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Rite Aid grant to help fund Penn State Children’s Hospital camps

Penn State Children’s Hospital will use a $283,000 grant from the Rite Aid Foundation to continue and grow 11 camps for children with special medical needs.

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Penn State Health launches search for Hampden Medical Center executive leadership team

Penn State Health initiated this week a national search for a president of Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center.

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PA Secretary of Health urges residents to get flu shot

Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine joined providers at Penn State Health to talk about the importance of getting a flu vaccine on Oct. 8. Levine received a flu shot during her visit.

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Hershey Medical Center is the first in the region to implement advanced robotic technology for complex spine procedures

Patients seeking treatment for debilitating neck or back conditions may benefit from a new cutting edge tool in use at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Penn State Health and Geisinger Holy Spirit expand access to cardiothoracic surgery

A new agreement between Penn State Health and Geisinger Holy Spirit provides people living in the West Shore region with increased access to world class heart surgery.

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Latest Research

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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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Young infants with fever may be more likely to develop infections

Infants with a high fever may be at increased risk for infections, according to research from Penn State College of Medicine.

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College of Medicine researchers receive NIH funding for addiction research

The National Institutes of Health have awarded more than $2 million to Patricia "Sue" Grigson, professor and chair in the Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences, and Scott Bunce, associate professor of psychiatry and clinical psychologist, for addiction research.ctsi

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Hyundai Hope on Wheels bolsters pediatric cancer research at Penn State Children’s Hospital

Hyundai Hope on Wheels presented a $300,000 Hyundai Scholar Hope grant to Penn State Children’s Hospital and Four Diamonds researcher Dr. Sinisa Dovat.

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Research will explore state policies governing opioid use and pregnancy

A Penn State College of Medicine researcher and his team will receive almost $1.2 million over three years to examine the effects of state policies on pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD) and their infants.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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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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The Medical Minute: Breast density — Separating myth from fact

Mammograms remain the gold standard for detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages, potentially saving lives. So, why do some women receive a letter after a negative mammogram – meaning there’s no sign of cancer – asking them to consider additional tests?

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The Medical Minute: Don’t stay silent on suicide

Suicide can be difficult to talk about due to the cultural stigma surrounding it and the devastating and lasting impact it has on people, families and communities. But it’s important to do so.

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The Medical Minute: Four reasons to focus on family health and fitness

Many people think about ways to stay physically fit as individuals. But what about creating a health and fitness plan for the entire family?

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Latest Education

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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 novel 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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College of Medicine helps raise awareness of veteran suicides through Pushup Challenge

Dozens of faculty, staff and students at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey and University Park participated in the 22 Pushup Challenge to raise awareness of veteran suicides.

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Stuckey recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Heather Stuckey, associate professor of medicine, humanities and public health sciences at Penn State College of Medicine, is featured for September in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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On alert: first-year medical students learn emergency preparedness

First-year students in Penn State College of Medicine’s University Park Curriculum learn how to take care of patients in the face of a medical outbreak by taking part in an exercise called EpiCentre.

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Latest Patient Care

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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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Answers at last: New Penn State Center for Endometriosis and Female Pelvic Pain brings endometriosis into focus

The Penn State Center for Endometriosis and Female Pelvic Pain enhances care for women with endometriosis by providing a virtual home where women can access the latest research and treatment options, educational resources and specialty services for co-existing conditions.

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Online pricing tool now available on Penn State Health websites

As part of its continuing commitment to price transparency and helping consumers make informed health care choices, Penn State Health is now providing access to a secure, online pricing tool.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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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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Ask Us Anything About… Advance Directives

Learn from Dr. Lauren Van Scoy about how advance directives can be used to appoint someone to make decisions for you if you can't do so yourself.

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Ask Us Anything About… Volunteering at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center offers a variety of volunteer positions that match a range of interests, skills and backgrounds. We learn more from Tracy Johnsen, manager of Volunteer Services at the Medical Center.

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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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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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I am Penn State Health: Dr. Keith Cheng

Dr. Keith Cheng, Penn State College of Medicine pathology professor and director of experimental pathology, shares his passion for making a difference through his research.

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College of Medicine names Grigson as new neural and behavioral sciences chair

Sue Grigson, professor of neural and behavioral sciences, has been appointed chair of the Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences, effective Sept. 1.

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