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Beta blockers work with other hyperthyroidism meds

By KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 80 years old. Two years ago, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I am taking methimazole 10 milligrams, two tabs daily. Whenever the endocrinologist reduces the tablets to once daily, my TSH remains low. I am also taking metoprolol. I read on my ...

Active pescatarian is troubled by a high lipoprotein(a) level

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 56-year-old-female with very high lipoprotein(a) and am wondering if I should be as concerned about it as I am. I became aware of it in 2018) after I was tested as part of an executive-type physical. After almost two years of looking for a doctor to take my concern ...

Tips to enjoy summer celebrations safely

Summer is here and you’ve probably got plenty of celebrations, barbecues, road trips, and family fun planned. Don’t let a preventable injury get in the way of enjoying all the season has to offer, consider the following tips to help stay injury-free and out of the emergency room. ENJOY ...

UPMC welcomes new orthopaedic trauma surgeon

WILLIAMSPORT — UPMC welcomes Rena Stewart, MD, orthopaedic trauma surgeon to the Musculoskeletal Services team in the Susquehanna region. Dr. Stewart received her medical degree from University of Calgary, Alberta. She completed her residency in orthopaedic surgery at University of ...

Achilles problems common in weekend warriors

Summer is here, which means it’s a great time to increase our activity levels and truly enjoy all that the warm weather has to offer. Whether you are heading out for a walk, hike, or other activity, it’s important to consider a gradual approach when transitioning from the winter couch ...

Mizzou to test dog bone cancer therapy on human brain cancer

ST. LOUIS — Veterinary researchers at Mizzou have had such success with a new immunotherapy approach for bone cancer treatment in dogs, the results have now helped secure FDA approval to test the method on human brain cancer patients. In collaboration with the biotech company ELIAS Animal ...

Heart failure after viral infection provokes sudden life changes

By KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My son-in-law had Guillain-Barre as a child, and is now 39 and a new father. He has an executive job with nothing strenuous. He cannot get the flu shot and consequently got the flu. He has been diagnosed with an infection around the heart and was ...

Space for pediatric emergency services opens at Geisinger

DANVILLE— Young patients will have a more positive experience in Geisinger Medical Center’s newly created child-friendly zone for pediatric emergencies. In alignment with the Geisinger values of compassion and kindness, the space is designed to calm and ease the minds of both children and ...

Geisinger president among 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives

DANVILLE — Geisinger President and CEO Jaewon Ryu, M.D., has been named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives. This is the second straight year Dr. Ryu has made the annual list. Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives listing ...

New orthopaedic surgeon joins UPMC

WILLIAMSPORT— UPMC welcomes Kyle Hubler, DO, orthopaedic surgeon specializing in total hip and knee replacements, to the Musculoskeletal Services team in the Susquehanna region. Dr. Hubler received his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia. He ...

Diabetes diagnosis soon followed by heart failure could boost death risk

For people with newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes, heart failure posed the greatest five-year risk of death, more than any other heart or kidney disease, according to new research. The study, published Tuesday in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and ...

Heart attack: time is muscle

Although hospitals are seeing fewer heart attack patients, that doesn’t mean heart attacks are on the decline. More concerning is that recent statistics suggest people aren’t calling 911, or they are delaying or avoiding critical care, which is not only dangerous, but possibly deadly. Heart ...

US coronavirus outbreaks spur debate over personal freedoms

PHOENIX (AP) — When the coronavirus flared in China this week, the country canceled flights, suspended reopenings and described the situation as “extremely grave.” With cases still rising in some U.S. states, local officials have balked at requiring people to wear masks. In the United ...

Lights on: Geisinger extends hours

DANVILLE — Geisinger continues its phased reopening of services and procedures across Pennsylvania with more clinics reopening and extending hours of operation. For our patients’ and members’ convenience, Geisinger is extending hours at some clinics and performing select surgeries on ...

Tips to keep your children safe this summer

As the temperatures climb and the sun is shining, outdoor activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity and health benefits needed for a healthy life. Whether it’s swimming, hiking, biking, or just going to the playground, your children want to be on the move as the weather warms ...

What to expect when seeking medical care now

As outpatient centers, clinics and practices gradually resume seeing patients, they look a bit different in response to COVID-19. In addition to keeping patients and staff safe, these changes are also helping make health care more convenient and accessible. If you haven’t visited a doctor’s ...

Cancer survivorship: What’s next?

Early detection, advances in treatment, and innovative new technology all contribute to the continual rise cancer survivorship rates in the U.S. The American Cancer Society estimates 16.9 million individuals with a history of cancer were alive on Jan. 1, 2019, in the U.S., and it is estimated ...

Geisinger continues phased reopening of clinics, services

JERSEY SHORE — With safety at the forefront, Geisinger is continuing a phased reopening of doctors’ offices and specialty clinics throughout Pennsylvania. Over the next few weeks, Geisinger services that were consolidated or relocated to other locations due to the COVID-19 pandemic will ...

Going to the ER during COVID-19

Throughout the pandemic, Geisinger’s emergency rooms, including at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital, have remained open to care for our communities. Sometimes, no matter how careful we are, emergencies happen. And that means you need to make a trip to the ER — even during a pandemic. From ...

Hearing loss does not have to be your new normal

With the opening of our county to a green status we are hearing from Harrisburg that some of the changes we have experienced will become our “new normal” in social and commercial interactions for the foreseeable future. We have heard that phrase so much in the last three months that it ...