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Applications now open for CTSI Community-Engaged Research Fellowship Program

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Community-Engaged Research Core is accepting applications for the 2023-2024 Community-Engaged Research Fellowship Program now through Oct. 1.

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Four Diamonds Mini-THONs raise $5.7 million to help fight childhood cancer

Four Diamonds Mini-THON raised $5.7 million during the 2021-22 school year to help conquer childhood cancer.

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Holy Spirit Medical Center earns three national recognitions for quality, safety and patient satisfaction

Holy Spirit Medical Center has been recognized for high-quality, safe health care and exceptional patient experience by three national organizations that evaluate the quality of hospitals and health systems.

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Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Coalition honors Hampden Medical Center’s Lactation Support Program

The Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Coalition recently recognized Hampden Medical Center for establishing its Lactation Support Program.

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Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine celebrate success in ‘Greater Penn State’ campaign

Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine raised $315.96 million helped the University achieve record-breaking success in its recently concluded six-year campaign.

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Latest Research

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‘Guardian of the Genome’ and the ‘WASp’ team up to repair DNA damage

College of Medicine researchers found that replication protein A works with an ally called the WAS protein to ‘save the day’ and prevent potential cancers from developing.

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Dance with me? Study uses music to soothe dementia patients, caregivers

Penn State College of Medicine researchers evaluated the effects of personalized music interventions on people with dementia and their caregivers.

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Penn State lends statistical expertise to nearly $31 million asthma clinical trial

Penn State College of Medicine will receive a nearly $31 million funding award to conduct a large-scale, comparative study on asthma therapies for patients 12 and older.

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College of Medicine research-based startup works toward helping to treat diabetic wounds

A Penn State College of Medicine research-based startup ElkosRx is working to bring its topical treatment for early-stage diabetic foot ulcers to the market.

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Novel drug combo activates natural killer cell immunity to destroy cancer cells

College of Medicine research showed that when cancer drugs fail, a unique combination of drugs could harness an under-targeted part of the immune system to join the fight.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Pickleball anyone? Sport’s popularity surges, health benefits abound

Pickleball is surging in popularity. Does the sport also offer health benefits? A Penn State Health exercise physiologist and a couple passionate pickleballers pop the top on a jar’s worth of thoughts.

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The Medical Minute: COVID-19 vaccine still your best bet against BA.5

The dominant COVID-19 viral variant in the U.S. seems to hold the key to get through former immunities. A Penn State Health infectious disease specialist discusses BA.5 and how you can protect yourself.

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The Medical Minute: Sweltering summer? Avoid heat-related illness

As temperatures soar this summer, the risk of heat-related illness does, too. Recognizing the symptoms of this preventable illness and getting swift treatment are critically important.

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The Medical Minute: Monkeypox cases on the rise

Like the coronavirus pandemic, misinformation about monkeypox is mounting along with the number of cases. A Penn State Health infectious disease doctor cuts through the white noise in this week’s Medical Minute.

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The Medical Minute: Updated CDC checklist helps parents track important developmental milestones

Parents watching their kids grow up are thrilled to see first words and first steps. But any delays should be taken seriously, according to two Penn State Health experts.

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Latest Education

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Hazelton honored for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Joshua Hazelton, a physician in the Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma, Acute Care and Critical Care Surgery, is featured for August in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Penn State College of Medicine welcomes entering MD class of 2022 with White Coat Ceremony

Penn State College of Medicine presented the incoming class of medical students with their white coats on July 22.

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Pediatric resident Barber recognized for exceptional teaching

Dr. Scott Barber, a pediatric resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was recognized in July 2022 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

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Student awarded fellowship to study the genetics of lupus in diverse populations

Keenan Anderson-Fears, a Bioinformatics and Genomics PhD student, is one of six nationally to receive the Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship from the Lupus Foundation of America.

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Dalke recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Katherine (Katie) Dalke, a physician in the Department of Psychiatry, is featured for June in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Latest Patient Care

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How social determinants link to patient health

Understanding social determinants of health – conditions in which people are born, live, work and age – is an important step toward health equity for all.

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New, expanded Medical Intensive Care Unit opens at Hershey Medical Center

A newly expanded Medical Intensive Care Unit is now open at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The 24-bed unit was designed with extensive feedback from patients, families and staff.

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Penn State Health first in central Pennsylvania to use new technology for earlier lung cancer diagnoses

Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center is the first hospital in central Pennsylvania to use a new robot-assisted bronchoscopy system that can detect lung cancer at its earliest stages.

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Two Penn State Health hospitals launch partnership to better support sexual assault victims

Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center and Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center are partnering with Penn State’s Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing to enhance support for survivors of sexual assault through secure telehealth technology.

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Bouncing back: Bilateral knee replacement at age 71 helps Mount Joy man continue family tradition

In October 2020, Galen Martin received bilateral knee replacement surgery. Nearly 17 months after his operation, Martin is back to doing all the things he used to do.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About... Knee Problems

Approximately a quarter of all adults suffer from knee pain. We learn more about the causes of and treatments for a range of knee ailments from two Penn State Health orthopedic surgeons: Dr. Charles Davis and Dr. Aman Dhawan.

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Ask Us Anything About... Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is relatively common, with some 80,000 cases diagnosed each year in the U.S. Dr. Matthew Kaag, clinical vice chair in the Department of Urology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, provides insights about risk factors, symptoms and treatments and answers viewers questions.

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Ask Us Anything About... Midwifery

A certified nurse midwife is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in midwifery and special certification and advanced training to offer personalized care during pregnancy and childbirth. In this interview, Certified Nurse Midwife Katie Watkins, of Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center, shares some important  information for expectant mothers.

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Ask Us Anything About... Children’s Outdoor Injuries

It’s spring…and soon summer. And as our kids head outside to ride their bikes, climb trees and hit the playground, some dangers await. In this interview, we’re focused on safety and how to help your children avoid common outdoor injuries.

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Ask Us Anything About... Living Organ Donation

A living donor is an option for patients who otherwise may face a lengthy wait for an organ from a deceased donor. In this interview, Donya McCoy, living organ donor liaison at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, shares some important insights in what both donors and recipients need to know.

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Latest Community

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Penn State PRO Wellness, Cerner Charitable Foundation get kids to “Move it Outside”

Penn State PRO Wellness helped children at a Montgomery County school get active during their Move It Outside event on May 5.

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Cancer Institute hosts high school students for cancer research, oncology career event

Penn State Cancer Institute teamed up with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to introduce students from Lebanon High School to cancer research and discuss careers in science and health care.

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Penn State Health collects hundreds of pounds of unwanted prescription drugs

Penn State Health collected 593 pounds of unneeded or expired medication on Saturday, April 30, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event also filled 27 sharps containers with used needles and syringes.

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Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center wins grant to train community health workers

The High Foundation of Lancaster has presented Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center with a $105,000 grant to fund training for 100 participants who enroll in its Community Health Worker training program.

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$20,000 gift helps Penn State Health establish community fridge program

Walmart has awarded a $20,000 grant to Penn State Health to combat food insecurity among people in downtown Harrisburg.

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Latest People

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Jarowenko named vice president of medical affairs at Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center

Penn State Health has appointed Dr. Mark Jarowenko vice president of medical affairs at Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center.

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Stem cell transplantation program marks milestone and departure of a pioneer

Dr. Wytold Rybka, a hematologist who pioneered the stem cell transplantation program at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, will retire from seeing patients this month.

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Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute announces new administrative director

Erica Francis joined Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute as the new administrative director on June 23. She will lead operations and staff, implementing the institute’s strategic plans.

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Penn State Health appoints new regional chief nursing officer for West Shore hospitals

Leslyn Williamson has joined Penn State Health as the regional chief nursing officer for Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center and Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center.

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Penn State Health appoints Kyle Snyder regional chief operating officer for West Shore

Kyle Snyder has been named the regional chief operating officer for Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center and Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center.

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