Health

Dr. Ronen Elefant joins UPMC trauma program

WILLIAMSPORT— Ronen Elefant, MD, Is the new medical director for UPMC Susquehanna’s Acute Care Surgery and Trauma Program. Dr. Elefant received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, N.Y. and completed his residency in general surgery at ...

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help diabetics

Hyperbaric oxygen chambers have been around for centuries and have been used in hospital settings to heal patients since the mid-1800s. While they may not be a household name like x-ray machines or MRIs, you may have heard of them being used to treat SCUBA divers suffering from decompression ...

Flu shots: A pinch in the arm, but not always in your wallet

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK — It's flu shot season, but the pinch of a shot doesn't have to also hurt your wallet. Health officials recommend that nearly all Americans get flu vaccinations to blunt the impact of a disease that annually infects millions. Roughly 145 ...

‘Road trip’ food safety tips

Whether it is a trip to the beach, mountains, camping, day trip or a visit to Grandma’s, many of us continue to travel after Labor Day and into the warm autumn season. One common denominator in any of these excursions is food. During the warmer months there tends to be an upturn in the ...

FINDING SUPPORT

HEALTH - National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) support group — 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Ross Library third floor, open to everyone. - Covenant Cafe, a social engagement program for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s — 1-3 p.m. Tuesday (first and third Tuesdays of the month), ...

Dr. Muhammad Kashif joins Lung Center staff

WILLIAMSPORT— Muhammad Kashif, MD, has joined the staff at the Lung Center at UPMC Susquehanna. Dr. Kashif received his medical degree from Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. and he completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship in pulmonary medicine at Bronx ...

Hearing aids are adjustable, but am I?

I have written recent articles about the adjustability of digital hearing aids. After the second of these articles was published someone asked me, “Yes, but will I adjust to the hearing aids?” That is a great question. The very last thing I say to patients as they leave my office with ...

Help others by helping yourself first

If you take care of a family member or loved one with a long-term medical condition, you might often put yourself last. It’s understandable-you want to make sure that the other person is always taken care of, especially if you feel you’re the only one who can really give them the help that ...

Strength training or aerobic training?

Which is better for my health — strength training or aerobic training? The simple answer is: both. Physical fitness is the ability of your body to carry out daily tasks with minimal effort. With better physical fitness comes more energy and less pain and discomfort throughout the ...

FINDING SUPPORT

HEALTH - Alzheimer’s and Caregivers Support Group — 7 p.m. Tuesday (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. Wednesday ...

New physician joins UPMC Susquehanna

WILLIAMSPORT— Melissa J. Michaluk, DO, has joined the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation team at UPMC Susquehanna. Dr. Michaluk received her medical degree from Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pomona, Calif. She also completed her residency in physical medicine and ...

Tips for battling classroom germs

Back-to-school time is filled with excitement, a few jitters and a chance for children to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. It’s also the time of year when their exposure to germs and bacteria kicks into high gear, raising their risk for getting sick. “We’ll see an uptick ...

‘Dining With Diabetes’ coming to Mill Hall

MILL HALL — Are you or a family member at risk for diabetes? “Dining With Diabetes,” a nationally accredited program offered by Penn State Extension, can help you understand some of the most important things you need to know about how to manage diabetes. Extension educators will lead ...

FINDING SUPPORT

HEALTH - Covenant Cafe, a social engagement program for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s — Picnic this coming Tuesday, Wayne Township Nature Park, McElhattan. Meet at Covenant United Methodist Church at 12:30 p.m. to carpool. Food will be provided. - Alzheimer’s and Caregivers ...

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. — — — ...

Make a nutritious lunch part of your child’s school day

Schools today are empowering students to make healthy choices by providing balanced and nutritious lunch options. Gone are the processed foods and sugary drinks, and in their place are fresh ingredients, including fruit and vegetables, low-fat milk, and whole grains. Even with this shift, many ...

Dr. Faoud Ishmael joins Mt. Nittany physician group

STATE COLLEGE – Faoud Ishmael MD, PhD, has joined the Mount Nittany Physician Group Allergy & Immunology at Mount Nittany Health – Park Avenue. “Patient communication is vital in practice. It’s my goal for each patient to know that they’ve been heard,” Dr. Ishmael says. ...

Warning signs of suicide everyone should know

When someone takes their own life, it’s a tragic reaction to stressful life situations and often linked to depression. Suicide is all the more tragic because it’s preventable if you can spot the warning signs and know how to reach out for help. Learning what the warning signs are, even ...

GMC president and CEO jumps to second on annual most influential list

DANVILLE — Modern Healthcare magazine has named Geisinger President and CEO David T. Feinberg, M.D., MBA, one of 12 industry disruptors who share the number 2 spot on the magazine’s annual “Most Influential People in Healthcare” list. Behind U.S. President Donald J. Trump, in the top ...

Dr. Matthew Rohrbacker joins Philipsburg group

PHILIPSBURG – Matthew Rohrbacker, CRNP, has jointed a team of family medicine providers at the Mount Nittany Health – Philipsburg location. Matt previously worked as a registered nurse in the emergency department and post anesthesia care unit at Mount Nittany Medical Center. ...