HEALTH
To your health: Do vitamins actually work?

Many of us look for some help in keeping up with this busy time of year. No doubt things like moderate exercise, restful sleep, stress-managing breathing, plenty of water, avoidance of tobacco and prudence in drinking, all help keep you strong and robust. And it’s equally certain that substances, including misused stimulants and any number […]

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Can’t buy love? Drug price hikes put sex beyond reach for many

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Imagine not being able to afford one of life’s great pleasures — sex. That’s true for many older couples, doctors say. Soaring prices for prescription medicines for impotence and other problems have put the remedies out of reach for some. Without insurance coverage, Viagra and Cialis cost about $50 a pill, […]

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To your health: How to handle a cough you feel developing

It was a wonderful Thanksgiving. Kate and Rowan got in on Tuesday with no problem. Kate and her seatmate struck up a conversation that led to a remarkable interchange. You see, this pleasant woman had moved to Chicago from the valley but was returning to the area to spend Thanksgiving with her extended family. To […]

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No downward dogs here: Laughter yoga an upbeat exercise in fun, well-being

WILKES-BARRE — If conferences are meant to be formal informative gatherings, then why were a roomful of adult professionals walking around with their tongues out and hands up like lion claws, laughing at each other? It wasn’t insanity, it was laughter yoga. Jeannine Luby was introduced to laughter yoga — a practice that uses a […]

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To your health: Too many drinks this season could make your heart skip a beat

I’m really looking forward to Thursday. This year it’s our turn to get Kate, Andy and Rowan for Thanksgiving. If all goes according to plan I’ll be at the airport this evening loading a lovely young woman, a happy toddler, a stroller, a few bags, a car seat and who knows what else into my […]

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Fresh Food Pharmacy helps diabetes patients balance blood sugar

Directions for prescriptions from Geisinger’s Fresh Food Pharmacy are as follows: take one at dinner time and do not keep out of reach of children — if possible, offer them seconds. The pharmacy acts as a food pantry for low-income diabetes patients, who on a weekly basis are provided with a number of free ingredients […]

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To your health: Keep the peace at family gatherings this year

Some of the most poignant stories from the American Civil War era are about families torn apart by conflicting political loyalties between close relatives. We’ve all been moved by Ken Burns’ documentaries and the “brother against brother” battles. The recent elections have provided yet another backdrop for similar if less physical battles. Families all over […]

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To your health: Can cold weather make you sick?

It’s been so wonderful watching my daughter, Kate, and her husband, Andy, turn into Rowan’s parents. These two smart, energetic, terrific people have become devoted, compassionate, patient, loving guardians of this happy, inquisitive wunderkind. There are many ways that Kate seems to be channeling her own mom, Mary, her grandmother, my mom, Regina and I […]

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To your health: Watch out for those pesky little ticks

It’s been about three years since I’ve started writing these weekly articles. I hope you’ve enjoyed them and learned something. And, I hope you’ve quit smoking, of course. I’ve written about Lyme disease and tick bites a few times, but now its personal. How dare one of these annoying little buggers dig into my right […]

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To your health: 3D imaging for breast cancer detection

I’ve never hesitated to tell anyone who’ll listen that I did all my training, from college through med school then a general surgery residency, my cardiothoracic surgery fellowship and several years afterwards, on the faculty at Johns Hopkins. It’s certainly one of the best pedigrees you could wish for at one of the world’s top […]

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