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  • Free 2BMom: Helping Mothers in the Battle with Addiction

    LUZERNE COUNTY, Pa. — A while back, health officials in the area noticed a startling trend: a big increase of babies being born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). That’s a term for a number of problems a baby will experience when withdrawing from exposure to drugs. In so many of those cases, the mom never spoke up about her addiction, fearing the repercussions. A few months ago, those officials, along with various community agencies, launched a program meant to help […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Sudden Infant Death syndrome

    DUNMORE, Pa. — The American SIDS Institute says each year there are about 4,000 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome deaths in the U.S. and that’s 4,000 too many, according to researchers studying it. A few weekends ago, on a rainy Sunday, hundreds turned out to walk and run and jog at the 5th annual Jog for Jude in Dunmore, Lackawanna County. All along the race course were pictures of beautiful babies who went to sleep and didn’t wake up. “It’s a […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Repairing a Cleft Palate

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — A young mom in Northumberland County remembers a few scary moments when her daughter was born almost two years ago. The little girl had a cleft palate. We made the mistake of attempting an interview next to the gift shop at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, part of Geisinger Medical Center, near Danville. Little Edith just couldn’t resist some window shopping. Edith’s mom, Lindsey Wagner of Sunbury, told us about frightening moments after the 22 month old […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Clean Out the Medicine Cabinet

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — Since you may be in the middle of spring cleaning your house or your closets, authorities are urging you to clean out that medicine cabinet as well. How often do you really look inside your medicine cabinet? Lorraine Tusing guesses not often. “Everybody, go look in your cabinet. You have stuff in there that’s probably 10 years old,” said Tusing. Tusing is project manager of the med take-back program for Geisinger Health System. The program is […]

  • Geisinger DETECT Study: Using Blood Test to Find Cancer

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Geisinger Health System is teaming up with Johns Hopkins University to find out whether cancer can be detected through a blood test. In September of 2017, Geisinger Health System began a research project with Johns Hopkins University to answer one question: can certain cancers be detected using a simple blood test? Ashley Honushefsky is the project manager of the study, called DETECT. “We’re enrolling 10,000 women into the study. Right now, we have 9,000 enrolled. We’ll […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Giving the Gift of Life

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER, Pa. — April is National Donate Life Month, a time dedicated to getting the word out about the need for organ donation. We recently spoke with three men who had never met before until one donor changed all of their lives. Meet Marc, 58, from Northumberland; Tom, 49, from Mountain Top; and Dennis, 82, from Elysburg. There’s easy rapport between them but this is the first time they’ve met. Just a few months ago, their lives were […]

  • Reading vs. Listening: Does It Matter?

    BLOOMSBURG, Pa. — Technology has made it possible to consume your favorite book in a number of ways: you can read a traditional book or an e-book, or you could have the story read to you via audiobook. A Bloomsburg University professor studied whether those who read or those who listen retain the most information. Maybe you’re a book purist and you prefer good old-fashioned pages. Maybe you love the ease and convenience of an e-book. Or maybe you like […]

  • Healthwatch 16: New Hip Replacement Option

    COGAN STATION, Pa. — A man in Lycoming County says he was surprised he needed a hip replacement and surprised again when he was home just a few hours after his surgery. We talked with him and his doctor about a new option for hip replacement surgery. If you want to find 53-year-old Barry Eisley from Cogan Station, check outside first. “I cut firewood. I hunt and I fish, love the outdoors, gardening,” Eisley said. He’s active and loves working […]

  • CBD Products Gain in Popularity

    SHAVERTOWN, Pa. — It’s hard not to see CBD products these days, at pharmacies, cafes, health food stores, even gas stations. CBD is one of hundreds of compounds found in the cannabis plant species, and plenty of users are touting its health benefits. Three letters are everywhere these days: CBD, or cannabidiol. It’s infused into whiskey. It’s featured in beer. It’s even made into treats for our four-legged friends. “I enjoy it. It calms me down,” Kyle Stein said. “I […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Bed to Bike

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — Moving around is probably the last thing someone wants to do when they’ve just had surgery, but getting patients up and around is very important, according to officials at Geisinger Health System. They showed us one way they’re helping patients do that. We’re on the cardiac intensive care unit at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville, and this woman had heart surgery just a few days ago. Therapists are working with her on a stationary bike that’s […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Little Hats, Big Hearts

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Little Hats, Big Hearts is a nationwide campaign that was started by the American Heart Association five years ago. Each year, hundreds of thousands of newborn babies get a new red hat, and their moms, dads, and other family members get an education about congenital heart defects. Mom Maria Javier of Montoursville was kind enough to invite us into her room and introduce us to her first baby, and the first grandchild on both sides of […]

  • Living Donor Program at UPMC

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — There are between 14,000 and 17,000 people currently on the waiting list for a liver transplant. One option for those patients is a living liver donor. UPMC Williamsport now has a living donor program. When it comes to the health of one very important organ in our bodies, the liver, northeastern and central Pennsylvania doesn’t score high marks. “We have a substantial number of patients who have liver disease in this area who are very sick, and […]

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