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Four Diamonds and PA State Council of Lions Clubs announce new statewide partnership

PA State Council of Lions Clubs and Four Diamonds have announced a new multi-year partnership, PA Lions “Care – For The Kids,” which is mobilizing the PA Lions’ 19,000 member network to raise $100,000 in its first year to benefit Four Diamonds’ mission to conquer childhood cancer.

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Heart recipients swap stories at transplant patient reunion

Some of the nearly 500 people who have received a new heart at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center over the past three decades gathered recently to celebrate their successes.

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Children's Miracle Network raises $4.5 million for Penn State Children's Hospital

Children’s Miracle Network raised $4,525,594 for Penn State Children’s Hospital in 2017-2018. The total was announced during the 34th annual Children’s Miracle Network Telethon, which aired Monday, June 4.

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Penn State Health launches new integrated electronic health record and patient billing system

This past weekend, Penn State Health launched a new, integrated electronic health record and patient billing system—called CareConnect.

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Latest Research

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$2.3 million grant will fund research on oxytocin neurons and social behavior

A team of Penn State researchers is planning to create a new map of the brain that will establish a neural circuit diagram of oxytocin, a compound often associated with affection and emotional behavior.

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Research supports restrictions on opioid-containing cough and cold medicines for children

Prescription cough and cold medicines containing the opioid hydrocodone were more likely to cause serious side effects in children than those containing codeine, according to a new study from Penn State College of Medicine.

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College of Medicine observes International Clinical Trials Day

Penn State College of Medicine is celebrating the advancements that clinical trials have made to medicine during International Clinical Trials Day 2018 (Friday, May 18).

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Genetic fixer-uppers may help predict bladder cancer prognosis

Mutations in genes that help repair damage to DNA may aid in predicting the prognosis of patients with bladder and other related cancers, according to researchers.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Preventing hearing damage during summer activities

For many, summer means the sweet sounds of live concerts, fireworks, lawnmowers and splashing water. To optimize the fun summer sounds, here are some preventative measures to protect your hearing during these outdoor activities.

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The Medical Minute: Reminders for a healthy summer

Life can be pretty good during the summer – especially for those who heed health advice about sun safety, staying hydrated and getting needed vaccinations before traveling abroad.

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The Medical Minute: Tips to stay safe in water this summer

Summer means fun in the sun, but also in the pool, at the beach or on the lake. So it’s important to know how to stay safe while enjoying the water.

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The Medical Minute: Safe practices around fireworks

From fireworks at wedding receptions and Independence Day celebrations to graduation bonfires and simple sparklers at weekend cookouts, Americans love playing with fire. The trick is to do so safely.

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Latest Education

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Burse promotes benefits of exercise to minority women diagnosed with cancer

Natasha Renee Burse, a graduate research assistant and doctor of public health (DrPH) student at Penn State College of Medicine, is working to improve outcomes for minority women diagnosed with cancer.

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Physician Assistant Class of 2020 celebrates at White Coat Ceremony

Penn State College of Medicine welcomed 30 new students into its Physician Assistant (PA) Program on May 25 at the annual White Coat Ceremony.

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Students across Penn State compete in Global Health Case Competition

Students from Penn State College of Medicine, Dickinson Law and Penn State University Park participated for the first time in the 2018 International Emory Global Health Case Competition held March 16 and 17 in Atlanta.

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Biomedical sciences student attends competitive NIAID program

Nathalie Fuentes, a third-year biomedical sciences PhD student at Penn State College of Medicine, was selected from among hundreds of students nationwide to participate in a program at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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Latest Patient Care

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Hershey Medical Center celebrates National Doctors’ Day

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is celebrating National Doctors’ Day, an annual observance to recognize the contributions of physicians to the communities they serve.

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Man’s best friend puts young patients at ease

Kaia, a therapy dog at Penn State Children’s Hospital, was the first facility dog ever in a Pennsylvania children’s hospital, and is making a huge difference in the lives of pediatric patients.

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Children’s Hospital earns three-star rating for congenital heart surgery

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has again awarded Penn State Children’s Heart Group a three-star rating for congenital heart surgery – the highest designation available.

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Children's Hospital again recognized by U.S. News & World Report

For the seventh consecutive year, Penn State Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the Best Children’s Hospitals in multiple specialties by U.S. News & World Report.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

Ask Us Anything About... The Stages of Cancer

Ask Us Anything About… The Stages of Cancer

A lot of people seem to put stock in the “stage” of cancer with which they or their loved one has been diagnosed. We learn more about the stages of cancer from Dr. Joseph Drabick, chief of hematology and oncology at Penn State Cancer Institute.

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Ask Us Anything About… Smoking and Vaping

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing nearly half a-million Americans each year. Learn more about the dangers of tobacco and strategies for quitting, along with the rising popularity of vaping.

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Ask Us Anything About… New Year’s Resolutions

For many people, a new calendar year sparks a new-found drive for self-improvement. But New Year’s resolutions are easier broken than kept. We share tips on how to break bad habits – and start good ones.

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Ask Us Anything About… The Flu

Every year, the flu proves deadly and leads to tens of thousands of deaths across the U.S. With flu activity on the increase in Pennsylvania, Dr. Jay Zimmermann, a family physician at Penn State Medical Group-Elizabethtown, says now is the time to get vaccinated.

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Latest Community

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Penn State College of Medicine and Rodale Institute announce partnership 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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Hershey Community Garden adds 100 plots

Penn State Health leaders joined Hershey Entertainment & Resorts and other Hershey organizations to celebrate the grand opening of Phase II of the Hershey Community Garden.

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Unwanted drugs, needles and syringes accepted at upcoming event

A drive-through prescription drug take-back event will take place on Saturday, April 28 on the campus of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Winner crowned for best mustache in Hershey Bears ‘No Shave November’ contest

Guests to the Hershey Bears game against Bridgeport on Nov. 26 not only got to see a great game but also got to see a Bear with quite the mustache presented with a trophy.

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Latest People

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Penn State Health debuts photojournalistic project for National Nurses Week

“Carry the Day: The Power of a Nurse” presents starkly raw and emotionally real images of nurses demonstrating poise under pressure, pairing skill with hope in each critical and quiet moment of care in the MIMCU and MICU of Hershey Medical Center.

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Milton S. Hershey Medical Center board welcomes new director

Penn State Health has announced the appointment of Dr. Tony G. Farah to the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Board of Directors.

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Myers creates one-of-a-kind ornament for Children’s Hospital babies

Carrie Myers, a child Life specialist at Penn State Children’s Hospital, decided to make a special gift for tiny patients and their families.

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Hillemeier named Business Diversity Champion of the Year

Dr. Craig Hillemeier, dean of Penn State College of Medicine, CEO of Penn State Health and senior vice president for Health Affairs at Penn State, has been named the Business Diversity Champion of the Year by the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC.

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