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Lighten your load this school year

The new school year is almost here, which means you’ve probably started your back-to-school shopping. In addition to the important decision of what clothes to buy your kids, you should also make sure you take time to buy a quality backpack that won’t cause your child an injury. The ...

Dr. Mohamed Osman joins pain management staff

WILLIAMSPORT –Mohamed Osman, MD, has jointed the pain management department at UPMC Susquehanna. Dr. Osman earned his medical degree from University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine, Mo., and completed a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fl. ...

Geisinger recognized as Radiology Center of Excellence

DANVILLE — Geisinger has announced its designation as a Radiology Center of Excellence by Covera Health- a leading clinical analytics company that cultivates high-performance provider networks. With this designation, Geisinger joins Covera Health’s nationwide Centers of Excellence ...

Dr. Lorraine L. Rosamilia is Dermatologist of the Year

LOCK HAVEN — Dr. Lorraine L. Rosamilia, employed by Geisinger of State College, has been selected as the 2019 Dermatologist of the Year. She is the daughter of Bob and Cis Larsen of Lock Haven, and was chosen as president of the Pa. Academy of Dermatology Assn. last year. Each year, the ...

Raynaud’s patient curious if Viagra can save cold fingers

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I have scleroderma with Raynaud’s phenomenon, and friends and family members have told me that I might get help from Viagra. Frankly, I hadn’t read or heard that from either my rheumatologists or dermatologists. I already tried a short course of ...

Stick with proven CBD benefits until more research is done

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a friend whose daughter has an egg allergy. She said her daughter will break out in a rash if she eats anything that even has trace amounts of egg in it. Another friend of hers told her to use CBD oil to prevent reactions, but I am skeptical. I ...

Amid an ‘epidemic’ of school vaping, a search for solutions

American Heart Association News One of the toughest challenges for those fighting the problem of vaping in schools may be getting people to realize how big the problem is in the first place. Many teachers and parents don't know that the number of teens using e-cigarette devices has grown ...

Ebola outbreak spreads to third province in eastern Congo

By SALEH MWANAMILONGO and AL-HADJI KUDRA MALIRO Associated Press KINSHASA, Congo — Congo's year-long Ebola outbreak has spread to a new province, with two cases, including one death, confirmed in South Kivu, according to the government health ministry. The movement of the ...

Among hurdles for those with opioid addictions: getting the drug to treat it

By Nina Feldman WHYY Kaiser Health News via AP Louis Morano knew what he needed, and he knew where to get it. He made his way to a mobile medical clinic parked on a corner of Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, in the geographical heart of the city’s overdose crisis. People call ...

Taking 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. — — — ...

Unfamiliar, troubling condition, PGAD comes with social stigma

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I have persistent genital arousal disorder. I find it incredibly difficult to talk about with my doctors and I’ve been openly mocked for it. I find there is a distinct lack of sensitivity in the medical community about this. People like me genuinely ...

Local organizations partner to support cancer patients

PHOTO PROVIDED Local organizations partner to support cancer patients Patients of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Centers in Williamsport and Wellsboro will benefit from a recent donation of comfort items like blankets and notes of encouragement thanks to Blaise Alexander Subaru and The ...

Beating back to school stress

Whether your kids are in elementary school, high school, or college, going back to school is a transition that can affect the whole family. However, it doesn’t need to be filled with stress and anxiety. Here are a few tips to help your child stay calm and allow them to enjoy the experience of ...

Watch out! Does your child have a sports injury?

Helmets, padding and mouthguards protect young athletes from many serious injuries. But falls and collisions are inevitable, and sometimes kids get hurt. From the stands, it might be difficult to tell how your child is coping after an incident on the field, but there are signs to watch for ...

Electrophysiologist joins UPMC Susquehanna

WILLIAMSPORT – S. Sree Kesan, MD, an electrophysiologist, has joined the cardiology team at UPMC Susquehanna. Dr. Kesan earned his medical degree from University of Madras, India, and completed fellowships in electrophysiology at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Ind., ...

The Medical Minute: Keeping your bones strong at every age

By Penn State Health UNIVERSITY PARK — Falling may be painful, especially if the landing is less than graceful. Even a few steps out the front door can carry with them the risk of falling. “Don’t wait until you fall to start thinking about bone strength,” said Dr. Philip Bosha, a ...

First CRISPR study inside the body to start in US

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer Patients are about to be enrolled in the first study to test a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR inside the body to try to cure an inherited form of blindness. People with the disease have normal eyes but lack a gene that converts light ...