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Previous Episodes from the 2012-2013 Season

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How the Brain Works

Originally Aired: September 11, 2012

Education has changed tremendously over the years and it is not your Parent’s ABC’s anymore. As the world advances so are the ways we teach. We all learn in different ways and now we understand how the brain processes and uses information.

Helpful Websites: Pennsylvania State UniversityHoward Gardner Multiple Intelligence Charter School, ScrantonMarywood University The National Early Childhood Program Accreditation, and Dr. David Sousa.

Psychological Damage from Bullying

Originally Aired: September 18, 2012

Bullying can affect everyone at any age and the damage can last forever. Studies show people who are abused are at risk for mental health problems, such as low self-esteem, stress, depression, or anxiety. Each day 160,000 students refuse to go to school to avoid being bullied.

Helpful Websites: Geisinger Health SystemThe Highmark Healthy High 5 Bullying Prevention InstituteOlweus Bullying Prevention Program Center for Safe Schools, and The Ophelia Project.

Iron Disorders

Originally Aired: September 24, 2012

Iron is so important that without it life would cease to exist. Too much or too little iron in the system can be fatal. There are many types of Iron Disorders. Women, children and the elderly are at higher risks. All it takes is a simple test to check your iron.

Helpful Websites: Geisinger Health SystemHematology and Oncology Associates of Northeastern Pennsylvania, PC, & Iron Disorders Institute

Epilepsy’s Latest Treatments

Originally Aired: November 6, 2012

Epilepsy or seizure disorders are neurological conditions in the brain, which affect the nervous system and may cause, falls, loss of consciousness or massive muscle spasms. 2.3 million Americans live with epilepsy. Learn about the latest treatments for Epilepsy. Helpful Websites: Geisinger Health System and Geisinger-Community Medical Center, Scranton.

Hearing Loss Solutions

Originally Aired: November 13, 2012

You can't reverse hearing loss, but you and your doctor or hearing specialist can take steps to improve what you hear. There is help for the 38 million people in the U.S. that have hearing loss. There are solutions like hearing aids. Cochlear implants and direct bone conduction systems. Helpful Websites: Geisinger Health Systemand Geisinger-Community Medical Center, Scranton.

Hospice Care Solutions

Originally Aired: November 27, 2012

Hospice is a philosophy of care that provides humane and compassionate care to people when curative treatments are no longer helping. Hospice can improve quality of life whether in the patient's home, a hospital, nursing home, or hospice facility. Learn more on this episode of Call the Doctor.

Helpful Websites: Geisinger Health System and Geisinger-Community Medical Center, ScrantonThe Commonwealth Medical College,Susquehanna Health, and Celtic Health Care .

Colds, Nothing to Sneeze At

Originally Aired: December 18, 2012

Symptoms may include sneezing, coughing, sore throats, runny noses watery eyes, fevers and congestion but chances are it is the common cold. It is the most frequent infectious disease in humans. There is no cure for the common cold, but the symptoms can be treated.

Helpful Websites: Geisinger Health System,Blue Cross of Northeastern PennsylvaniaMedicus Urgent Care, and Flu + You.

Addiction Affects the Family

Originally Aired: January 8, 2013

No one in the family is spared from the affects of alcohol or drug addiction. More than one-half of adults in the U.S. have a close family member who has abused alcohol or is addicted to drugs. Family members may be abused physically, verbally demeaned or neglected.

Helpful websites: Geisinger Health SystemClearbrook Treatment CentersLackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs, A Better Today INC.

Congenital Heart Disorders

Originally Aired: January 15, 2013

Congenital heart defects are problems with the structure of the walls of the heart, and may produce symptoms at birth, during childhood, or not until adulthood. It is a major birth defect affecting approximately 1 in 100 children and about 500,000 adults in the U.S. and can lead to heart failure.

Helpful Websites: Commonwealth HealthAdult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA), and The Paul Cardall Family Foundation

Aspberger's Syndrome

Originally Aired: January 22, 2013

Asperger's syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others. It is characterized by social impairment, communication difficulties, and restrictive, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.

Helpful Websites: Allied Services Integrated Health System,Misericordia University, and MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome.

Familial Hyperlipidemia

Originally Aired: February 5, 2013

Familial hyperlipidemia is a disorder of high cholesterol and high blood triglycerides that is inherited. It is the most common genetic lipid disorder of increased blood fats that causes early heart attacks. There may not be any physical symptoms for those affected.

Helpful Websites: Commonwealth HealthGeisinger Health System, and National Lipid Association.

Anger Management

Originally Aired: February 12, 2013

The emotion of anger is neither good nor bad, and is a normal, healthy emotion. Chronic, explosive anger can spiral out of control, and have serious consequences for your relationships, your health, and your state of mind. Uncontrolled anger can take a toll on your health.

Helpful Websites: First Hospital, an affiliate of Commonwealth HealthGeisinger Health System and Buzzini & Jacobson Psychologists

Prostate Cancer

Originally Aired: February 26, 2013

In the early stages, prostate cancer often causes no symptoms for many years. It tends to develop in men over the age of fifty and is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men in the United States. The prostate is not essential for life, but it’s important for reproduction.

Helpful Websites: Delta MedixNortheast Regional Cancer InstituteGeisinger Health SystemUrology Associates of KingstonProstate Aerobics, andKegel Aerobics

Menopause & Hot Flashes

Originally Aired: March 12, 2013

Menopause is a natural process that represents the end of menstruation. Estrogen levels may fluctuate causing hot flashes; which are feelings of intense heat with sweating along with a rapid heartbeat. Hot flashes occur in more than two-thirds of North American women.

Helpful websites: The North American Menopause Society,Geisinger Health System, and Hot Flash Havoc.

Multiple Sclerosis

Originally Aired: March 19, 2013

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and potentially debilitating autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system. The progression, severity, and specific symptoms are unpredictable and vary from person to person. New treatments and advancements are giving hope.

Helpful websites: Commonwealth HealthAllied Services, and National MS Society

Gastoparesis - Constant Nausea. Stomach paralysis?

Originally Aired: April 2, 2013

Gastroparesis is delayed gastric emptying. It is a condition in which the muscles in your stomach don't function normally to contract and break up food and move it through the gastrointestinal tract. The most common symptoms of Gastroparesis are nausea, a feeling of fullness.

Helpful Websites: Commonwealth HealthThe National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and Geisinger Health System

Oral Hygiene Important to Your Health?

Originally Aired: April 9, 2013

There are many proven benefits of having good oral health and maintaining your dental hygiene, reducing the risk of serious disease and perhaps even preserving your memory for golden years. A healthy mouth is directly related to a healthy body.

Helpful Websites: Commonwealth HealthBlue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Geisinger Health System.

Tired? Swollen? Is it Lymphedema?

Originally Aired: April 23, 2013

Lymphedema is a condition that results from impaired flow or a blockage of the lymphatic system, an important part of your immune and circulatory systems that is crucial to keeping your body healthy. Symptoms include swelling in one or more extremities. 

Helpful Websites: Delta Medix, Lymphology Association of North America, Geisinger Health System, Commonwealth Health and Allied Services

Is Robotic Surgery Safe?

Originally Aired: April 30, 2013

Robotic surgery may allow surgeons to perform some complex procedures with more precision, through smaller surgical cuts, than is possible with traditional open surgery. It has some advantages, even though it can take longer to perform. But is it safer for the patient? 

Helpful websites: Regional Hospital of Scranton, Commonwealth Health, and Geisinger Health System

Drop Foot: Causes and Corrections

Originally Aired: May 7, 2013

Do you have difficulty lifting the front of your foot? Does your foot drag along when you walk? You might have a neurological condition called drop foot. It is not a disease and may be a symptom of, or a sign of an underlying neurological, muscular or anatomical problem. 

Helpful websites: Allied ServicesGeisinger Health SystemSusquehanna Health, and Physicians Health Alliance

Is a Blood Clot ready to kill you?

Originally Aired: May 14, 2013

Blood flows within our blood vessels and forms blood clots when it fails to circulate adequately. Some blood clots are good and some are so bad that they can be deadly. Heart attacks and strokes result from the sudden formation of a blood clot that travels to heart or brain.  

Helpful websites: Geisinger Health SystemRegional Hospital of Scranton and Medicus Urgent Care.

Are You Aging Gracefully?

Originally Aired: May 21, 2013

None of us want to grow old and we try to fight it every day with exercise and eating right. But there is no way to stop the aging process and there is no fountain of youth or miracle cure. Are you doing all you can to stay healthy and age gracefully?

Helpful websites: Allied ServicesMisercordia UniversityAlzheimer’s Foundation,Geisinger Health System and Alzheimer's Association- Greater Pa Chapter.

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