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You can catch evening anchor Julie Sidoni for two hours each weeknight, on Newswatch 16 at 4 and Newswatch 16 at 5. She is also currently responsible for the station's Healthwatch 16 reports.

Julie has been part of the WNEP team since February of 2002. She comes to WNEP from WJAC-TV in Johnstown, where she reported for a year and a half after graduating from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Before that, Julie worked as an associate producer at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh. She got her start as a reporter for National Public Radio affiliate WDUQ-FM, also in Pittsburgh.

Julie grew up in St. Marys, PA and lives with her family in Kingston.

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    Healthwatch 16: Hepatitis C

    We’re putting the spotlight on an illness that some doctors feel people don’t talk about enough: Hepatitis C. Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, and the difference between A, B, and C is that they’re caused by three different viruses. In the case of Hepatitis C, many people who have it may not even know. The CDC estimates that 3.2 million people in the United States have Hepatitis C, a virus that’s transmitted blood to blood, and a big percentage […]

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    Healthwatch 16: Eating Gluten-Free

    Celiac disease is a condition that means your body can’t tolerate gluten. Many others have a gluten sensitivity, which causes similar symptoms but is not the same thing. One doctor at Geisinger is looking to educate people on the topic of gluten-free foods. No doubt you’ve seen foods at a health or grocery store near you: gluten-free. It’s become something of a trend among the health-conscious. “Some people are using it because they think they may lose weight, or they […]

  • Treating Depression Without Medication

    An estimated 16 million people in this country are treated for depression every year.  That number doesn’t count people who haven’t yet sought help.  In many cases, medication is an effective way to get some relief, but there’s another, newer way some doctors are trying. Lorraine, of West Pittston, who didn’t want to share her last name, said she has battled depression for many years. “People don’t understand depression. You don’t want to be depressed, you just fall into that […]

  • Back To Making – And Teaching – Music

    Imagine being a teacher and not being able to see properly.  A woman in Bradford County was struggling with deteriorating vision and didn’t know why. Dorothy Weir loves music.  She’s been teaching music at Northeast Bradford Elementary School near Le Raysville for years.  She says she’s always had corrective lenses, but two years ago, noticed her eyesight worsening.  She couldn’t read, started seeing double, and cut back on driving because she was afraid of what she wouldn’t see. “It was […]

  • “Om” For Better Skin

      There are a great many benefits to doing yoga, but did you know it’s good for your skin too?  That’s what one dermatologist notes in this Healthwatch 16 report. People who practice yoga know its many health benefits: better strength and flexibility, better posture and breathing, and greater cardiovascular health.  And that’s not even mentioning the meditative qualities, such as being more calm and having less stress. Debbie Lello from Moosic is a big fan.  She practices yoga at […]

  • Healthwatch: Enterovirus 68

    By now you’ve likely heard the term “enterovirus.”  That’s the name of a family of viruses, typically seen this time of year.  But one in particular, enterovirus 68, is proving to be a frightening and fast-moving condition, mostly seen in children. Scientists aren’t really sure why enterovirus 68 has popped up now. “It’s not a frequent flyer. We don’t see it very often. The last time was 40 or 50 years ago,” said Dr. Michael Ryan.  He is a pediatric […]

  • Taking the G-CMC Tour

      If you’ve driven past Geisinger CMC in Scranton lately, you have no doubt seen – or heard – the construction.  It’s been going on since last fall.  Officials there thought it was time for us to get a look inside. First up is an entrance to the emergency department, with an ambulance entrance and patient drop-off parking.  Then we walked upstairs, led by project superintendent Rick Thomas. “It’s a very difficult project just because of the logistics of the […]

  • It’s Not Just Morning Sickness

    Most women who’ve been pregnant have experienced some form of morning sickness.  But there’s most morning sickness, and then there’s hyperemesis gravidarum, the condition making headlines recently because Duchess Kate is now suffering from it for the second time. Nausea is a symptom that’s very common among pregnant women, according to Dr. Hans Cassagnol. “About 80% of people that become pregnant have some kind of morning sickness,” he said. Dr. Cassagnol is Associate Chief Quality Officer at Geisinger Health System, […]

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    LumBar Inventor Hopes to Help Others

    Ever heard the saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention?” One man from Lackawanna County would likely agree with that. After years of dealing with lower back pain and not finding the right way to treat it, he invented a way to get relief on his own and is now offering it to everyone else. John Cowder of Dunmore knows a thing or two about back pain. “A few years ago it started getting really bad. I couldn’t sleep at […]

  • Music That Heals

    It’s said that music soothes the soul.  But in a hospital setting, it can also help to heal. That’s the idea behind bedside visits from a certified clinical musician, who volunteers her time at Geisinger CMC in Scranton. It’s a frightening time for 80-year-old John Carvalho of Gouldsboro, who was admitted to Geisinger CMC in Scranton a few days ago after he had a heart attack.  He says he couldn’t breathe and was panicking. He’s feeling much better now, at […]

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    Police: Woman Threw Baby Against Wall

    POTTSVILLE — A woman from Pottsville is in jail after police say she physically abused her own baby by throwing him against a wall. At last check, that 2-month-old boy was in critical condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown. Police say medical tests shows that the baby has skull fractures, a blood clot, and several bruises. Police say it all happened when the teenage mother said she became frustrated with her son. Larisa Zimmerman, 18, of Pottsville is locked […]

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    Healthwatch 16: Talking About Depression

    The death of actor and comedian Robin Williams has brought to the forefront the topic of depression. Mental health experts say depression is very common, but that arming yourself with some facts, and being aware of common signs that someone is struggling, could help save a life. The news that celebrated actor and funnyman Robin Williams took his own life this week at the age of 63 hit his fans hard. It also prompted the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention […]


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