Health

UPMC Susquehanna recognizes extraordinary nurses

WILLIAMSPORT— Six UPMC Susquehanna nurses were recently recognized as recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. ∫ John Fox, RN, Intensive Care Unit at UPMC Williamsport Regional Medical Center, was nominated by a fellow nurse. The nurse wrote, “John was caring for a ...

Protect your eyes from the summer sun

Everyone seems to understand the importance of wearing sunscreen when you are enjoying the summer sun, but protecting your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) radiation or light is just as important. Although UV radiation comes from several sources, most people get their exposure from rays of energy ...

Williamsport Family Medicine Residency graduates

PHOTO PROVIDED UPMC Susquehanna recently celebrated the 2019 graduating class of residents from the Williamsport Family Medicine Residency. Pictured from left, front, are Morgan Rogers, MD; Gwendolyn Martin, DO; and Angela Genoese-Debo, DO; and back, Daniel Conner, DO, and Ryan Allen, DO. ...

Unusual eating behaviors may be a new diagnostic indicator for autism

By Zachary Sweger news.psu.edu HERSHEY, Pa. - Atypical eating behaviors may be a sign a child should be screened for autism, according to a new study from Penn State College of Medicine. Research by Susan Mayes, professor of psychiatry, found that atypical eating behaviors were present in ...

When it comes to therapy, treating the wrong hand is exactly right

By Cherie Winner news.psu.edu UNIVERSITY PARK - A tiny clot moves up through the carotid artery, into a branch that leads to the right half of your brain. The vessel narrows and branches again; the clot snags on the vessel wall, blocking the flow of blood to parts of the right cerebral ...

When is your headache a symptom of a brain tumor?

Everyone experiences headaches from time to time caused by stress, hormone changes, or dehydration. Usually, a headache can be relieved by an over-the-counter pain reliever or rest. Approximately 13% of adults in the U.S. suffer from severe migraines, recurring headaches. Migraines can also ...

Annual Paint the Park Pink Night is July 28

STATE COLLEGE — In 2018, the State College Spikes donated more than $3,000 to the Mount Nittany Health Foundation, benefitting the Mount Nittany Health Breast Care Center. Mount Nittany Health Foundation is proud to again be partnering with the State College Spikes to help raise money for ...

Sensory friendly film series continues July 27

LEWISBURG — Children with special developmental needs and their families are invited to a sensory-friendly showing of Where the Wild Things Are at Lewisburg’s Campus Theatre, 413 Market St., Lewisburg, on July 27. The movie is part of Geisinger’s Autism & Developmental Medicine ...

Hepatitis C can complicate drug use

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 35-year-old white male who was a drug addict from the age of 14 until 32. You name it, I took it. About three years ago, I quit drugs and have lived a healthy lifestyle since. I do not drink alcohol, and I smoke one or two cigarettes a day. Three ...

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. — — — ...

The health benefits of carrots

By Metro Creative When looking to quell hunger pangs that can pop up between meals, many people reach for snacks. Snacks can be a great way to prevent overeating at mealtime, but such benefits can be negated if people choose the wrong snacks. Potato chips and sugary packaged baked goods ...

Summer sports safety

Now that the summer weather is here, it seems easy to jump right into athletic activity and pick up right where you left off last year. Unfortunately, over 3.5 million people in the U.S. suffer sports related injuries each year, with a large portion during the summer months. If the body is not ...

Methyl, ethyl, elemental: Demystifying the toxicity of mercury

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: How much mercury is safe? — A.C. ANSWER: The chemical element mercury exists in three forms: elemental mercury, which is the kind in thermometers; inorganic mercury, especially mercuric chloride; and organic mercury, including methyl and ethyl ...

Geisinger awarded $8.5 million to study genetics of mental health

DANVILLE — Geisinger, along with two university partners, has been awarded an $8.5 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the role of genetics in neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, and bipolar ...

Geisinger launches new study to better treat COPD patients

DANVILLE— Geisinger has launched the Voice Analysis of COPD Patients with Exacerbations (VOICE) research study that aims to gain more information on a novel technique to detect flare-ups or exacerbartions of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in patients. The method being examined ...

Twisted colon is a surgical emergency

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: This past weekend, during my son’s wedding festivities, I experienced a sigmoid volvulus. Doctors recommended surgery, but I opted for a colonoscopy, which was performed successfully. Thank goodness. I was immediately a new woman, and no one would have ...

Local student athletes honored by UPMC Susquehanna

WILLIAMSPORT– Two high school athletes from Clinton County were among 18 students from area school districts recognized and celebrated by UPMC Susquehanna Sports Medicine at the 2019 Champions Cup and Student Athletic Perseverance Awards. Locals honored were Mallory Eck from Central ...

How to protect your hearing this summer

Summer weather gets more people outside swimming, working in the yard, and attending concerts, car races, and fireworks shows. Don’t put your hearing at risk while you have fun this summer, take the necessary precautions to protect your ears. According to the Hearing Health Foundation, the ...

Nittany Lions stop by Children’s Hospital to spend time with patients

STATE COLLEGE — The Penn State Nittany Lion football team took a break from speed drills and weight training on June 19 to visit Penn State Children's Hospital. For the sixth consecutive year, dozens of players, staff and Head Coach James Franklin made the trip from State College to ...

Rick Slebodnik is Mt. Nittany VP of ancillary services

STATE COLLEGE —Mount Nittany Health has announced that Rick Slebodnik, BSN, RN, has been selected as vice president of ancillary services for the organization. Employed with the health system for a total of 18 years, Slebodnik began working at Mount Nittany Medical Center as a staff nurse in ...