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Health

Is there a link between hearing loss and dementia?

With a new study on hearing loss and dementia recently published in the news I am adding this information to a column I wrote in 2016. This new study appearing just last week said, “A team of researchers at Newcastle University in the UK suggested a new theory on how the loss of hearing may ...

Don’t put off essential cancer screenings

Thanks to earlier detection, more Americans are surviving cancer. That’s why you shouldn’t put off having the screening tests you need. While scheduling a mammogram or colonoscopy may not be top of mind for you right now, screening tests like these can spot cancer before it causes any ...

Do I really need a primary care physician?

Your health is better off with a primary care physician or family doctor. Here’s why. In some ways, access to healthcare seems easier than ever, with the expansion of retail walk-in clinics at pharmacies and big-box stores, virtual doctor appointments and urgent care clinics. However, if ...

UPMC surgeon receives PATS membership award

WILLIAMSPORT — Patrick Carey, DO, orthopaedic surgeon and medical director, Sports Medicine, UPMC in Williamsport, was recognized by the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) with the Team Physician Honorary Membership Award. The award was presented to Dr. Carey for 30 seasons of ...

Penn College dental clinic taking appointments

WILLIAMSPORT — Pennsylvania College of Technology’s state-of-the-art Dental Hygiene Clinic is scheduling appointments for the fall semester. The clinic provides low-cost preventive dental hygiene services to the community, including cleanings, exams, X-rays and sealants. The clinic ...

Geisinger hospitals recognized for heart-attack care

DANVILLE — Four Geisinger facilities recognized by the American Heart Association for their ability to treat the most severe type of heart attack have been awarded by the organization for adhering to proven care guidelines that benefit patients. Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, ...

Mt. Nittany Medical receives 5-star rating for third time

STATE COLLEGE —Mount Nittany Medical Center has, for the third consecutive reporting period, received 5-stars, the highest rating given by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Five-Star Quality Rating System. With an overall national hospital average of 3 out of 5 ...

Dr. David Luo joins family medicine team

MCELHATTAN — UPMC has added David Luo, DO, MHS, to the family medicine team in McElhattan. Dr. Luo received his medical degree from New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, N.Y., his master of health sciences from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of ...

UPMC to offer $55 mammograms

WILLIAMSPORT — In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, UPMC in the Susquehanna region will offer $55 mammograms to women with limited or no insurance coverage and no prior history of breast disease. These screenings will be offered on a first come, first served basis, ...

UPMC offers free prostate screenings

WILLIAMSPORT— UPMC in the Susquehanna region will offer free prostate screenings on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at SH Urology, 1705 Warren Ave., Suite 206, Williamsport. Ideal candidates for this screening are males over the age of 50, have experienced urological pain or increased frequency in ...

Keller speaks on legislation and funding for rural hospitals

LOCK HAVEN— “UPMC does a great job and we are very fortunate here in rural Pennsylvania to have such quality healthcare,” Congressman Fred Keller said in a roundtable discussion of healthcare legislation, funding and local UPMC successes during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He was ...

UPMC names Occupational Health Medical Director

WILLIAMSPORT — Nicholas Pytel, MD, MPH, is the new medical director for Occupational Health services in the UPMC Susquehanna region. Dr. Pytel received his medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey. He also obtained his master of public health and completed his residency ...

Dr. Blake Stewart joins Mt. Nittany

STATE COLLEGE —Mount Nittany Health has announced the addition of Blake Stewart, DO, to Mount Nittany Physician Group General Surgery. “My philosophy of care is to always put the patient’s care first,” says Dr. Stewart. “As long as you are doing that, you are doing the right ...

Geisinger appoints two new members to board of directors

DANVILLE — Geisinger has appointed two new members to its now 16-member board of directors. The newly appointed directors are Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., senior advisor for Manatt Health, and Sherry A. Glied, Ph.D., Dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York ...

Epic search launched for cause of high hemoglobin level

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 51-year-old male in very good health. I have had blood tests taken yearly for the past 15+ years. Nearly every test shows high hemoglobin. My average is 17.4, but has been as high as 18.1 within the past several years. (Anything above 17.5 is ...

Where does diet soda fall on the vice spectrum?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’ve never smoked, drank alcohol or used illegal drugs. My doctor says I’m in great health. My only vice is drinking diet soda, and I drink three or four cans a day. I’d like to know what you think about it. I know it’s not great for me, but I figure it’s better ...

Physical therapy or occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy and physical therapy are commonly confused with each other. While, occupational and physical therapy have a lot of similarities including improving quality of life, increasing independence, reducing pain and discomfort, and preventing further injury or injury recurrence, ...

Back to school 2020: Tips for keeping kids healthy

Back-to-school looks very different this year. And parents everywhere are asking themselves (and their pediatricians), “should I send my child back to school?” There’s no doubt that school plays a critical role in kids’ lives, not only for their educational needs, but for their ...

The science of soft consonants

I am returning to a topic I wrote about five years ago. We make sounds in different ways and those sounds, primarily, vowels, hard consonants, and soft consonants are formed and come out of our throats and mouths with different frequency and force. The soft consonants are particularly important ...

Tips to avoid caregiver burnout

Caring for a loved one that needs extra support can be mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting. The stress of having to manage someone else’s life or the excessive compassion you may feel for your loved can turn into caregiver burnout. The truth is, you cannot — and should not — ...