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The GIANT Company helps hundreds of local children travel safely

The GIANT Company is celebrating the first anniversary of its community car seat safety initiative facilitated in partnership with the Children’s Hospital

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Highlighting the adolescent and young adult cancer population

Adolescent and young adult patients are a population of cancer patients that deserves more attention and for who physical activity programs would be very beneficial.

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Penn State Health selects Lancaster Medical Center COO

Penn State Health has appointed Claire Mooney, a health care executive from eastern Pennsylvania, as senior vice president and chief operating officer with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of Lancaster Medical Center.

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MI Charitable Foundation commits $1 million to Four Diamonds to conquer childhood cancer

The MI Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Gratz, PA-based MI Windows and Doors, has committed $1 million to Penn State’s Four Diamonds, demonstrating the company’s continued commitment to help conquer childhood cancer.

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Manglani, Class of 2022, Recognized for Community Service

Monica Manglani, MD/PhD student receives the 2021 Dellasega Community Outreach Award in recognition of her dedication and contributions to addressing community needs.

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Latest Research

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Obesity and low muscle mass increases risk of death from major traumas

A College of Medicine study revealed that obese patients may also have low muscle mass or sarcopenia, which can contribute to an increased risk of death from trauma injuries.

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College of Medicine researchers named finalists in technology commercialization program

Two technologies developed by Penn State College of Medicine researchers have advanced to the final round of a program that seeks to develop life science research and development projects.

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Legislation may help identify breast cancer earlier in certain at-risk women

Laws designed to help women with increased risk for missed breast cancer diagnoses may help catch the disease earlier, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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Black patients more likely to have had strokes prior to COVID-19 diagnosis than non-Black patients

Black COVID-19 patients are more likely to have experienced strokes prior to their diagnosis than their non-Black counterparts, according to a study by Penn State College of Medicine researchers. They said this may be one explanation for why COVID-19 mortality has been high in Black populations.

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Schiff develops normal brain growth curves for children

Dr. Steven Schiff, professor of neurosurgery at Penn State College of Medicine, and a multi-institution research team have developed normalized growth curve charts for the brain.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Reducing stroke risk from AFib without blood thinners

To help prevent a stroke — a common and serious risk associated with AFib — patients are treated with blood thinners. But for some, the medication itself can be risky.

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The Medical Minute: On the watch for pediatric cancers

No parent wants to hear the word “cancer.” Fortunately, few will, but it’s always smart to be attuned to signs that might warrant a further look. Two Penn State Health Children’s Hospital doctors discuss the warning signs.

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The Medical Minute: Vaccination, conversation keys to protecting kids as they return to school

Just as the moves to protect students by keeping them at home required them to weather some detrimental effects, their return this fall carries new risks. Two Penn State Health doctors discuss how you can keep your kids safe this fall.

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The Medical Minute: Want to breastfeed successfully? Turn to a lactation consultant

Lactation consultants can help new moms anticipate and overcome nearly any hurdle to breastfeed their babies comfortably.

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The Medical Minute: What to do while you’re waiting for the ambulance

No one is prepared for a medical emergency, but when the unexpected happens, there are things you can do – especially if you’re a bystander – that could make a bad situation better.

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Latest Education

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Penn State Health celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 - Oct. 15

Penn State Health is honoring the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans by hosting cultural events during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

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Obstetrics and gynecology resident Brubaker recognized for exceptional teaching

Dr. Laura Brubaker, an obstetrics and gynecology resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was honored in September 2021 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

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Horwitz recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Alexandra Horwitz is featured for September in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Incoming Penn State College of Medicine graduate students take oath, receive white coats

Penn State College of Medicine welcomed 109 new graduate students during ceremonies on Aug. 17 and Aug. 18. The students will study anatomy, biomedical science, biostatistics, clinical research, epidemiology, laboratory animal medicine, neuroscience and public health.

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Internal medicine resident Lai honored for exceptional teaching

Dr. Forest Lai, an internal medicine resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was honored in August 2021 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program.

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Latest Patient Care

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Virtual behavioral health services now available to all through Penn State Health OnDemand app

Community members can now access behavioral health services on their computer, smartphone or tablet using the Penn State Health OnDemand app.

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St. Joseph Medical Center implements new seizure care technology

Chrissy Kushlick, a St. Joseph Medical Center critical care nurse, demonstrates how the Ceribell Rapid Response Electroencephalogram (EEG) system is worn.

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Expansion of services gives Holy Spirit Medical Center patients greater access to Hershey Medical Center surgeons

Penn State Health is further expanding the surgical capabilities of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to Holy Spirit Medical Center. The move will provide more residents of the West Shore with access to advanced surgical care closer to home.

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Ethan’s room: Penn State Health Children’s Hospital staff helps family grieve for lost son

As they do with children every day, a team at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital fought to keep Ethan Colon-Garcia alive. When he died, their efforts shifted to his family.

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Penn State Health relocates Holy Spirit Medical Center’s labor and delivery and NICU services to Hampden Medical Center Oct. 1

Penn State Health will relocate Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center’s labor and delivery and NICU to Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center when it opens on Friday, Oct. 1.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About... Rising COVID-19 Cases

Penn State Health experts Dr. Catharine Paules and Dr. Patrick Gavigan answer viewer questions on COVID-19 during a discussion that includes information on the Delta variant, back to school safety and vaccination.

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Ask Us Anything About… Bone and Joint Injuries in Children

Whether it’s playing around the neighborhood or playing their favorite sport, there are plenty of opportunities for kids to get injured – just by being kids. In this interview, we get your questions answered about bone and joint injuries in children by Dr. Joseph Petfield, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

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Ask Us Anything About... Addiction

Substance use disorder (SUD) is uncontrolled use of a substance despite harmful consequence. Many people with an SUD have an extreme focus on using certain substances, to the level where the person’s ability to function in daily life, jobs or family settings becomes impaired. In this interview, addiction medicine specialist Dr. Sarah Kawasaki provides some valuable insights.

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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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Latest Community

Four men and one woman stand in a courtyard and smile at the camera. From left are Steve Massini, Penn State Health CEO; Jim George, Penn State Health director of community relations; Michelle Phillips, United Way of the Capital Region (UWCR) campaign manager; Anthony Worrall, Reynolds Restoration Services president and UWCR campaign vice chair; and Tim Fatzinger, UWCR president and CEO, celebrate the Outstanding Campaign Team Award. Jim George and Michelle Phillips are holding a Plexiglas trophy engraved with a United Way award won by Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

United Way of Capital Region honors Penn State Health, College of Medicine with Outstanding Campaign Team Award

United Way of the Capital Region presented Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine with the Outstanding Campaign Team Award in the large company category.

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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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Latest People

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Saunders selected for AAMC dean fellowship program

Dr. Erika Saunders will participate in the Association of American Medical Colleges 2021-2022 Council of Deans Fellowship Program, which is intended to develop future leaders in academic medicine.

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Penn State Health names Ettinger vice president, physician leader, of Heart and Vascular Services

Penn State Health has appointed Dr. Steven M. Ettinger to the newly created position of vice president and physician leader of Cardiovascular Services.

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I am Penn State Health: Lea Eller

Lea Eller helps provide a first line of defense against cyberattacks in her role as a cyber defense infrastructure engineer in Penn State Health’s Office of Cybersecurity and Privacy.

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Lewis named associate director for Penn State Center for Biodevices

Gregory Lewis, associate professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation at Penn State College of Medicine, will lead the Penn State Center for Biodevices as associate director.

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Care Transitions welcomes seven to Clinical Ladder

Care Transitions at Hershey Medical Center inducted seven team members into its Care Transitions Professional Development Clinical Ladder II, a program it implemented in 2019.

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