Warm weather and sunshine are here, and soon enough many of us will be spending more time grilling, picnicking, or attending outdoor gatherings. These warm-weather events also present opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive. As food heats up in summer temperatures, bacteria multiply r…

When Steven Barrows, MD, Family Medicine at UPMC, decided to do some home landscaping, he hopped in his pickup and drove to a local Lowe’s for a load of stone. Workers there shook their heads and told him he’d have to make two trips; the weight of the stone was more than his truck could bear.

In many cases, booking a regular checkup or teeth cleaning in a normal world would have to be done months in advance. Local dentists say those routine appointments will likely be further delayed due to the shutdowns and continued safety protocol. And that means people need to be even more de…

Stay-at-home orders during this pandemic have led to many long hours sitting in front of a computer at an unfamiliar desk or your kitchen table as you work from home or homeschool your kids. Then, you retreat to the couch to hide from the news only to binge-watch an entire Netflix series wit…

Moving forward amid hopes that the initial pandemic is tapering off, hospitals are opening to wider services while keeping a close watch on the unpredictable virus. In the coming days, patients and other people planning to enter hospital facilities can expect precautions that could include:

As the Valley moves from the red phase to the yellow phase in Gov. Tom Wolf’s color-coded reopening plan, local hospitals have prepared to widen their services as safely as possible.

Although it may not feel like summer, warmer weather and hot sunny days are right around the corner. May 4 is also known as Melanoma Monday, and kicks off Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the perfect time for a reminder of the long-term effects of unprotected sun exposure and skin cancer.

Those bottles of expired prescription drugs sitting on the shelves of residential medicine cabinets were supposed to be disposed of at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2020 Spring Take Back Day on April 25. Coronavirus restrictions caused the DEA to postpone that event, but local medica…

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many aspects of our lives, including the way we receive health care. People in communities across the nation are forgoing medically necessary care leading to unnecessary suffering and worsening health conditions. It’s normal to feel anxious about returning…

For those who suffer from seasonal allergies, you know that this time of year can be a challenge. Flowers, trees, and grasses are in bloom and growing which means pollen and other allergens are in the air. In the U.S., an estimated 18 million adults have hay fever or allergic rhinitis, cause…

Moving around and speaking to others may seem like simple tasks, but if you live with Parkinson’s disease, you don’t take either of those things for granted. According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, nearly one million people in the U.S. are living with the disease, and approximately 60,000 A…

Spring is the season of renewal and growth. This year, it will also be the season we remember being stuck at home while we social distanced ourselves so we could stay healthy and virus free. We can use the extra time we have from not running between activities and commitments to improve ours…

With the state mandate to stop all non-life-sustaining businesses in an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases, many elective surgeries had to be postponed. While patients and physicians understand the need for limiting unnecessary social interaction at this time, many people wonder h…

More and more people are working from home nowadays due to the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. That might mean makeshift work stations that aren’t ideal when it comes to instituting proper ergonomics and avoiding carpal tunnel problems.

LEWISBURG — Staying healthy should always be a priority, but as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States, it’s becoming increasingly important to maintain a clean, sanitary environment not just when you’re out and about, but at home, too.

LEWISBURG — Amber Gardner has spent the past several months working out five to six days a week and watching her diet. In that time, she has dropped 50 pounds and said she’s become “obsessed” with staying fit and healthy. So when word came that area fitness centers would be shutting down tem…

WILLIAMSPORT — UPMC WorkCenter now offers telehealth workers compensation evaluations to employers in the Susquehanna region. Through a connected device, occupational health specialists can interview and evaluate the employee and determine treatment options for minor injuries or refer them t…

A heart attack happens when blood flow to your heart muscle is blocked for long enough to damage the muscle. If blood flow isn’t restored quickly, the heart muscle begins to die from a lack of oxygen, and non-functioning scar tissue forms in its place. If enough muscle function is lost, “hea…

PITTSBURGH — The UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care, a nonprofit research organization housed within UPMC Insurance Services, announced it has been approved for a $3.7 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to compare the effectiveness of diff…

LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital will hold a Children’s Health Fair at The Miller Center, Lewisburg, on Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is sponsored by Service 1st Federal Credit Union.

LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital welcomes Andrew Pataki, MD, Obstetrician Gynecologist, to OB/GYN of Evangelical.

Loneliness is no respecter of persons. It can affect a person of any age, and it can result from a plethora of situations — for example, the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship or simply the struggle that so many people have in forming meaningful connections.

Fitbits, Apple watches and other personal tracking devices offer a wide variety of health-related bells and whistles — but Geisinger’s Dr. Timothy Doyle urges patients to not ignore the most simple of these functions.

Dr. Maria Kobylinski, chair of primary care for Geisinger, oversees the operations of Geisinger’s 44 primary care practices and has noticed a number of changes in the past 10 or 15 years. Among them are the prevalence of urgent care facilities, the influence of online communication and educa…