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  • 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 […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Peggy’s Pathway for Women’s Cancer Care

    SCRANTON — There’s an event happening Friday night in Lackawanna County honoring a wife, mother, grandmother, and friend — and hopefully raising money in her name. It’s October 25 which means it’s a tradition that a small group of people attend Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral in downtown Scranton then meet for lunch at P.J. Scanlan’s restaurant nearby. They’re celebrating, remembering, what would have been Peggy Pettinato’s 79th birthday. One of Peggy’s daughters, Natalie Pettinato O’Hara, says her mother loved […]

  • Healthwatch 16: WATCHMAN Implant Reduces Stroke Risk in AFib Patients

    GEISINGER WYOMING VALLEY — A retired police officer says he is crossing his fingers that he’ll soon be able to be medication-free. He’s one patient at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center to undergo a procedure that doctors say GWV jumped on early, and so far are seeing success. Joe Oblen lives in Kingston. He’s almost 84 years old, a retired Kingston police officer who gave 21 years to the force and now loves to talk about his children, grandchildren, and […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Kim Campbell Talks Alzheimer’s and Caregiving

    SCRANTON — An event focusing on Alzheimers and caregivers of those who have the disease, is happening Thursday night in Scranton and it features a famous name who knows first-hand. Kim Campbell is the widow of Grammy-Award-winning musician Glen Campbell, who died this summer. Ahead of the event, she shared her story. A 2014 documentary called “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” gave people an intimate look inside the life of the country music legend. He decided with his family to […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Penguins Player Battles POTS

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take to the rink for their season opener this weekend with a game at home versus the Charlotte Checkers. Last season, one player didn’t see a lot of time on the ice. Lukas Bengtsson was battling a health issue that just wasn’t getting better. The Penguins started practice this week, posing for pictures, and getting ready for their home opener Saturday night. Lukas Bengtsson, 23, from Sweden and a Penguins right defensemen, is ready. […]

  • ‘Breaking Bad’ Actor Inspires Students in Scranton

    SCRANTON — Fans of the hit AMC television series “Breaking Bad” will no doubt be familiar with R.J. Mitte. He portrayed Walter White Jr. on the show. He was in Scranton Thursday speaking at the University of Scranton’s 16th annual U.S. Conference on Disability. Geisinger Medical Center is a co-sponsor of that talk. In the popular and critically acclaimed AMC series “Breaking Bad,” actor R.J. Mitte often stole the show. Mitte played Walter White Jr., the teenage son of teacher-turned-meth-maker […]

  • 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 […]