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PA Moves aims to study, improve physical activity among rural residents

PA Moves, a study by researchers at Penn State Cancer Institute, will help doctors talk to patients in rural Pennsylvania about on the impact of physical activity on overall health.

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Two Penn State Health hospitals launch partnership to better support sexual assault victims

Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center and Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center are partnering with Penn State’s Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing to enhance support for survivors of sexual assault through secure telehealth technology.

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Penn State Health cuts ribbon on newly renovated Specialty Services office in Camp Hill

Penn State Health has taken an important step toward consolidating several medical and surgical specialties into a modern, spacious and newly renovated location: Penn State Health Specialty Services in Camp Hill.

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MD/PhD Program holds spring virtual retreat

The MD/PhD program at Penn State College of Medicine held a virtual retreat April 2.

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Children’s Hospital staff plant pinwheels for Child Abuse Awareness Month

In observation of Child Abuse Awareness Month, 481 blue pinwheels have been “planted” in front of Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey.

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Latest Research

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Cancer, cardiovascular disease and COVID-19: College of Medicine faculty receive research funds

Between January and March 2022, Penn State College of Medicine received 145 grants and contracts totaling $32.8 million for research.

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Paul recognized for pediatric research excellence

Dr. Ian Paul has been selected for the 2022 American Pediatric Association Research Award, which recognizes an investigator who has advanced pediatric knowledge through excellence in research.

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Treatment for blinding blood vessel condition yields long-lasting vision improvement

A treatment for retinal vein occlusion may lead to long-term vision improvement according to a Penn State College of Medicine researcher and colleagues.

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Schmitz receives $3.2M to bring supportive cancer care to rural areas

Penn State College of Medicine researchers hope to help cancer patients who live in rural areas increase their access to supportive care through a grant from the National Cancer Institute.

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Researchers improve bone repair using genetic bioprinting

College of Medicine researchers were part of a team who bioprinted bone along with two growth factor encoding genes that helped incorporate the cells and healed defects in rat skulls.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Stop the Bleed training saves lives

A child who’d been struck by a car was in serious danger. Luckily, an East Pennsboro Township police officer had been trained in Stop the Bleed. How a 90-minute course can save lives in this week’s Medical Minute.

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The Medical Minute: A checklist for staying healthy overseas

While planning for an overseas adventure, it’s important to include a few key preventative measures to help keep you healthy during your travels, like getting the appropriate shots and packing the right medications.

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The Medical Minute: Getting ahead of head and neck cancer

The warning signs of head and neck cancer can be easy to miss. But according to a Penn State Health physician, prevention is possible.

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The Medical Minute: A guide through standardized tests for you and your child

No. 2 pencils, a ticking clock and deep concerns about the future. In May, students across the state will take their mandated Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams, and […]

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The Medical Minute: Growing number of women seek midwifery’s natural approach to care

A growing number of mothers in the U.S. are having perfectly healthy babies in safe environments but minus what was once considered a key ingredient – the doctor. A Penn State Health midwife talks about how more mothers are turning to midwives to help manage labor.

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Latest Education

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Penn State College of Medicine welcomes new physician assistant class at White Coat Ceremony

Twenty-nine new Penn State College of Medicine students took their first step in becoming physician assistants during the Physician Assistant White Coat Ceremony on May 17.

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Anderson recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Alyssa Anderson, physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, is featured for May in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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OB/GYN resident Fletcher recognized for exceptional teaching

Dr. Jordan Fletcher, an obstetrics and gynecology resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was honored in April 2022 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

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Biostatistics PhD student earns first place at Penn State’s Graduate Exhibition

Penn State biostatistics doctoral candidate Nour Hawila was among the first-place winners announced during the Graduate Exhibition 2022.

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McGillen recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Brian McGillen is featured for April in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Latest Patient Care

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Bouncing back: Bilateral knee replacement at age 71 helps Mount Joy man continue family tradition

In October 2020, Galen Martin received bilateral knee replacement surgery. Nearly 17 months after his operation, Martin is back to doing all the things he used to do.

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New moms at Hampden Medical Center can keep eyes on newborns thanks to AngelEye

On March 29, Hampden Medical Center equipped the Neonatal Special Care Nursery beds with AngelEye cameras.

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Hershey Medical Center earns top recognition for LGBTQ+ inclusion and affirmation

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has been recognized as an Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for its commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer inclusion for patients and employees.

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A joyful match: Kidney donor and recipient meet during National Donate Life Month

When Bellfonte resident Maureen Stathes learned how many people are waiting for organ transplants, she wanted to make a difference – and she did for Wellsville resident Dwayne Weller.

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Penn State Health revises visitation guidelines

Leer en español In response to a downward trend in patients with COVID-19 across the health system, Penn State Health is lifting many of its visitation restrictions for family, support […]

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About... Children’s Outdoor Injuries

It’s spring…and soon summer. And as our kids head outside to ride their bikes, climb trees and hit the playground, some dangers await. In this interview, we’re focused on safety and how to help your children avoid common outdoor injuries.

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Ask Us Anything About... Living Organ Donation

A living donor is an option for patients who otherwise may face a lengthy wait for an organ from a deceased donor. In this interview, Donya McCoy, living organ donor liaison at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, shares some important insights in what both donors and recipients need to know.

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Ask Us Anything About... Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain can be a sign that there might be a problem with one of the reproductive organs in a woman’s pelvic area. Dr. Kristin Riley, a physician and surgeon at Penn State Health Obstetrics and Gynecology, shares important information for women who may experience pelvic pain.

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Ask Us Anything About... Heart Attacks - Men vs. Women

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both women and men. That grim truth points to something the genders have in common. However, there are a lot of differences in men vs. women in the symptoms, treatments and outcomes of some common heart diseases.

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Ask Us Anything About...Healthy Holiday Celebrations

With talk of a potential winter surge, we check in with two physicians who specialize in infectious diseases for their advice on how to keep holiday celebrations safe and healthy this year.

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Latest Community

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Penn State PRO Wellness, Cerner Charitable Foundation get kids to “Move it Outside”

Penn State PRO Wellness helped children at a Montgomery County school get active during their Move It Outside event on May 5.

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Cancer Institute hosts high school students for cancer research, oncology career event

Penn State Cancer Institute teamed up with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to introduce students from Lebanon High School to cancer research and discuss careers in science and health care.

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Penn State Health collects hundreds of pounds of unwanted prescription drugs

Penn State Health collected 593 pounds of unneeded or expired medication on Saturday, April 30, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event also filled 27 sharps containers with used needles and syringes.

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Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center wins grant to train community health workers

The High Foundation of Lancaster has presented Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center with a $105,000 grant to fund training for 100 participants who enroll in its Community Health Worker training program.

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$20,000 gift helps Penn State Health establish community fridge program

Walmart has awarded a $20,000 grant to Penn State Health to combat food insecurity among people in downtown Harrisburg.

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Latest People

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Penn State Health hospitals celebrate Nurse’s Week with awards for excellence

Penn State Health’s acute care hospitals celebrated their nurses last week with days of activities and events. The hospitals also recognized a number of award winners throughout the week. Below […]

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Ravnic named first Huck Chair in Regenerative Medicine and Surgical Sciences

Dr. Dino Ravnic will be the first Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Regenerative Medicine and Surgical Sciences by Penn State Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

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Dr. Rodrigue Mortel remembered for his contributions to Penn State College of Medicine

Dr. Rodrigue Mortel, 88, past chair of Penn State College of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and professor emeritus, passed away on April 22.

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Whitney named physician assistant program director

Larissa Whitney has been named the new director of the Penn State College of Medicine Physician Assistant (PA) Program. She began her work in this role on April 1.

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Samson appointed surgeon-in-chief at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

Dr. Tom Samson has been named surgeon-in-chief at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. Samson replaces the late Dr. Robert Cilley, who became the Children’s Hospital’s first surgeon-in-chief in 2011.

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