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Newborn Weight Tool marks fifth anniversary of helping providers track infant growth

The Newborn Weight Tool, developed by Dr. Ian Paul, allows providers to compare a newborn’s weight loss against data from more than 160,000 infants. It has earned 2 million page views since it debuted in 2015.

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Penn State Health joins drone awareness campaign

Penn State Health Life Lion Critical Care Transport joined state agencies last week at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy to highlight the dangers drones can pose to helicopters during emergencies.

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Unit at Hershey Medical Center earns PRISM award for medical-surgical excellence

Fifth-floor Acute Care is now the first unit at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center ― and just the second in Pennsylvania ― to earn a PRISM (Premier Recognition in the Specialty of Medical-Surgical) Award for nursing excellence.

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Farm Show highlights: Volunteer nurses give free flu shots, experts share info from Penn State Health front porch

Penn State Health wrapped up a busy week at the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show Jan. 4 through 11. Experts were on-site daily talking with attendees about health care on the Penn State Health “front porch” with Tom Russell of WHP-TV CBS 21 News. Featured topics included memory and aging, men’s health, Penn State Health OnDemand, […]

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Coming to you live from the operating room

Surgery Live!, funded by the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Whitaker Center and Highmark Blue Shield, stimulates interest in medical careers among middle and high school students.

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Latest Research

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Lower-protein diet may lessen risk for cardiovascular disease

A plant-based diet may be key to lowering risk for heart disease. Penn State researchers determined that diets with reduced sulfur amino acids were associated with a decreased risk for cardiovascular disease.

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Cheng receives NIH funding for next phase of 3D imaging project

A Penn State-led research project to develop a new, diagnostic, three-dimensional imaging technique will continue thanks to a four-year, $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Select few cancer patients enroll in potentially life-extending clinical trials

Patient enrollment in clinical trials as the first course of treatment after cancer diagnosis is low, despite the fact that enrollment may increase life expectancy, according to researchers at Penn State.

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Everyone plays a role: New research and strategies shared at addiction symposium

Penn State Addiction Center for Translation's Fifth Annual Addiction Symposium, held Dec. 10, 2019, brought together those across Penn State and in the community at large to hear new strategies for treating substance use disorder.

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Researchers receive nearly $5 million to curb opioid cravings

Two researchers have received NIH funding to study whether an already-approved drug can be used to reduce cravings and prevent relapse in those struggling with opioid addiction.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Missing medication doses can bring serious consequences

An alarming number of people don’t take the medications prescribed by their health care providers to manage chronic health conditions, and that can lead to a range of complications.

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The Medical Minute: Is ‘impossible’ meat too good to be true?

It sizzles on the grill. But does it fizzle in terms of nutrition? That’s the question when it comes to the new burgers made of plant-based meat substitutes that are flying off grocery store shelves and restaurant tables.

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Medical Minute: Trying to quit smoking? Don’t go it alone.

We live in an era of self-empowerment. But when it comes to quitting smoking, going it alone isn’t the best approach. Read on for effective strategies from Penn State Health experts.

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The Medical Minute: Should you exercise when you’re sick?

The winter cold and flu season may try to knock out your new year’s plans to get or stay healthy, but the good news is you can fight back.

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The Medical Minute: Healthy eating over the holidays

Between bountiful buffets and “food-pushing relatives,” the winter holidays hold landmines for those trying to eat healthy. Check out these tips for navigating the holiday eating scene.

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Latest Education

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Office of Medical Education recognizes Teachers of the Year

Penn State College of Medicine named 17 educators from across the state as Teachers of the Year at a luncheon on Feb. 4.

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Fredrick named chair of Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine

Dr. N. Benjamin Fredrick, professor of family and community medicine, public health sciences and humanities, became chair of The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine in November.

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Leuenberger recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Urs Leuenberger, a professor in the Department of Medicine and cardiologist at Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute, is featured for February in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Krishna recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Kanthi Bangalore Krishna, assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Penn State College of Medicine, is featured for January in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Graduate students spread holiday cheer through coat, toy drives

Graduate students at Penn State College of Medicine provided toys to children at Penn State Children's Hospital and collected coats and blankets for those in need during the holiday season.

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Latest Patient Care

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Penn State Health St. Joseph Spring Ridge offers expanded services

After a year of change that included six phases of construction, a fully renovated and expanded Penn State Health St. Joseph outpatient satellite location is open for patients in Wyomissing, Pa.

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Breathing easier: Pulmonary rehab program increases quality of daily life

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is helping people with chronic lung disorders breathe easier and regain their quality of life.

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Exeter Ridge renovations pave way for expanded hours and services

Improvements at Penn State Health St. Joseph Exeter Ridge Health Complex include an increase in the number of exam rooms on the second floor from 16 to 40. Exeter Ridge also plans to expand hours and services.

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Hershey Medical Center partners with Penn State College of Nursing to support sexual assault victims

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, in partnership with Penn State College of Nursing, is launching a program to further enhance support for sexual assault survivors.

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Patients thank Hershey Medical Center staff for extraordinary care

More than 100 Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center employees were recognized for at the fifth annual Lion Care and Cubby Care Awards ceremony.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About… Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines and soften creases, or enhance facial contours. More than 1 million men and women annually have chosen this popular facial rejuvenation treatment.

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Ask Us Anything About... Adult Congenital Heart Disease

When we think of congenital heart disease, we may think of someone who’s diagnosed and treated as a child. But sometimes, that heart condition may not be caught until the adult years. And even if it is caught early on, congenital heart disease is, in many ways, a lifelong condition. We learn more from Dr. Anisa Chaudhry, a cardiologist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Ask Us Anything About... Endometriosis

One in ten women suffer from endometriosis, a condition in which tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus (called the endometrium) is found outside the uterus, where it induces a chronic inflammatory reaction that may result in scar tissue. We learn more from Dr. Timothy Deimling.

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Ask Us Anything About... Organ Donation

Every 10 minutes a new name is added to the national waiting list for organ transplants. How is the waiting list developed, and how does Penn State Health work with the United Network for Organ Sharing? We learn more from Dr. Fauzia Butt, a transplant surgeon at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Ask Us Anything About… Penn State Health OnDemand

The Penn State Health OnDemand app is an easy way to access both adult and pediatric care teams for urgent clinical care needs and common concerns.

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Latest Community

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Beefing up Penn State Health at Farm Show

Penn State Health will have a bigger presence than in previous years at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show Jan. 4 to 11. Included with the annual flu shots is information from providers and more.

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Penn State PRO Wellness goes Full STEM Ahead with vaccine study in Lancaster School District

Penn State PRO Wellness welcomed nearly 100 people to the Full STEM Ahead event for families of middle school students in the School District of Lancaster.

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Hershey Medical Center personnel provide free health screenings for Lebanon students

Nurses, physicians and medical students from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center visited Northwest Elementary School in Lebanon to provide health screenings for students.

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Penn State Health, College of Medicine employees show they care

Fifty-three volunteers from Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine participated in the United Way’s 27th Annual Day of Caring on Friday, Sept. 6 in the Harrisburg area.

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Penn State Health teams up with Vision to Learn mobile eye clinic

Penn State Health teamed up with the Vision to Learn mobile eye clinic to bring free vision testing and glasses to students at Steelton-Highspire Elementary School.

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Latest People

Ally Lewis, supervisor of Decedent Care Services at Hershey Medical Center, smiles as she leans on a metal sink in the autopsy room. Behind her is another medical sink, a bulletin board and equipment on the wall. She has long hair and is wearing scrubs, medical gloves, glasses and an ID badge.

I am Penn State Health: Ally Lewis

Many people dread talking with a grieving friend – let alone a stranger – for fear of saying the wrong thing, but Ally Lewis says supporting the families of patients who have died makes hers a “dream job.”

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I am Penn State Health: Katie Loffredo

Katie Loffredo, a clinical research coordinator at Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute, says that she is proud to be part of the process of making advances in the treatment of heart disease.

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Penn State Health St. Joseph names new vice president for medical affairs

Penn State Health St. Joseph has recruited Dr. Jeffrey Held to serve as its vice president for medical affairs.

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Penn State Health St. Joseph names senior director of development

Mary “Missy” Orlando has joined Penn State Health St. Joseph as senior director of development for the St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation.

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I am Penn State Health: Julie Groh

There’s no typical day for community health nurse Julie Groh. She might be doing health assessments at schools or blood pressure checks at a food pantry. Wherever she is, she’s caring for others – and that’s what she loves to do most.

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