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Penn State Health St. Joseph unveils new hybrid cardiac catheterization laboratory

READING, Pa. – A new hybrid cardiac catheterization laboratory at Penn State Health St. Joseph is now open, offering the Berks community expanded treatment options with leading-edge catheterization and imaging technology. The hybrid lab combines the features of a cardiac catheterization lab with those of an operating room, which allows for more complex interventions. The […]

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Waning receives $50,000 grant to support breast cancer research

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition awarded Dr. David Waning of Penn State Cancer Institute $50,000 to advance his studies of metastatic breast cancer treatment.

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Hershey Medical Center EEG Lab earns highest level of epilepsy monitoring accreditation in Pennsylvania

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has become the first hospital in Pennsylvania to be accredited for its Epilepsy and Critical Care EEG Monitoring Programs.

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Destination safety: teen driver education a priority at Children’s Hospital

The Alive at 25 driver’s awareness course presented by Penn State Trauma Community Outreach team teaches teens and their parents how to stay safe on the road.

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Latest Research

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Researcher to study exercise and medication adherence in older breast cancer survivors

The American Cancer Society has awarded $728,000 in funding to Penn State College of Medicine researcher Shirley Bluethmann to study whether exercise reduces joint pain and increases adherence to a type of lifesaving medication called aromatase inhibitors in women who have survived breast cancer.

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Thyroid cancer incidence associated with malpractice climate

The incidence of thyroid cancer was associated with malpractice payouts in a recent study by Penn State Cancer Institute researchers. Because thyroid cancer is not usually fatal, the findings suggest that physicians sometimes offer unnecessary testing to avoid being sued.

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New, evidence-based diagnostic tool developed for abusive head trauma

Penn State researchers have developed an evidence-based predictive tool physicians can use to help confirm, exclude and report suspected cases of abusive head trauma.

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Suicide risk more than quadruples for people with cancer

People with cancer are more than four times more likely to commit suicide than people without cancer, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Performing artists must protect their bodies like athletes

Whether amateur or professional, performing artists have unique health needs specific to their art form.

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The Medical Minute: Living donors may benefit transplant patients

For a patient awaiting a new organ – namely a liver or kidney – living donation provides a viable alternative and can often shorten a recipient’s wait time.

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The Medical Minute: Causes and cures of hiccups remain elusive

Everyone gets hiccups. And nearly everyone has a theory about the cause and the cure.

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The Medical Minute: The causes and complications of snoring

Nearly half of adults habitually snore when they sleep. For some, it’s not a problem. For others, it may affect the quality of their bed partner’s rest. It can also be associated with sleep apnea.

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Latest Education

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Exceptional Moments in Teaching honorees take center stage

During the past 17 months, George Blackall, director of the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment, has collected 758 narratives from College of Medicine students hoping to recognize someone who both challenged and changed them. The program, Blackall says, is helping to make the College of Medicine an even better place for tomorrow’s medical professionals.

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Gonzalo recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Jed Gonzalo, assistant professor of medicine and public health sciences and associate dean for health systems education, is featured in the January Penn State College of Medicine’s “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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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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Latest Patient Care

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Ramiah’s story: How patient care and medical innovation helped her overcome obstacles

A child with an extremely rare -- and usually fatal -- condition is being discharged after spending the first 13 months of her life in the hospital.

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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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Latest Ask Us Anything About

Ask Us Anything About… Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Ask Us Anything About… Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular degeneration, which occurs when the central part of the retina deteriorates, is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans age 60 and older. Learn more about it in this interview with Dr. Ingrid U. Scott, a retina specialist at Penn State Health.

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Ask Us Anything About… Blood Thinners

Blood thinners are medicines that help blood flow smoothly through your veins and arteries. They can protect against heart attacks and strokes, but who needs them? What are the benefits and risks associated with taking them? Are there alternative treatments to blood thinners?

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Ask Us Anything About… Memory Loss

What is considered normal memory loss? Is memory loss simply a part of aging and is there a way to slow it down?

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Ask Us Anything About… Alcohol Use Disorder

Problem drinking that becomes severe is given the medical diagnosis of “alcohol use disorder” or AUD. Would you know how to recognize AUD in a family member or friend? Would you know what to do if you suspect someone has AUD?

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Latest Community

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Penn State Health inoculates more than 1,400 people against flu

Penn State Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Health inoculated 1,439 patients to the flu shot at this year’s Pennsylvania Farm Show. That’s up from 1,242 last year.

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Penn State Health staff offers free flu shots at Pennsylvania Farm Show

More than 80 nurses from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center plan to administer flu shots at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 5 to 12 in Harrisburg.

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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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Latest People

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Faulkner to retire as general counsel of Penn State Health

Mark Faulkner, Penn State Health’s general counsel, has announced plans to retire. His decision brings to a close a legal career that began in 1972, and included providing legal services to Penn State, The Milton S Hershey Medical Center, and what evolved during his tenure into Penn State Health.

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Sekhar named new leader of Penn State PRO Wellness

Dr. Deepa Sekhar has been appointed executive director of Penn State PRO Wellness. Sekhar, a pediatrician at Penn State Health and an associate professor of pediatrics at Penn State College of Medicine, assumed the post this month.

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Baby boom rattles through Life Lion EMS

This year at Penn State Health Life Lion EMS, the pitter-patter of little feet became a thundering herd.

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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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