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The Medical Minute: When working from home equals lack of sleep

UNIVERSITY PARK — For more than half of American workers, home and work now are one and the same. And while the stay-at-home orders that created millions of work-from-home jobs overnight reduced the potential spread of COVID-19, they also brought an unexpected side effect: a change in sleep ...

Prevent a stroke by knowing your risks

UNIVERSITY PARK — Strokes are the fifth most common cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability among survivors. Fortunately, most strokes — more than 80% — are preventable. “It’s all about modifying your risk so you don’t have a stroke in the first ...

Intermittent fasting is one more tool in weight-loss toolbox

DEAR DR. ROACH: My adult son has lost over 100 pounds on an intermittent fasting diet (16 hours fasting per day) and now wants to continue fasting in the morning and just eat a heavier lunch and dinner to maintain his new weight. I am not sure that this kind of long-term fasting is good for his ...

National EMS week more important than ever

This week marks National Emergency Medical Services Week. It’s a yearly observation. But this year, the brave men and women on the front lines, especially first responders, deserve extra recognition. The COVID-19 crisis has changed everything. People have been asked to stay at home and are ...

Paying tribute to fallen heroes

As a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, I understand all too well the importance of paying tribute to fallen heroes — some of whom I knew personally. Their sacrifices help guarantee our way of life today, and their memories live on in the hearts and minds of those who honor them. This year on ...

Mt. Nittany to restructure management and administrative positions

STATE COLLEGE — Mount Nittany Health has announced a restructuring of its management and administrative staff due to the operational and financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Health system officials estimated this will result in the reduction of approximately 50 positions. “We are ...

UPMC nurse donates $10,000 to Sisters of Christian Charity

Sister Geralyn Haggerty, professional staff nurse, UPMC Williamsport, was recently presented with a $10,000 grand prize through the Refer a Friend program at UPMC. Sister Geralyn donated her prize to fund care for her fellow sisters with the Sisters of Christian Charity. “Flabbergasted, ...

Mount Nittany: Services are open and safe for patients

STATE COLLEGE — Getting the care that you need, when you need it, matters. Mount Nittany Health has started to re-open services that were temporarily closed or limited due to direction from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Throughout the re-opening process, the health system is ...

What to expect when you return for care

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many aspects of our lives, including the way we receive health care. People in communities across the nation are forgoing medically necessary care leading to unnecessary suffering and worsening health conditions. It’s normal to feel anxious about returning ...

Blood clots are a silent threat

Stay-at-home orders during this pandemic, have led to many long hours sitting in front of a computer at an unfamiliar desk or your kitchen table as you work from home or homeschool your kids. Then, you retreat to the couch to hide from the news only to binge-watch an entire Netflix series ...

Lock Haven UPMC ER donates to Roads of Peace

LOCK HAVEN — Roads to Peace and Lock Haven UPMC have been working together a lot more since the new SAFE-T program launched. Lock Haven UPMC notified the SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) Team about the SAFE-T program during winter of 2019. Roads to Peace was willing to help anyway they ...

Geisinger salutes nurses during National Nurses Week

As Geisinger President and CEO Dr. Jaewon Ryu and I rounded across the hospital campuses the past few weeks, we were impressed by the skill and compassion of our healthcare teams. Our patients are complex, and you’ve sacrificed yourselves to rise to your calling: taking care of others. I can ...

Two UPMC physicians top ‘Under 40’ list

WILLIAMPSORT—This year’s Pennsylvania Medical Society Top Physicians Under 40 winners come from a diverse range of backgrounds. Included on this year’s list are two UPMC in the Susquehanna region physicians, Rutul Dalal, MD, and Ganga Ranasuriya, MD. Dr. Dalal is the medical director ...

Mount Nittany Health celebrates National Nurses Week

STATE COLLEGE — Mount Nittany Health is proud to salute its nurses during this National Nurses Day and National Nurses Week. National Nurses Week begins each year with Nurses Day on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. “During this National Nurses Week, I would ...

Some more feedback on…feedback!

I last wrote about feedback in October of 2015. There have been some significant changes in technology. We all have memories of the sound of a hearing aid squeaking loudly in church. Many times the actual feedback tone was at a frequency the person wearing the hearing aidcould not hear. ...

Blood test helped detect cancer before symptoms, study finds

For the first time, a blood test has been shown to help detect many types of cancer in a study of thousands of people with no history or symptoms of the disease. The test is still experimental. Even its fans say it needs to be improved and that Tuesday’s results are not ideal. Yet they show ...

What’s the reason for the flu season?

DEAR DR. ROACH: Why is there a flu season instead of it being a year-round health challenge? And why do flu strains originate in Southeast Asia instead of, say, Poughkeepsie, New York? — M.S. ANSWER: Why there is a flu season is a bit of a mystery. Scientists used to think it was due to ...

Is it possible to suddenly develop allergies?

For those who suffer from seasonal allergies, you know that this time of year can be a challenge. Flowers, trees, and grasses are in bloom and growing which means pollen and other allergens are in the air. In the U.S., an estimated 18 million adults have hay fever or allergic rhinitis, ...

Nurse Jenny from New Zealand recounts treating Boris Johnson

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Nurse Jenny from New Zealand says that helping save somebody as notable as Boris Johnson in his battle with the coronavirus didn't faze her thanks to her years of dealing with stressful situations in intensive care wards. Jenny McGee was one of two National ...

UPMC program provides window into family health

WILLIAMPSORT — Beginning in May, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport, partnering with the Cancer Genetics team at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh, will offer virtual risk assessments, genetic counseling, education, and genetic testing to patients with a referral based on ...