full of our favorite seasonal favorite foods — and lots of them. For those with health and wellness goals, navigating through the holiday season and holiday food may be overwhelming. However, there is hope with the help of a few simple tips and ...

Geisinger provides vaccines to front-line health care heroes

DANVILLE — Today, Geisinger employees became among the first in Pennsylvania to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Within 24 hours of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arriving at Geisinger facilities, front-line health care workers rolled up their sleeves to get their first of two doses. As one of ...

Chronic Kidney Disease: The Silent Killer

Approximately 26 million American adults have chronic kidney disease and millions of others are at risk but may not know it. Kidney disease is often called the “silent killer,” because it has no symptoms until the advanced stage of the disease. In fact, one in nine Americans has chronic ...

UPMC, community partners launch new cancer support program

WILLIAMSPORT — Essence of You, a program offered in partnership with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport, the Paternostro Cancer Foundation, and Susquehanna Health Foundation, will host a series of programs starting in January of 2021. The series is designed to give patients with ...

UPMC hospitals receive top quality marks from The Leapfrog Group

WILLIAMSPORT — UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport is one of thirteen UPMC hospitals to receive top “A” grades from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2020 Hospital Safety Grade. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization that aims to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and ...

Don’t buy Mom Hearing Aids for Christmas!

Your mother, or someone else that you love, may really struggle to hear properly and perhaps you have considered surprising them with a hearing aid(s) for the holidays. Don’t do it! What? Did that caution really just come from the keyboard of someone who sells hearing aids? Yes it did, and ...

Self-care strategies to help stay healthy this holiday season

FAMILY FEATURE — With the COVID-19 pandemic added to the typical cold and flu season, many Americans are wondering what they can do to protect themselves and others this holiday season and how to respond if they get sick. “As we enter this cold and flu season, it’s so important to ...