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Eight scholars begin summer Translational Science Fellowship program

Graduate and medical students are attending a highly interactive program to learn clinical and translational research skills.

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Penn State Health Holy Spirit hospitalists are patient experience champions

Holy Spirit Medical Center recognized six hospitalists as high performers in patient experience on May 21 and 28.

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37th Children’s Miracle Network Telethon raises $388,550

The 37th annual Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Telethon raised a record-breaking $388,550 to benefit equipment, programs and research at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

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It’s a wrap: Hampden Medical Center construction completed

Major construction is officially completed on the new Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center in Hampden Township. Staff are now preparing the 300,000-square-foot, 110-bed facility for its October 2021 opening.

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37th Children's Miracle Network Telethon to air on WGAL8

The 37th annual Children’s Miracle Network Telethon benefitting Penn State Health Children’s Hospital will air Monday, June 7 through Thursday, June 10 on WGAL8.

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Latest Research

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Social media may influence parents’ views on HPV vaccination

Studies by Penn State College of Medicine researchers show that misinformation on social media may affect parents' willingness to have their children vaccinated against human papillomavirus.

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College of Medicine, Hershey Medical Center join clinical trial evaluating allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccines

Researchers at the College of Medicine are participating in a clinical trial evaluating whether people who have previously experienced severe allergic reactions are at increased risk for an immediate reaction to COVID vaccines.

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Studies show prostate cancer outcomes may depend on where patients live in Pennsylvania

Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine conducted two studies that show how where patients live may affect their risks for developing and surviving prostate cancer.

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Nutrition disparities exist among children in low- and middle-income countries

Researchers from the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine examined the prevalence of undernutrition among children in low- and middle-income countries.

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Surgical weight loss patients show dermatologic concerns after surgery

Penn State College of Medicine researchers found that some surgical weight loss patients show dermatologic concerns following their procedures.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: A men’s health checklist for dad on Father’s Day

Don’t let dad wait for his “check engine” light to come on. This Father’s Day, encourage him to go to the doctor.

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The Medical Minute: Vaccinating kids against COVID-19 protects them, their communities

Is the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine really safe for children ages 12 and up? A Penn State Health expert gives an emphatic yes.

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The Medical Minute: COVID restrictions loosening. Celiac disease restrictions? Not so much.

With COVD-19 restrictions loosening, people everywhere are contemplating going back to dining out and attending festivals. People with Celiac disease can join in – but must continue to be careful.

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The Medical Minute: Can exercise lessen the severity of COVID-19?

For years, researchers have studied the benefits of exercise in preventing dozens of health conditions. But can regular physical activity also help people lessen the impact of viruses like COVID-19?

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The Medical Minute: Getting to the root cause of hoarseness

Is that raspy voice a sign of seasonal allergies, or could it be something else? Speech language pathologist Carrie Ruggiero explains the causes of hoarseness – and the health conditions it might be masking.

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Latest Education

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Medical Laboratory Science Program receives accreditation

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center's Medical Laboratory Science Program has received an initial five-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

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Neurosurgery resident Daggubati honored for exceptional teaching

Dr. Lekhaj Daggubati, a neurosurgery resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was honored in June 2021 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

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AMA awards Penn State College of Medicine $1.8 million to lead multi-institution resident education initiative

The American Medical Association (AMA) has awarded Penn State College of Medicine $1.8 million to lead a five-year, multi-institution initiative that aims to better prepare resident physicians to practice medicine.

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Zaorsky recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Nicholas Zaorsky is featured for June in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Penn State graduate program team celebrates 10 years of shaping public health

The Master of Public Health Program at Penn State College of Medicine celebrates 10 years of providing learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve population health.

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Latest Patient Care

Robert Trate, wearing a mask and ball cap, rolls up his sleeve to receive a vaccination as registered nurse Judy Dee, wearing scrubs and a mask, leans toward him and cleans his bare upper arm. Physician Assistant Staci Gross Surgical Scheduler Jackelyn Ortega, wearing scrubs and masks, stand in the background.

Pawsitivity: A shot of kindness boosts veteran’s spirits

When Reading resident Robert Trate couldn’t get an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, it was the care team at Penn State Health Vascular Services to the rescue. Staff scheduled and transported the 82-year-old Army veteran to his vaccination.

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Penn State Health Children’s Hospital ranks among the best in the nation for more than a decade

U.S. News and World Report has ranked Penn State Health Children’s Hospital as one of the nation’s best for children in multiple specialties.

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Penn State Health launches new OnDemand COVID-19 Travel Testing service

Penn State Health has launched a new COVID-19 Travel Testing service that provides results in 48 hours or less after testing.

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Acute Orthopaedic Injury Clinic now offers same-day appointments

Penn State Bone and Joint Institute’s Acute Orthopaedic Injury Clinic opened on Tuesday, May 25, offering patients same-day, specialized orthopaedic care appointments for sudden injuries.

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Financial Counseling moves to new Hershey Medical Center location

Hershey Medical Center Financial Counseling has moved from its office in the Academic Support Building to inside the medical center.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About... Dementia

Dementia is a collective term used to describe various symptoms of cognitive decline, such as forgetfulness. It is a symptom of several underlying diseases and brain disorders. Dementia is not a single disease in itself, but a general term to describe symptoms of impairment in memory, communication and thinking. In this interview, Dr. Chen Zhao, a neurologist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, answers questions about the causes, risk factors and treatments for dementia.

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Ask Us Anything About… Hemorrhagic Stroke

There are two types of stroke -- ischemic and hemorrhagic -- with hemorrhagic being less common. It happens when a blood vessel breaks and bleeds into the brain. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. In this interview, neurologist Dr. David Wilkinson talks about the symptoms, causes and treatment of hemorrhagic stroke -- and why it's critical to seek prompt medical attention when stroke is suspected.

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Ask Us Anything About… When to take your child to the ER

When a child becomes sick or gets injured, choosing the right course of action can be confusing or even scary. Should the child see a doctor or go to the emergency room? Or can they be treated at home? We tackle those questions in this interview with two clinicians at Penn State Health Children's Hospital: Dr. Kathryn McCans, a pediatric emergency medicine physician, and April Squares, a clinical staff leader.

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Ask Us Anything About...Stroke

A stroke is considered a medical emergency. It happens when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or, more commonly, when a blockage happens. Without treatment, cells in the brain can quickly begin to die. This can cause serious disability or even death. Program Coordinator Morgan Boyer, from Penn State Health St. Joseph, provides important information to help families recognize the symptoms of stroke.

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Ask Us Anything About...COVID 19 Variants

For months now, we’ve been hearing about how the COVID-19 vaccines show promise of finally moving past the pandemic. But now comes word that the virus that causes COVID is mutating. In this interview, we learn what this process means for the pandemic that has lasted for over a year now. Are the mutations another roadblock to getting our lives back to normal? We get answers from two Penn State Health experts.

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Latest Community

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Volunteers plant 100 new trees on Hershey campus during Earth Day ceremony

Nine Penn State College of Medicine volunteers celebrated Earth Day on Thursday, April 22 by planting 100 native seedlings on the west side of the Hershey Medical Center campus.

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Feeling relieved: Pop-up vaccination clinics reach underserved populations

Penn State Health is partnering with community organizations and local governments to help Phase 1A-eligible individuals in underserved communities have access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

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‘Go with the flo’: Nurse spearheads project to combat period poverty

Megan Swope, a perianesthesia nurse at Hershey Medical Center, created The Period Project Harrisburg to address the need for hygiene packs for low-income and homeless individuals who menstruate.

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Family who lost mom to COVID-19 donates iPads

Karen Pearson and her brother, Michael Books, are on a mission to raise funds to supply hospitals across the nation with iPads for every COVID-19 patient upon arrival.

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Pawsitivity: College of Medicine student uses 3D printers to create masks for homeless people

A medical student at Penn State College of Medicine teamed up with his brothers to produce 1,000 face masks for homeless people using 3D printers.

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Latest People

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In shipshape: Hampden Medical Center consultant enjoys time off with his son

George Yatsky, on-site safety consultant at Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center, enjoys boating with his son on the Susquehanna River – and helping ensure his access to premier health care.

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Dr. Ian Gilchrist honored for career excellence in interventional cardiology

Penn State Health interventional cardiologist Dr. Ian Gilchrist has earned the title of master interventionalist, a lifetime achievement honor from the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.

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Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center appoints new chief nursing officer

Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center has named Maria Lariccia Brennan as its new chief nursing officer.

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Pawsitivity: Off-duty rescue earns top honor for Life Lion paramedic

A family who ventured into the Yellow Breeches Creek a year ago found themselves in trouble until Penn State Health Life Lion Emergency Medical Services paramedic Rex Carmichael showed up.

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Penn State Health appoints new executive vice president, COO

Penn State Health has appointed Deborah Addo as its new executive vice president and chief operating officer.

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