Recent Articles
  • Healthwatch 16: Detecting AFib

    SCRANTON — We continue talking about your heart in Healthwatch 16, both because February is heart month and because so many doctors say that cardiac issues are a big problem in this area. George Hunter, 65, of Tafton, is a former firefighter and mill worker who has been exposed to a lot of smoke and asbestos. “I was working, cutting wood at home, and I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t really do anything. I thought I was having lung issues,” Hunter […]

  • Little Hats, Big Hearts: Raising Awareness of Congenital Heart Defects

    SCRANTON — Congenital heart defects are common birth defects. It means that a baby’s heart has a problem with its structure at birth. They’re only a few days old, but already these tiny babies, twin brother and sister Leo and Leah, own hats. Mom and dad La Rhonda Boone and Michael Gamalia from Carbondale are seeing double. These little ones, who join a big brother and sister at home, were born February 10. They were surprised and thrilled that workers […]

  • Miller Center for Recreation and Wellness

    EAST BUFFALO TOWNSHIP — It’s been a few years in the making, but a recreation and wellness center in Union County is hitting its stride. The Miller Center celebrated a grand opening last summer but invited us in a few weeks ago to see what they’ve rolled out since. Just outside Lewisburg, in Union County, the Miller Center for Recreation and Wellness is just about finished. “Just a couple little things, little paint, little electrical, but for the most part […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Mako Robotic Arm

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — Robotics is a real buzz word in the medical field these days. There are lots of new advances when it comes to using robotic technology during surgery. Officials at Geisinger Health System are excited about something called the Mako Robotic Arm, which they’re now using for joint replacements. He’s walking slowly and with a cane, but then again, Matt Pruchnik, 57, of Orangeville, had a knee replacement surgery just three weeks before we met him at […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Flu And Your Heart

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — The number of people affected this flu season is higher than health professionals have seen in the past. But a new study sheds light on who in particular needs to do everything they can to prevent getting the flu. We reported just a few weeks ago, from Geisinger’s laboratory at the medical center near Danville, how much flu testing was going on. Dr. Donna Wolk says back in December a small number of the tests taken here […]

  • 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 […]