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  • Healthwatch 16: Treating Aneurysm with PulseRider

    LUZERNE COUNTY — Each year in the United States, about 30,000 people will suffer a brain aneurysm rupture, and about 40 percent of them will not survive it, according to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. A woman in Luzerne County says her sister survived a brain aneurysm which led to doctors being able to treat her with a new device. Cheryl Dehaut, 56, from Forty Fort, remembers what happened after her sister survived an aneurysm in a blood vessel that ruptured […]

  • ‘The Devil’s Song’ – Local Author Draws on Life Experience for New Novel

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — A woman from Luzerne County has just written her first novel. It’s had some initial success already, selling out more than once at an area Barnes and Noble store. “The Devil’s Song” is a mystery, and it’s fiction, but the writer admits she was influenced by real-life events that played out very close to home. Hundreds of people showed up at the River Grille in Plains Township over the weekend for an autograph. Lauren Stahl, 36, was […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Seasonal Affective Disorder

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — This is the time of year when the winter blues can set in: it’s cold, it’s dark, and suddenly many of us don’t want to leave our houses. But Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing, and one expert talked with us about how it can be treated. It’s true that plenty of people like the cold weather, but for many others, winter in northeastern and central Pennsylvania can feel like it lasts forever. The days […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Science Behind Flu Testing

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP — In this Healthwatch 16 report, we look at the science behind testing for the flu. It turns out, other illnesses feel like the flu. So. accurately testing and treating patients is key to getting them back on their feet and stopping the spread of illness. Here’s a how that’s done at Geisinger near Danville. At Geisinger’s medical laboratory near Danville, Dr. Donna Wolk says a team of “flu works warriors” is testing for influenza a and b. […]

  • Woman Wins New Car Lease with Donations to United Way

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — Who wouldn’t like a new ride for Christmas? One woman from Wilkes-Barre will be cruising in style in the new year. Tatiana Simmons won a two-year lease on a brand new car Friday morning from Motorworld Toyota. The announcement happened at Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino near Wilkes-Barre. Simmons was chosen at random from a group of people who gave a portion of their paychecks each week to the United Way of the Wyoming Valley. Tatiana moved from […]

  • Healthwatch 16: How Much Sugar in your Favorite Treat?

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — It’s the holiday season!  And chances are everywhere you look there are cookies and cakes and pies and maybe even a glass of champagne. You already know that overindulging in too much sugar, such as in baked goods or sodas or other sweetened beverages, isn’t good for you. But Sarah Dayton wants to remind us all a treat now and then is usually not what will torpedo a healthy eating plan. Dayton is a registered dietitian […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Community-Based Palliative Care

    Medical experts say northeastern and central Pennsylvania is a region that has an older population; more specifically, an older population dealing with multiple chronic illnesses. Some families report being overwhelmed when it comes to coordinating care between multiple doctors. There’s something called palliative care that aims to address that, and Allied Services has started a community-based palliative care program. Olga Gula is 89 years old, was one of 13 children, married in 1950 to Thomas her husband who died a […]

  • DETECT Study: Could Blood Be a Key to Finding, Preventing Cancer?

    LUZERNE COUNTY — There’s a good chance you know someone who has been affected by cancer. Right now, different cancers can be diagnosed using different screenings, but researchers are digging into whether blood gives off clues about who has, or will have, cancer. We should all hope to have friendships like the one shared by Ann Marie Birmer and Jeanne Marie Sunday. They talk on the phone every night and have a standing date on Wednesdays. “After I go to […]

  • ‘Everybody’s saying I’m crazy’ – How a Young Woman’s Medical Mystery is Solved

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — Emily Gavigan is a Scranton Prep grad, a Laflin native, a young woman who, before she got sick, dealt with nothing more than a bit of minor anxiety. Emily was 19 and doing well, a sophomore at the University of Scranton when she suddenly became what she describes as “energetic and buzzy.” “We were home from Christmas break, and I was at a coffee shop with my friend. When I got up to leave, all of a […]

  • REACH-HEI Program Helps Students Become Medical Professionals

    SCRANTON — Right now at a middle or high school near you, there could be a student who would make a great health professional. Finding those students and guiding them through the process of how to get there is the focus of a program at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton. Dipam Shah is 21 years old, a second-year med student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton. He was born in India but has lived in Scranton […]

  • Go Red for Women Day in Scranton

    SCRANTON — Thursday was Go Red for Women Day, a time to remind women to take charge of their heart health. The Luzerne County/Lackawanna County chapter of the American Heart Association held its annual fundraiser Thursday, a “Purse-inality” lunch. The event took place at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center in downtown Scranton. Purses were up for silent auction to raise money for the cause. This year’s chairwoman says money raised at functions like the lunch only helps more women […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Flu Shots and Pregnancy

    BLOOMSBURG — A study published in the medical journal “Vaccine” last month appeared to show a link between flu shots and miscarriage. No doubt, that made some pregnant woman a little nervous, but the Centers for Disease Control says more research needs to be done and it is sticking with the recommendation that pregnant women get a flu shot. It’s that time of year again time to get that flu shot if you haven’t already. Kelly Longenberger Warunek is a […]