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The science of soft consonants

I am returning to a topic I wrote about five years ago. We make sounds in different ways and those sounds, primarily, vowels, hard consonants, and soft consonants are formed and come out of our throats and mouths with different frequency and force. The soft consonants are particularly important ...

Tips to avoid caregiver burnout

Caring for a loved one that needs extra support can be mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting. The stress of having to manage someone else’s life or the excessive compassion you may feel for your loved can turn into caregiver burnout. The truth is, you cannot — and should not — ...

UPMC Williamsport receives Stroke Care Quality Achievement Award

WILLIAMSPORT — UPMC Williamsport has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate ...

DOH provides alternative distribution of potassium iodide tablets

HARRISBURG — Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced that in lieu of in-person free potassium iodide, or KI, tablet distribution the department has provided in previous years, the tablets are available to all Pennsylvanians who live or work within 10 miles of the state’s five ...

Depression may complicate recovery from peripheral artery disease

People with a vascular condition that commonly affects arteries in the legs could have a tougher road to recovery if they also have depression, according to a new study. The research, focusing on 1,243 people in the U.S., the Netherlands and Australia treated for peripheral artery disease, or ...

Suicide and social distancing

METRO — Suicide is a significant issue across the globe. According to SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), nearly 800,000 people die by suicide across the globe each year, and suicide is the second leading cause of death in the world for people between the ages of 15 and ...

Back to school: Tips for helping children wear masks

We’re in the full swing of summer, which believe it or not means the new school year is now just around the corner. Though the course of the virus could alter plans, right now many schools plan to reopen with at least some in person operations. To help keep our community safe, it’s ...

Managing Stress and Anxiety: When is it too much?

It seems like everywhere we turn we’re being inundated by all that’s going on in the world. The global pandemic, social unrest, and life in general may be causing you stress and feelings of anxiety. Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought ...

New urologist joins UPMC team

WILLIAMSPORT — David Kurz, MD, urologist, has joined the Urology Services team in Williamsport. Dr. Kurz received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, and completed his residency in urology with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ...

Heart risks of marijuana use need more research

Marijuana use could hurt the heart and blood vessels, according to a report that found no cardiovascular benefits to cannabis use and called for more research of the drug that is growing in popularity. Cannabis studies have been limited because it is listed as a Schedule 1 controlled ...

Partner support essential for breastfeeding moms

WILLIAMSPORT — Congratulations, on welcoming your bundle of joy into your family. The pride, joy, and delight you feel is likely mixed with fear and nervousness. After all, your new role as parents will last for decades to come. Breastfeeding is often thought of as a gift between mother and ...

Pool safety and drowning prevention tips

With summer in full swing, families are heading to the pool to stay cool and entertain the kids. Ensuring the safety of children at the pool is a huge responsibility. It only takes seconds for a child to drown. With drowning as the leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 1 ...

Psychiatric CRNP serving Williamsport and Mill Hall

Community Services Group (CSG) has announced that Lillian Rivers, CRNP is joining the Williamsport and Mill Hall Outpatient programs as a Psychiatric CRNP providing medication management services to individuals ranging from school age children to older adults. “We are thrilled to welcome ...

Scientists get closer to blood test for Alzheimer’s disease

An experimental blood test was highly accurate at distinguishing people with Alzheimer’s disease from those without it in several studies, boosting hopes that there soon may be a simple way to help diagnose this most common form of dementia. Developing such a test has been a long-sought ...

Six tips for sun safety for kids

Over the last few months our families have spent a lot time at home and indoors, and we are ready to spend quality time outside. Before we send our kids out to play and enjoy summer, we need to be careful to protect their skin from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. The Skin Cancer ...

Geisinger tops in hip and knee replacement

DANVILLE — Geisinger Medical Center has been designated a Center of Excellence (COE) for hip and knee replacement surgeries in the Employers Centers of Excellence Network (ECEN) by Health Design Plus, a national leader in the creation and management of employer-sponsored health plan offerings ...

Bingeing on doom: expert on the ‘Black Death’ attracts cult following

Before COVID-19, Purdue University English professor Dorsey Armstrong was well known in a way that only other enthusiasts of medieval literature and culture might appreciate. That is to say, she once got a discount on a replica of an Anglo-Saxon drinking horn — made from an actual cattle ...

Did you know?

METRO — Basements may not be go-to hangouts during spring, summer and fall, when many homeowners spend more time on their patios and decks enjoying the great outdoors. But as winter approaches and the great outdoors becomes less welcoming, basements once again become popular places to relax ...

Deep South doctor disagrees with statin recommendation

By KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: As a family physician, I must differ with you on your advice to the 71-year-old lady whose doctor wanted to start her on a statin. Using a Mesa score and her desire not to take any medicine, you advised her to decline the statin. I am able to obtain ...

Allyson White receives scholarship award

Allyson White, center, received the UPMC 2020 LH Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Award of $1,200. With her are co-chairs, Myla Magent, left, and JoAnn Marcinkevage. Allyson is the daughter of Jason and Melissa White of Woolrich. She is a 2020 graduate of Central Mountain High School and plans ...