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Lifesaving heart valve replacement treatment

The aortic valve is the exit door of the heart and all of the oxygen-rich blood that keeps us alive is pumped through it. Without fail, this door bends open every time the heart beats, roughly 80 times per minute since the day we were born, and closes again as the heart refills. Unfortunately, ...

UPMC publication wins Paper of the Year Award

PITTSBURGH —UPMC Health Plan has received the prestigious American Journal of Health Promotion “Papers of the Year from 2020 Award” for its “Impact of Physician Referral” outcomes study, the company announced today. The study evaluated the impact of leveraging the credibility of the ...

What is next for hearing aids?

At the beginning of this new year I was invited to a live online launch of a new hearing aid product. The company issuing me the invitation called it NEXT. I wondered humorously, what would be after NEXT? I mean how can you call a product NEXT and ever have any suitable names for other products ...

Side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine

Whether you experience some or all of the most common side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine, they’re completely normal, and managing them is easier than you might think. Here’s what you need to know. A different type of vaccination The COVID-19 vaccine is given in two doses, ...

Mount Nittany earns ACR ultrasound accreditation for 21st year

STATE COLLEGE —Mount Nittany Medical Center has earned a three-year term of reaccreditation in ultrasound as the result of an extensive review by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for the 21st consecutive year. “I am proud of our imaging services department to be able to meet these ...

Lower your sodium, and blood pressure will follow

Reducing sodium intake by any amount can lower blood pressure over the long term — and may benefit everyone, including people with normal blood pressure, new research shows. While the link between consuming less-salty foods and lower blood pressure is well established, researchers wanted to ...

What’s mRNA and how is it used in COVID vaccines?

The COVID-19 vaccines that have been given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA use something called mRNA to cause an immune response to COVID-19. This is different from most vaccines you’re probably familiar with — like the flu vaccine, which uses a protein from the virus itself. ...

Treating COVID-19: What are monoclonal antibodies?

The use of monoclonal antibodies in healthcare isn’t new. In fact, doctors have been using them for decades in the treatment of certain illnesses, such as cancer. Now, they’re being used to treat people infected with COVID-19 who are at a high risk of severe illness — and early results ...

Colby R. Wesner joins pediatric staff at Mt. Nittany

STATE COLLEGE — Colby R. Wesner, DO, has joined the Mount Nittany Physician Group pediatric hospitalist program. Dr. Wesner says that he chose pediatrics because he enjoys being around children and finds it rewarding not only to care for his patients, but also to comfort them and make ...

Let’s make COVID-19 a thing of the past — Get vaccinated!

The COVID-19 vaccine is our most powerful weapon in the fight against the pandemic. And soon it will be available to everyone. But while many people — including two-thirds of Geisinger employees — have eagerly chosen to roll up their sleeves to get the shots, some people are still afraid ...

Watch your heart rate, but don’t obsess about it

Keeping track of your heart rate is probably a good thing. Obsessing about it probably isn’t. That’s one drawback of the increasing popularity of wearable devices that constantly monitor heart rates, said Dr. Tracy Stevens, a cardiologist at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in ...

Here’s what heart patients need to know about COVID-19 in 2021

When COVID-19 was first seen in the United States, now more than a year ago, doctors considered it a respiratory ailment. But that didn’t last long. Researchers have linked the disease caused by the coronavirus directly to multiple heart-related issues. And it has contributed indirectly to ...

Tips to prevent cold weather skin issues

Our skin is one of our hardest working organs. It not only protects all the other organs in our bodies, and can repair itself, but it also regulates body temperature and detects and fights off infection. Healthy skin is an essential part of your overall health and wellness, yet most of us take ...

Surviving COVID-19 survivor’s guilt

COVID-19 has been cruel to Michelle Smith. Smith, a gym owner in Colorado Springs, Colorado, got sick in early November. “I’ve never felt so ill,” she said. “It was pretty horrific.” The 38-year-old mother of two went from being a model of physical fitness — she was in training ...

UPMC offers new pediatric therapy for scoliosis

WILLIAMSPORT – UPMC now offers pediatric scoliosis therapy at UPMC Pediatric Rehabilitation, 625 Edwin St., Williamsport. UPMC’s physical therapists have completed specialty training in the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School’s Concept by Rigo Technique, which involves creating ...

Pain relief possible without opioids

It is estimated that more than 30% of Americans are living with chronic and acute pain, and that percentage increases with age. In the past, opioids have commonly been the choice for chronic pain management. However, this approach to treating pain has been largely proven ineffective while also ...

Steven J. Scheinman retiring from Geisinger School of Medicine

SCRANTON — Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine President and Dean Steven J. Scheinman, MD, is retiring at the end of 2021. In his comments to faculty, staff and students, Dr. Scheinman said that the time was right for him, but more importantly, for the region’s only medical ...

Statistics report puts spotlight on pregnancy and heart health

Complications during pregnancy are widespread, becoming more common and often overlooked as warning signs about a woman’s heart health. Which is why for the first time, in an effort to guide clinicians and empower women, the authors of a widely used reference on the facts and figures ...

When are antibiotics safe for children?

Antibiotics are a weapon to fight disease through targeting the bacteria that can cause illness. However, overuse of antibiotics can cause bacteria to develop a resistance to antibiotic treatment, which allow bacteria to continue to grow and make them difficult to kill. According to the Centers ...

River Valley Regional YMCA urges return to routines in 2021

WILLIAMSPORT — A New Year is always filled with the promise of positive change and promises to oneself, and following the events of 2020, there is even more anticipation and hope for what 2021 will bring. River Valley Regional YMCA has facilities in Williamsport and Jersey Shore. “As ...