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  • Healthwatch 16: Leadless Pacemaker

    SCRANTON — Sometimes a heartbeat can be too fast, too slow, or irregular. Doctors often use pacemakers to regulate someone’s heartbeat. One man from Lackawanna County has a new type of pacemaker in his heart. Nick Stelmak, 84, from Scranton, remembers the day earlier this year when he passed out behind the wheel with his college-age grandson in the car. “I was backing out of the driveway, next thing I knew, he was waking me up,” Nick recalled. Nick had […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Homework in the Hospital

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — School work might seem like the last thing a young person would worry about during a long-term hospital stay. But there’s a program at Geisinger Medical Center that keeps kids up to date on their lesson plans and it ends up doing a lot more than helping them with their grades. This is not your typical classroom, but then, 14-year-old Brandon Conaway is not your typical teenager. Off and on, Brandon’s mom Heather Conaway lives in […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Trends in Food

    SCRANTON — Food can most certainly make you sick, and it can also be medicine, so it’s no surprise that many of us are on the lookout for food news — what’s good, what’s bad, what’s new. It seems we’re fairly well versed on the foods we should avoid, or at least limit: processed foods, fried foods, the list goes on. But what’s healthy is harder to define. “There’s really not one recommendation for anyone,” said Nicole Coppola, a clinical […]

  • ‘We stick together’ – Komen NEPA Race for the Cure

    SCRANTON — Downtown Scranton will be a sea of pink Saturday morning for the annual Komen NEPA Race for the Cure. Thousands of breast cancer survivors, fighters, and friends and family are expected to walk or run in the race or be there to cheer on a loved one. All of the above applies to one family in Scranton who have been hit particularly hard by breast cancer. Each year, Komen NEPA turns the Electric City pink for the Race […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Treating Addiction

    BLOOMSBURG — Last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 91 overdose deaths each day — 13 of them in the state of Pennsylvania alone, which was a big increase from the year before. Experts say addiction is an issue that is not going away, and Geisinger is taking steps to treat it. At Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital, around the corner from the main building sits an office that houses what’s called the MAT Clinic. MAT […]

  • ‘I’m Listening’ – Radio Group Raising Suicide, Mental Health Awareness

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — It’s time to talk about mental health and suicide prevention and the folks at Entercom Radio stations are listening. “I’m Listening” is the name of a national campaign happening this Sunday on radio airwaves everywhere. The rap artist Logic got a lot of people talking with the song “1-800-273-8255.” ┬áThe name of that song is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Logic is one of several stars of the music industry taking part in a special program this […]

  • Helping Hands: Occupational Therapy for Children

    KINGSTON — Occupational therapy is something you may not associate with children, but many kids can benefit from it. We met one little guy who is getting stronger every day thanks to his occupational therapist in Luzerne County. When 5-year-old Lincoln isn’t flying on a balance ball, he’s playing his favorite sport. “Soccer,” Lincoln said. “I just played soccer a day ago.” Lincoln’s a good runner, does a lot of things well, but needs some help with his fine-motor skills, […]

  • Healthwatch 16: The Salt Fix

    Most of the time when salt is in the news, it isn’t good. We hear all the time that too much salt is bad for our health, bad for blood pressure, and increases our risk for a range of health problems. But there’s a new book out claiming salt isn’t as bad for us as we’ve been led to believe. Salt is a part of our menus every day, but some health experts argue we eat too much of it. […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Help for Breastfeeding Moms

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, a campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its research indicates that babies who are breastfed for six months are less likely to develop certain illnesses or childhood obesity. But new moms sometimes need a lot of support to be successful at breastfeeding. Mom Theresa Hails, from Monroe Township in Wyoming County, has 4-month-old Oaklyn, and another daughter at home, 2-year-old Raegan. She breastfed her older daughter […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Geisinger Taking Part in Autism Data Project

    LEWISBURG — There’s a good chance you know a family who is dealing with autism, and right now, there’s an organization that would like to collect DNA and other info from those families. The goal is to come up with a better bank of information for researchers to study. Just outside Lewisburg in Union County is Geisinger Bucknell Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI). Dr. Cora Taylor, a pediatric psychologist, explains what they do there for families dealing with autism. […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Training Doctors with High-tech Simulation

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — When it comes to training doctors and other medical professionals, there’s only so much they can read about practicing is an important part of the education. Now Geisinger has a center dedicated to just that and we got to see how it all works during an open house last week. When it’s time for medical residents to practice what they’ve learned, there’s only so much they can do on a real person. This could be the […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Spreading the Message about Organ Donation

    SCRANTON — A man from Lackawanna County has been the recipient of a donor organ twice. He’s now making it his mission to spread the word about how important organ donation is. You may see him around at various events and he says you’ll definitely see him at a baseball game this weekend. What’s hanging on the walls of Tony Harding’s living room in Scranton says it all: CD covers. He’s a big music fan and went to 11 concerts […]