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Hospital fined $400K over doc’s doses for patients who died

By KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — The hospital system where an intensive care doctor was accused of ordering excessive painkiller doses for dozens of patients who died will be fined $400,000 for violating Ohio pharmacy law under a settlement announced Wednesday. The ...

Dogs, cats can’t pass on coronavirus, but can test positive

HONG KONG (AP) — Pet cats and dogs cannot pass the new coronavirus on to humans, but they can test positive for low levels of the pathogen if they catch it from their owners. That's the conclusion of Hong Kong's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department after a dog in quarantine ...

UPMC’s Spirit of Women encourages women to get Fit & Fab

WILLIAMSPORT —Women from across the region joined UPMC’s Spirit of Women on Saturday, Feb. 22, for a free uplifting morning packed full of fitness, educational workshops, and shopping at Clearstory at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport. “We’re excited so many women in our community ...

Choosing the right care as you age

By ANNE E. HOLLADAY Everyone has a different plan in mind for how they wish to live their life as they age. It’s important to consider your general health, mobility, mental capabilities, and specific activities you may need help with as you grow older, as well as your family’s support. It ...

Dining with Diabetes class coming to Loganton

LOGANTON — Dining with Diabetes is a nationally accredited program for adults with or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Family members and/or friends are also invited to attend the program. Classes meet once a week for four weeks, held every Tuesday from April 28-May 19, at 6 p.m. at ...

Mt. Nittany introduces ENT outreach clinic

STATE COLLEGE —As part of the health system’s mission to make people healthier and provide access to quality health care, Mount Nittany Health has announced Mount Nittany Physician Group Ear, Nose & Throat provider, Jesse Jennings, MD, will see patients at the Mount Nittany Health - ...

UPMC acquires West Branch Nephrology Associates

WILLIAMSPORT – UPMC recently acquired West Branch Nephrology Associates in Williamsport, a private practice specialty care clinic with kidney health services provided by Sam Stea, MD, nephrologist; Emily Wascher, PA-C, and John Tyler Helmus, PA-C. The practice will now be known as SH ...

UPMC WorkCenter adds Telehealth Service

WILLIAMSPORT– UPMC WorkCenter now offers telehealth workers compensation evaluations to employers in the Susquehanna region. Through a connected device, occupational health specialists can interview and evaluate the employee and determine treatment options for minor injuries or refer them to ...

A-fib treatment offers options

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of columns to be published in The Express during February — National Heart Month — and authored by Dr. Alfred Casale, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Geisinger Medical Center. Over the last two weeks, we’ve discussed both arrhythmia in general ...

Heart health for you and your baby

By Dr. JOSHUA STUTZMAN When you are pregnant, you probably notice the fatigue, shortness of breath, and light-headedness that can sometimes overcome you. Did you know that these symptoms are caused by changes in your heart and blood vessels? To ensure your baby gets enough oxygen and ...

What is a widowmaker heart attack?

By Dr. MICHAEL LAZAR A heart attack happens when blood flow to your heart muscle is blocked for long enough to damage the muscle. If blood flow isn’t restored quickly, the heart muscle begins to die from a lack of oxygen, and non-functioning scar tissue forms in its place. If enough muscle ...

Thompson is executive director of Children’s Advocacy Center

STATE COLLEGE — Meredith Thompson, MS, has been named as the new executive director of Mt. Nittany’s Children’s Advocacy Center of Centre County. “At its core, the Children’s Advocacy Center works to provide help and healing for children and families in our region,” says Kathleen ...

UPMC for Kids comes to Clinton County

UPMC for Kids, Pennsylvania’s largest Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) plan with the highest number of enrolled children and teens, recently announced that it has expanded to 16 additional counties, including Clinton County, to better serve the health care needs of children. The ...

A closer look at A-fib

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of columns to be published in The Express during February — National Heart Month — and authored by Dr. Alfred Casale, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Geisinger Medical Center. If you live in the United States and watch TV, listen to the radio or ...

Emergency department, urgent care clinic, or your doctor’s office?

By MICHAEL GERST, DO Urgent care. Emergency department. Extended hours. Walk-in appointments. With more ways than ever to access medical care, we have created greater consumer choice - and greater confusion. How do you know which choice is right for you and your family? Clear up the ...

A new model for cardiac arrest treatment

By ESSIE REED-SCHRADER, MD Watching emergency medical professionals race to save a life can be thrilling - and a little frightening. Providing potentially lifesaving support to a person in need can be even more intimidating. But newly established guidelines in Pennsylvania are not only ...

Dr. Ajala joins UPMC Cancer Center

WILLIAMSPORT — Aderonke Ajala, MD, hematologist and medical oncologist, has joined the team at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport. Dr. Ajala received her medical degree from the University of Lagos College of Medicine, Nigeria. She completed her medical residency at Howard ...

Paternostro Cancer Foundation donates comfort bags

PHOTO PROVIDED The Paternostro Cancer Foundation recently donated 50 more Harnessing Hope bags to Susquehanna Health Foundation to benefit patients at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport. Since 2014, the Paternostro Cancer Foundation has provided 600 Harnessing Hopes bags to ...

The rhythm of the heart

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of columns to be published in The Express during February — National Heart Month — and authored by Dr. Alfred Casale, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Geisinger Medical Center. Many of you know that my dear wife Mary is quite an accomplished ...