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Penn State Cancer Institute bone marrow transplant program earns renewed accreditation

Penn State Cancer Institute’s bone marrow transplant program earned renewed accreditation in June from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).

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How exercise improves quality of life for one cancer patient

Staying active and engaged in life has a stimulating and energizing effect on both mind and body.

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Kia Kermani Foundation furthers namesake’s legacy with gift for research

The Kia Kermani Foundation recently established the Kia Kermani Foundation Research Fund for Personalized Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine, which will advance translational and clinical research conducted through the Penn State Institute for Personalized Medicine.

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Clinical research standards for College of Medicine

These revised standards are in place for clinical research at Penn State College of Medicine.

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Camp Lionheart roars into its fifth year

The children attending a camp in Lebanon County all have something in common: they have heart disease. This was the fifth year for Camp Lionheart.

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Latest Research

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Sleep apnea increases risk of sudden death, cardiovascular conditions

A study by Penn State College of Medicine researchers reveals that people living with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are twice as likely to experience sudden death compared to people living without OSA.

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Four themes identified as contributors to feelings of despair in Pennsylvania communities

Financial instability, lack of infrastructure, a deteriorating sense of community and family fragmentation are key contributors to diseases of despair in Pennsylvania communities, according to Penn State College of Medicine and Highmark Health researchers.

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Childhood insomnia symptoms associated with development of mood, anxiety disorders in adulthood

A study by Penn State College of Medicine researchers showed that childhood insomnia symptoms that persist through adolescence into adulthood are strong determinants of mood and anxiety disorders in young adults.

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Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, College of Medicine researchers develop tool to reduce missed pediatric abusive head traumas

Penn State College of Medicine researchers have developed a child abuse screening tool that may prevent doctors from missing cases of abusive head trauma in pediatric patients.

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Electroconvulsive therapy linked to longer hospital stays and increased health care costs

Electroconvulsive therapy, which may be effective at lowering long-term risks of suicide and death among patients with certain mood disorders, may result in longer hospital stays and increased health care costs.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Three tips to lose your pandemic pounds safely

It’s no secret that people everywhere packed on pandemic pounds since February 2020. A Penn State Health dietitian offers three tips to lose the weight sanely and permanently.

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The Medical Minute: Extreme heat? Take these steps to stay cool and avoid an ER visit

When your skin gets dry and warm and you can’t sweat, it’s likely a medical emergency. Learn how to identify the signs of serious heat-related illnesses, and how to prevent them, from emergency medicine physician Dr. Eleanor Dunham in this week’s Medical Minute.

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The Medical Minute: What to know about the delta variant

News of a rapidly spreading delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 is unsettling. The best protection? The vaccine.

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The Medical Minute: Why you need a primary care provider

To call you the picture of health is an understatement. Why, then, do you need a doctor? In this week’s Medical Minute, two primary care providers explain why establishing a relationship with a doctor now can make all the difference to your health.

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The Medical Minute: Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder

When physiological responses to trauma linger long after the event has passed, it’s called post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Recognizing the symptoms and seeking help are essential to recovery.

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Latest Education

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Mormando recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Charles Mormando is featured for August in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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First-, second-year Penn State College of Medicine students honored at White Coat Ceremony

Students from the entering classes of 2020 and 2021 participated in Penn State College of Medicine’s annual White Coat Ceremony on July 30.

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Penn State College of Medicine welcomes entering class of 2021

Penn State College of Medicine welcomed its incoming class of medical students July 12 through 16 during a weeklong orientation, which included both virtual and in-person activities.

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Orthopaedic surgery resident Lewis honored for exceptional teaching

Dr. Kirsten Lewis, an orthopaedic surgery resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was honored in July 2021 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

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Kaur recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Gurwant Kaur is featured for July in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Latest Patient Care

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Peace of mind in Pediatric Emergency Department: Malaya’s story

When Malaya has a health crisis, serious complications can develop quickly. For the emergency care she needs, her mom will always take her to Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

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Penn State Health expands access to pediatric primary care on the West Shore

Penn State Health is enhancing access to pediatric primary care at its newest West Shore outpatient location.

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Penn State Health joins national network of wound care centers

Penn State Health has joined forces with Healogics to manage the care of patients who are being treated for hard to heal wounds at two Penn State Health locations in Berks County.

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New CARE Center offers cancer patients comprehensive support

The new Cancer Assistance and Resource Education Center in Penn State Cancer Institute brings many of the resources cancer patients need through and beyond their treatment together in one location.

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Penn State Health one of six health systems in nation to add physical activity as a vital sign

Physical Activity Vital Sign (PAVS) is currently being piloted at two Penn State Health Medical Group practices.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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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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Ask Us Anything About… When to take your child to the ER

When a child becomes sick or gets injured, choosing the right course of action can be confusing or even scary. Should the child see a doctor or go to the emergency room? Or can they be treated at home? We tackle those questions in this interview with two clinicians at Penn State Health Children's Hospital: Dr. Kathryn McCans, a pediatric emergency medicine physician, and April Squares, a clinical staff leader.

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Latest Community

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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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I am Penn State Health: Tara Gardner

Tara Gardner, a nurse manager at Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center shares what she loves about her job at Holy Spirit Medical Center, where she’s worked ever since she landed a nurse externship there in 2008.

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I am Penn State Health: Sherly George

As a nursing assistant at Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center, Sherly George says she is fulfilling a calling to help people in need when their needs are the greatest.

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Hershey Medical Center names new senior vice president and chief nursing officer

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has selected Michele Szkolnicki as its new senior vice president and chief nursing officer. She will begin her position in September.

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Wearable wellness: Fitness trackers keep faculty mindful of well being

A faculty wellness initiative within Penn State College of Medicine's Department of Medicine inspired by a resident research study has changed the way some physicians think about their wellness.

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I am Penn State Health: Viniquinn Terry

Viniquinn Terry is a nurse in the cardiovascular intensive care unit at Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center.

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