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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 ...

Hillman Cancer Center welcomes new oncologist

WILLIAMSPORT — UPMC Hillman Cancer Center welcomes Saul Arber, MD, radiation oncologist, to the provider team in Williamsport. “A cancer diagnosis is life altering as it not only affects the patient, but also their family and loved ones,” said Dr. Arber. “When diagnosed, patients have ...

Keeping your brain sharp isn’t about working more puzzles

Mental decline is one of the most feared aspects of growing older. People will do just about anything to prevent it, from swallowing supplements touted as memory boosters to spending hours solving Sudoku and crossword puzzles. But do these things really keep the aging brain sharp? The short ...

Coronavirus spurs students to seek public health degrees

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — When COVID-19 hit, Jakira Lewis put her academics into practice. A second-year student at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health, Lewis dove into working as a case investigator and contact tracer. “It was really exciting at first getting that ...

New studies clarify which genes may raise breast cancer risk

Two large studies give a much sharper picture of which inherited mutations raise the risk of breast cancer for women without a family history of the disease, and how common these flawed genes are in the general population. Doctors say the results published Wednesday by the New England Journal ...

The mind-gut connection

We’ve all been there. That uneasy feeling you get deep in the pit of your stomach. Stress and anxiety may be to blame for this feeling you can’t explain. It’s a what is referred to as the mind-gut connection and it may affect your physical and mental health. BEHIND THE CONNECTION ...

Winter workouts: Staying fit during the pandemic

The pandemic adds another layer to the challenge to keep fit. Many of us have relied on gym memberships to stay active, but fitness centers have been closed or operating at limited capacity. On top of that, many of us might not feel comfortable working out in a gym during the pandemic. While ...

Make managing eczema easier

Family Features — More than 30 million Americans, including nearly 10 million children, have eczema, the umbrella term for a group of noncontagious, inflammatory and painful skin conditions marked by an itchy, rash-like appearance. Because one of the most challenging aspects of eczema can be ...

Smoking boosts risk for rare, often fatal, bleeding stroke

People who smoke, especially those genetically predisposed to doing so, are at much higher risk for a rare but often fatal type of bleeding stroke, new research shows. And the more you smoke, the higher the risk. The study, published Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, ...