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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.
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.
Imagine your immune system, which is supposed to protect you, attacking your own tissues and organs. That sums up lupus, a systemic autoimmune disease. The inflammation it causes can affect many different systems – your joints, skin, kidneys, brain, heart and more.
For some individuals, bariatric surgery can be a life-saving choice. This type of surgery also requires a life-long commitment to diet and exercise to keep the pounds off. But it’s not just about the weight; it can also help improve conditions including diabetes and sleep apnea.
People who are challenged with insomnia can have problems falling asleep, and wake up and have trouble going back to sleep. Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, a clinical psychologist at Penn State Health Sleep Research and Treatment Center, talks about the causes of and treatments for insomnia.
Age-Related Macular degeneration, which occurs when the central part of the retina deteriorates, is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans age 60 and older. Learn more about it in this interview with Dr. Ingrid U. Scott, a retina specialist at Penn State Health.