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Health

Back in action after tendon repair

You may never think about your tendons until you experience joint pain or injury. There are over 4,000 tendons in your body, and they connect your muscles and bones together in order to move your body. Injuring a tendon can be very painful and can limit your movement. While many people may ...

How much maintenance is there with hearing aids?

I am returning to a topic I wrote about five years ago. How much maintenance is there with hearing aids? Even at discount prices, hearing aids are an investment you would want to protect for their performance and their value. Some patients are concerned they will be saddled with endless ...

How to combat social isolation

Family Features — Even before COVID-19 limited social contact with friends, family and colleagues, many adults experienced loneliness and depression due to limited contact with others. Now, a year after the pandemic forced many people into even greater levels of isolation, the issue of social ...

Boosters hope bicycling boom outlasts the pandemic

It doesn’t seem right to put “silver lining” and “pandemic” in the same sentence. But the past year of COVID-19 has been a boon for bicycling, an indisputably healthy activity. “Bikes have been one of those bright spots, as we’ve been getting through this last year,” Secretary ...

Why you should pay attention to inflammation

Inflammation can be a visible part of how your body fights illness or injury. If you’ve ever sprained your ankle, you already know about it. But it also can be much less obvious, and researchers are still unraveling its mysteries. Some of what they’ve learned has intriguing potential for ...

Add more exercise to the workday

METRO — Many people can benefit from more exercise. But after a long day at work and tending to obligations at home, making time for exercise can be an uphill battle. Come nighttime, there may be little energy or time left to be active. However, failure to engage in regular physical activity ...

Relief from seasonal allergies is possible

Spring this year brings warmer weather and an awakening from what many would consider as a harsh winter here in northcentral Pennsylvania. The flowers, the butterflies, the fresh air. It’s a beautiful time of year unless you suffer from allergies. Suddenly, those signs of spring become signs ...

Mount Nittany Health has 28 COVID patients

STATE COLLEGE — There are now 28 COVID positive inpatients at Mount Nittany Medical Center, ages 44 to 90. To date, there have been 118 COVID positive inpatients during the month of March, with an average daily census of 18. The information was reported by Chief Clinical Officer of ...

UPMC welcomes new neurosurgeon to Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT — UPMC has welcomed Jonathan Bussey, DO, MPH, neurosurgeon, to team at The Neuroscience Center at UPMC, 740 High St., Suite 3002, Williamsport. Dr. Bussey received his medical degree from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tulsa, Okla., and he completed ...

Clinical trials advance cancer care

One of the most important aspects of advancing cancer treatment towards developing curative therapies happens because of research. By discovering new therapies, we can provide hope to patients who may have limited treatment options. Significant advances are made every day and the way this is ...

New guidance may change how you control your asthma

Family Features — The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health recently updated national guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and management of asthma. Asthma is a chronic lung condition affecting about 25 million Americans, 5.5 million of whom ...

Take your time to avoid training injuries

When the cold weather hits, it’s common for many of us to spend more time indoors, and allow some of our exercise routines to lapse. However, once spring arrives, motivation levels rise as the days lengthen and grow warmer. As we approach warmer weather and spring, it can be tempting to jump ...

World Down Syndrome Day celebrated across the globe

STATE COLLEGE — Celebrated on the 21st day of the third month of the year, World Down Syndrome Day signifies the unique triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. Established in 2006 by the United Nations, this day is observed around the world to help raise awareness ...

Pregnancy’s effects on the heart

A woman’s body goes through many changes during pregnancy. Many of them are obvious like the belly bump, but some are more subtle or hidden like how pregnancy affects the heart and blood vessels. Due to these changes, some women may develop a new heart condition during pregnancy, or an ...

Nursing grads exceed national licensing exam pass rates

WILLIAMSPORT — Consistent with previous years, Pennsylvania College of Technology nursing graduates exceeded state and national pass rates on national board examinations — including a 100% pass rate on the exam for registered nurses by associate degree graduates. Penn College offers ...

UPMC Partners with North Central Sight Services for vaccinations

WILLIAMSPORT— UPMC’s mobile integrated health team recently partnered with North Central Sight Services, Inc., located at 2121 Reach Road in Williamsport, to host an in-house vaccination clinic for the organization’s clients and staff. During the clinic, UPMC provided 65 first doses to ...

Colonoscopy can save your life

More than 140,000 new cases of colon cancer are diagnosed each year, making it the third most common cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. However, when caught early it is highly treatable. Screening saves lives as it helps catch cancer early and the gold standard for ...

UPMC welcomes new nurse midwife

WILLIAMSPORT — UPMC has welcomed Jessica Callahan, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC, to the care team at SH OB/GYN in Williamsport. Callahan is a certified nurse midwife and board-certified women’s health care nurse practitioner. She received her master’s degree in nursing from Yale University School ...

Health panel expands lung cancer screening for more smokers

More Americans now qualify for yearly scans to detect lung cancer, according to guidelines released Tuesday that may help more Black smokers and women get screened. Lung cancer is the nation’s top cancer killer, causing more than 135,000 deaths each year. Smoking is the chief cause and ...