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  • Healthwatch 16: How the Ornish Program Helps Combat Heart Disease

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Dr. Dean Ornish is a doctor and author who has been researching heart disease for decades. Now, a program he created is available at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for a certain group of patients who need it most. Jack Marchese is used to walking the pathways at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre. The 54-year-old from Mountain Top is there a lot now, trying to stay active since his heart attack 2-and-a-half years ago. “It was just […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Machine Learning Aids Diagnosis

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Technology has come a long way when it comes to how we connect with people, and now at Geisinger, it’s helping patients who need care first be treated first. Intracranial hemorrhaging, or a brain bleed, is a fairly common problem, according to Dr. Brandon Fornwalt, from the Department of Imaging Science & Innovation at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville. Scans show the brain of an elderly patient whose only symptom was confusion. “Lots of things can […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Treating Stroke Patients More Efficiently, Cutting Recovery Time

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — Standing in an operating room at Geisinger Medical Center next to a doctor, is a strange experience for 71-year-old Frank Bedosky from Berwick. He told Newswatch 16 what happened to him last September while he was doing yard work. “All of a sudden, just like I’m talking now, my words weren’t coming out. Everything was garbled. It scared me,” said Bedosky. A neighbor rushed to his aid. “He saw me laying on the ground and said, […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Scoliosis

    MOOSIC, Pa. — Maybe you remember the exam you got in school or that physical you’re required to have before you can play school sports. Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, is often found during those routine exams. We spoke with a young girl who says her experiences with scoliosis made her stronger in more ways than one. Like a lot of young women, 17-year-old Laurel Stiekes from Moosic is busy. For starters, the Triboro Christian Academy student is a […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Treating Parkinson’s Disease on a Theracycle

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Parkinson’s disease is a neurogenerative disorder that affects about 1 million people in the United States, commonly characterized by tremors, stiffness, and loss of balance. It has no cure, but it does have treatment options. A woman from our area is having success using a special stationary bike at Allied Services in Lackawanna County. Teresa Andrichak, 81, from Sterling, admits it really threw her to hear she had Parkinson’s disease. “They got me here on an exercise […]

  • Living Well with Breast Cancer and Beyond

    SCRANTON, Pa. — The medical community has come a long way in detecting and treating breast cancer. But there’s a small subset of women and men who live with metastatic breast cancer, which means it has spread to other parts of the body. Offering that group some particular support and information is the focus of a symposium Saturday in Scranton. Each year in the fall, the city of Scranton turns into a sea of pink for the annual Komen Race […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Child with Heart Defects Ready for Heart Walk

    The American Heart Association Heart Walk is coming up later this month in Lackawanna County, and a family from Luzerne County will be there with a whole team — Team Zach Attack. Zach Milewski is a little boy who has gone through quite a bit in his almost three years. Zach showed off his alphabet skills with the help of big sister Maura. Having this family was always the dream of Sarah and Steven Milewski of West Wyoming. Then came […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Breakthrough in Liver Disease Research?

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A project called MyCode is a long-term genomics research study at Geisinger Health System using DNA from Geisinger patients. MyCode researchers have made a discovery that could play a big role in someday treating liver disease. Geisinger’s MyCode research project, in conjunction with Regeneron Genetics Center in New York, was started about 10 years ago. Dr. David Carey is part of the leadership team behind it. “Over the last four, five years it has really accelerated. […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Memory and Cognition Clinic

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Doctors say what's happening with aging has been referred to as the "silver tsunami."

  • Healthwatch 16: Diabetes

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Personalizing diabetes care has been a goal of doctors who treat the disorder at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville. They’re able to better do that now, thanks to a new calculator that was developed. Nationwide, health officials already know that diabetes, a disorder resulting in elevated sugar levels in the blood, is a big issue. That is why these days, a lot of attention is being given to prediabetes. Dr. David Rolston is director of internal […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Stretching for Runners and Other Athletes

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — If you’re one of the hundreds of runners tackling the Scranton Half Marathon this weekend, or the inaugural Jim Thorpe Half Marathon at the end of the month, or any of the other races starting to pop up around the area, you already know how important stretching can be. Geisinger wanted to share some quick stretches any athlete can do to help prevent injury. If you’re a runner or an athlete of any kind, a good […]

  • Crohn’s Disease Won’t Slow High School Athlete

    EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. — Inflammation can cause all kinds of issues in the body, including problems with the digestive tract. A doctor at Geisinger Medical Center calls Crohn’s disease very, very common and wanted us to meet a talented young man who isn’t letting Crohn’s stop him. Royce Frazier is 17 and a standout high school baseball player from Monroe County. He’s also a star basketball player for Notre Dame High School in East Stroudsburg. “Basketball is a whole different […]