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Penn State Health hospitals achieve A grades on latest Leapfrog safety report card

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center both achieved As in Leapfrog’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade.

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WQXA 105.7 The X Hosts “Pay 4 Play” to support Penn State Children’s Hospital

Nipsey, Earl David Reed and Jen Shade of The People’s Morning Show on WQXA-FM 105.7 The X will host the 12th annual People’s Pay 4 Play, to benefit Children's Miracle Network at Penn State Children's Hospital.

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Costumed crusaders parade through Children’s Hospital

Superheroes, princesses and puppies roamed the halls on Oct. 31 in search of goodies during the 2018 Halloween parade at Penn State Children's Hospital.

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Life Lion receives Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award

Airbus Helicopters presented its 2018 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award to Penn State Health Life Lion Critical Care Transport. The honor recognizes Life Lion for its work to mitigate the risk of wildlife and drone strikes.

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Latest Research

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Innovation Awards highlight groundbreaking research

The Center for Medical Innovation at Penn State College of Medicine honored leaders in innovation and discovery, as well as student work, during a ceremony at the University Conference Center on Oct. 17.

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Newly funded project to focus on health in rural Pennsylvania communities

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute has been awarded a $416,000 grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences for a pilot program to better understand the issues facing rural communities and address a decline in American life expectancy.

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New predictive models may transform personalized treatment of infectious disease

A new National Institutes of Health (NIH) High-Risk, High-Reward grant will allow Penn State’s Dr. Steven Schiff and team to explore a radically changed approach to predicting, preventing and treating infectious disease at the individual level at point-of-care.

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Computer model may help scientists split up, reassemble proteins on command

Splitting up and getting back together is always hard to do, but for proteins, it's almost impossible. However, a computer-guided algorithm may help scientists find just the right spot to split a protein and then reassemble it to functionality.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Naloxone rescue kits now being prescribed alongside high-dose prescriptions

Doctors now regularly prescribe drugs that reverse the effects of opioids in tandem with high-dose prescriptions of the painkillers.

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The Medical Minute: Consider physical therapy before being sidelined by sports injury

Both professional and amateur athletes often end up in physical therapy after an injury. But recently, there has been a shift toward proactive physical therapy. Here's why.

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The Medical Minute: Understanding personal health history for a healthier you

As researchers learn that more health conditions have genetic links, knowing your personal and family health history becomes more important than ever.

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The Medical Minute: Improvements to joint replacement procedures allowing for quicker recovery

Hundreds of thousands of Americans get knee or hip replacements each year, and the procedures are becoming more common than ever. Luckily, the recovery from a total joint replacement, or arthroplasty, is improving.

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Latest Education

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Preventing an incorrect diagnosis starts in the classroom

Dr. Timothy Mosher, chair of the Department of Radiology at Penn State College of Medicine, developed a new medical school course aimed at identifying systemic causes of misdiagnosis-and how to prevent them.

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College of Medicine hosts Enhancing Health forum

Penn State College of Medicine will host a public forum, "Enhancing Health," from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 30, 2018, in the College's Lecture Room A.

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The Big Picture: Science of health systems class prepares next generation of doctors

Penn State College of Medicine offers a new class to teach medical students about health systems and how they will impact the way physicians will practice medicine.

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New psychiatry fellowship addresses looming shortage of community psychiatrists

The Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry are partnering to offer a Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowship to address the growing shortage of psychiatrists.

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Latest Patient Care

Virtual reality helps Penn State Health St. Joseph pediatricians solve a problem

Dr. Jerry Lee, a pediatrician at Penn State Health St. Joseph Downtown Campus uses virtual reality goggles on young patients who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions to distract them from medical procedures.

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Positive attitude beats ‘stupid bum lungs’ for cystic fibrosis patient

Alyssa Kibler, a 33-year-old cystic fibrosis patient from Harrisburg, gets lifesaving help from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as she battles the chronic disease.

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“Every day is a gift:” 500th heart transplant patient celebrates milestone with gratitude

David Wheeler’s heart transplant, which took place on June 23, marks the 500th heart transplant since Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center began doing the transplants in 1984.

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Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic marks 80 years of improving children’s lives

A team of surgeons from Penn State Children's Hospital performs cleft lip, palate and other craniofacial procedures at the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About… Family Nutrition

As parents, we know it’s a lot easier to grab takeout that we know our kids like than to cook something new. But easiest is not always best – as poor dietary habits can lead to obesity and all the health problems that come with it. In this interview with Kara Bowers, a dietitian with Penn State PRO Wellness, you'll learn how to create a supportive nutrition environment in your home.

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Ask Us Anything About… Face Pain

Most of the time when we experience some sort of face pain, we associate it with a headache or a dental issue. In some cases, such pain that becomes more frequent or severe could signal something more serious.

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Ask Us Anything About… Child Sexual Abuse

It hurts to think about anyone sexually abusing a child. But far too often, people don’t know what to do if they suspect a child is being harmed in such a manner. Whose responsibility is it to say something? And where can they turn?

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Ask Us Anything About… Life After Childhood Cancer

As if it weren't hard enough to fight cancer as a kid, childhood cancer survivors are at a higher risk of developing physical and emotional difficulties once their treatment is complete. We learn more about these challenges and how professionals at Penn State Children’s Hospital navigate them from Dr. Smita Dandekar, director of the Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Clinic, and Amanda Musser, Four Diamonds social worker.

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Latest Community

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Gamers to play for Penn State Children’s Hospital on Extra Life Game Day

Local gamers of all levels and from all categories — including console, mobile, PC and table top — will unite for one cause on Saturday, Nov. 3: to save and improve the lives of kids treated at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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Penn State Health team spreads kindness at Day of Caring

A team of Penn State Health employees were among nearly 1,700 volunteers who lent a hand during the United Way of the Capital Region’s 26th annual Day of Caring.

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Volunteer drives four hours round-trip to take patient to her appointments

Eighty-four-year-old Josephine Kurtz cared for others as a nurse's aide, tended to elderly family members and still visits nursing home residents. Now, a selfless stranger is making it possible for her to make the long trek from her home to Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute.

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College of Medicine, Rodale Institute partner to improve public health

Penn State College of Medicine and Rodale Institute have announced a partnership to connect food production with health care and to promote and improve public health.

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Latest People

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Legro named chair of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Richard Legro has been named chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine.

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From preemie to premed: former NICU baby all grown up, ready for career in medicine

One recent August morning on the seventh floor of Penn State Children’s Hospital, Tiffany Seibert shared an embrace with Dr. Charles Palmer, 21 years after they first met.

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Helping Josiah be Josiah ― A story about friendship

When he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, Four Diamonds child Josiah Garcia turned to his best friend to help him feel less like a kid with cancer, and more like just a kid.

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A career for the ages: Eyster revolutionizes understanding of HIV and hepatitis C

It’s not every day you meet someone who changed the way the world understood the development of HIV and hepatitis C or any other infectious disease. But that is precisely the accomplishment of Dr. Elaine Eyster.

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