“I know the trails”: Woman’s 1778 ride to save Muncy settlers

By Don Everett Smith Jr. | November 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

MUNCY – The mid-1770s were an untamed time for what would become Lycoming County. As the American Revolution raged, settlers were moving into this area of Central Pennsylvania. The Iroquois and Lenape tribes allied themselves with the British and regularly would attack the British enemies and those of European descent west of the Susquehanna River. …

Meuser, Thompson take local races, statewide votes turn blue

By On the PULSE | November 8, 2022 | 0 Comments

In Central Pennsylvania’s local races, Dan Meuser, candidate for the 9th Congressional District, and Glenn Thompson, candidate for the 15th Congressional District, walked away with easy victories, according to the state’s unofficial election results Tuesday evening. Josh Shapiro took the governorship seat from Douglas Mastriano and John Fetterman beat out Mehmet Oz for the state’s…

Staffing crisis strains child services in Pa., officials say Lycoming County in good shape

By Anne Reiner | November 4, 2022

As reports of child abuse rise throughout Pennsylvania and across the country, low staff and high turnover rates make providing social services to these children an ever-increasing challenge, according to state and local experts.  “I’ve never seen staffing as bad as it is right now,” said Brian Bornman, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Children and Youth…

Printed History: Collecting 3.5M rare newspapers in Central Pa.

By Joseph W. Smith III | October 21, 2022

For Tim Hughes, it started with coins—and a 130-year-old newspaper. Hughes, who over five decades has parlayed his interest in old newspapers into a collection of 3.5 million issues, initially got into this unusual hobby because, as he put it, “I was intrigued by almost anything ‘old.’” “From my youngest years, I collected coins,” the…

Williamsport’s unique connection to end-of-life care in Tanzania

By Anne Reiner | October 14, 2022

Near the shore of Lake Victoria in Tanzania a man roughly in his 40s or 50s lays on a mat, his arms and legs immobile from the effects of the poliovirus.   Ramadani contracted polio at a young age and his mother has been his primary caregiver for his entire life. As he grew, the virus…

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Physician: Hand hygiene easy tool to fight the spread of germs

By Submitted Column | December 2, 2022 | 0 Comments

‘Tis the season for holiday gatherings where we share food, time together, and germs. No matter where you are, keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself from germs that can make you sick. Regularly washing your hands or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water…

Expert: Pediatric rehabilitation supports growth, well-being

By On the PULSE | November 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

As a parent, you want the best for your child. Children are amazingly resilient, and your hopes are to see them grow and flourish into independence. Sometimes life can throw your child a curveball, especially when it’s related to an acute injury, long-term illness, or disability, and they may need a little help. When that…

Doctor: Influenza and Flu vaccines

By On the PULSE | November 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu, or influenza, affected about nine million people last flu season (October through May). This is presumably due to COVID-19 mitigation efforts such as masking and social distancing that have since become less pressurized. While you may feel more at ease this year, it…

How to battle diabetes with nutrition

By Submitted Column | November 8, 2022 | 0 Comments

November is National Diabetes Month and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the chronic disease affects over 37 million people in the U.S. or about 11% of the country’s population. It’s important to understand what diabetes is and how you can help manage the condition with lifestyle modifications and nutrition.  What…

Physician: Tips for a safe and healthy hunting season

By Submitted Column | November 1, 2022

Hunting is a physical activity that should not be taken lightly. You may find yourself hopping over boulders, walking on damp, moss-covered logs and maneuvering other treacherous terrain while hauling extra gear. Often, you’re dealing with less-than-ideal weather conditions in an isolated setting. It’s important to be focused and physically prepared while out in the…

How breast cancer treatment affects your health

By Submitted Column | October 24, 2022

Written by Dr. Fiori Alite, Geisinger The latest diagnostic technology can help detect breast cancer earlier and pinpoint treatments, so you have fewer unpleasant side effects. But the treatments you and your doctor choose can still affect your short- and long-term health. How cancer treatment affects your health Different breast cancer treatments have different side…

Surgeon: What is Trauma Care?

By On the PULSE | October 18, 2022

Most hospitals have an emergency department, where patients with emergent injuries and illnesses can be treated without an appointment. Some of these patients may have life-threatening symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or severe stomach pain, and the emergency medicine team can provide the treatment necessary to support care for these patients. However,…

Physician: Early detection key to breast cancer battle

By On the PULSE | October 4, 2022

Changes in the breast, such as lumps or masses, typically trigger cancer concerns. But did you know most early breast cancers cause no symptoms? Breast cancer can present in different ways including a breast lump, changes in the nipple or skin, and bloody nipple discharge. Being aware of your breasts makes you an active participant…

Specialist: Understanding ankle injuries – strains, sprains, and breaks 

By On the PULSE | September 28, 2022

Though a very common injury for athletes, ankle injuries can happen to anyone at any time. Hiking down your favorite local trail, walking down the stairs with a loaded laundry basket, or mowing the grass in the back yard and stepping into that ditch you’ve been meaning to fill in – it can happen to…

Physicians: Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement Surgery

By On the PULSE | September 20, 2022

As you grow older, you may find that your knees are starting to hurt. While joint pain is not uncommon, it can begin to interfere with one’s quality of life if the knee pain continues to progress. If left untreated, it may result in the need for a knee replacement surgery. Having any type of…

As coronavirus looms, doctors urge US to pay more attention to the flu

By On the PULSE | February 24, 2020 | Comments Off on As coronavirus looms, doctors urge US to pay more attention to the flu

Even as reports of the coronavirus continue to pile in from across the globe, for those in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States, it’s the flu that should cause more concern, doctors say.  While the rapid growth of this new virus is concerning, reported cases in the US are extremely low, with less than 40…

Don’t be SAD: 8 tips to combat seasonal depression

By On the PULSE | February 10, 2020 | 4 Comments

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is connected to the change in seasons.  SAD typically begins in the Fall and worsens during the Winter when the daylight periods are the shortest, according to Douglas Spotts, M.D., FAAFP, vice president and chief health officer of Meritus Medical Group.  Though many people feel…

What Are the Best Sports for Feeling Relaxed?

By On the PULSE | December 5, 2022 | 0 Comments

Some sports may make you feel on the edge of your seat. Whether you’re watching or participating, there can be a huge mental drain after an event. But to avoid this burnout, it’ll help to learn the best sports for feeling relaxed.  Swimming: Go with the Flow There’s a short list of things you liked…

Different Types of Personal Mobility Aids

By On the PULSE | December 2, 2022 | 0 Comments

Many people around the world can benefit from the use of mobility aids, as they help people move independently and travel as they need. However, there are many different types of mobility aids, with each one having its own uses and benefits. Here’s a look at some of the most common ones for you to…

Benefits of Stainless Steel for Dairy Equipment

By On the PULSE | December 2, 2022 | 0 Comments

The dairy industry has been at an all-time high in recent years. Dairy manufacturers and processors must use state-of-the-art equipment to stay ahead of the competition, and machines must be durable and sustainable in order to increase output.  Optimizing machinery with high-quality materials, such as stainless steel, is the best way to accomplish these goals.…

Five lesser-known Tom Hanks films you won’t want to miss

By Joseph W. Smith III | November 23, 2021 | Comments Off on Five lesser-known Tom Hanks films you won’t want to miss

The entertaining new post-apocalyptic movie “Finch”—starring Tom Hanks—is currently available only on Apple TV. For PULSE readers who don’t have that service, here are five other lesser-known Hanks films to keep an eye out for: NOTHING IN COMMON (1986) Writer-director Garry Marshall had extraordinary success on TV—as creative force behind “The Odd Couple,” “Mork &…

A fistful of neo-westerns: Top 10 must-see films

By On the PULSE | October 20, 2021 | Comments Off on A fistful of neo-westerns: Top 10 must-see films

Despite such masterworks as “Gran Torino,” “Richard Jewell” and “Changeling,” Clint Eastwood is still perhaps best known for the Westerns he either starred in or directed (or both). Eastwood’s latest, “Cry Macho,” is a “neo-Western”—that is, one that has common themes and tropes from the genre but is set in modern times. In honor of…

A Tribute to “Twelfth Night … and Studio 570”

By Joseph W. Smith III | September 15, 2021 | Comments Off on A Tribute to “Twelfth Night … and Studio 570”

 “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” This famous quote from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” is nicely borne out by many available versions of the Bard’s beloved late-career comedy. To some degree, these diverse productions are all “born great,” because Shakespeare’s original multi-strand story is so rich, so funny and…