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Health

Flu vaccine, blood donation both help save lives

The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients as the U.S. braces for flu season while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, medical experts are urging people to get the flu shot to avoid a flu ...

Important COVID-19 information for blood donors

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful ...

Blood donation opportunities in the area

LOCK HAVEN — Blood donations will be held at the following times and locations. CLINTON COUNTY — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Masonic Temple, 150 E. Main St., Lock Haven. — Noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 27,at Best Western, 101 E. Walnut St., Lock Haven. — 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 28, ...

How to have a happy, healthy Halloween despite COVID-19

Halloween masks might look a little different this year but careful measures to stay safe from COVID-19 can ensure a happy, healthy holiday. While many communities offer guidelines for trick-or-treating and festivities, it’s important for families to navigate Halloween based on their own ...

Your brain in relation to the function of your ears

When sound enters your ear those sounds or signals end up in the brain. Acoustic energy vibrates down the ear canal against the ear drum, it is then changed into mechanical energy as it passes through the three small bones of the middle ear. Next it becomes hydraulic energy in the fluid fill ...

New technology enhances breast cancer care options

For many years, the primary treatment available to women with breast cancer was a complete mastectomy. This consisted of a modified radical mastectomy with axillary lymph node dissection, which removes the affected breast and lymph nodes from under the arm. Through advances in technology ...

UPMC in Top Tier of ‘Most Wired’ Health Systems

WILLIAMSPORT — UPMC has been named one of the nation’s “Digital Health Most Wired” health systems by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) for the 22nd year in a row-and one of only eight health systems eligible for the highest tier of recognition. The ...

Elle Kunisch joins Mt. Nittany Internal Medicine

STATE COLLEGE — Mount Nittany Health has announced the addition of Elle Kunisch, CRNP, to Mount Nittany Physician Group Internal Medicine at its Park Avenue location. “To me, the most important part of being a healthcare provider is taking the time to listen to my patients’ ...

Gastroenterologist joins UPMC team

WILLIAMSPORT — UPMC welcomes Stacy Prall, DO, gastroenterologist, to the Digestive Disease Center in Williamsport and Muncy. Dr. Prall received her medical degree from University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, Maine. She completed her residency in internal ...

Dr. Nargess Kaviani joins Mt. Nittany Endocrinology

STATE COLLEGE —Nargess Kaviani, MD, has joined the Mount Nittany Physician Group Endocrinology “As a healer, my professional mission is to serve my community with compassion,” says Dr. Kaviani. “I have a deep connection to this area, and Mount Nittany Physician Group is comprised of ...

Pain management physician joins UPMC

WILLIAMSPORT — Vwaire Orhurhu, MD, MPH, has joined the Pain Management team at UPMC. Dr. Orhurhu received his medical degree from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Rochester, Minn., and master’s in public health from Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, Mass. He ...

UPMC welcomes new primary care physician

WILLIAMSPORT — John Pellegrino, DO, has joined staff a UPMC Primary Care located at UPMC Williamsport. Dr. Pellegrino received his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in family medicine with UPMC’s Williamsport Family Medicine ...

Love of job keeps 80-year-old EMT working during a pandemic

CHARLOTTE, Mich. — Most people don’t start a full-time career in their 60s. Lyle See isn’t most people. At 80 years old, he’s been an EMT for decades alongside a career in human resources and working as a firefighter. His first run was in 1962, shortly after he graduated from ...

Sisterhood of ‘traveling bag of hats’ aids cancer patients

LANCASTER, Pa. — April Good’s straight, blonde hair fell out less than two weeks after her first round of chemotherapy in 2010. Good, a 1989 Warwick High School graduate and Manheim Township resident, went to A.C. Moore, looking for something to cover her head as she continued her battle ...

When it comes to breast health, you are your own best advocate

Every October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, my colleagues and I stress the importance of screenings. Regular mammograms are important. They give you your best chance at detecting breast cancer early — and the best fighting chance against it. But what if something seems “off” ...

Breast cancer — Not one size fits all

Roughly 12% of women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer affects an estimated 275,000 women per year. Men also can develop breast cancer, although it is rare. Did you know there many different types of breast cancer? Here’s what you need to know about the ...

Courageous COVID patient discharged from hospital

When Betty Knouse couldn’t shake what she and her doctor first believed to be a nagging sinus infection, she never imagined that she would eventually test positive for COVID-19. Now, more than 30 days after being hospitalized with the virus, the 89-year-old Port Matilda woman packed her bags ...

Hunters, don’t overlook your health

Most hunters are preppers. Before the opening of the season they make sure the guns are sighted in, the clothes are scent-free, and the vacation days are planned well in advance for those upcoming opening days. However, one thing many often overlook is their physical fitness. Hunting can be ...

Three win Nobel medicine prize for discovering hepatitis C virus

STOCKHOLM — Americans Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice and British-born scientist Michael Houghton jointly won the Nobel Prize for medicine on Monday for their discovery of the hepatitis C virus, a major source of liver disease that affects millions worldwide. Announcing the prize, the ...

Businesses creating dream wedding for bride with cancer

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Nicole Weiss and David Rhoades’ wedding plans took an abrupt turn on July 31 when Weiss was diagnosed with a brain tumor. In the midst of mounting medical bills and Weiss’ radiation and chemotherapy, Black Hills businesses are teaming up to give the Rapid City couple a ...