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Don’t buy Mom Hearing Aids for Christmas!

Your mother, or someone else that you love, may really struggle to hear properly and perhaps you have considered surprising them with a hearing aid(s) for the holidays. Don’t do it! What? Did that caution really just come from the keyboard of someone who sells hearing aids? Yes it did, and ...

Self-care strategies to help stay healthy this holiday season

FAMILY FEATURE — With the COVID-19 pandemic added to the typical cold and flu season, many Americans are wondering what they can do to protect themselves and others this holiday season and how to respond if they get sick. “As we enter this cold and flu season, it’s so important to ...

Recovering from COVID-19 at home

If you’re at home with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, you may be wondering what, exactly, you should be doing. And you aren’t alone. Fortunately, most people who contract COVID-19 will recover without needing to be admitted to the hospital. However, you could feel the effects of the ...

UPMC donates to food bank in recognition of providers

WILLIAMSPORT — In recognition of Advanced Practice Providers (APP) Week, UPMC in the Susquehanna Region recently made a $5,000 contribution to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Health Innovations Program on behalf of its advance practice provider staff. The Health Innovations Program ...

How does diabetes affect wound healing?

A small cut or bruise may not seem like a big deal, but for millions of Americans with diabetes, they can be. For individuals with diabetes, all wounds are a serious health concern and require careful attention. Understanding the complications Diabetes is a result of your body’s ...

The science behind the flu shot

Each year, it’s recommended that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu shot. But, why? Because it’s the best way to protect yourself from the flu — helping to prevent serious illness, hospitalizations and even death. Have you ever wondered how the flu shot works to provide this ...

Self-care strategies to help stay healthy this holiday season

Family Features — With the COVID-19 pandemic added to the typical cold and flu season, many Americans are wondering what they can do to protect themselves and others this holiday season and how to respond if they get sick. “As we enter this cold and flu season, it’s so important to ...

Digestive problems? UPMC expert offers hope for the holidays

While the holiday season looks a little different this year, there is still plenty of joy to be had through the tastes of the season. While you’re celebrating, digestive issues are the last thing you want to have to worry about, but for many they’re a real concern. This year we want to ...

Get tested for COPD: your lungs will thank you

Family Features — If you’re often short of breath during everyday activities, your chest feels tight, or you cough a lot, you may be chalking it up to getting older, having allergies, or being a smoker (now or in the past). Fortunately, there’s a way to know whether something more may be ...

Adapting to community needs, keeping the community safe

COVID-19 is surging across the country and the increased numbers we are seeing in our own community are certainly a cause for concern. Even with the prospects for a vaccine looking good, the virus will be part of our lives for at least several months and perhaps longer. Like many hospitals ...

Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows

When COVID-19 tore through Donald Wallace’s nursing home, he was one of the lucky few to avoid infection. He died a horrible death anyway. Hale and happy before the pandemic, the 75-year-old retired Alabama truck driver became so malnourished and dehydrated that he dropped to 98 pounds ...

Is it flu, cold, or something more?

As fall turns into winter, many of us are preparing for spending more time indoors and the approaching cold and flu season. While these preparations are typical for this time of year in the region, what’s different this year is that a cough, sore throat, or slight fever may cause anxiety ...

No one wants what we sell

This month I am writing about the hearing aid sales process and hopeful improved outcome for the patient. I often tease patients that no one ever wants hearing aids, but they all want better hearing. Every hearing health care provider in our region has gotten many of the notes I am ...

UPMC colorectal surgeon offers unique stim treatment

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Jasneet Bhullar, MD, MS, FACS, FASCRS, colorectal surgeon, UPMC Williamsport, offers patients an innovative latest electro-stimulation treatment option for diarrhea and bowel incontinence. InterStim† II is a discreet neurostimulator system which electrically ...

UPMC gets new Pain Management physician

WILLIAMSPORT— Mariam Salisu, MD, MPH, recently joined UPMC’s Pain Management team. Committed to bettering the lives of individuals through medicine, Dr. Salisu received her medical degree at George Washington School of Medicine, Washington D.C. She then completed a residency in ...

Holiday dinners and COVID-19: Is it safe to gather?

We’ve faced down a lot of challenges this year, to say the least. And now, as COVID-19 cases are spiking across the nation and world, we’re coming up on a new hurdle: How to approach family gatherings this holiday season. Should you gather with friends and family like usual? Limit the ...

COVID-19 stress isn’t taking a break for the holidays

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It’s a tradition for Nancy Haner Grantz to host a large crowd of family and friends for Thanksgiving dinner. The Louisville native opened her home to about 25 guests in 2019 to celebrate the holiday with turkey, stuffing and plenty of pie. This year, she’s limiting the ...

What to know about fall and winter allergies

While allergies are often associated with warmer weather and high pollen counts, they can be just as bothersome in the fall and winter. Allergens like mold, dust mites and animal dander are the typical cause of allergy symptoms that occur during fall and winter months. What are ...

Surgical oncologist joins UPMC Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT — UPMC Williamsport announces that James Pingpank, Jr., MD, FACS, has joined staff at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. Dr. Pingpank specializes in the surgical treatment of patients with primary and metastatic gastrointestinal cancer, including advanced malignancies of the liver ...