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Deck the halls. And the porch. And the mailbox. Bring us some figgy pudding. And a few dozen cookies. Dream of a white Christmas as you slap your holiday cards together and make a mental note to pick up some stamps. Fa. La. La. La.

Visions of sugar plums may be dancing in your children’s heads this holiday season, but when visions become reality, the children themselves can be dancing and bouncing as they take in the sugar.

Until researchers learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and its causes, there is no definitive way for people to avoid it. But it might be possible to mitigate the chance of being diagnosed with it by taking care of overall mental and physical health, said Dr. Roshni Samuel, geriatric medicin…

Alzheimer’s disease ranges from mild, to moderate, to severe and end-stage. In June, the FDA approved a controversial new treatment called Aduhelm (aducanumab). How much it actually helps people is questionable, said Dr. Glen Finney, director of the Geisinger Memory and Cognition Program — e…

Families trying to help a loved one dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias need to juggle increasing degrees of care as the disease progresses — sometimes to the point of acknowledging when it’s time to seek professional help.

Working with breast cancer every day, doctors and nurses have a unique vantage: they see the initial fear and the months of treatment … followed in most cases by a positive outcome. That’s what enables Andrea Bertram, operations director of Women’s Health and Cancer Services at Evangelical C…

Tiffany Delp, of Muncy, didn’t fear her first-ever mammogram when she turned 40 last year. A nursing coordinator at the Emergency Department of Evangelical Community Hospital, Delp scheduled the screening because she tries to keep up with routine exams.

LEWISBURG – The pulsing, nagging pain in your head may not be a migraine. Headaches come in various forms and not all are treated the same.

A woman who wanted to walk her dog, and a veteran who wanted to pay his respects at military funerals were both stopped by the same problem: balance. For various reasons, people sometimes find balance problems get in the way of things they want to do. Fortunately, Valley health care systems …

Health care providers recommend physical therapy for a number of balance issues. But after the therapy ends, patients are encouraged to continue building their strength with exercises of their own. Classes and community programs can help.

LEWISBURG – Each year, approximately 200,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer for the first time. Prostate cancer is the second leading cancer-causing death among males — after lung cancer. However, it is often another health issue coupled with the prostate cancer that causes death.

How we love looking up our symptoms online! Such convenience, to be able to diagnose ourselves just by asking “Dr. Google” while reclining at home or even snatching a break at work — but can internet self-diagnosing complicate our relationship with our care provider?

Christine Hilterman, PA-C, Internal Medicine of Evangelical has had patients come in with a certain idea of the diagnosis they’ll receive only to find that they weren’t anywhere close to the actual cause of their problems. At the same time, she said, there have been instances where they were…

The entire point of a vaccine is to prepare your immune system for the real infection or the real disease, said Dr. Swathi Gowtham specialist in pediatric infectious diseases, at Geisinger. She gave a brief description of how vaccines work, even when their side effects can be upsetting.

Shots like the flu vaccine need to be repeated each year. Uneasy with introducing chemicals into our bloodstream, some people opt to forget it and let their immune system fight off annual viruses.

When Diane Englehardt, infection prevention manager at Evangelical Community Hospital, in Lewisburg, recently gave a presentation on hand hygiene to high school students, she was struck by the way they took the discussion seriously.

This past winter, people wore masks to guard against getting dual infections of the flu and COVID-19. Cold and flu rates plummeted.

Do you still need to wear a mask to guard against COVID-19? Can it protect you, or just those around you? These questions can be answered with something as simple and complex as one word: Situation.

For people with weight issues, surgery can be the best option but is in no way an easy road. According to Valley doctors and a Valley resident, it’s a change in the way you live your life.

When Andrew Cooney, 22, walked through the hallway of a dorm at Susquehanna University, in Selinsgrove, he was surprised to catch a whiff of shampoo. It wasn’t the fact that someone had apparently taken a shower that surprised him; it was the realization that this was the first time he’d sme…

COVID-19 has been an unpredictable virus, with a wide range of symptoms and outcomes. Mitigating it has caused social, educational and financial changes around the world. Small wonder then that people are feeling unsettled and anxious.

With new medicines now available, people with multiple sclerosis have better ways of preventing MS attacks, said Stuart Olinsky, MD, neurologist with UPMC in the Susquehanna Region.

COVID-19 affects people with multiple sclerosis just like it does anyone else, said Stuart Olinsky, MD, neurologist with UPMC in the Susquehanna Region, and Megan Esch, MD, neurologist with Geisinger Health System.

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