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Central Penn Parent column featuring Penn State Health experts honored

A regular column that features the advice of psychiatric experts from Penn State Health has been recognized by an international media organization.

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Penn State Health breaks ground on third adult acute care hospital

Penn State Health today celebrated the start of construction on its third adult acute care hospital, the 300,000-square-foot, three-story Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center in Cumberland County.

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Penn State Health Leadership Conference empowers leaders to help teams contribute

Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine senior leaders and managers learned how to guide their teams to help carry out the organization’s mission at the 2019 Leadership Conference: This is Penn State Health on March 21.

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Taking PULSE: On 10th anniversary, educational outreach program gets more diverse

High school students in school districts with underrepresented minorities get an up-close look at careers in biomedical sciences through Penn State College of Medicine’s PULSE program.

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Latest Research

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Scientists discover hundreds more genes with potential link to smoking and drinking addictions

A recent study, published in Nature Genetics, reveals that addictions to tobacco and alcohol may result from a complex blend of genes and environmental influences, and are genetically correlated to other health issues and diseases.

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Pediatric Research Day inspires next generation of medical investigators

Researchers and caregivers from Penn State College of Medicine and the community gathered for the 10th Pediatric Research Day on March 13, hosted by Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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Recently funded project to explore opioid use disorders in teenagers

Researchers will have a better understanding of factors associated with opioid use disorders in teenagers through a new project recently funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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Researchers awarded funds to fight opioid crisis

Penn State College of Medicine researchers received 41 grants in February. They’ll use at least two of them totaling nearly $1.3 million to fight Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Ensuring heart valve health

Heart valves control the direction of blood flow, and when something interrupts their precision, the effect can be dire.

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The Medical Minute: Infectious Mononucleosis: Know the Risks

Infectious mononucleosis, or mono, sidelines high school athletes every year. Kids who play sports aren’t more susceptible to the disease. Instead, adolescent competitors are at a greater risk for one of the illness’s serious complications — splenic rupture.

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The Medical Minute: Thyroid cancer surges. Is TMI responsible?

Forty years after the 1979 near-meltdown at Three Mile Island, thyroid cancer is on the upswing. Is radiation the culprit? Dr. David Goldenberg discusses his research and how to cure the disease.

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The Medical Minute: Which colorectal cancer screening do I need?

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and the Colorectal Cancer Alliance is urging everyone to talk with their health care providers about screening.

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Latest Education

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From medical education to medical controversies, humanities are key, new chair says

Bernice Hausman, chair of Penn State College of Medicine’s Department of Humanities, says that appreciating the humanities is an integral part of preparing to practice medicine.

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Donahue earns Penn State Alumni Achievement Award

The Penn State Alumni Association honored Renee Donahue, a 2011 graduate of the Cellular and Molecular Biology graduate program at Penn State College of Medicine, with the Alumni Achievement Award on March 29.

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Thormodson named associate dean and director of Harrell Health Sciences Library

Kelly Thormodson, director of library resources for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota, has been named associate dean for library and information services and director of the Harrell Health Sciences Library at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey.

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Aprile recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Bettina Aprile, a staff physician at Penn State Health Medical Group — Harrisburg, is featured for April in Penn State College of Medicine’s “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Latest Patient Care

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Penn State Liver Center gives State College woman second chance at life

A State College woman received a lifesaving liver transplant at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Providers share coffee, conversation with local residents

In honor of National Doctors’ Day March 30, several Penn State Health providers visited three area coffee shops to share a cup with patients and neighbors.

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Penn State Health doctors help Ephrata baby born with rare condition breathe easier

Penn State Health surgeons and the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic helped a baby boy overcome a rare condition that causes breathing difficulties.

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It’s about today: terminal prognosis doesn’t stop family, hospital from planning wedding

Staff at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center rally with the family of Maggie Garrett and Anthony Chalker to hold a wedding for the couple. The prognosis for Garrett’s stage 4 cancer gives her only weeks.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About… Volunteering at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center offers a variety of volunteer positions that match a range of interests, skills and backgrounds. We learn more from Tracy Johnsen, manager of Volunteer Services at the Medical Center.

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Ask Us Anything About… Lupus

Imagine your immune system, which is supposed to protect you, attacking your own tissues and organs. That sums up lupus, a systemic autoimmune disease. The inflammation it causes can affect many different systems – your joints, skin, kidneys, brain, heart and more.

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Ask Us Anything About… Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a group of disorders characterized by recurrent seizures. It is the fourth most common neurological disorder and affects people of all ages.

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Ask Us Anything About… Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain has many causes – but there are also a lot of treatment options to help people find relief and get back to living a normal life.

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Latest Community

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Penn State Health inoculates more than 1,400 people against flu

Penn State Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Health inoculated 1,439 patients to the flu shot at this year’s Pennsylvania Farm Show. That’s up from 1,242 last year.

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Penn State Health staff offers free flu shots at Pennsylvania Farm Show

More than 80 nurses from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center plan to administer flu shots at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 5 to 12 in Harrisburg.

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Giving is always in fashion: Event raises record amount for CMN

The 11th annual Neiman Marcus Runway Show and Luncheon on Nov. 30 raised a record-breaking $140,000 for Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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State Police cadets learn how to ‘Stop the Bleed’

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center trauma prevention staff led about 100 Pennsylvania State Police cadets in Stop the Bleed training on Nov. 3.

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Latest People

Adrienne Bruner of Penn State Health Human Resources sits on the edge of a wooden desk and smiles at the camera. She has blonde hair and is wearing a short-sleeved top and pants. Behind her is a chair, a computer and a window with trees visible outdoors. Papers are on the desk and credenza.

I am Penn State Health: Adrienne Bruner

Adrienne Bruner of Human Resources tells how she works to build future leaders at Penn State Health.

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Lifesaving help from across the globe

Jim Miller of Red Lion, Pa., had the opportunity to meet the man who saved his life ― a volunteer firefighter from Germany who donated his stem cells to him.

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Seidenberg named chief medical officer for 2019 Special Olympics World Games

Dr. Peter Seidenberg, Penn State Health family and sports medicine physician and team physician for Penn State’s football and softball teams, will serve as chief medical officer for the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi March 14-21.

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College of Medicine Dean and Penn State Health CEO Craig Hillemeier to retire

Dr. Craig Hillemeier, dean of Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State’s senior vice president for health affairs and chief executive officer of Penn State Health, has announced his upcoming retirement.

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