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Health

When are antibiotics safe for children?

Antibiotics are a weapon to fight disease through targeting the bacteria that can cause illness. However, overuse of antibiotics can cause bacteria to develop a resistance to antibiotic treatment, which allow bacteria to continue to grow and make them difficult to kill. According to the Centers ...

River Valley Regional YMCA urges return to routines in 2021

WILLIAMSPORT — A New Year is always filled with the promise of positive change and promises to oneself, and following the events of 2020, there is even more anticipation and hope for what 2021 will bring. River Valley Regional YMCA has facilities in Williamsport and Jersey Shore. “As ...

Hillman Cancer Center welcomes new oncologist

WILLIAMSPORT — UPMC Hillman Cancer Center welcomes Saul Arber, MD, radiation oncologist, to the provider team in Williamsport. “A cancer diagnosis is life altering as it not only affects the patient, but also their family and loved ones,” said Dr. Arber. “When diagnosed, patients have ...

Keeping your brain sharp isn’t about working more puzzles

Mental decline is one of the most feared aspects of growing older. People will do just about anything to prevent it, from swallowing supplements touted as memory boosters to spending hours solving Sudoku and crossword puzzles. But do these things really keep the aging brain sharp? The short ...

Coronavirus spurs students to seek public health degrees

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — When COVID-19 hit, Jakira Lewis put her academics into practice. A second-year student at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health, Lewis dove into working as a case investigator and contact tracer. “It was really exciting at first getting that ...

New studies clarify which genes may raise breast cancer risk

Two large studies give a much sharper picture of which inherited mutations raise the risk of breast cancer for women without a family history of the disease, and how common these flawed genes are in the general population. Doctors say the results published Wednesday by the New England Journal ...

The mind-gut connection

We’ve all been there. That uneasy feeling you get deep in the pit of your stomach. Stress and anxiety may be to blame for this feeling you can’t explain. It’s a what is referred to as the mind-gut connection and it may affect your physical and mental health. BEHIND THE CONNECTION ...

Winter workouts: Staying fit during the pandemic

The pandemic adds another layer to the challenge to keep fit. Many of us have relied on gym memberships to stay active, but fitness centers have been closed or operating at limited capacity. On top of that, many of us might not feel comfortable working out in a gym during the pandemic. While ...

Make managing eczema easier

Family Features — More than 30 million Americans, including nearly 10 million children, have eczema, the umbrella term for a group of noncontagious, inflammatory and painful skin conditions marked by an itchy, rash-like appearance. Because one of the most challenging aspects of eczema can be ...

Smoking boosts risk for rare, often fatal, bleeding stroke

People who smoke, especially those genetically predisposed to doing so, are at much higher risk for a rare but often fatal type of bleeding stroke, new research shows. And the more you smoke, the higher the risk. The study, published Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, ...

UPMC physician toasts to your health in 2021

Many of us started 2020 with resolutions and looking forward to the year ahead. Well, we all know 2020 just wasn’t what we thought it would be. After a year of uncertainty and stress, it is time to focus on the positives and plan for a healthy and happy you in 2021. As we kick off the New ...

Leading risk factors for COVID-19 hospitalization studied

DANVILLE — Geisinger professionals took it upon themselves to gather a group of professors and researchers to study what the highest risks for COVID-19 hospitalization are during the first wave starting in March and studying through May. What they found to be true is that kidney disease, ...

Channels, what’s the big deal?

If you’re researching hearing aids for the first time, you’ve probably come across terms that describe hearing aids which you aren’t familiar with. While many of these terms are proprietary or exclusive to each individual manufacturer and named very differently, some of the generic terms ...

GMC offers autism virtual training program

DANVILLE— Geisinger’s Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI), in partnership with the Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence (ACCE), is offering an online training program for professionals — and family members — who care for people with autism spectrum disorder. The ...

Students encourage residents to test their homes for radon

Harrisburg — Three students who won a poster contest are helping the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Department of Health encourage Pennsylvanians to test their home for radon in January, National Radon Action Month. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that enters ...

COVID-19: How to be safe when living with others

It’s nice to have some company during the pandemic, whether you’re living in an apartment or splitting your time between households — but make sure to do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19. If your housemates aren’t being safe or if someone you live with is diagnosed with ...

Improve your mental health with better sleep

FAMILY FEATURE — For some, the holidays may be the happiest season of all, but for others the hectic pace and endless to-do lists can take a real toll on their mental health. This year, the impact is heightened by a global health pandemic. According to a survey from Mattress Firm, more ...

UPMC Williamsport professional and daughter urge readers to wear masks

WILLIAMSPORT — “I think everyone has to realize COVID doesn’t select who it is going to affect,” Dr. Susan Branton, UPMC Williamsport medical staff president and UPMC Susquehanna Breast Health Center medical director, said. “It can affect anyone across the board. It is important to ...

Geisinger president and CEO: ‘We are not out of the woods yet’

DANVILLE — Geisinger healthcare facilities have vaccinated approximately 400 of their employees with the goal of reaching 2,100 employees vaccinated by the end of Sunday according to Dr. Jaewon Ryu, CEO and president. After receiving their first 3,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the ...

UPMC dietitian offers tips to end the year on a lighter note

The holidays are usually a time full of our favorite seasonal favorite foods — and lots of them. For those with health and wellness goals, navigating through the holiday season and holiday food may be overwhelming. However, there is hope with the help of a few simple tips and ...