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Health

Protect yourself from COVID-19

By DR. ALISON MARIE BRODGINSKI COVID-19 is a respiratory virus of the upper and lower respiratory tracts. This respiratory tract infection can lead to pneumonia and breathing issues. Along with taking practical steps, it’s important to know how the virus spreads — which is the same way ...

Closed captioning for your telephone

BY JEFFREY L. BAYLIFF During our virus closures and movement restrictions I thought it would be a perfect time to educate our hearing impaired community members and their families about a free service that is available to bring closed captioning to your telephones. Thanks to the Americans ...

What you need to know about your thyroid

Family Features — Michele Adams is quick to say, “I don’t want to throw anyone under the bus,” but it took her being hit by a car for her thyroid disease to finally be diagnosed. Adams has always been an active person, but for a few years, she had felt tired and had a constant ...

Mayo in Mankato adds robots to cleaning crew

By BRIAN AROLA Mankato Free Press, via AP MANKATO, Minn. — Hal and Dee aren’t your typical hospital workers. They do their jobs alone, which is probably good because they’re not much for conversation. They’re stationary, so in between jobs they need assistance to make the ...

A family doctor’s struggles amidst the pandemic

THE CONVERSATION — I am sitting at my kitchen table. To my right is my daughter, 9; to my left, my son, 11. They are drawing, reading, doing work that their teachers have diligently sent electronically. Between quiet stretches and fighting between my kids, I try to keep up with the nonstop, ...

Low pay, stress: Personal care aides on the front lines

By TIM KROHN Mankato Free Press, via AP MANKATO, Minn. — Jon Burris doesn’t like to call the developmentally disabled folks he works with “clients.” “I call them individuals. I don’t want to take away their identity.” Burris has an easy, engaging manner as he talks with ...

UPMC acquires Foot & Ankle Specialty Services

LEWISBURG — UPMC recently acquired Albright Footcare Centers in Lewisburg and Berwick. Founded in 1965, Albright Footcare Centers is family-operated by father and son physicians, John Albright, DPM, and Thomas Albright, DPM. The practice will now be known as UPMC Specialty Care, Albright ...

Dr. Paul L. Klink joins Mount Nittany Physician Group

STATE COLLEGE —Mount Nittany Health has added Paul L. Klink, MD, to Mount Nittany Physician Group Bariatric Medicine. “When it comes to weight management, my philosophy of care involves encouraging grace and self-forgiveness and kindness toward oneself,” says Dr. Klink. “I like to ...

Lauren Hahn joins Mt. Nittany Physician Group

STATE COLLEGE — Lauren Hahn, PA-C, has joined the Mt. Nittany Physician Group hospitalist program. “I strongly believe in caring for each patient emotionally, as well as physically,” says Hahn. “Giving patients the respect they deserve and building a genuine trust between us goes a ...

LHU nursing students gain experience at UPMC

LOCK HAVEN – Nursing students at Lock Haven University now have the option to observe and serve alongside nurses at Haven Place on the campus of UPMC Lock Haven as part of their clinical education rotations. Haven Place joins UPMC Lock Haven as a designated observation site for student nurses ...

How to eat right, bite by bite

By MADELINE WATERS March is National Nutrition Month, a campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to bring awareness to nutrition by encouraging the public to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is “Eat Right, Bite by Bite.” Consider ...

Take a stand against colorectal cancer

WILLIAMSPORT – Join UPMC Health Plan for the March monthly wellness event and learn how prevention, early detection, and treatment against colon cancer can save lives. Attendees can stop by anytime between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 at the UPMC Health Plan Connect Center, Loyal ...

Rethinking rechargeables

By JEFFREY L. BAYLIFF From time to time, I repeat a topic I have written about before. I will soon celebrate being open for business eight years here in Lock Haven and writing a monthly column on hearing health care for just as long. The last time I wrote about rechargeable hearing aid ...

Doctors try first CRISPR editing in the body for blindness

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer Scientists say they have used the gene editing tool CRISPR inside someone's body for the first time, a new frontier for efforts to operate on DNA, the chemical code of life, to treat diseases. A patient recently had it done at the Casey Eye ...

Colonoscopy: The golden standard for cancer screening

By Dr. Puneet Basi 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. If you knew there was a screening test that could ...

Hospital fined $400K over doc’s doses for patients who died

By KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — The hospital system where an intensive care doctor was accused of ordering excessive painkiller doses for dozens of patients who died will be fined $400,000 for violating Ohio pharmacy law under a settlement announced Wednesday. The ...

Dogs, cats can’t pass on coronavirus, but can test positive

HONG KONG (AP) — Pet cats and dogs cannot pass the new coronavirus on to humans, but they can test positive for low levels of the pathogen if they catch it from their owners. That's the conclusion of Hong Kong's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department after a dog in quarantine ...

UPMC’s Spirit of Women encourages women to get Fit & Fab

WILLIAMSPORT —Women from across the region joined UPMC’s Spirit of Women on Saturday, Feb. 22, for a free uplifting morning packed full of fitness, educational workshops, and shopping at Clearstory at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport. “We’re excited so many women in our community ...

Choosing the right care as you age

By ANNE E. HOLLADAY Everyone has a different plan in mind for how they wish to live their life as they age. It’s important to consider your general health, mobility, mental capabilities, and specific activities you may need help with as you grow older, as well as your family’s support. It ...