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Leapfrog names Hershey Medical Center a Top Hospital

The Leapfrog Group has presented Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center with a Top Hospital award.

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Trouble in Toyland: Bollinger warns about dangerous toys

Penn State Children’s Hospital Pediatric Trauma and Injury Prevention Manager Amy Bollinger joined the Pennsylvania auditor general and a consumer watchdog group at the state capitol on Nov. 20 to discuss dangerous toys.

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Hershey Medical Center hosts first STEM Goes Red

Middle school girls from the Milton Hershey School learned about careers in science, technology, engineering and math at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s STEM Goes Red event on Nov. 13.

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Pay 4 Play to benefit Children’s Hospital sets new record

The 12th annual People’s Pay 4 Play on WQXA-FM 105.7 The X on Nov. 8 and 9 raised a record-breaking $265,010 for Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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Latest Research

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College of Medicine researchers to study universal depression screening in adolescents

A research team at Penn State College of Medicine will study universal school based screening of adolescents for major depressive disorder with the help of a three-year, $2 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

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Elfar’s severe limb trauma study wins CureAccelerator Live!

A clinical trial led by Dr. John Elfar, an orthopedic surgeon at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, won the 2018 CureAccelerator Live! philanthropic pitch event on Oct. 17.

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Rushing children to specialize in one sport may not be best path to success

It may be tempting for parents or coaches to urge young children to specialize in one sport early on to help maximize their chance at making it to the big leagues, but that might not be the best path to success.

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Innovation Awards highlight groundbreaking research

The Center for Medical Innovation at Penn State College of Medicine honored leaders in innovation and discovery, as well as student work, during a ceremony at the University Conference Center on Oct. 17.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: When to give a health-related gift

The gift of promoting a healthy lifestyle is probably the most valuable thing you could give to someone you care about this holiday season, yet it can also turn into a potential landmine of gift-giving disasters.

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The Medical Minute: Understand the danger of concussion as winter sports begin

Youth winter sports are underway, and with a recent increase in national attention on the possible dangers of head trauma for athletes, it is important for coaches, parents and players to recognize symptoms of a concussion and also help lessen their likelihood of occurring.

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The Medical Minute: Preventing shingles through vaccination

While this season is usually associated with the flu vaccine, adults, especially those who are older than 50, should also consider getting a vaccine for shingles.

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The Medical Minute: Naloxone rescue kits now being prescribed alongside high-dose prescriptions

Doctors now regularly prescribe drugs that reverse the effects of opioids in tandem with high-dose prescriptions of the painkillers.

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Latest Education

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Preventing an incorrect diagnosis starts in the classroom

Dr. Timothy Mosher, chair of the Department of Radiology at Penn State College of Medicine, developed a new medical school course aimed at identifying systemic causes of misdiagnosis-and how to prevent them.

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The Big Picture: Science of health systems class prepares next generation of doctors

Penn State College of Medicine offers a new class to teach medical students about health systems and how they will impact the way physicians will practice medicine.

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New psychiatry fellowship addresses looming shortage of community psychiatrists

The Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry are partnering to offer a Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowship to address the growing shortage of psychiatrists.

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Penn State College of Medicine leads transformation of medical education

Being selected to host the American Medical Association’s (AMA) “Accelerating Change in Medical Education” conference both acknowledged Penn State College of Medicine’s hard-won expertise in health systems science and enabled its leaders to share strategies for revolutionizing medical education.

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Latest Patient Care

Denise Brown, who suffers from aortic stenosis and needed heart valve replacement surgery, sits with Dr. John Conte at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Brown is sitting in an exam room on a chair next to Conte, who is sitting on a stool next to a desk on which his laptop sits, open. Brown wears a cannula in her nose to assist with breathing.

Custom made for her

Denise Brown, left, talks to Dr. John Conte about how she feels since he implanted an apical aortic conduit into her heart last February.

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Virtual reality helps Penn State Health St. Joseph pediatricians solve a problem

Dr. Jerry Lee, a pediatrician at Penn State Health St. Joseph Downtown Campus uses virtual reality goggles on young patients who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions to distract them from medical procedures.

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Positive attitude beats ‘stupid bum lungs’ for cystic fibrosis patient

Alyssa Kibler, a 33-year-old cystic fibrosis patient from Harrisburg, gets lifesaving help from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as she battles the chronic disease.

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“Every day is a gift:” 500th heart transplant patient celebrates milestone with gratitude

David Wheeler’s heart transplant, which took place on June 23, marks the 500th heart transplant since Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center began doing the transplants in 1984.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About… Toy Safety

Adults look forward to seeing a child’s face light up at the sight of a new toy during the holidays. But as we begin to shop this season, safety should play a critical role when selecting that special gift.

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Ask Us Anything About… Family Nutrition

As parents, we know it’s a lot easier to grab takeout that we know our kids like than to cook something new. But easiest is not always best – as poor dietary habits can lead to obesity and all the health problems that come with it. In this interview with Kara Bowers, a dietitian with Penn State PRO Wellness, you'll learn how to create a supportive nutrition environment in your home.

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Ask Us Anything About… Face Pain

Most of the time when we experience some sort of face pain, we associate it with a headache or a dental issue. In some cases, such pain that becomes more frequent or severe could signal something more serious.

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Ask Us Anything About… Child Sexual Abuse

It hurts to think about anyone sexually abusing a child. But far too often, people don’t know what to do if they suspect a child is being harmed in such a manner. Whose responsibility is it to say something? And where can they turn?

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Latest Community

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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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Gamers to play for Penn State Children’s Hospital on Extra Life Game Day

Local gamers of all levels and from all categories — including console, mobile, PC and table top — will unite for one cause on Saturday, Nov. 3: to save and improve the lives of kids treated at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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Penn State Health team spreads kindness at Day of Caring

A team of Penn State Health employees were among nearly 1,700 volunteers who lent a hand during the United Way of the Capital Region’s 26th annual Day of Caring.

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Latest People

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Legro named chair of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Richard Legro has been named chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine.

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From preemie to premed: former NICU baby all grown up, ready for career in medicine

One recent August morning on the seventh floor of Penn State Children’s Hospital, Tiffany Seibert shared an embrace with Dr. Charles Palmer, 21 years after they first met.

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Helping Josiah be Josiah ― A story about friendship

When he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, Four Diamonds child Josiah Garcia turned to his best friend to help him feel less like a kid with cancer, and more like just a kid.

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A career for the ages: Eyster revolutionizes understanding of HIV and hepatitis C

It’s not every day you meet someone who changed the way the world understood the development of HIV and hepatitis C or any other infectious disease. But that is precisely the accomplishment of Dr. Elaine Eyster.

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