Good Life

Class will cater to entrepreneurial hopefuls

You’ve got to start somewhere, and sometimes it’s better to start with some help.

The Penn State Small Business Development Center will partner with SCORE, a local business development service, to host The First Step to Starting a Business, a free seminar for people who want to be entrepreneurs.

The seminar is at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Willowbank Building, 420 Holmes St., Bellefonte.

Attendees will learn about the lifestyle requirements of business owners, how to assess the feasibility of your business idea, the legal and tax implications of owning a business, regulations that apply to a business venture and the importance of marketing and financial planning.

People will also learn how to develop a business plan and how to compile a bank-ready financial package.

The seminar requires registration. Go to for more details.

Lung nodule program launches in stages

Mount Nittany Health developed a lung nodule program.

Lung cancer, according to MNH, is the leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women, with about 220,000 newly diagnosed cases and nearly 160,000 related deaths annually.

The program’s goal is to optimize the quality of life for adults in central Pennsylvania through early detection of lung cancer using a multidisciplinary approach.

The program will have a two-stage rollout. During the ongoing first stage, it will work to address the growing number of patients diagnosed with pulmonary nodules. If a chest X-ray or CT scan finds a growth in the lung, then a patient may be referred to the program for further evaluation by a pulmonologist.

The second stage will offer at-risk patients low-dose CT lung cancer screenings, slated to begin in the spring. Those at risk include current and former smokers age 50 and older, people with a family history of lung cancer, and those who have had occupational exposures including radon or asbestos.

Geisinger doctor to lead study

Geisinger Obesity Institute Director Christopher Still will lead a study involving research teams at five medical centers across the country to find out if it’s better for an obese person to have weight loss surgery before a knee replacement.

Still said it is an important question.

“By performing weight loss surgery before total knee replacement surgery, individuals may have a faster recovery and, for some individuals, the need for knee surgery may be delayed or even eliminated,” he said.

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. awarded Geisinger a $4.7 million grant to fund the multiyear clinical study in collaboration with Orthopedic Institute, and Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Department. Clinical research teams at Cleveland Clinic-Florida, Stanford University, New York University and the University of Virginia will also contribute to the study, called the SWIFT Trial.

The study began to enroll patients in December.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli