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Mount Nittany Health: Adapting to community needs, keeping the community safe

Published on November 24, 2020 By Nirmal Joshi, MD, FACP, chief medical officer, Mount Nittany Health

COVID-19 is surging across the country and the increased numbers we are seeing in our own community are certainly a cause for concern. Even with the prospects for a vaccine looking good, the virus will be part of our lives for at least several months and perhaps longer.

Like many hospitals across the country, we are experiencing record high numbers of COVID hospitalizations at Mount Nittany Medical Center.  It is very important that we continue to take steps as a community to diminish further spread and to help manage the impact on health care providers and the health care system. ...

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Healthy Holiday Tips: Making exercise count

Published on November 19, 2020 By Paul L. Klink, MD, Mount Nittany Physician Group, Weight Management

Only about 10-15% of weight loss comes from exercise. Maybe you have been exercising, and you have not lost weight, leaving you feeling frustrated and discouraged. Or maybe you have been thinking about starting exercise, and you are wondering, “why bother”? As a doctor, I can tell you that there is almost nothing more important you can do for yourself than purposefully being physically active.

Regular exercise lowers blood pressure, prevents many cancers, and reduces the risk of cancer recurrence. Plus, exercise drops blood sugars immediately and maintains lower blood sugar for...

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What to know about fall and winter allergies

Published on November 10, 2020 By Faoud Ishmael, MD, PhD, Mount Nittany Physician Group Allergy & Immunology

While allergies are often associated with warmer weather and high pollen counts, they can be just as bothersome in the fall and winter. Allergens like mold, dust mites and animal dander are the typical cause of allergy symptoms that occur during fall and winter months.

What are allergies?

Allergies are immune responses to things in the environment that are benign, such as pollens and animal dander. The main manifestations of airborne allergies are allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis and asthma. Patients with allergic rhinitis can develop symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, post-na...

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  • Mount Nittany Health: Adapting to community needs, keeping the community safe
  • Healthy Holiday Tips: Making exercise count
  • What to know about fall and winter allergies

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