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Need Medicare? Easy ways to get the benefits you – or your loved ones – deserve

(BPT) – Some 60 million Americans receive Medicare benefits each year to help pay for health care and prescription drugs, according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that runs the program. Yet, many don’t get the right benefits for their health needs and their budget. “The biggest mistake people eligible

Managing Your Health During the COVID-19 “New Normal”

Healthcare providers are meeting their patients’ needs in a variety of effective and safe ways in the “new normal” of COVID-19. Waiting rooms configured for social distancing and frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, as well as virtual appointments, are allowing patients to manage their health and be safe. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, the expanded use

How to Stay Physically Active Close to Home

Physical activity—which means any form of exercise or body movement that uses energy—has proven benefits for both physical and mental health. Experts emphasize that it is vital for people to make exercise a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic; and they say it isn’t hard to do, even while sheltering at home. Turn Chores into Scores
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Helping Patients Get the Care They Need When They Need It

There are many reasons a person experiencing an illness or minor injury may prefer to connect with a health-care provider virtually, rather than visiting a traditional medical facility. It’s a weekend or evening and their provider’s office is closed Transportation or child-care issues make going to a health-care location inconvenient or difficult There are concerns

Why Colonoscopy Is the Best Way to Prevent Colon Cancer

When it comes to colorectal cancer prevention, the most important thing you can do is to get screened. “I cannot emphasize this enough,” said Dr. Fiona Gaunay, a colorectal surgeon with LG Health Physicians Surgical Group. “If it weren’t for the funny looks I would generate, I would yell it from every street corner: ‘Get

Knowing the Signs of Heart Attack Can Save Your Life

 The last thing Jason Ditzler ever expected was to have a heart attack. The healthy 38-year-old nurse, father and avid runner led a full and active life. It was during one of his typical Sunday afternoon runs that Jason’s life changed forever. “I just didn’t feel right,” he recalled, and texted his wife with

Lisa’s Story: Changing Her Life by Changing How She Eats

Lisa Maurer never spent much time in the produce section of the grocery store. “Now it’s my favorite place,” laughs the 46-year-old Lancaster woman. Lisa credits Lancaster General Health’s Healthy Weight Management & Bariatric Surgery non-surgical weight-loss program with “absolutely changing my life” by helping her change the way she ate.   A Worsening Struggle

Advanced Heart & Vascular Care Keeps Octogenarian Going Strong

Santo “Sam” Iacono loves life. And thanks to decades-long care at Lancaster General Health, along with a commitment to healthy living, this 83-year-old is more active than many people half his age. The former owner of Sam’s Pizza, a once iconic landmark on Columbia Avenue in Lancaster City, uses his well-honed cooking skills to prepare

Advanced Technology Helps Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy

 About 35 percent of people with diabetes have signs of diabetic retinopathy—a common complication of diabetes and the leading cause of adult blindness. When detected and treated early, the risk of severe vision loss can be reduced by 90 percent. The problem is about half of at-risk patients do not receive a regular eye

Stephanie’s Story: Back in the Saddle after Breast Cancer

Stephanie Kager leads a very active life. Whether running, hiking, biking, or caring for her six children and the five horses they show competitively, she rarely slows down. No matter how busy she is, Stephanie is diligent about getting her annual breast cancer screening. Following her latest mammogram, she received a call-back for a second look. She