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HPV vaccination linked to higher rates of cervical cancer screenings globally

Women who are fully vaccinated against human papillomavirus virus (HPV) are more likely to undergo cervical cancer screenings, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine.

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Penn State Health spotlights Telehealth Awareness Week Sept. 18-24

Penn State Health is marking Telehealth Awareness Week Sept. 18-24, which provides patients with safe, quality and affordable health care.

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Superheroes ‘drop in’ on patients at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

Three famed superheroes banded together for their most important mission of the year: to bring smiles to the faces of children at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

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Brooks named vice president of Health System Operation Command Centers – Patient Logistics

Heather Brooks has been appointed to the position of vice president of the Health System Operation Command Centers – Patient Logistics.

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For the lion-hearted: Penn State Health Children’s Heart Group camp helps kids meet congenital heart defects head-on

For one week every year at Camp Lionheart, more than a dozen kids learn about their conditions from experts, form bonds with fellow survivors and take a break from the bullying, the surgeries and the fear for a taste of summertime normalcy.

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Latest Research

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To slow cognitive decline, researchers employ two different memory strategies

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Penn State College of Medicine compared two memory strategies for people with an early form of memory loss.

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Mondal to study breathing device as home hemolysis screening tool for Sickle cell disease patients

The Office of the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies has selected Dr. Pritish Mondal as the recipient of the 2021 Lloyd Prize for Innovative Thinking.

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Penn State awarded $1.6M to study if COVID-19 contributes to cognitive decline

Penn State College of Medicine received a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will support research into whether COVID-19 contributes to the development of cognitive decline.

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2022 Translational Science Fellowship summer program now underway

Graduate and medical students are gaining knowledge and skills in clinical and translational research through Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s 2022 Translational Science Fellowship program.

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College of Medicine receives record National Institutes of Health funding

Penn State College of Medicine researchers obtained more than $142 million in total research awards last fiscal year, including nearly $78 million in awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Latest Medical Minutes

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The Medical Minute: That arm pain might signal a vascular disorder

It isn’t a result of smoking, obesity or heredity. This vascular illness affects even young athletes, and it’s often misdiagnosed. Two Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute surgeons discuss thoracic outlet syndrome.

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The Medical Minute: Tackling childhood obesity without the stigma

Obesity affects one in five children in the U.S., and it can take serious tolls on physical and mental health. A Penn State Health expert talks about how to help your child without feeding negative perceptions.

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The Medical Minute: Take the Back-to-School Pop Quiz

Can one apple every 24 hours really put medical experts out of business? To lose weight, do you have to hurt? Are the giggles really a cure-all? Find out in the Medical Minute back-to-school quiz.

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The Medical Minute: How parents can prioritize their child’s eye health

When is the best time to take your child to see the eye doctor? How can you protect their vision during their formative years? A Penn State Health ophthalmologist dots the Is for you.

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The Medical Minute: Childhood vaccines offer little pinches, big rewards

Call them “little pinches” or “the thing that gets you a cool Bugs Bunny Band-Aid,” childhood vaccines offer big rewards. A Penn State Health pediatrician offers advice for new parents.

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Latest Education

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Six graduate students begin Translational Research Training Program

Penn State graduate students with varied research interests have started a yearlong training program in clinical and translational sciences.

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Myers recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Abigail Myers, a physician in the Department of Pediatrics, is featured for September in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Surgery resident Fletcher recognized for exceptional teaching

Dr. Kelsey Fletcher, a surgery resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was recognized in August 2022 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

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Hazelton honored for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Joshua Hazelton, a physician in the Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma, Acute Care and Critical Care Surgery, is featured for August in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

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Penn State College of Medicine welcomes entering MD class of 2022 with White Coat Ceremony

Penn State College of Medicine presented the incoming class of medical students with their white coats on July 22.

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Latest Patient Care

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Bristol’s battle: Family of emergency responders rely on Penn State Health Children's Hospital for daughter’s cardiac arrest treatment

Bristol Miller was suffering a cardiac arrest at 14 months. Boy, did that emergency mess with the wrong family.

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How social determinants link to patient health

Understanding social determinants of health – conditions in which people are born, live, work and age – is an important step toward health equity for all.

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New, expanded Medical Intensive Care Unit opens at Hershey Medical Center

A newly expanded Medical Intensive Care Unit is now open at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The 24-bed unit was designed with extensive feedback from patients, families and staff.

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Penn State Health first in central Pennsylvania to use new technology for earlier lung cancer diagnoses

Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center is the first hospital in central Pennsylvania to use a new robot-assisted bronchoscopy system that can detect lung cancer at its earliest stages.

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Two Penn State Health hospitals launch partnership to better support sexual assault victims

Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center and Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center are partnering with Penn State’s Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing to enhance support for survivors of sexual assault through secure telehealth technology.

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Latest Ask Us Anything About

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Ask Us Anything About... Knee Problems

Approximately a quarter of all adults suffer from knee pain. We learn more about the causes of and treatments for a range of knee ailments from two Penn State Health orthopedic surgeons: Dr. Charles Davis and Dr. Aman Dhawan.

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Ask Us Anything About... Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is relatively common, with some 80,000 cases diagnosed each year in the U.S. Dr. Matthew Kaag, clinical vice chair in the Department of Urology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, provides insights about risk factors, symptoms and treatments and answers viewers questions.

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Ask Us Anything About... Midwifery

A certified nurse midwife is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in midwifery and special certification and advanced training to offer personalized care during pregnancy and childbirth. In this interview, Certified Nurse Midwife Katie Watkins, of Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center, shares some important  information for expectant mothers.

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Ask Us Anything About... Children’s Outdoor Injuries

It’s spring…and soon summer. And as our kids head outside to ride their bikes, climb trees and hit the playground, some dangers await. In this interview, we’re focused on safety and how to help your children avoid common outdoor injuries.

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Ask Us Anything About... Living Organ Donation

A living donor is an option for patients who otherwise may face a lengthy wait for an organ from a deceased donor. In this interview, Donya McCoy, living organ donor liaison at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, shares some important insights in what both donors and recipients need to know.

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Latest Community

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College of Medicine, Nursing collaborate on community education series to help dementia caregivers

Penn State College of Medicine and the Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing have launched a new community education series for dementia caregivers.

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Penn State PRO Wellness, Cerner Charitable Foundation get kids to “Move it Outside”

Penn State PRO Wellness helped children at a Montgomery County school get active during their Move It Outside event on May 5.

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Cancer Institute hosts high school students for cancer research, oncology career event

Penn State Cancer Institute teamed up with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to introduce students from Lebanon High School to cancer research and discuss careers in science and health care.

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Penn State Health collects hundreds of pounds of unwanted prescription drugs

Penn State Health collected 593 pounds of unneeded or expired medication on Saturday, April 30, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event also filled 27 sharps containers with used needles and syringes.

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Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center wins grant to train community health workers

The High Foundation of Lancaster has presented Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center with a $105,000 grant to fund training for 100 participants who enroll in its Community Health Worker training program.

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Latest People

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Stephens named associate dean for medical education for University Park Curriculum

Penn State College of Medicine has named Dr. Mark Stephens, professor of family and community medicine, as the associate dean for medical education for the University Park Curriculum.

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Jarowenko named vice president of medical affairs at Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center

Penn State Health has appointed Dr. Mark Jarowenko vice president of medical affairs at Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center.

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Friends, family gather to remember Four Diamonds co-founder Charles Millard

Friends and family remember the late Charles Millard, co-founder of Four Diamonds, during a celebration of life service on Aug. 6 at the Hershey Lodge.

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Student awarded fellowship to study the genetics of lupus in diverse populations

Keenan Anderson-Fears, a Bioinformatics and Genomics PhD student, is one of six nationally to receive the Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship from the Lupus Foundation of America.

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Stem cell transplantation program marks milestone and departure of a pioneer

Dr. Wytold Rybka, a hematologist who pioneered the stem cell transplantation program at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, will retire from seeing patients this month.

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