News For Healthier Lives

April is here, which means it’s National Donate Life Month — a time to raise awareness about organ, tissue and cornea donation; honor those who have given the gift of life through donation; and encourage people to join the donor registry. Millcreek Community Hospital is proud to recognize this observance alongside the many other organizations

Are you struggling to find a primary care provider for your family? Dr. Armando Ricci and Dr. Beth Ann Callihan Ricci, a husband-and-wife team of family medicine specialists, are accepting new patients at Southeast Family Practice. Get to know a little about them here, and call 814-825-7440 to schedule an appointment. Your situation is unique. What

Are you experiencing chronic pain or another condition that medications alone haven’t been able to treat? Medical marijuana may be a reasonable alternative to try. Mark D. Baker, D.O., a board-certified family medicine and osteopathic manipulative therapy specialist at West Grandview Primary Care, shares some insight below on how medical marijuana works. How do I

A lot of the same things that are good for our bodies are good for our brain. Seth Carter, D.O., geriatric and family medicine specialist at LECOM Institute for Successful Aging and Eastside Medical Center, says brain health is affected by four main things: eating healthy, exercising regularly, social interaction and playing brain games. 1.

Being the caregiver for a sick loved one can be both rewarding and exhausting. It can be a way to give back to a parent who is now in need, or maybe it becomes fulfillment of vows said long ago. Whatever the circumstance, it can be easy to get so caught up in their care

Multimorbidity is rarely discussed in casual conversations. How do you know if you have it? When does it affect your overall health? What can you do to prevent or support it? In this article, Danielle Hansen, D.O., geriatric and internal medicine specialist at LECOM Institute for Successful Aging, explains the importance of identifying multimorbidity so

A lot of patients don’t recognize strokes soon enough. F.A.S.T. (Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty and Time to call 911) is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of a stroke. If you or someone you know shows any of these symptoms, even if they go away, call 911 and get to the

You should call a podiatrist any time you experience pain, discomfort or noticeable changes in your feet. Podiatrists are the foot and ankle experts, treating cases including bunions, Cavus foot, heel slides, shin splints, broken bones, reconstruction, surgical procedures and more. From the tibial tuberosity down to the tip of your toes, LECOM Health podiatrists

If you are living with diabetes, you are more likely to develop a non-healing wound on your foot. Podiatrists are an integral part of the health care for diabetics. Podiatrists recommend getting diabetic foot exams every three months to keep an eye on the foot and watch out for any conditions. Kristen Heard, D.P.M., a

Visit your primary care physician at least annually. If you’re 45 or older, your primary care physician should recommend that you get a colonoscopy. William H. Wismer, D.O., a board-certified gastroenterologist at Plaza 38 Gastroenterology and Corry Memorial Hospital Rural Health Clinic, outlines the steps below for what to expect with a colonoscopy. The process: