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Health

Avid hiker meets bad bug, ends up with babesiosis

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an avid hiker, and I live in an area with lots of Lyme disease. I recently developed some fever, headache, shaking chills and dark urine, and just felt awful. My doctor did some blood tests and said I had Babesia and/or Anaplasma. Are these ...

Smoking, symptoms biggest factors in COPD prognosis

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with COPD a year and a half ago and have several questions. I seem to be unable to get answers from my pulmonary doctor, as he is always busy and doesn’t have a lot of time to spend with me. How fast does COPD progress? I’m 78 years ...

Vegetarian needs guidance for possible fructose intolerance

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: What can you tell me about fructose intolerance and/or malabsorption? Is there a genetic predisposition to this? Can it develop later in life? What are the symptoms, and how is it diagnosed? What type of doctor can best make a diagnosis? I’ve read ...

Five things you need to know to stay safe and healthy this summer

American Heart Association News via AP Summer is a time to have fun in the sun – but it's also the season for keeping a watch on your health. Heat-related illness, dehydration and sun exposure are among the most common concerns as temperatures rise. To prevent a potentially dangerous ...

Long list of possibles for microscopic amount of blood in urine

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My question is about microscopic hematuria. I see a rheumatologist for sarcoidosis. In February 2018, I had various lab tests, including a urinalysis. That test and several since then have shown microscopic hematuria. The rheumatologist sent me to a ...

New surgeon at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital

JERSEY SHORE — Board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeon Akpene Gbegnon, M.D., is providing care for patients 16 years old and older for general and specialized surgeries at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital and nearby clinics. Dr. Gbegnon performs breast, colorectal, gallbladder, ...

Geisinger names new chief nursing executive

DANVILLE— Janet Tomcavage, MSN, RN, a pioneer in population health and advanced medical homes, has assumed the role of Chief Nursing Executive at Geisinger, effective Aug. 1, 2019. Since 2014, Tomcavage has served as Geisinger’s chief population officer, focusing on driving the ...

Coping with depression and Parkinson’s disease

While everyone feels sad from time to time-depression is different. Sadness is temporary and doesn’t last very long, but depression lasts for weeks or longer. Studies indicate approximately 50% of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease also have a mood disorder like depression. In fact, ...

Lost, stolen, and yes…damaged!

Most new hearing aid purchases come with a replacement coverage called “Lost, Stolen, or Damaged.” Most manufacturers include at least a three-year coverage to replace the aids and usually for a very small deductible payment. When a patient calls to tell me they lost their hearing aid, ...

UPMC Susquehanna Nurse-Family Partnership receives grant

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — UPMC Susquehanna’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program recently received a $5,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Inc. The grant will be used to purchase educational, age-specific toys and safety items for clients ...

Health officials find rare mosquito disease in Delaware

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware health officials are warning residents to take precautions against a potentially fatal mosquito-borne illness that has been detected in the state. A Division of Public Health release says the agency found evidence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, commonly called ...

Virginia health officials find seven sites with Legionella germs

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia health officials say they've found the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease at seven locations in one county, including schools and a hospital. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports health officials have been scouring sites in Chesterfield County following ...

Paris child at risk of lead poisoning after Notre Dame fire

PARIS (AP) — Health officials in Paris said Wednesday that a young boy needs medical monitoring because tests conducted after the Notre Dame Cathedral fire showed that he was at risk of lead poisoning. The child, who was tested last week, doesn't need treatment yet, the Regional Health ...

Modern wildfires pose new health risks for firefighters

Barbara Feder Ostrov Kaiser Health News via AP As California’s wildfire season gets underway in earnest this month — with crews working to contain a 14,000-acre blaze in rugged Modoc County on the Oregon border — new research underscores the risks that modern wildfires pose to ...

Will prostate-shrinking meds affect low-grade prostate cancer?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I’ve had low-grade prostate cancer for several years and am presently on “active surveillance.” My PSAs have been high but steady, running around 7.8 to 9.2. I have a greatly enlarged prostate, which I believe contributes to the high PSA ...

Comfort bags donated to UPMC Cancer Center

PHOTO PROVIDED The Paternostro Family Foundation recently donated 50 Harnessing Hope bags to Susquehanna Health Foundation to benefit patients at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport. Over the past five years, the Foundation has provided 550 Harnessing Hopes bags to support ...

Bellefonte student volunteering at LL World Series

WILLIAMSPORT – Seven students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s emergency medical services/paramedic program, and 25 students in its physician assistant program, are set to be part of the health care team at the 2019 Little League Baseball World Series, just 3 miles from the college ...

Mt. Nittany Health names director of performance excellence

STATE COLLEGE — Matt Golemboski, MSN, RN, has been named director of performance excellence, a role critical to the health system’s vision to provide exceptional patient care, at Mount Nittany Health. In this role, Golemboski will focus on engaging staff in identifying opportunities for ...

Moira Nester joins Mt. Nittany Physicians

STATE COLLEGE — Moira Nester, CRNP, has joined the Mount Nittany Physician Group Family Medicine at its Mount Nittany Health - Mifflin County location in Reedsville. “My philosophy of care involves treating each patient as a whole person,” says Nester. “We all have our own personal, ...

Geisinger JS offers health and wellness classes

JERSEY SHORE — Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital is set to host a number of health and wellness classes throughout August. ∫ Better Breathrs Club is a welcoming support group for people with COPD, or other lung diseases, who often feel alone and isolated. Together, participants learn skills ...