Health

Reader looking for alternative to prescription antidepressant

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I suffer from depression. It comes and goes, but I’ve been feeling sad, worried and angry at the world, as well as irritable, for the past four months or so. I force myself to function. My family doctor prescribed Effexor. He prescribed a 37.5 mg dose ...

UPMC Susquehanna and Pennsylvania Department of Health Celebrate EMS Week

WILLIAMSPORT— “I’m here today because of you,” said Keith McCabe of Williamsport as he addressed a crowd of emergency medical services professionals and community members as a special guest at an EMS Week celebration held at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center. UPMC ...

UPMC Susquehanna nurses recognized at annual awards banquet

WILLIAMSPORT— “As nurses, the work you do for our community and health system is deeply appreciated. You are the unsung heroes of health care, serving our patients at the bedside and out in our community every day,” said Lori Beucler, vice president and chief nursing officer at UPMC ...

The role of occupational therapy in recovering from a stroke

Stroke is the number one cause of adult disability in the U.S. and the fourth leading cause of death in Pennsylvania. If you have had a stroke, occupational therapy has more than likely been a critical aspect of your recovery. After a stroke, everyday activities can prove to be challenging. ...

Hydrogen peroxide is too harsh for at-home use in ears

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you said that using peroxide in the ear is a bad home remedy. Would you please expand on this subject? My children grew up with me using peroxide to clean excessive wax from their ears, and they now use the same remedy on my ...

TAKE STEPS TO RECOVERY

Editor’s note: Groups listed below focus on recovery from addiction, and the meetings are open to the general public, unless otherwise indicated. Al-Anon is for friends and family members of addicts, and Romans 12:2 is for people battling addiction and their families. — — — ...

FINDING SUPPORT

HEALTH ∫ Alzheimer’s and Caregivers Support Group — 7 p.m. June 11 (second Tuesday of the month), Conference Room B of Susque-View Home. Information: Fran Decker at 748-4302. ∫ Parkinson’s Support Group — Open to everyone interested in learning about the disease, 3 p.m. June 12 ...

Having your appendix removed-why and how?

When someone mentions their appendix, they are usually talking about having it removed. Most people are only aware of their appendix when it becomes inflamed and infected, requiring a general surgeon to remove it, also known as an appendectomy. Why would I need my appendix removed Your ...

Emotions and stroke

A stroke impacts the brain, and the brain controls our behavior and emotions. After a stroke, survivors often experience emotional and behavioral changes. Emotional and behavioral changes are a common effect of stroke. Not only can a stroke impact one’s mood and outlook, but the area of the ...

Geisinger offers free skin cancer screenings in LH

LOCK HAVEN — Geisinger is offering free skin cancer screenings on Tuesday, May 21, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Geisinger Lock Haven, 955 Bellefonte Ave., Lock Haven. More than 3 million Americans develop skin cancer each year, and early detection can greatly improve outcomes. Geisinger ...

5 states announce new suits over prescription opioids

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press CHARLESTON, West Virginia — Five state attorneys general announced lawsuits Thursday seeking to hold the drug industry responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that has become the biggest cause of accidental deaths across the ...

‘Zombie cells’ buildup in your body may play role in aging

By MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer NEW YORK — Call them zombie cells — they refuse to die. As they build up in your body, studies suggest, they promote aging and the conditions that come with it like osteoporosis and Alzheimer's disease. Researchers are studying drugs that can kill ...

Obesity surgery benefits may be bigger for teens than adults

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer Teens who have obesity surgery lose as much weight as those who have the operation as adults and are more likely to have other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure go away, a study finds. The results suggest there's a ...

To your good health: Constant UTIs are affecting antibiotic effectiveness

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a paraplegic due to a spinal cord injury back in 1979. I battle one UTI after another, and I am becoming immune to most antibiotics. Why the constant infections? My urologist just ordered a CT scan but seems uninterested in me as a patient. I am sick ...

All roles in a medical setting contribute to patient care

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently read in a magazine that it would be better to contact a registered nurse over a physician assistant for medical questions. I was surprised. Just what is the hierarchy below a doctor? How about a nurse practitioner? — P.H. ANSWER: I don’t ...

There are many options for prostate treatment

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR ROACH: I am a 79-year-old male who has been on tamsulosin for years, but it is not helping much. A recent CT scan showed my prostate at 6.2 cm transverse measurement. My urologist suggests taking Avodart to shrink it. However, I have read that this drug, along ...

To Your Good Health: Fatty liver is increasingly common health problem

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 77-year-old woman. I am 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weigh 107 pounds. I take no medication. When I went to the doctor last week, he found that my alkaline phosphatase was 176, my ALT 10, and my AST 11. He told me I had fatty liver and to get a scan, ...

Learning to communicate about pain is essential in treating it

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: What is the difference between chronic pain and acute pain? How can I best describe my chronic pain when it is variable in intensity but negatively impacts so much of my life and my activities? Are there things my doctor should consider or suggest in my ...

To Your Good Health: Any new treatments for essential tremor?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: About five years ago, I came down with essential tremor. I have tried many medicines. Currently, I’m taking propranolol and primidone, but nothing seems to help. The only thing that stops the shaking is a glass of wine. I have inquired about a laser ...