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Say yes to a colonoscopy: It can save your life

If you could have a test that could prevent you from developing colon cancer, would you say no? Unfortunately, too many Americans 50 and older are doing exactly that. By ignoring recommendations for a colonoscopy, they are missing out on a lifesaving opportunity. Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the United

130/80 is the new high blood pressure: What this means for you

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recently released guidelines lowering the definition of high blood pressure and made new recommendations for blood pressure control.  The new guidelines now define high blood pressure as 130/80 rather than 140/90. This means 46 percent of U.S. adults are now considered to have high blood pressure, or hypertension, placing

If you have type 2 diabetes, weight-loss surgery could help

If you have type 2 diabetes, recent guidelines backed by the American Diabetes Association and 44 other respected health organizations say that weight-loss surgery could be a treatment option to consider, even if you are not considered morbidly obese. These recommendations highlight the profound effect of bariatric surgery on the treatment of diabetes associated with obesity. Are you

How to support a loved one who’s facing dementia

For Dr. Matthew Beelen, a physician with the LG Health Physicians Alzheimer’s & Memory Care practice at the Lancaster General Health Neuroscience Institute, dementia is both personal and professional. As a geriatrician, he cares for patients and families who are facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia nearly every day. On

How One Lancaster County Family Is Taking on Life with Type 1 Diabetes

Kelly Harnly noticed her eight-year-old son, Mason, was excessively thirsty and urinating frequently—symptoms her background in nursing helped her recognize as a red flag for diabetes. She contacted his pediatrician, who had Mason come in for an appointment. Mason was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which was previously known as juvenile diabetes since it is

The tipping point: A Lancaster County woman’s story of double knee replacement

Dianne Shepherd remembers the night well. She calls it “the tipping point.” “It came at the end of my shift. I could hardly walk to the car. And when I got home, I could hardly get out of the car,” recalls Dianne. “I thought, ‘This is nuts.’ At that point, I was just ready.” The

I wish I’d known: A Lancaster County woman’s powerful story about 3D mammography

Gloria Denlinger is determined to help other women in Lancaster County avoid her experience with breast cancer by sharing her story. “My biggest regret is not knowing that I could have chosen 3D mammography for my annual screening. I knew I had dense breast tissue but was unaware that 3D mammography would have been better

Back to school with the LG Health Hub

It’s back-to-school time and Lancaster General Health has an online resource to help your family get off to a great start. The LG Health Hub is filled with health and wellness tips for preschoolers through college students—and the parents who are behind them every step of the way. LG Health doctors, dietitians, physical therapists and

Can your heart really break?

Actress Debbie Reynolds’ passing one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher raised the question: Can someone die of a broken heart? Experts, including The Heart Group of Lancaster General Health’s Dr. Lindsay Castle, say yes. Most of us have heard the expression “broken heart” in reference to a time in life when