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Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center receives $1 million grant to upgrade catheterization labs

Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center will use a $1 million dollar grant to create hybrid catheterization labs on its Bern Township campus. The technology of the hybrid catheterization labs will allow St. Joseph Medical Center to provide patients in need of cardiovascular treatment, as well as radiology and oncology procedures, with cutting-edge, exceptional […]

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Penn State Health completes first step in latex-free initiative

Penn  State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center completed the first major step in becoming a latex-free health care  facility. Effective December 2017, all disposable gloves used by surgical and support staff became latex-free, which substantially reduces the risk of allergic reactions for patients and staff. The surgical glove conversion marked the first step in […]

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Four Diamonds Mini-THON raises $7 million in 2017-2018 to fight childhood cancer

As Four Diamonds Mini-THON commemorates 25 years of helping families in the fight against childhood cancer, the program is celebrating the success of students, teachers and the community in raising more than $36 million over the last quarter century.

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Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day to benefit Penn State Children's Hospital

Local Dairy Queen restaurants will celebrate the 13th annual Miracle Treat Day on Thursday, August 2 to benefit Penn State Children's Hospital, one of 170 hospitals supported by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

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Latest Research

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Artwork may help improve patients' perceptions of their hospital experience

Patients' perceptions of the hospital they're being treated in may be improved by the type of artwork hanging in hospital rooms, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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Antipsychotics may prove effective in killing drug-resistant cancer cells

Two current drugs used to treat psychosis and depression showed anti-cancer activity in mice by blocking the movement of cholesterol within drug-resistant cancer cells, according to Penn State Cancer Institute researchers.

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Killing bacteria by silencing genes may be alternative to antibiotics

A new approach to killing C. difficile that silences key bacterial genes while sparing other bacteria may provide a new way to treat the most common hospital-acquired bacterial infection in the United States, according to researchers.

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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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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Preparing preteens for good hygiene practices

Parents teach young children to bathe regularly, brush their teeth twice a day and keep their hair neat and clean. But when those children enter puberty and their bodies begin to change, hygiene needs also change. “When preteens have good hygiene habits, they can be better prepared for all of the upcoming changes in puberty, […]

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The Medical Minute: Kidney stone prevention is worth the time

Anyone who has developed a kidney stone will tell you that the pain of passing one is worth an ounce of prevention.

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The Medical Minute: Small changes can make big progress in preventing childhood obesity

In the United States, the percentage of children and adolescents with obesity has more than tripled since 1970. Today, approximately one in five school-aged children (ages 6 to 19) is obese.

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The Medical Minute: Staying safe while camping and hiking

A little preparation and an understanding of safety can go a long way to avoid potential pitfalls that come with enjoying camping and hiking.

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Latest Education

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Penn State College of Medicine hosts 23rd annual White Coat Ceremony

First-year Penn State College of Medicine medical students, including those pursuing their MD and MD/PhD degrees, received their first white medical coats on July 27.

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College of Medicine welcomes Class of 2022

Penn State College of Medicine welcomed 152 new medical students from both its Hershey and University Park campuses with orientation from July 10 through 13.

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Penn State College of Medicine earns full accreditation

Penn State College of Medicine's MD program has received full accreditation for the next eight years by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

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Inaugural class of Family and Community Medicine Residency Program graduates

The first six physicians to train in the new Penn State Health Family and Community Residency Program at Mount Nittany Medical Center are headed for the next steps in their medical careers.

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Latest Patient Care

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Penn State Cancer Institute now offering CAR T-cell therapy

Penn State Cancer Institute is now the first and only oncology center in central Pennsylvania to offer patients CAR T-cell therapy, a cutting-edge treatment that has been successful treating a common type of lymphoma.

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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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Latest Ask Us Anything About

Ask Us Anything About... Sarcoma

Ask Us Anything About… Sarcoma

It's often considered "the forgotten cancer." Sarcoma is a tumor that occurs in the bones and soft tissues such as fat and muscle.

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Ask Us Anything About… Liver Cancer

Liver cancer is proving deadlier. A report released on July 18 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows death rates from liver cancer rose 43 percent between 2000 and 2016. Many cases are caused by underlying disease that can be prevented.

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Ask Us Anything About… Suicide

Suicide rates are headed in the wrong direction. In 2016, 45,000 Americans age 10 or older took their own lives, reflecting a rise of nearly 30 percent since 1999. We discuss the issue with Dr. Ahmad Hameed, a psychiatrist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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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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Latest Community

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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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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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Latest People

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Bagley named Penn State Health Chief Supply Officer

Richard Bagley will join Penn State Health as senior vice president and chief supply officer on Sept. 17. In this role, he will be responsible for developing and leading a cohesive supply chain that improves efficiency and cost savings for the entire health system. Bagley will report to Steve Massini, chief operating officer and chief […]

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Vesell, founding pharmacology chair, dies at 84

Dr. Elliot Vesell, founding chair of the Department of Pharmacology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and assistant dean of graduate studies at Penn State College of Medicine, passed away July 23, 2018.

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Harbaugh and Sathian assume new roles

Dr. Robert E. Harbaugh, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, has been named a senior vice president of Penn State Health Medical Group. Dr. Krish Sathian, chair of the Department of Neurology and professor of neurology, neural and behavioral sciences, and psychology, assumed leadership of the Neuroscience Institute effective July 1.

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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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