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Holiday dinners and COVID-19: Is it safe to gather?

We’ve faced down a lot of challenges this year, to say the least. And now, as COVID-19 cases are spiking across the nation and world, we’re coming up on a new hurdle: How to approach family gatherings this holiday season. Should you gather with friends and family like usual? Limit the ...

COVID-19 stress isn’t taking a break for the holidays

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It’s a tradition for Nancy Haner Grantz to host a large crowd of family and friends for Thanksgiving dinner. The Louisville native opened her home to about 25 guests in 2019 to celebrate the holiday with turkey, stuffing and plenty of pie. This year, she’s limiting the ...

What to know about fall and winter allergies

While allergies are often associated with warmer weather and high pollen counts, they can be just as bothersome in the fall and winter. Allergens like mold, dust mites and animal dander are the typical cause of allergy symptoms that occur during fall and winter months. What are ...

Surgical oncologist joins UPMC Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT — UPMC Williamsport announces that James Pingpank, Jr., MD, FACS, has joined staff at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. Dr. Pingpank specializes in the surgical treatment of patients with primary and metastatic gastrointestinal cancer, including advanced malignancies of the liver ...

Traumatic brain injury, PTSD boost heart attack risk in veterans

The risk of heart attack is significantly higher in people with PTSD or traumatic brain injury, a new study of U.S. veterans shows. Past studies have found post-traumatic stress disorder is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Veterans have disproportionately high rates for PTSD as ...

Mouthwashes, oral rinses may inactivate human coronaviruses

Certain oral antiseptics and mouthwashes may have the ability to inactivate human coronaviruses, according to a Penn State College of Medicine research study. The results indicate that some of these products might be useful for reducing the viral load, or amount of virus, in the mouth after ...

Virtual gatherings may be best way to celebrate holidays together

HERSHEY — Dr. Glenn Buchberger is giving his patients sobering advice these days. “Unfortunately, I do not have many happy answers this year to questions about staying healthy at the holidays,” said Buchberger, an internist and pediatrician at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical ...

UPMC Physical Therapist: Keep your bones fit

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps. Osteoporosis is very common, affecting one out of every two women and one ...

More US patients to have easy, free access to doctor’s notes

More U.S. patients will soon have free, electronic access to the notes their doctors write about them under a new federal requirement for transparency. Many health systems are opening up records Monday, the original deadline. At the last minute, federal health officials week gave an extension ...

New doctor joins Primary Care team

WILLIAMSPORT — Dr. Ingrid Ockenhouse has joined the Primary Care team at UPMC Williamsport. Dr. Ockenhouse received her medical degree at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where she also completed her internship and residency in internal medicine. She has over 34 years of ...

New cardiologist on board at UPMC

WILLIAMSPORT — Dr. Renee Muchnik, a cardiologist, has been added to the Heart & Vascular team in Williamsport. Dr. Muchnik received her medical degree at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, ...

Coming abortion fight could threaten birth control, too

Abortion opponents were among those most excited by the addition of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. And they had good reason to be. As a law professor and circuit court judge, Barrett made it clear she is no fan of abortion rights. She is considered likely to vote not only to ...

Measure for $5.5 billion in stem cell funding leads narrowly

A proposition that would keep alive California’s first-of-its-kind stem cell research program with a $5.5 billion infusion of borrowed money had a narrow lead. With about 11 million votes counted, approval for Proposition 14 was ahead 51% to 49% late Tuesday night. If the proposition ...

Safety steps for spooky fun

FAMILY FEATURES —Traditional family activities like trick-or-treating create fun moments and memories, but the effects of COVID-19 on this Halloween will bring about change for the spooky excitement. You can still ensure a special night for your little ones and all the ghouls, goblins and ...

ABCs of safe sleep

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) awareness month. More than 3,500 infants die each year in the United States from sleep-related deaths. In Pennsylvania that means 80 babies die each year, that’s four kindergarten classes that will never be. These deaths include sudden ...

Nursing faculty member receives Patient Advocate Award

WILLIAMSPORT— Donnamarie Lovestrand, assistant professor of nursing at Pennsylvania College of Technology, received the Pennsylvania Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses’ 2020 Patient Advocate Award. The award was presented during the association’s Annual Education Conference, held ...

Cancer Center plans ‘Shine a Light on Lung Cancer’

WILLIAMSPORT — UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport will host a virtual “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer” event Monday, Nov. 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. This special event is free and provides community members with the opportunity to give hope, inspiration, and support to those battling lung ...

Flu vaccine, blood donation both help save lives

The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients as the U.S. braces for flu season while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, medical experts are urging people to get the flu shot to avoid a flu ...

Important COVID-19 information for blood donors

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful ...

Blood donation opportunities in the area

LOCK HAVEN — Blood donations will be held at the following times and locations. CLINTON COUNTY — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Masonic Temple, 150 E. Main St., Lock Haven. — Noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 27,at Best Western, 101 E. Walnut St., Lock Haven. — 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 28, ...