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Cancer-Free in Hours

Cancer-Free in Hours

When Lana Engler, 40, went through a series of blood and imaging tests, she was optimistic that whatever was causing her symptoms could be easily remedied. But on November 6, 2018, Lana, a single mother of a 10-year-old boy, heard one of the most dreaded words in the English language: cancer. “It literally rocked my world,” she says. “The diagnosis was completely unexpecte... »

Not Milk?

Not Milk?

Parents struggling with a fussy baby or a young child with seemingly random bouts of tummy trouble can seek specialized care that just might make sleepless nights and changing bedsheets a thing of the past. Increasingly, nowadays, pediatricians are seeing young patients with milk intolerance, meaning the youngsters suffer digestive upset after consuming milk, cheese, and o... »

Palliative Care 101

Palliative Care 101

Ask your friends or relatives to define “palliative care,” and you’ll probably get one of two answers:“It’s for pain management.”“It means the patient is going to die soon.” »

For the Love of Healing

For the Love of Healing

Many couples have interesting stories about how they met: online, through friends, a chance encounter at a party. For the doctors Birriel (he is T. Javier, MD; she is Lillybeth, MD), the seven-year-married couple’s journey crisscrosses numerous states and several countries. “We met in 2009,” Lillybeth says. “Javier—who is originally from Hawaii but grew up in Louisia... »

Speed Up Your Flu Recovery

Speed Up Your Flu Recovery

Getting slammed by the flu is no fun. The fever, the aches, the hacking cough, the runny nose…you just can’t wait for it to be over. Unfortunately, there’s no “silver bullet” cure for influenza; the viral infection needs to run its course. (And, because it’s viral, antibiotics don’t help.) »

How to Prevent (and Survive!) The Flu This Year

How to Prevent (and Survive!) The Flu This Year

It’s that time of year again. Time for the dreaded winter beast – the influenza virus. It’s also time for the great yay/nay debate – do I get a flu shot, or do I skip it? »

6 Little Ways to Practice Self-Care This Season

6 Little Ways to Practice Self-Care This Season

If the hustle and bustle of back-to-school didn’t seem busy enough, don’t worry—the holidays are on our heels and soon we’ll be wrapped in a swirl of unending to-do’s, blinded by a blur of shopping lists, gift tags, recipes, and reminders.  »

Rebuilding after Breast Cancer

Rebuilding after Breast Cancer

In 2010, Laurie Holland’s world exploded. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. With treatment, she beat it; but after gathering her life and her strength back together, cancer simply blew it up again in 2015 with a second diagnosis. “I was diagnosed very early, which is critical,” says Laurie, who lives in Scranton and works for Sanofi-Pasteur. But still, Laurie learne... »

Training the Next Generation of Doctors & Nurses

Training the Next Generation of Doctors & Nurses

Soon, we could be facing a frightening doctor shortage unlike any we’ve had in recent history. The problem: More people than ever need care, thanks to an aging population of Baby Boomers, but there’s a shrinking pool of qualified health care professionals.   »

Get Back on the Field Faster

Get Back on the Field Faster

In his prime, Paul Ferency of Forks Township was a 6’5”, 350-pound wall of muscle—and he knew how to use it. “I was among the top 5% of people on earth when it comes to strength,” he says. This might seem like an exaggeration, until you learn that Paul competed in 54 world championship matches to determine the world’s strongest man, played in Scotland’s Highland Games (... »

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