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STEM event at Children’s Hospital sparks creativity for pediatric patients

Children had a chance to build robotic cars and take part in other STEM activities at an event on Tuesday at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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Right place, right time: Weidler saves man’s life after heart attack

Glenn Weidler, a surgical technician, saved the life of a man while out to dinner with his family.

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Penn State Health’s master site plan for East Hempfield hospital gets Township Supervisors’ approval

Penn State Health’s plans for a new hospital in Lancaster County took another step forward this week when East Hempfield Township Supervisors approved the master site plan on Sept. 4.

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Penn State Health grows efforts to combat opioid crisis

Penn State Health is taking steps to equip its staff and trainees with strategies to treat the more than 15,000 opioid overdose-related emergency room visits have occurred in Pennsylvania hospitals since the start of 2018.

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Penn State Health presents conceptual master plan for new hospital to East Hempfield Township Planning Commission

Penn State Health’s plans for a new acute care hospital in Lancaster County took a step forward this week when engineers shared a conceptual master plan for the new medical center to the East Hempfield Township Planning Commission on Aug. 28.

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Latest Research

Aesthetics of skin cancer therapy may vary by treatment type

While there are several effective options for treating non-melanoma skin cancers, some may result in better cosmetic appearance after treatment, according to researchers.

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Peace amid chaos…how spirituality, religion may help families cope

A Penn College of Medicine/Penn State Harrisburg research study investigates how religion and spirituality can help parents cope with the challenges of having a child in the neonatal intensive care unit.

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Training the next generation — undergrads gain valuable research experience

Undergraduate students from colleges across and beyond Pennsylvania presented posters related to their summer internships at Penn State College of Medicine on Aug. 1 at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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Institute helps fund supplement on effect of opioid crisis on state governments

The societal costs of the opioid epidemic are explored in a special supplement featuring the work of Penn State researchers. Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute helped fund the production of this supplement in The American Journal of Managed Care.

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Targeting a key protein may keep ovarian cancer cells from spreading

Preventing a protein from doing its job may keep a certain type of ovarian cancer cell from growing and dividing uncontrollably in the lab, according to a new study from Penn State College of Medicine.

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: Talking with your provider about endometriosis

What makes pelvic pain abnormal? While the answer is different for every woman, having the strength to discuss it with a health care provider may help prevent years of suffering.

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The Medical Minute: Faith factors into health care needs

From medical decisions and surgical recovery to coping with stress and end-of-life issues, a patient’s faith — or lack thereof — affects nearly every part of a medical journey.

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The Medical Minute: Don't wait to follow up on eye doctor recommendations

Regular vision screenings are part of all well-child checks at Penn State Health – but sometimes, caring for a child’s eyes requires additional steps.

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The Medical Minute: Keep your bones strong at every age

For each stage of life, you should take different steps to protect your bones. A Penn State Sports Medicine doctor helps you bone up on bone health.

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The Medical Minute: AFib common and incurable, but controllable

One of the most common problems cardiologists handle is atrial fibrillation, an abnormal or irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.

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Latest Education

The pursuit of new knowledge — graduate students begin their journey

Sixty-nine incoming graduate students at Penn State College of Medicine, representing the disciplines of biomedical sciences, anatomy, neuroscience, epidemiology and public health marked the start of their studies by participating in the annual Graduate Student Oath Ceremony on Aug. 23 at the University Conference Center.

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MD/PhD program welcomes first-year medical students

Penn State College of Medicine's MD/PhD Medical Scientist training program welcomed seven new first-year medical students during the 24th annual White Coat Ceremony held Aug. 2, 2019.

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Levenson honored for service to medical scientist education

Robert Levenson, PhD, co-director of Penn State College of Medicine's MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program, was honored at a recent AAMC professional development meeting for his service in the education of physician-scientists.

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Penn State College of Medicine hosts 24th annual White Coat Ceremony

A rite of passage for medical students at Penn State College of Medicine — the 24th White Coat Ceremony — took place on Aug. 2.

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Saunders recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Brian Saunders, a surgical oncologist and associate professor in the Department of Surgery at Penn State College of Medicine, is featured for August in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Latest Patient Care

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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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Penn State Health earns American Heart Association, American Stroke Association honors

Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center, Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute and Penn State Stroke Center recently earned national recognition for their commitment to delivering a higher standard of patient care.

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Penn State Health OnDemand improves college students’ access to doctors when they need them

Penn State Health OnDemand offers college students a convenient way to see a doctor for common illnesses and injuries without leaving their dorm room.

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Penn State Health and Geisinger Holy Spirit expand access to neurosurgical care

Penn State Health and Geisinger Holy Spirit have signed a physician services agreement that calls for Penn State Health neurosurgeons and advanced practice providers to provide clinical and surgical care to patients at Geisinger Holy Spirit.

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And the beat goes on…heart transplant patients, surgeons reunite

The 2019 annual reunion of heart transplant patients celebrated the 518 heart transplant surgeries done at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center since 1984.

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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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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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Children's Hospital donates 60 bike helmets to Lebanon school students

Dozens of children in the Lebanon School District will benefit from a donation of 60 bike helmets from Penn State Children’s Hospital. The helmets were given to children in need at each of the district’s five elementary schools.

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Latest People

Mary Codi, a medical social worker at Penn State Health St. Joseph, stands in a hallway at St. Joseph Medical Center. She is leaning on a table and has an orange folder in front of her. She is wearing glasses, a sweater and a flowered top. She has medium-length straight hair. Behind her hospital equipment and rooms are visible.

I am Penn State Health: Mary Codi

For Mary Codi, a medical social worker at Penn State Health St. Joseph, working out snags in patient discharge plans is all in a day’s work.

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I am Penn State Health: Dr. Karen Krok

Dr. Karen Krok, a gastroenterologist and associate professor at Penn State College of Medicine, wins high praise from medical students for her enthusiasm and sense of humor.

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New man at the tiller

Get to know Steve Massini, the new CEO of Penn State Health.

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Pro baseball players visit Penn State Children's Hospital

Two players from the Harrisburg Senators took a break from their busy game schedule to visit Penn State Children's Hospital.

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Spinal trauma patient views injury as just another steep hill to climb

Needing to use a wheelchair due to spine trauam hasn't stopped Cody Wills from competing in a number of sports, including an adaptive triathlon sponsored by Penn State Health.

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