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500th heart transplant performed at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Surgeons at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center recently performed their 500th heart transplant.

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Medical Center’s LionReach supports Gettysburg re-enactors

A team from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center staffed the LionReach mobile training and evaluation center for the 155th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg July 5 to 8.

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Medical Center, Hershey Symphony celebrate Independence Day with free concert

The air was filled with movie themes and patriotic music as the Hershey Symphony Orchestra performed on the front lawn of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Children's Miracle Network videos win Telly Awards

Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Children’s Hospital recently earned two bronze Telly Awards for cause marketing for videos that feature young patients.

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Latest Research

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Killing bacteria by silencing genes may be alternative to antibiotics

A new approach to killing C. difficile that silences key bacterial genes while sparing other bacteria may provide a new way to treat the most common hospital-acquired bacterial infection in the United States, according to researchers.

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$2.3 million grant will fund research on oxytocin neurons and social behavior

A team of Penn State researchers is planning to create a new map of the brain that will establish a neural circuit diagram of oxytocin, a compound often associated with affection and emotional behavior.

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Research supports restrictions on opioid-containing cough and cold medicines for children

Prescription cough and cold medicines containing the opioid hydrocodone were more likely to cause serious side effects in children than those containing codeine, according to a new study from Penn State College of Medicine.

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College of Medicine observes International Clinical Trials Day

Penn State College of Medicine is celebrating the advancements that clinical trials have made to medicine during International Clinical Trials Day 2018 (Friday, May 18).

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Kombucha offers a natural way to restore body’s microbiome

Kombucha (pronounced kom-BOO-cha) can help restore the body’s natural microbiome and improve overall health, but it’s important to make informed choices about kombucha sources and consumption.

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The Medical Minute: Hazards of juuling or vaping

Teens are particularly attracted to “Juuling” because of the device’s sleek design and fruity or perfume-like odor. Here's what parents need to know.

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The Medical Minute: Just say “om”–the benefits of yoga and Pilates for beginners

Yoga and Pilates are two forms of low-impact exercise that people of all ages and fitness levels can do to improve both their physical and mental well-being.

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The Medical Minute: Ways to promote healthy summer sleep routines for your family

The lazy days of summer can be peaceful and relaxing, but they can also wreak havoc on your body’s internal clock -- and throw even the most conscientious family’s sleep schedules out of whack.

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Latest Education

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College of Medicine welcomes Class of 2022

Penn State College of Medicine welcomed 152 new medical students from both its Hershey and University Park campuses with orientation from July 10 through 13.

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Inaugural class of Family and Community Medicine Residency Program graduates

The first six physicians to train in the new Penn State Health Family and Community Residency Program at Mount Nittany Medical Center are headed for the next steps in their medical careers.

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Burse promotes benefits of exercise to minority women diagnosed with cancer

Natasha Renee Burse, a graduate research assistant and doctor of public health (DrPH) student at Penn State College of Medicine, is working to improve outcomes for minority women diagnosed with cancer.

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Physician Assistant Class of 2020 celebrates at White Coat Ceremony

Penn State College of Medicine welcomed 30 new students into its Physician Assistant (PA) Program on May 25 at the annual White Coat Ceremony.

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Latest Patient Care

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Penn State Cancer Institute now offering CAR T-cell therapy

Penn State Cancer Institute is now the first and only oncology center in central Pennsylvania to offer patients CAR T-cell therapy, a cutting-edge treatment that has been successful treating a common type of lymphoma.

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Hershey Medical Center celebrates National Doctors’ Day

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is celebrating National Doctors’ Day, an annual observance to recognize the contributions of physicians to the communities they serve.

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Man’s best friend puts young patients at ease

Kaia, a therapy dog at Penn State Children’s Hospital, was the first facility dog ever in a Pennsylvania children’s hospital, and is making a huge difference in the lives of pediatric patients.

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Children’s Hospital earns three-star rating for congenital heart surgery

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has again awarded Penn State Children’s Heart Group a three-star rating for congenital heart surgery – the highest designation available.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

Ask Us Anything About… Suicide

Suicide rates are headed in the wrong direction. In 2016, 45,000 Americans age 10 or older took their own lives, reflecting a rise of nearly 30 percent since 1999. We discuss the issue with Dr. Ahmad Hameed, a psychiatrist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Ask Us Anything About… The Stages of Cancer

A lot of people seem to put stock in the “stage” of cancer with which they or their loved one has been diagnosed. We learn more about the stages of cancer from Dr. Joseph Drabick, chief of hematology and oncology at Penn State Cancer Institute.

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Ask Us Anything About… Smoking and Vaping

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing nearly half a-million Americans each year. Learn more about the dangers of tobacco and strategies for quitting, along with the rising popularity of vaping.

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Ask Us Anything About… New Year’s Resolutions

For many people, a new calendar year sparks a new-found drive for self-improvement. But New Year’s resolutions are easier broken than kept. We share tips on how to break bad habits – and start good ones.

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Latest Community

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Volunteer drives four hours round-trip to take patient to her appointments

Eighty-four-year-old Josephine Kurtz cared for others as a nurse’s aide, tended to elderly family members and still visits nursing home residents. Now, a selfless stranger is making it possible for her to make the long trek from her home to Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute.

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College of Medicine, Rodale Institute partner to improve public health

Penn State College of Medicine and Rodale Institute have announced a partnership to connect food production with health care and to promote and improve public health.

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Hershey Community Garden adds 100 plots

Penn State Health leaders joined Hershey Entertainment & Resorts and other Hershey organizations to celebrate the grand opening of Phase II of the Hershey Community Garden.

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Unwanted drugs, needles and syringes accepted at upcoming event

A drive-through prescription drug take-back event will take place on Saturday, April 28 on the campus of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Latest People

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Harbaugh and Sathian assume new roles

Dr. Robert E. Harbaugh, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, has been named a senior vice president of Penn State Health Medical Group. Dr. Krish Sathian, chair of the Department of Neurology and professor of neurology, neural and behavioral sciences, and psychology, assumed leadership of the Neuroscience Institute effective July 1.

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Penn State Health debuts photojournalistic project for National Nurses Week

“Carry the Day: The Power of a Nurse” presents starkly raw and emotionally real images of nurses demonstrating poise under pressure, pairing skill with hope in each critical and quiet moment of care in the MIMCU and MICU of Hershey Medical Center.

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Milton S. Hershey Medical Center board welcomes new director

Penn State Health has announced the appointment of Dr. Tony G. Farah to the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Board of Directors.

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Myers creates one-of-a-kind ornament for Children’s Hospital babies

Carrie Myers, a child Life specialist at Penn State Children’s Hospital, decided to make a special gift for tiny patients and their families.

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