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  • A Bit of Winter in the PhotoLink Library

    Some frost on the window, a very cold window. A bit of winter is what we’ll look at in this edition of the PhotoLink Library.

  • Healthwatch 16: EMT’s Frightening Heart Attack Experience

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — An emergency medical official in Luzerne County has no doubt he was in the right place at the right time this summer. He was on a trauma call when he recognized he was having a heart attack. As a volunteer EMT for Hunlock Creek in Luzerne County, Ricky Benscoter, 67, has been on hundreds of calls, but one in August changed his life. There’d been a crash on Route 11, it was raining, and the patient […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Good News about Concussions

    LEWISBURG, Pa. — A study published in the journal Pediatrics a few months ago was all about student-athletes and concussions. It was a huge study that looked at data from 20 high school sports between the years of 2013 and 2018 and some of what researchers found is interesting. This high school football season is only recently in the history books. When it comes to high school football players nationwide, concussions are becoming less frequent in practices, but not necessarily […]

  • Turkey Trotting for Animal Rescue

    FORTY FORT, Pa. — Tim’s Turkey Trot in Luzerne County benefitted a lot more than just the runners who came out for the Thanksgiving Day race last week. Before they sat down to a Thanksgiving dinner last week, runners took to the streets of Luzerne County for a five-mile race, the sixth annual Tim’s Turkey Trot, sponsored by Leverage Fitness Studio. Erin Tanner is a race director and a manager there. “People look forward to it, both locally and people […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Helping Patients by Increasing Mobility

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Medical professionals say there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that keeping a patient lying down for a prolonged period after surgery is detrimental to their eventual outcome. Geisinger Health System has been trying to get surgical patients up and moving, and they’ve just expanded a program at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center to do it. Bill recently had a cardiac issue and ended up at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. He gets his […]

  • Santa in the Skies

    SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, Pa. — A bustling scene in part of Schuylkill County, as Shenandoah ushered in the holiday season. Mrs. T’s pierogis sponsored the event, welcoming Santa from the skies. President and second-generation owner Tom Twardzik said this event had been a tradition here decades ago. “It had stopped for a number of years and I was lamenting the lost memory of my childhood with my head of PR one day, Wayne Holbert, at the time. And a year later, […]

  • Healthwatch 16: ECMO Helped Firefighter Diagnosed with Legionnaire’s Disease

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — Andrew Jones is the volunteer firefighter from Northumberland County who got very sick this summer and was diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease. He met us at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville to share his story and to personally thank the doctors who were able to save his life. Jones, a 30-year-old volunteer firefighter from Elysburg, was diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease. That’s a severe form of pneumonia caused by inhaling Legionella bacteria. It’s rare, but it can be […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Great American Smokeout

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Every year, on the third Thursday of November, the American Cancer society Urges everyone to quit smoking, just for a day with the hopes that one day will turn to two, and on and on. That message is important now more than ever, according to officials at Geisinger, who remind us that lung damage is not the only thing you’re risking by smoking. It’s no secret that smoking cigarettes tobacco use, in general, isn’t good for your […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Early Breast Cancer Detection

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A professor of electrical engineering at Wilkes University in Luzerne County watched a relative battle breast cancer and it gave him an idea. He researched how to better detect early-stage breast cancer than the methods currently available. On the campus of Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Dr. Abas Sabouni is working to someday change the way breast cancer is diagnosed. Sabouni is an associate professor of electrical engineering. “I started this work since 2005 when I was a […]

  • 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 […]

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