News For Healthier Lives

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:

Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Its incidence is actually on the rise in developing nations. By the time there are symptoms associated with colon cancer, it is most likely to be untreatable, and certainly incurable. Brian V. Viviano, D.O., a board-certified gastroenterologist at Plaza 38 Gastroenterology and Corry Memorial

Adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for adults in the United States. Lower your risk by getting your cholesterol and blood pressure checked regularly by your primary care physician, eating heart-healthy foods and exercising regularly. Carmine D. D’Amico, D.O., a cardiologist at LECOM Health Millcreek Surgical Specialists, explains the

Even if you’re feeling well, you should see your primary care physician at least once a year for a wellness exam. A wellness visit is your opportunity to discuss any of your health concerns. You should also review your current medications and immunizations. According to Frank M. Tursi, D.O., you should bring in a list

  One of the best New Year’s resolutions we can make to ourselves is to resolve to get back to the doctor’s office for in-person appointments. During the pandemic, many of us put off doctor visits, wellness visits, and even our routine visits for blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, depression, etc. According to John J. Kalata,

Fernando Melaragno, D.O., endocrinologist at the LECOM Institute for Successful Aging and LECOM Health Corry Memorial Hospital Rural Health Clinic, offers this winning strategy to keep your resolution to eat healthier. Following these tips will help keep your resolution to eat healthier! 1. A new, healthier diet starts with a plan, and it starts at

Brian Viviano, DO Gastroenterology It has often been said that colorectal cancer is the most preventable cancer, yet the least prevented cancer. Globally, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in males and second most common in females. Recently, we have seen a decrease in the incidence of colon cancer in individuals over age 50 due