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Digestive problems? UPMC expert offers hope for the holidays

While the holiday season looks a little different this year, there is still plenty of joy to be had through the tastes of the season. While you’re celebrating, digestive issues are the last thing you want to have to worry about, but for many they’re a real concern. This year we want to ...

Get tested for COPD: your lungs will thank you

Family Features — If you’re often short of breath during everyday activities, your chest feels tight, or you cough a lot, you may be chalking it up to getting older, having allergies, or being a smoker (now or in the past). Fortunately, there’s a way to know whether something more may be ...

Adapting to community needs, keeping the community safe

COVID-19 is surging across the country and the increased numbers we are seeing in our own community are certainly a cause for concern. Even with the prospects for a vaccine looking good, the virus will be part of our lives for at least several months and perhaps longer. Like many hospitals ...

Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows

When COVID-19 tore through Donald Wallace’s nursing home, he was one of the lucky few to avoid infection. He died a horrible death anyway. Hale and happy before the pandemic, the 75-year-old retired Alabama truck driver became so malnourished and dehydrated that he dropped to 98 pounds ...

Is it flu, cold, or something more?

As fall turns into winter, many of us are preparing for spending more time indoors and the approaching cold and flu season. While these preparations are typical for this time of year in the region, what’s different this year is that a cough, sore throat, or slight fever may cause anxiety ...

No one wants what we sell

This month I am writing about the hearing aid sales process and hopeful improved outcome for the patient. I often tease patients that no one ever wants hearing aids, but they all want better hearing. Every hearing health care provider in our region has gotten many of the notes I am ...

UPMC colorectal surgeon offers unique stim treatment

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Jasneet Bhullar, MD, MS, FACS, FASCRS, colorectal surgeon, UPMC Williamsport, offers patients an innovative latest electro-stimulation treatment option for diarrhea and bowel incontinence. InterStim† II is a discreet neurostimulator system which electrically ...

UPMC gets new Pain Management physician

WILLIAMSPORT— Mariam Salisu, MD, MPH, recently joined UPMC’s Pain Management team. Committed to bettering the lives of individuals through medicine, Dr. Salisu received her medical degree at George Washington School of Medicine, Washington D.C. She then completed a residency in ...

Holiday dinners and COVID-19: Is it safe to gather?

We’ve faced down a lot of challenges this year, to say the least. And now, as COVID-19 cases are spiking across the nation and world, we’re coming up on a new hurdle: How to approach family gatherings this holiday season. Should you gather with friends and family like usual? Limit the ...

COVID-19 stress isn’t taking a break for the holidays

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It’s a tradition for Nancy Haner Grantz to host a large crowd of family and friends for Thanksgiving dinner. The Louisville native opened her home to about 25 guests in 2019 to celebrate the holiday with turkey, stuffing and plenty of pie. This year, she’s limiting the ...

What to know about fall and winter allergies

While allergies are often associated with warmer weather and high pollen counts, they can be just as bothersome in the fall and winter. Allergens like mold, dust mites and animal dander are the typical cause of allergy symptoms that occur during fall and winter months. What are ...

Surgical oncologist joins UPMC Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT — UPMC Williamsport announces that James Pingpank, Jr., MD, FACS, has joined staff at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. Dr. Pingpank specializes in the surgical treatment of patients with primary and metastatic gastrointestinal cancer, including advanced malignancies of the liver ...

Traumatic brain injury, PTSD boost heart attack risk in veterans

The risk of heart attack is significantly higher in people with PTSD or traumatic brain injury, a new study of U.S. veterans shows. Past studies have found post-traumatic stress disorder is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Veterans have disproportionately high rates for PTSD as ...

Mouthwashes, oral rinses may inactivate human coronaviruses

Certain oral antiseptics and mouthwashes may have the ability to inactivate human coronaviruses, according to a Penn State College of Medicine research study. The results indicate that some of these products might be useful for reducing the viral load, or amount of virus, in the mouth after ...

Virtual gatherings may be best way to celebrate holidays together

HERSHEY — Dr. Glenn Buchberger is giving his patients sobering advice these days. “Unfortunately, I do not have many happy answers this year to questions about staying healthy at the holidays,” said Buchberger, an internist and pediatrician at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical ...

UPMC Physical Therapist: Keep your bones fit

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps. Osteoporosis is very common, affecting one out of every two women and one ...

More US patients to have easy, free access to doctor’s notes

More U.S. patients will soon have free, electronic access to the notes their doctors write about them under a new federal requirement for transparency. Many health systems are opening up records Monday, the original deadline. At the last minute, federal health officials week gave an extension ...

New doctor joins Primary Care team

WILLIAMSPORT — Dr. Ingrid Ockenhouse has joined the Primary Care team at UPMC Williamsport. Dr. Ockenhouse received her medical degree at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where she also completed her internship and residency in internal medicine. She has over 34 years of ...

New cardiologist on board at UPMC

WILLIAMSPORT — Dr. Renee Muchnik, a cardiologist, has been added to the Heart & Vascular team in Williamsport. Dr. Muchnik received her medical degree at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, ...

Coming abortion fight could threaten birth control, too

Abortion opponents were among those most excited by the addition of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. And they had good reason to be. As a law professor and circuit court judge, Barrett made it clear she is no fan of abortion rights. She is considered likely to vote not only to ...