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  • Light The Night: Saturday in Scranton

    SCRANTON, Pa. — The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society calls itself the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer, and each year, the group holds fundraisers. There’s one in Scranton this weekend. Light The Night is a walk and event sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. All the money raised helps patients battling leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, all cancers of the blood. It was right around that time last September when Tori Donahue of Dunmore would […]

  • Meet This Year’s Komen Race for the Cure Honorary Survivor

    The 2019 Komen Greater Pennsylvania Race for the Cure is Saturday, September 21, on Courthouse Square in Scranton. The annual race draws thousands of people to the downtown for a 5K walk/run and other activities all to raise money for breast cancer research and patient support. Each year there’s an honorary survivor. This year, it’s Lael Swank of Mountain Top. A 5K race and party in Mountain Top raised thousands of dollars for Lael, as did another fundraiser sponsored by […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Promoting Breastfeeding

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Each year, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action recognizes a week to get the word out about breastfeeding. That week was last month, in August, but we spoke with some nursing proponents about the various resources out there if you want to breastfeed your baby. Jenny Hetro is the Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Wright Center for Community Health in downtown Scranton. She is also a mother of two. “Three years ago, before […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Neuromuscular Summit

    SCRANTON, Pa. — For the fifth year, Geisinger Medical Center is hosting a neuromuscular summit. It’ll be held this weekend at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton. The event is for medical professionals, patients, and caregivers. We talked with a man from Columbia County who knows firsthand there’s a lot to learn. Bob Cleaver of Bloomsburg is a U.S. Navy and Vietnam veteran who had surgery on his arm. When that arm still didn’t work right a few years […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Coach’s Journey Through Rehab Back to the Field

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — When the Williamsport Area Millionaires football team takes the field this season, one of their most beloved coaches will be on the sidelines. But that wasn’t a given after assistant varsity coach Keith McCabe was very badly injured in a crash last November. If there’s one thing Keith McCabe knows it’s football. The 29-year-old McCabe is an assistant varsity football coach of the Williamsport Millionaires Team and an alum with a passion for the cherry and white. […]

  • Relieving Spinal Pain through Surgery

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A couple from Luzerne County married 22 years underwent the same surgery two months apart. They’re talking about how the experience at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center changed their lives. The first thing you notice about Eileen and Greg Dewey is that they love animals; 12 cats and dogs live with them in Exeter. And that’s despite Eileen having severe pain issues for years. “It’s very hard to deal with living in pain every day, which […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Lifesaving Blood Program on Life Flight

    MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. — Before January of this year, if you needed treatment from a Life Flight medical helicopter crew, there was a lot they could do to help save you, but they couldn’t give you blood. That has now changed, and officials say they’re seeing a big difference because of it. At the Life Flight hangar near Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville, 78-year-old Donald Stark of Lewisburg made his way into a medical helicopter on his own, this time. He […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Geisinger’s 65 Forward Program

    KINGSTON, Pa. — It’s estimated that 10,000 people turn 65 each day in the United States. Geisinger Health System officials say nearly a quarter of its entire patient population is already 65 or older and by 2022, more than a third of its population will be that age. With that in mind, Geisinger has put together a new way to care for those in that age group. The Geisinger facility on Wyoming Avenue in Kingston has just been renovated, inside […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Those Helped by Cody Barrasse Foundation

    SCRANTON, Pa. — The Cody Barrasse Foundation is holding its seventh annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament and a separate fundraising event this weekend. The organ donation organization raised $35,000 last year alone. Basketballers will battle it out this weekend raising money for the Cody Barrasse Foundation. Cody was just 22 when he was killed in an accident and became an organ donor, helping to save nine other lives. In the years since his death, his friends and family members have worked […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Diabetes Prevention Program

    BLOOMSBURG, Pa. — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says the number of Type 2 diabetes cases being diagnosed is alarming. The rate has tripled over the last 20 years. Knowing that prevention is healthier and less expensive than treatment of diabetes, Geisinger Health System is partnering with the CDC to offer classes teaching people how not to become the next statistic. It’s a weekday at the Bloomsburg Public Library on Market Street, but upstairs this group isn’t browsing through […]

  • Organ Donation & The Cody Barrasse Foundation: Healthwatch 16

    This is the story of a woman from Scranton who needed a new kidney. It’s the story of her daughter-in-law, who ended up being her perfect match. It’s the story of their granddaughter and niece, who got an education at Scranton Prep for free. It’s also about a man, Joseph Barrasse, who’s about to start a new job in Philadelphia, who made much of that possible. But the story really starts with Joe’s younger brother, Cody Barrasse. “We had a […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Gene Study Impacts Heart Disease Treatment

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — A heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy — when the heart’s main pumping chamber grows weak — affects some 750,000 people in the U.S. Researchers at Geisinger Medical Center have been looking into what might cause that condition, and the findings of a study just completed are now published. At Henry Hood Research Center, on the campus of Geisinger Medical Center near Danville, researchers have just finished a study on something called the Titin gene. It codes […]

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