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Highmark Blue Shield grant to provide eye glasses for students in underserved schools

Highmark Blue Shield has granted $10,000 to Penn State Health in support of a community health initiative to cover standard vision assessments and the cost of eye glasses for students in need in two school districts.

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Hershey Medical Center again earns top safety marks from Leapfrog

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has once again earned the highest grade on The Leapfrog Group’s latest safety ranking report card.

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WQXA 105.7 The X hosts “Pay 4 Play” to support Penn State Children’s Hospital

Nipsey, Earl David Reed and Jen Shade of The People’s Morning Show on WQXA-FM 105.7 The X will host the 13th annual People’s Pay 4 Play (#Pay4PlayXIII) from Thursday, Nov. 7 at 5 a.m. through Friday, Nov. 8 at 9 a.m.

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Penn State Health to convert CocoaPlex space to outpatient care

Penn State Health will expand medical services in the Hershey community by adding internal medicine, endocrinology and nephrology to family medicine services currently offered at the CocoaPlex Center.

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Penn State Children’s Hospital brings Halloween spirit to pediatric patients

Pediatric patients at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital experienced the fun of the Halloween season with a costume parade and party organized by Child Life staff on Oct. 31.

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Latest Research

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Sleeping less than six hours and heart disease, stroke: A deadly combo

Middle-aged adults with high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke could be at increased risk for cancer and early death when sleeping less than six hours per day, according to new research from Penn State College of Medicine published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Robotic training could help to decrease catheter placement complications

Penn State College of Medicine faculty are part of a team investigating the use of haptic robotic training in a simulation environment to reduce health complications from central venous catheter placement.

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Adapting electronic medical records may help decrease resistance to antibiotics

Adapting features of the electronic medical record system used by doctors in caring for their patients may improve efforts to prevent antibiotic drug resistance, according to Penn State research.

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Exercise can now be prescribed like medicine for people with and beyond cancer

It’s well known that exercise is good for preventing and treating many forms of heart disease, but less commonly known are the benefits of physical activity for people living with and beyond cancer. A new initiative called Moving Through Cancer -- led by Kathryn Schmitz, professor of public health sciences at Penn State College of Medicine, and an international team of health practitioners and researchers -- is hoping to change that.

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Antibiotic-free or organic poultry half as likely to be contaminated with multidrug-resistant Salmonella

A study involving a Penn State College of Medicine researcher found that meat from conventionally raised poultry was twice as likely to contain multidrug-resistant Salmonella compared to poultry labeled antibiotic-free or organic.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: How to support people with dementia

Although there’s no cure for dementia, there are therapies that impact how people can continue to function well and lead good lives.

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The Medical Minute: Intermittent fasting -- foolproof or fad?

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or on a time-restricted schedule, intermittent fasting is the new trend in weight loss. But does it work?

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The Medical Minute: Providers help women cope with pain of infant loss

For women who suffer the devastation of an infant loss during pregnancy, emotions can run the gamut. They may feel guilty, angry or even relieved. No matter the feeling, expressing those emotions plays a big role in adapting to life after such a tragic event.

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The Medical Minute: Hand sanitizers effective, but handwashing is better

Hand sanitizers are convenient alternatives to handwashing, and they do work. But when it comes to keeping germs away as we enter the cold and flu season, nothing beats a good scrubbing with soap and water.

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The Medical Minute: Making ADHD less stressful on the family

Parenting is hard work. Parenting a child who struggles with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is even more difficult. According to one psychologist, the best situation is when parents and teachers work together to manage behaviors and promote the child’s success.

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Latest Education

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Hennrikus recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Eileen Hennrikus, professor of medicine at Penn State College of Medicine, is featured for November in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Five years of excellence: PA students continue winning streak at Challenge Bowl

Students in Penn State College of Medicine's Physician Assistant (PA) Program won the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants Medical Challenge Bowl for the fifth consecutive year.

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Career Day, Etiquette Dinner give students taste of life after College of Medicine

Penn State College of Medicine graduate students and postdoctoral scholars learned about career options in the biomedical sciences and public health through a series of educational and networking events in Hershey.

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Bellon recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Alfredo Bellon, an assistant professor in the departments of psychiatry and pharmacology, at Penn State College of Medicine, is featured for October in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Penn State Health and Penn State Law partner for interdisciplinary course

Penn State Health is partnering with Penn State Dickinson School of Law on a course that teaches young physicians about the legal system and law students about the medical profession.

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Latest Patient Care

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Patients thank Hershey Medical Center staff for extraordinary care

More than 100 Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center employees were recognized for at the fifth annual Lion Care and Cubby Care Awards ceremony.

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Nurses honored for exceptional care and professional achievements

Nineteen nurses from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Children’s Hospital were recognized for outstanding patient care and professional achievements at the 11th annual Fall Nursing Awards Luncheon.

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Hershey Medical Center heart transplant program boasts best survival rate in Mid-Atlantic region

One hundred percent of all patients who receive a heart transplant at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center survive for at least one year post-surgery, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR).

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When food is the enemy, pediatric feeding program helps kids triumph

Plenty of children refuse to eat their vegetables, but for some the problem extends far beyond picky eating. Get an up-close look at the Penn State Children’s Hospital Feeding Program.

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Hershey program brings physicians together with former patients

Hershey Medical Center hosted an event called “See Me Now” on Tuesday that reconnects doctors and the patients they helped.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About… Smoking Cessation

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing almost half a million people every year. In this interview, learn more about the dangers of tobacco and strategies to quit smoking.

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As Us Anything About... Physical Therapy

Physiatrists -- physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation -- work with you to treat pain, restore function and get you back to a healthy lifestyle.

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Ask Us Anything About… Stroke and Mini-strokes

We learn about mini-strokes as well as the increasing prevalence of strokes among young people from Penn State Stroke Center program coordinators Alicia Richardson and Cesar Velasco.

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Ask Us Anything About… Women and Stress

In this special edition of Ask Us Anything About..., Lanae Ampersand, program manager for Behavioral Health at Penn State Health, addresses questions regarding stress, live from the Business Women’s Forum at Messiah College.

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Ask Us Anything About… Sepsis

Sepsis happens when your immune system struggles to fight off infections. In the worst cases, sepsis leads to a life-threatening drop in blood pressure, often referred to as “septic shock,” and even failure of several organs. Bacterial infections are most often to blame. But sepsis can also result from other infections as minor as a scraped knee.

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Latest Community

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Hershey Medical Center personnel provide free health screenings for Lebanon students

Nurses, physicians and medical students from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center visited Northwest Elementary School in Lebanon to provide health screenings for students.

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Penn State Health, College of Medicine employees show they care

Fifty-three volunteers from Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine participated in the United Way’s 27th Annual Day of Caring on Friday, Sept. 6 in the Harrisburg area.

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Penn State Health teams up with Vision to Learn mobile eye clinic

Penn State Health teamed up with the Vision to Learn mobile eye clinic to bring free vision testing and glasses to students at Steelton-Highspire Elementary School.

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Penn State Health celebrates National Night Out

Penn State Health joined 11 communities across the region Tuesday for National Night Out, the annual neighborhood-building campaign that promotes police-resident partnerships and camaraderie.

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Team pits ride against ride in United Way of Capital Region Trike Race

The Penn State Health trike team took on 17 other teams in the United Way of the Capital Region’s 23rd Annual Trike Race on July 19 in Harrisburg.

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Latest People

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St. Joseph midwife completes medical mission to Bahamas

Alexandra Black, a certified nurse midwife at Penn State Health St. Joseph, tended to the basic medical needs of people left in the wake of Hurricane Dorian during an International Medical Relief mission trip to the Bahamas.

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I am Penn State Health: Cindy Twombley

Cindy Twombley, the clinical supervisor at Penn State Health Medical Group – Cocoa, works to make sure our patients have a positive experience from the moment they walk in the door.

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Whitaker Center names Nyland “Woman to Watch” in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

Whitaker Center honored Penn State College of Medicine assistant professor of neural and behavioral sciences Jennifer Nyland, PhD, at the inaugural Women of Impact: Celebrating Women in STEM Awards Luncheon in Harrisburg on Sept. 12.

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Penn State Health St. Joseph interpreters grow in diversity and number

With seven onsite medical interpreters, Penn State Health St. Joseph has more interpreters on staff — driven by a growing demographic — than ever before.

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St. Joseph midwife headed on medical mission to Bahamas

Alexandra Black, a Penn State Health St. Joseph certified nurse midwife, is heading to the Bahamas Sept. 28 through Oct. 5 with International Medical Relief to provide medical aid to those devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

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