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Suicide prevention awareness and what you can do to help

Because depression affects one in five people at some point in their lives, chances are you know someone who is currently living with the illness, or you will know someone in the future. In fact, according to the 2019 Centre County Community Health Needs Assessment, Centre County adults report ...

Can vaping make you sick?

Although electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, have been available in the U.S. market since 2007, use of them has exploded in recent years, even as traditional cigarette use decreased - especially in the youth population. Good Intentions Electronic cigarettes, or electronic ...

Geisinger, IBM create predictive technology to flag sepsis risk

DANVILLE— Geisinger and the IBM Data Science Elite team have broken new ground in detecting sepsis risk by creating a sophisticated predictive model using data from the integrated health system’s electronic health record. The body’s response to an infection can cause sepsis, a ...

Hearing aid tidbits and random topics

This month marks my seventh year of writing a monthly hearing health educational articles for The Express. I am always thinking of possible topics to help readers understand their hearing issues and the hearing aid industry. This month I am doing a “tidbits” article about ideas that ...

New ENT specialist joins UPMC Susquehanna

WILLIAMSPORT – UPMC Susquehanna has added Kathryn Morton, MD, to Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) to its staff. Dr. Morton earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md., and completed a residency in otolaryngology at Icahn School of Medicine at ...

New pediatrician at UPMC Susquehanna

WILLIAMSPORT – Olufunke Oladejo, MD, MPH, has joined the pediatrics team at UPMC Susquehanna. Dr. Oladejo earned her medical degree from University of Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria, and her Master of Public Health from Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, Mass. She completed ...

Geisinger names executive vice president

DANVILLE— J. Edward Hartle, M.D., United States Air Force veteran and 20-plus-year Geisinger physician, has been named Geisinger’s executive vice president and chief medical officer, effective Sept. 1. “This is an exciting time at Geisinger, where we’re rethinking healthcare models to ...

Avoiding a fall this Fall

When you’re younger, falling may be nothing more than a bit embarrassing. However, as we get older it can be startling, upsetting, and life changing. Falls are a serious health issue among seniors, and unfortunately, falls are a common occurrence. According to the National Council on Aging, ...

Dr. Morgan Rogers joins UPMC Susquehanna

WILLIAMSPORT — Morgan Rogers, MD, has joined the primary care team at UPMC Susquehanna. Dr. Rogers earned her medical degree from The Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, and completed her residency in family medicine at Williamsport Family Medicine Residency, ...

Surgical technology graduates achieve 100% board pass rate

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Every August 2019 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s surgical technology major has conquered yet another educational milestone: passing the Certified Surgical Technologist examination on the first attempt. Surgical technologists are an integral part of ...

Michigan moves to be first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer moved Wednesday to make her state the first to ban flavored electronic cigarettes, accusing companies of using candy flavors and deceptive advertising to "hook children on nicotine." The Democrat ordered ...

Poorer counties have higher heart failure death rates

By American Heart Association News Americans who live in counties with high poverty rates are more likely to die from heart failure compared to people living in more affluent areas, new research says. The prevalence of diabetes and obesity largely explained the link, said the researchers, ...

Helping fund cost of opioid crisis on state government

By Penn State Health HERSHEY — The societal costs of the opioid epidemic are explored in a special supplement featuring the work of Penn State researchers. Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute helped fund the production of this supplement in The American Journal of ...

Faith factors into healthcare needs

By Penn State Health HERSHEY — From medical decisions and surgical recovery to coping with stress and end-of-life issues, a patient’s faith — or lack thereof — affects nearly every part of a medical journey. Providers are trained to be experts in their science, but when it comes to ...

Leslie Finton joins Mt. Nittany as oncology patient navigator

By LESLIE FINTON STATE COLLEGE —Leslie Finton has been named as an oncology patient navigator with Mount Nittany Medical Center. Finton began with the health system four years ago when she joined Mount Nittany Health Foundation as its coordinator. Finton earned her bachelor’s degree from ...

The other drug problem: medication safety

By ALEX JOHNSON You probably understand the importance of taking your medications correctly, but you may not be as familiar with how improperly storing and disposing your medications could be creating another problem. Although your medications keep you healthy and feeling better, they can ...

Mt. Nittany cardiovascular rehabilitation program certified

STATE COLLEGE — Mount Nittany Health’s cardiovascular rehabilitation program has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification is recognition of the health system’s commitment to improving the quality of life of ...

Geisinger to offer new paid leave benefit to employees

DANVILLE— Geisinger today announced a new paid leave benefit that gives employees greater flexibility in balancing their careers with family needs. The new offering, which takes effect Sept. 1, will provide employees with up to two weeks of paid parental leave. The paid parental leave - a ...

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 ...

Don’t wait to follow up on eye doctor recommendations

By Penn State Health HERSHEY — Dr. Amanda Ely, an ophthalmologist at Penn State Health Eye Center, said it’s important that parents follow up with any recommendations from those appointments so problems don’t go undiagnosed or untreated. “The eyes are very important and they are ...