Health

To Your Good Health: Fatty liver is increasingly common health problem

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 77-year-old woman. I am 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weigh 107 pounds. I take no medication. When I went to the doctor last week, he found that my alkaline phosphatase was 176, my ALT 10, and my AST 11. He told me I had fatty liver and to get a scan, ...

Learning to communicate about pain is essential in treating it

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: What is the difference between chronic pain and acute pain? How can I best describe my chronic pain when it is variable in intensity but negatively impacts so much of my life and my activities? Are there things my doctor should consider or suggest in my ...

To Your Good Health: Any new treatments for essential tremor?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: About five years ago, I came down with essential tremor. I have tried many medicines. Currently, I’m taking propranolol and primidone, but nothing seems to help. The only thing that stops the shaking is a glass of wine. I have inquired about a laser ...

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. — — — ...

finding support

HEALTH ∫ Alzheimer’s and Caregivers Support Group — 7 p.m. May 14 (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. May 9 ...

Donor, recipient share story during Donate Life Celebration

WILLIAMSPORT— UPMC Susquehanna recently hosted a Donate Life Month Celebration. The event featured presentations on UPMC Susquehanna’s work in promoting organ transplantation and donation by members of UPMC Susquehanna’s Organ and Tissue Donation Council, Steve Johnson, president of UPMC ...

Managed care on the hearing aid industry

The managed care of health insurance benefits is not a new concept. A managed care company is a third-party company an insurance company uses to assist patients with specific benefits in an attempt to keep their (the insurance company’s) costs as low as possible. Managed care in the hearing ...

There is life after stroke

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death, and the number one cause of disability. Rapid treatment for stroke is the key to preventing long-term disability. A stroke occurs when blood flow and oxygen to the brain is interrupted. This loss ...

Endocrinology specialist joins UPMC Susquehanna

WILLIAMSPORT — Scott A. Segel, MD, FACE, endocrinologist, has joined the endocrinology team at UPMC Susquehanna. Dr. Segel received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Mich. He completed his residency in internal medicine at McGaw ...

To Your Good Health: Commercial lab tests versus genetic counseling

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a daughter (almost 31 years) who is concerned about Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome. Her maternal grandmother has been diagnosed with that condition. She is interested in seeking out a genetic test for the condition to learn if she is susceptible. She ...

To Your Good Health: Postnasal drip from dust mite allergy triggers cough

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: For months, I have had a persistent cough that I have been unable to get help with. I saw an allergist about three years ago and was told I am allergic to dust mites (I understand a large number of people fit into this category). I was first referred ...

Meniscal tear in knee can usually be diagnosed without MRI

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: While chasing my cat, I dove to the ground and both my knees took a beating. They were bruised but felt fine. A few days after this, my left knee started to bother me. I put on a brace to see if that would help (as it usually does), but it didn’t. I went ...

Penn College establishes nursing honor society chapter

WILLIAMSPORT – Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Bachelor of Science Nursing Honor Society was officially chartered as a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International during a ceremony on the college’s campus on April 12. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing was ...

UPMC Susquehanna recognizes extraordinary nurses

WILLIAMSPORT—Five UPMC Susquehanna nurses were recently recognized as recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Debra Risley, RN, Haven Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation at UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven, was recognized after being nominated by a friend of a patient. ...

Family donates to breast health center at UPMC Susquehanna

PHOTO PROVIDED In celebration and support of the diagnostic and life-saving work of the Kathryn Candor Lundy Breast Health Center at UPMC Susquehanna, Fred and Arlene Stahl, of Williamsport, donated $100,000 to Susquehanna Health Foundation. Arlene is a 1956 graduate of The Williamsport ...

Tips for safe outdoor play

By ANNALISA NEGREA Warmer weather is finally here, and the kids are ready to have some fun outdoors. Whether it’s swimming, hiking, biking, or just going to the playground, your children want to be on the move as the weather warms up. As they get more active outdoors, they are likely to ...

Heart palpitations are a rare side effect of Viagra

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy male, age 66, nonsmoker, not overweight, who takes no medications. At my most recent annual physical, I mentioned to my physician that I was having symptoms of erectile dysfunction and wondered if that was typical for a man my age or if ...