How to travel safely during coronavirus

Right now, planning a trip is the furthest thing from most people’s minds. But if you do need to go somewhere, with some safe travel guidelines, you can protect yourself and everyone around you. “Although we are in the midst…

Donating blood during coronavirus

You might wonder why blood supplies are low during the pandemic. It’s not that patients with COVID-19 necessarily need blood. The reduced supplies are due to blood drive cancellations during the early weeks of the coronavirus outbreak. During this time…

CyberKnife explained

By Anand Mahadevan, radiation oncologist Hearing the words “cancer treatment plan” can make you feel overwhelmed. It can be hard to understand the difference between treatment options such as chemotherapy, radiation or immunotherapy. You may be left with a lot…

You can monitor your blood pressure at home

Your blood pressure measures how hard your blood is pushing against the walls of your arteries as it’s pumped through your body by your heartbeats. “When you measure your blood pressure, it can provide insight into your heart health and…

How to choose a Medicare Advantage plan

1 – Coverage Look for plans that limit out-of-pocket expenses. Consider the added value you’ll get with plans that offer preventive services, as well as dental or vision benefits. Before selecting a plan, request a list of covered drugs and…

Lighten up your Easter egg hunt

by: Samantha Cortese, RDN Jellybeans, chocolate bunnies, peanut-butter-filled eggs… Easter treats tend to be sugary. Maybe too sugary, if you’re trying to limit your kids’ intake to the recommended 6 teaspoons per day. Here’s how you can lighten up your…

COVID-19: What does “flattening the curve” mean?

Lately, many Americans’ lives have been drastically disrupted by unprecedented cancellations and closings. Across the country, businesses are closing, employers are sending employees home, events are being cancelled and schools and universities are closing. While the cancellations and closings might…

Diabetes in children: signs to watch for

What is diabetes? Diabetes is a condition that causes high blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels in the body. Typically, the food we eat is converted into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use as energy. To accomplish this,…

How to treat a sunburn

You spent the day outside, and despite knowing that you should wear protective clothing and apply (and re-apply) sunscreen, you lost track of time and forgot. Now you’re sporting a red, itchy, painful sunburn and looking for relief – fast!…

Why it’s safe to receive cancer care

by Rajiv Panikkar, chair of the Geisinger Cancer Institute If you’re receiving cancer treatment right now, rest assured that we’re making sure it’s safe for you to visit your doctor’s office or hospital to get care. Protecting you is our…