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  • Fitstock Event Benefits United Cerebral Palsy

    BLAKELY — For the seventh year, a gym owner and personal trainer in Lackawanna County is turning his passion for fitness into a fundraiser benefiting a nonprofit in the area. Mike Marcinek is the owner of NEPA Fit Club, a personal coaching fitness facility in Blakely. He helps organize a fundraiser called Fitstock for a Cause, now in its seventh year. Fitstock is a weekend-long event featuring an outdoor workout, basket raffles, and more. “Last year, we raised just about […]

  • Using Mobility to Help ICU Patients Recover

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — A hospital’s ICU, or intensive care unit, is where the sickest patients are treated. Many of them are the very patients that need to be moving, according to a doctor with the Geisinger Health System. About a year and a half ago, he put together a team to increase early mobility in the ICU. Marge Polimeno’s trip to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center near Wilkes-Barre was unexpected a few weeks ago. The 76 year old only had […]

  • New Legislation to Help Stroke Patients

    HARRISBURG — On this last day of May, which is Stroke Awareness Month, we have an update on legislation that’s on the governor’s desk, ready to be signed. It has to do with stroke patients and the best way to get them to the right place. When it comes to strokes, there’s an expression: Time is brain. Time is even represented in the acronym used to spot a stroke, FAST: face drooping, arm raising, speech difficulties, and time to call […]

  • High School Students Receive Important Lesson in Drug and Suicide Awareness

    WILKES-BARRE — For the second year, students from the high schools that make up the Wilkes-Barre Area School District gathered to talk about something they say isn’t talked about enough: drug and alcohol abuse and suicide prevention. More than 700 students packed Wilkes-Barre Area’s stadium, some in matching t-shirts. But this wasn’t a football game or a graduation event. These students, from each of the high schools in the district, were here to listen to an important message. “Addiction can […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Dancing through Stroke Rehab

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — Showing off his dance moves, 57-year-old John Woloski of Plains Township celebrated the last day of his stay at John Heinz Rehab Hospital, part of Allied Services, near Wilkes-Barre. Let’s go back to the beginning. He talked to us about the day in February of 2015, when he was at work as a school principal. “I started to become a little confused and I started to get a little headache,” he recalled. John took a pain reliever, […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Stroke Awareness

    FORTY FORT — The month of May is known as American Stroke Month, and this week we are going to be talking a lot about strokes. We are speaking with a couple whose life has been turned upside down by a stroke and with a doctor who is heading a new clinic at Geisinger meant to treat them. Luke and Heather Harrison have been married for 19 years, together for 24, but for nearly the last four years, life has […]

  • Healthwatch 16: In Vitro Fertilization

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — Infertility is fairly common, yet one doctor believes people don’t talk about it enough. A young couple from Wyoming County shared with us the long road they traveled to be able to have a baby with the hopes that other people will start talking about it too. This beautiful family of three, Samantha and James McDonnell of Falls and their baby girl Mia are picture-perfect. but Sam says there’s a whole lot more to their story that […]

  • Tom Clark and NROC: The Importance of Prostate Cancer Care

    DUNMORE — If you’re a longtime viewer of Newswatch 16, you may recall a time about 10 years ago when then-Chief Meteorologist Tom Clark was off the air for a while. He was dealing with a health scare: a diagnosis of early stage prostate cancer. He’s talking about it now to highlight the care he received at Northeast Radiation Oncology Center in Lackawanna County and to remind men to pay attention to their own health. Dr. Chris Peters works at […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Considering Bariatric Surgery

    TAYLOR — A woman from Lackawanna County says she did not want to be on the sidelines. She was overweight and sick and said she’d had enough, and she decided on bariatric surgery to help. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers more than one-third of adults in the United States — nearly 37 percent — obese. That is leading to a higher incidence of obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and even certain types […]

  • ‘It can cost you your life’ – The Importance of Colon Cancer Screening

    LEWISBURG — Colon cancer is so prevalent in northeastern and central Pennsylvania, a doctor in Lewisburg wants to underscore how important screening really is. Nationwide, in the general population, one out of every 20 people will develop colon cancer and 50,000 people a year will die from colon cancer. Those statistics are from Dr. Joe Gallagher, the medical director of Central Penn Endoscopy Center in Lewisburg. He says it’s the screening that can make all the difference. “You need to […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Helping Older Adults Stay Social

    WILKES-BARRE — A couple of years ago, a Gallup poll found that socialization is clearly linked to happiness and lower stress levels. And those 65 and older reported the highest levels of happiness of any age group when they spent at least three hours daily socializing. A doctor in the Geisinger group backs that up and introduces us to a man she says is living those study results. There’s a mid-day bowling game going on at the LIFE Geisinger Wilkes-Barre […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Breast Cancer Symposium on Saturday

    SCRANTON — There is a lot of focus on early detection, early diagnosis, and early treatment of breast cancer. But some in the medical field say there’s a growing need for information about later stage breast cancer too, especially in this area. The Komen Foundation of Northeastern Pennsylvania has teamed up with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine to present a symposium bringing a lot of information to the community for free this weekend. Lisa Kutra and Suzanne O’Hara shared their […]