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  • Healthwatch 16: Choosing the Right Plan

    LUZERNE COUNTY, Pa. — Now through early December, those who receive Medicare can sign up for supplemental health benefits not covered by traditional Medicare. Experts know the whole process can be confusing and they want you to know they’re ready to help. Medicare is a federal program that’s been around for decades. It offers health insurance for those 65 and older, or for those who have certain disabilities. Many people opt for supplemental benefits as well. Geisinger Health Plan offers […]

  • Healthwatch 16: A Mammogram Reminder

    CRESCO, Pa. — We are just about done with October, Breast Cancer Awareness month. One woman from the Poconos was eager to share a message she thinks others need to hear, this month and all year round. Doris Mansley, 68, of Cresco, is nothing if not faithful when it comes to her health screenings. She’s involved in Geisinger’s MyCode genetic research project, which can alert participants of genetic health issues. She was part of the Detect Blood study, which looked […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Vaping and Carbon Monoxide

    LEWISBURG, Pa. — E-cigarettes and vaping have made a lot of headlines lately. They are also the topic of a research study, a portion of which was recently completed at Bucknell University in Union County. Several students are having their work published in a medical journal. Newswatch 16 got a look at what’s known as the laser lab on the campus of Bucknell University near Lewisburg. This is where students did a study on vaping that’s been approved for publication […]

  • 5Kate: Race and Wellness Fair for Mental Health

    SCRANTON, Pa. — When a man from Scranton lost his daughter to suicide three years ago, he penned an obituary that ended up being read around the world. Ed Shoener highlighted his daughter Katie’s many accomplishments but also didn’t shy away from talking about her battles with mental illness. The legacy of talking about it lives on in Lackawanna County on Saturday and you can take part. Shoener had buried his daughter Katie only a few weeks before he spoke […]

  • Healthwatch 16: World Polio Day

    World Polio Day is Thursday. It’s a day set aside to get the word out that we, worldwide, are very close to eradicating the disease altogether. Rotary Clubs worldwide have taken on fundraising and awareness campaigns to end polio since 1985, and we spoke with the head of one club who explained how you can get involved. A video produced by Rotary International, says it all: the world is very close to eradicating polio, a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease […]

  • Rally in Harrisburg for ‘Peyton’s Law’

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — A new bill is headed to the Pennsylvania Senate floor in honor of a King’s College student who died of sudden cardiac arrest. Senate Bill 836, or Peyton’s Law, is based on legislation that was just enacted in Texas. Julie Walker is a Penn State fan, but instead of cheering for a team, the crowd at the State Capitol in Harrisburg was cheering on Senate Bill 836, also known as Peyton’s Law, in honor of Julie’s daughter. […]

  • Breaking a Record

    DALLAS, Pa. — You’ll find 21-year-old Kaitlyn Weatherby in the pool at least 20-hours a week. The New Jersey native is a senior at Misericordia University. She is also a national record holder, which happened over the summer at the World Deaf Swimming Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her relay team actually took 4th in the competition and didn’t medal, but later learned they’d won a heck of a consolation prize. “I was part of the 4 by 100 medley […]

  • Healthwatch 16: New Childbirth Center at Geisinger CMC

    SCRANTON, Pa. — After Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton closed its labor and delivery center 12 years ago, babies are back. Geisinger CMC just unveiled its new childbirth center in Lackawanna County, and already it has a tiny patient. Little Jayla is a first here at Geisinger CMC: mom Kayla Stair from the Wilkes-Barre area is the first woman to give birth at Geisinger CMC’s new childbirth center. “I was reading about it and wanted to try it because […]

  • Geisinger in ‘D-Care’ Study on Dementia, Alzheimer’s

    LUZERNE COUNTY, Pa. — An estimated 6 million people in the United States are living with dementia. Geisinger is now enrolling dementia patients and their caregivers in a national research study. It’s looking to compare three different models of care. The D-Care study is enrolling dementia patients and their caregivers in what Dr. Glen Finney calls an ambitious and long-term project. “What it’s looking at is enhancing care and being proactive on outreaching to caregivers and people who are fighting […]

  • Healthwatch 16: T2 Protect Study

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — There is a nationwide study going on now to figure out whether a certain drug can protect against or slow down Alzheimer’s disease. Geisinger is looking for people who may be interested in signing up for the study. At Geisinger’s Memory and Cognition Center along Baltimore Drive in Plains Township, Dr. Maya Lichtenstein talked about the importance of research. “Certainly, it helps to understand what diseases are, how they progress, and how we can better treat […]

  • ‘This is children helping children’ – Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

    CLARKS GREEN, Pa. — If you’ve seen a lot of the color gold recently, it may be because gold is the color associated with childhood cancer. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and students at Our Lady of Peace School in Clarks Green did their part to acknowledge it. They wore gold shirts and formed a human gold ribbon outside the school, showing compassion for families dealing with a pediatric cancer diagnosis. “We here at Our Lady of Peace have […]

  • LIFE Geisinger Helps Get Trucker Back on the Road

    KULPMONT, Pa. — LIFE Geisinger is a program for older adults designed to give them the support they need to continue to live at home. It’s what a man from Northumberland County credits with getting him not only back on his feet, but back into his truck. “I was doing it for 37 years, running the road, going all over the place,” said Bob Becker, 61, from Elysburg. Becker has been a truck driver for almost his entire adult life, […]

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