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Health

New details emerge on drug that may slow Alzheimer’s disease

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer SAN DIEGO — A company that claims to have the first drug to slow mental decline from Alzheimer's disease made its case to scientists Thursday, disclosing more results that may help explain why one study of the experimental medicine succeeded ...

Tufts University severs ties with family behind OxyContin

By COLLIN BINKLEY AP Education Writer BOSTON — Tufts University is cutting ties with the billionaire family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, saying it will strip the Sackler name from its campus and accept no further donations amid concerns over the family's role in the opioid ...

Heart transplant patient dies after Chicago hospital wedding

CHICAGO (AP) — A 23-year-old Chicago man who received two heart transplants as a teenager died in hospice care, days after he married his high school sweetheart, his new bride said. Javier Rodriguez was diagnosed in seventh grade with dilated cardiomyopathy, a genetic disease that ...

Once-a-month birth control pill? Experiment works in animals

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON — Birth control pills work great if women remember to take them every day but missing doses can mean a surprise pregnancy. Now scientists have figured out how to pack a month’s supply into one capsule. The trick: A tiny star-shaped ...

Vaccine group announces creation of Ebola vaccine stockpile

By MARIA CHENG Associated Press LONDON — The vaccine alliance GAVI announced Thursday it would invest $178 million to create a global stockpile of about 500,000 Ebola vaccines, a decision that health officials say could help prevent future outbreaks from spiraling out of control. The ...

Minnesota sues e-cigarette maker Juul over youth vaping rise

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison sued Juul Labs on Wednesday, accusing the e-cigarette maker of unlawfully targeting young people with its products to get a new generation addicted to nicotine. The lawsuit filed in Hennepin ...

Water restriction is the key to treating too-low salt levels

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: A few years ago, while skiing in Utah, I became violently ill and could barely walk. I called 9-1-1 and was taken to the hospital, where I was diagnosed with hyponatremia. It took a week in the hospital to recover. My internist eventually prescribed 1 gram ...

Easy to be green: The pawpaw fruit

By Quentin Stocum There is an old folk song that begins, “Where, oh where is pretty little Susie?” Well, she is found way down yonder in the pawpaw patch filling her pockets with pawpaws. Pawpaws? What are they and why is she intent on filling her pockets? Pawpaw is a native fruit, found ...

Finding Support

HEALTH - Alzheimer’s and Caregivers Support Group — 7 p.m. Dec. 10 (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. Dec. 11 ...

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. — — — ...

Senior Center Menu

Bread available daily Monday — Breaded fish sandwich, sandwich roll, macaroni and cheese, glazed carrots, fresh orange Tuesday — Alpine hamburger with hamburger roll, molasses baked beans, cheesy cauliflower, vanilla pudding with peaches Wednesday — Cajun chicken and rice, stewed ...

Andrea Reed named Rural Health Hero of the Year

MUNCY — The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) recently recognized Andrea Reed, director of nursing, UPMC Susquehanna Muncy, with the 2019 Rural Health Hero of the Year Award. The award was presented during Pennsylvania Rural Health Week, Nov. 18-22, by Lisa Davis, director of ...

Tips for a Heart-Healthy Holiday

By Michael Desiderio We’re getting into the heart of the holiday season, a time packed full of gift-giving, shopping extravaganzas, parties, and activities galore. While this season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it can also be one of the most stressful times, putting added ...

Firefighter’s lesson saved two lives before his own death

By MICHAEL K. McINTYRE The Plain Dealer via AP CLEVELAND — Nine-year-old Troy Cavadas was in the burn unit of MetroHealth Medical Center, sitting next to the bed where his father, Jed, lay, when Columbia Township firefighters paid a visit. They called Troy a hero. Troy is a hero. His ...

Goal-setting for diabetics: What is a ‘normal’ glucose level?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: All my friends who are hypertensive have been able to bring their blood pressure to 120/80 or less. However, I have diabetic friends who are taking several diabetic drugs but none has been able to bring the fasting glucose levels to the ideal amount, ...

Salt substitute is a tricky replacement for potassium pills

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 91-year-old man with swollen legs. I take 20 mg of furosemide and 20 mEq of Klor-Con daily. I understand that the Klor-Con is to replace the potassium loss caused by the former. I also understand that I should reduce my salt intake to the lowest ...

Let’s talk turkey

By EMILY LHAMON It’s time again to bust out the cranberries and stretchy pants – Turkey Day is right around the corner! Thanksgivings of old relied on a bountiful fall harvest of grain and game. For most American families today, a turkey is the centerpiece of the meal along with new ...

Finding Support

HEALTH ∫ Alzheimer’s and Caregivers Support Group — 7 p.m. Dec. 1 (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. Nov. 13 ...

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. — — — ...