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Spirit of Children gives record $98,061 to benefit Child Life Program

Spirit of Children made its largest contribution to Penn State Children’s Hospital ever Feb. 17 with the virtual presentation of a check for $98,061 to the hospital’s Child Life Program.

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Penn State Health changes visitation guidelines to include emergency departments, clinics

Penn State Health is changing its visitation guidelines to include emergency departments and clinics.

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Lancaster County joins with local health systems in community vaccination effort

Penn State Health is part of a newly formed coalition working to establish a COVID-19 community vaccination center in Lancaster County.

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Happy about Hampden: Aimee Hagerty, vice president and chief nursing officer

This month Penn State Health highlights Aimee Hagerty, vice president and chief nursing officer, Hampden Medical Center, who will be responsible for nursing practice and for administrative, operational and financial functions of nursing and clinical areas.

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Donors invest in scholarships, enhance equity in health care through University matching program

Penn State College of Medicine donors committed a total of $737,000 to establish 15 new scholarships and strengthen two already-existing funds to support students whose gender, race, ethnic, cultural and/or national background contribute to the diversity of the student body.

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Latest Research

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Stine shares liver research findings in gastroenterology podcast

Dr. Jonathan Stine, assistant professor of medicine and public health sciences, was featured on the Gastroenterology Learning Network podcast.

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Clinical research suggests possibility of ‘second honeymoon’ for advanced Parkinson’s disease patients

Results from studies by researchers at Penn State Neuroscience Institute suggest that a new type of drug may provide a “second honeymoon” for patients with very advanced Parkinson's disease.

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Common antidepressant may be first-ever treatment for osteoarthritis

In a new study, scientists have discovered the cellular pathway that leads to osteoarthritis and have identified a commonly used antidepressant — paroxetine — that inhibits this pathway.

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Gene mutations linked to worse outcomes from leukemia in Hispanic and Latino children

A combination of genetic mutations may explain the higher incidence of and poorer outcomes from pediatric leukemia in Hispanic and Latino children, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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Running the race – how breast cancer shaped student’s research career in behavioral medicine, minority health

Natasha Renee Burse is not a stranger to competition. She went from sprinting to the finish line of races as a Division I track and field athlete to striving to […]

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: What to expect post-vaccine

For some people, anxiety over what may happen after they get the COVID-19 vaccine seems to almost outweigh the relief of getting protected. Here are some common questions and answers that should ease concerns.

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The Medical Minute: Is it a panic attack or a heart attack?

Panic attacks aren’t deadly, but heart attacks kill. That’s why knowing the difference could save a life.

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The Medical Minute: Parental involvement can help stem COVID-related suicide attempts in children

Doctors are seeing a surge in childhood suicides brought on by isolating conditions created by COVID-19. Parents can help by looking for red flags.

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The Medical Minute: Flu cases down, but keep your guard up

Flu cases are down this year, mostly because all the COVID-19 precautions like hand-washing and social distancing. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stay vigilant. In fact, it might be more important now than ever.

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The Medical Minute: Understanding seasonal affective disorder

Clinical depression that sets in at a season’s start and goes into remission at the end is called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. With a proper diagnosis, effective treatment is available.

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Latest Education

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New Project ECHO series features severe acute pancreatitis March 3

Penn State Project ECHO is launching a no-cost, CME-eligible ECHO series for all Penn State Health-affiliated physicians, including family and community medicine providers, gastroenterologists and internal medicine providers.

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Internal medicine resident Dr. Malamas honored for exceptional teaching

Dr. Peter Malamas, an internal medicine resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was honored in February 2021 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

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Second-year medical students celebrate accomplishments at College of Medicine Student Clinician Ceremonies

Penn State College of Medicine second-year students marked their transition from classroom learning to clerkships during Student Clinician Ceremonies on Feb. 4.

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Peterson recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Brandon Peterson is featured for February in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Surgery resident Greene honored for exceptional teaching

Dr. Alicia Greene, a trainee in the General Surgery Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was honored in January 2021 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

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Latest Patient Care

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Hershey Medical Center among top programs in country for heart transplant, LVAD implants

Two January 2021 reports show that survival rates for heart transplant and LVAD implant surgeries at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center rank among the nation’s best.

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Hybrid cardiac rehab program rekindles Harrisburg man’s passion for staying in shape

With Hybrid Cardiac Rehabilitation at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Brian Welsh used in-person and virtual visits to get back in shape following heart surgery.

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Lights, camera, baby! Penn State Children’s Hospital AngelEye cameras help parents keep watch

NICU’s AngelEye Health camera helps families stay connected with pediatric patients. In December 2020, the Children’s Hospital purchased 56 cameras with support from Children’s Miracle Network, enough for every bed in the hospital.

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Behind the Scenes on the Front Lines: Laboratories

The staff at Penn State Health laboratories are processing tissue samples and blood tests, giving doctors information they need to make correct clinical diagnoses and undertaking pioneering research.

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Penn State Health Cocoa Outpatient Center now open to patients

Penn State Health Cocoa Outpatient Center is now open to patients.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About... Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation and wellness programs can help people recover from cardiovascular disease as well as learn how to eat better, exercise and maintain good health for life. In this interview, Allison Cannon and Parker Dundore, clinical exercise physiologists at Penn State Health St. Joseph, talk about complete rehabilitation care for a full range of cardiovascular conditions.

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Ask Us Anything About… Women’s Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” it kills roughly the same number of women and men each year.

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Ask Us Anything About...NICU Care

When having a baby, parents don’t like to imagine their child needing to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Dr. Jeff Kaiser, chief of neonatal-perinatal medicine at Penn State Children’s Hospital, helps new parents understand what they need to consider when choosing a hospital and what to expect if your child needs to go to the NICU.

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Ask Us Anything About...Epilepsy

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, one in 10 people will experience a seizure throughout their life, and of that group, one in 26 will develop epilepsy. Dr. Michael Sather addresses questions about the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy.

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Ask Us Anything About… Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is a common, but nonetheless frustrating and embarrassing problem. The good news is that, for most people, lifestyle changes or medical treatment can help to alleviate the problem.

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Latest Community

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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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Pawsitivity: College of Medicine student uses 3D printers to create masks for homeless people

A medical student at Penn State College of Medicine teamed up with his brothers to produce 1,000 face masks for homeless people using 3D printers.

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Penn State PRO Wellness partners with Kohl’s Cares to enhance school wellness program

Kohl’s Cares has awarded $100,000 to Penn State PRO Wellness to support Healthy Champion school wellness initiatives through the Circle of Wellness program.

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December is a time to celebrate holidays, diversity

The Penn State Health Capital Region (Dauphin) Interfaith Employee Affinity/Resource Group is hosting a virtual interfaith holiday celebration on Thursday, Dec. 10, from noon to 1 p.m.

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Sign up for Carlisle Family YMCA Virtual Turkey Trot

Stay fit and have fun. Register for the Carlisle Family YMCA Virtual Turkey Trot, set for Nov. 22 to 30. Penn State Health is a presenting sponsor.

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Latest People

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Rojiani named chair of Department of Pathology

Dr. Amyn M. Rojiani has been named the chair of the Department of Pathology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine.

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Sinoway steps down as Heart and Vascular Institute director

After 36 years at Hershey Medical Center and the College of Medicine, Dr. Larry Sinoway, distinguished professor of medicine, announced his decision to step down as director of Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute.

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I am Penn State Health: Stephen Caldwell

Connect the dots. Stephen Caldwell says that’s what he does as inventory management specialist at Penn State Health Lime Spring Outpatient Center, where he orders, receives and delivers all supplies.

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Joshi appointed chief scientific officer of Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium

Dr. Monika Joshi, associate professor of medicine at Penn State College of Medicine and medical oncologist at Penn State Cancer Institute, has been named chief scientific officer of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium.

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New patient-led podcast helps young adults with cancer navigate ‘Life on Pause’

Cancer affects life at any stage, but it can be particularly disruptive for young adults on the cusp of many large life events. Now, young cancer patients offer support to their peers through a new Penn State Health podcast.

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