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Newswise: Four Themes Identified as Contributors to Feelings of Despair in Pennsylvania Communities
22-Jul-2021 2:40 PM EDT
Four Themes Identified as Contributors to Feelings of Despair in Pennsylvania Communities
Penn State Health

Financial instability, lack of infrastructure, a deteriorating sense of community and family fragmentation are key contributors to diseases of despair in Pennsylvania communities, according to Penn State College of Medicine and Highmark Health researchers.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Extreme Heat? Take These Steps to Stay Cool and Avoid an ER Visit
Released: 21-Jul-2021 12:10 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: Extreme Heat? Take These Steps to Stay Cool and Avoid an ER Visit
Penn State Health

When your skin gets dry and warm and you can’t sweat, it’s likely a medical emergency. Learn how to identify the signs of serious heat-related illnesses, and how to prevent them, from emergency medicine physician Dr. Eleanor Dunham in this week’s Medical Minute.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: What to know about the delta variant
Released: 14-Jul-2021 1:55 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: What to know about the delta variant
Penn State Health

News of a rapidly spreading delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 is unsettling. The best protection? The vaccine.

Newswise: Electroconvulsive Therapy Linked to Longer Hospital 
Stays and Increased Health Care Costs
Released: 14-Jul-2021 11:15 AM EDT
Electroconvulsive Therapy Linked to Longer Hospital Stays and Increased Health Care Costs
Penn State College of Medicine

Electroconvulsive therapy, which may be effective at lowering long-term risks of suicide and death among patients with certain mood disorders, may result in longer hospital stays and increased health care costs.

Newswise: College of Medicine receives $2.2 million to address community health needs through research fellowship
Released: 13-Jul-2021 11:55 AM EDT
College of Medicine receives $2.2 million to address community health needs through research fellowship
Penn State College of Medicine

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded Penn State College of Medicine $2.2 million over the next five years to establish a primary care research fellowship, which will train investigators to address a range of physical and mental health challenges – including the opioid and mental health crises – that affect communities in central Pennsylvania and beyond.

Newswise: Penn State Health One of Six Health Systems in Nation to Add Physical Activity as a Vital Sign
Released: 8-Jul-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Penn State Health One of Six Health Systems in Nation to Add Physical Activity as a Vital Sign
Penn State Health

When visiting a health care provider, most people expect to have their body temperature, pulse, weight and blood pressure measured. Some Penn State Health patients can also anticipate questions about how much they exercise. The health system is one of six in the United States and the only one in Pennsylvania to incorporate physical activity as a vital sign.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Why you need a primary care provider
Released: 7-Jul-2021 4:55 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: Why you need a primary care provider
Penn State Health

To call you the picture of health is an understatement. Why, then, do you need a doctor? In this week’s Medical Minute, two primary care providers explain why establishing a relationship with a doctor now can make all the difference to your health.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder
Released: 1-Jul-2021 10:15 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder
Penn State Health

When physiological responses to trauma linger long after the event has passed, it’s called post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Recognizing the symptoms and seeking help are essential to recovery.

Newswise: International team develops predictive tool to help mitigate COVID-19 in Africa
Released: 30-Jun-2021 12:35 PM EDT
International team develops predictive tool to help mitigate COVID-19 in Africa
Penn State College of Medicine

Penn State researchers are leading a multi-country collaboration to develop a surveillance modeling tool that provides a weekly projection of expected COVID-19 cases in all African countries.

Newswise: People living with HIV/AIDS have a significantly higher risk of suicide
Released: 28-Jun-2021 11:00 AM EDT
People living with HIV/AIDS have a significantly higher risk of suicide
Penn State College of Medicine

A new study by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine indicates that people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) — approximately 38 million worldwide — are more likely to have suicidal thoughts and die from suicide than members of the general population.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Making healthy choices may reduce Alzheimer’s risk
Released: 23-Jun-2021 4:30 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: Making healthy choices may reduce Alzheimer’s risk
Penn State Health

Research suggests that changes in lifestyle may affect the risk for dementia. Dr. Chen Zhao discusses how changes such as increased physical activity could reduce the risk for dementia.

Newswise: Sleep apnea in children linked to increased risk of high blood pressure in teen years
Released: 23-Jun-2021 11:40 AM EDT
Sleep apnea in children linked to increased risk of high blood pressure in teen years
Penn State College of Medicine

Children with obstructive sleep apnea are nearly three times more likely to develop high blood pressure when they become teenagers than children who never experience sleep apnea, according to a Penn State College of Medicine research study.

Newswise: Medical Minute: A men’s health checklist for dad on Father’s Day
Released: 16-Jun-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Medical Minute: A men’s health checklist for dad on Father’s Day
Penn State Health

Don’t let dad wait for his “check engine” light to come on. This Father’s Day, encourage him to go to the doctor.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Vaccinating kids against COVID-19 protects them, their communities
Released: 9-Jun-2021 3:40 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: Vaccinating kids against COVID-19 protects them, their communities
Penn State Health

Is the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine really safe for children ages 12 and up? A Penn State Health expert gives an emphatic yes.

Newswise: Penn State Health provides patients with most advanced imaging services through agreement with Siemens Healthineers
Released: 3-Jun-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Penn State Health provides patients with most advanced imaging services through agreement with Siemens Healthineers
Penn State Health

A new ten-year agreement between Penn State Health and Siemens Healthineers will mean enhanced diagnostic services, more precise and efficient imaging and an optimal experience for patients needing radiology, radiation oncology and cardiology services.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: COVID restrictions loosening. Celiac disease restrictions? Not so much.
Released: 3-Jun-2021 8:05 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: COVID restrictions loosening. Celiac disease restrictions? Not so much.
Penn State Health

With COVD-19 restrictions loosening, people everywhere are contemplating going back to dining out and attending festivals. People with Celiac disease can join in – but must continue to be careful.

Newswise: College of Medicine, Hershey Medical Center join clinical trial evaluating allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccines
Released: 1-Jun-2021 9:40 AM EDT
College of Medicine, Hershey Medical Center join clinical trial evaluating allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccines
Penn State College of Medicine

Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine are participating in a national clinical trial evaluating whether people who have previously experienced severe allergic reactions are at increased risk for an immediate, systemic allergic reaction to the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Can exercise lessen the severity of COVID-19?
Released: 27-May-2021 11:10 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: Can exercise lessen the severity of COVID-19?
Penn State Health

For years, researchers have studied the benefits of exercise in preventing dozens of health conditions. But can regular physical activity also help people lessen the impact of viruses like COVID-19?

Newswise: Decreased testing could lead to surge in sexually transmitted infections
Released: 25-May-2021 11:55 AM EDT
Decreased testing could lead to surge in sexually transmitted infections
Penn State College of Medicine

Screening and testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) decreased by 63% for men and 59% for women during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study led by Penn State and Quest Diagnostics researchers.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Getting to the root cause of hoarseness
Released: 19-May-2021 2:25 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: Getting to the root cause of hoarseness
Penn State Health

Is that raspy voice a sign of seasonal allergies, or could it be something else? Speech language pathologist Carrie Ruggiero explains the causes of hoarseness – and the health conditions it might be masking.

Newswise: Protein simulation, experiments unveil clues on origins of Parkinson’s disease
17-May-2021 9:35 AM EDT
Protein simulation, experiments unveil clues on origins of Parkinson’s disease
Penn State College of Medicine

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease and affects more than 10 million people around the world. To better understand the origins of the disease, researchers from Penn State College of Medicine and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed an integrative approach, combining experimental and computational methods, to understand how individual proteins may form harmful aggregates, or groupings, that are known to contribute to the development of the disease.

Newswise: Central PA residents had high knowledge, worries of information overload early in pandemic
Released: 18-May-2021 11:15 AM EDT
Central PA residents had high knowledge, worries of information overload early in pandemic
Penn State College of Medicine

Residents of central Pennsylvania had the information they needed to slow the spread of COVID-19 early on in the pandemic, but were overwhelmed with worries about mixed messages and distrust of some sources, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: When the caregiver needs care
Released: 12-May-2021 1:15 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: When the caregiver needs care
Penn State Health

The commitment to give care over a long span of time is one of the most selfless and, for many, sacred things one can do for a loved one – but it is also one of the most demanding.

Newswise: People Living with HIV More Likely to Get Sick with, Die From COVID-19
Released: 11-May-2021 8:05 AM EDT
People Living with HIV More Likely to Get Sick with, Die From COVID-19
Penn State Health

Over the past year, studies have revealed that certain pre-existing conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure, can increase a person’s risk of dying from COVID-19.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Mammograms and the COVID-19 vaccine
Released: 5-May-2021 1:45 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: Mammograms and the COVID-19 vaccine
Penn State Health

Some women who have gotten vaccinated for COVID-19 have noticed a startling development ― lumps that in the past might have meant cancer. But Penn State Health experts say that temporary swelling of the lymph nodes is normal and expected.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: When is a visit to a pediatric cardiologist in order?
Released: 28-Apr-2021 8:05 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: When is a visit to a pediatric cardiologist in order?
Penn State Health

Parents shouldn’t ignore sometimes subtle warning signs of a structural heart defect or heart condition. Dr. Stephen Cyran, pediatric cardiologist with Penn State Health Children’s Heart Group, explains in this Medical Minute.

Newswise: Amazon Alexa skill offers supportive care to breast cancer patients
Released: 27-Apr-2021 10:30 AM EDT
Amazon Alexa skill offers supportive care to breast cancer patients
Penn State College of Medicine

Individuals with metastatic breast cancer could soon have access to personalized, supplemental supportive care through their smart speaker, thanks to new research at Penn State.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: When to head for urgent care instead of the hospital emergency room
Released: 21-Apr-2021 2:15 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: When to head for urgent care instead of the hospital emergency room
Penn State Health

Urgent care or emergency room? A certified nurse practitioner discusses how to choose what’s right for your crisis in this week’s Medical Minute.

Newswise: Higher mushroom consumption is associated with a lower risk of cancer
Released: 21-Apr-2021 9:25 AM EDT
Higher mushroom consumption is associated with a lower risk of cancer
Penn State College of Medicine

Higher mushroom consumption is associated with a lower risk of cancer, according to a new Penn State study.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: How sleep affects your overall health
Released: 15-Apr-2021 11:15 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: How sleep affects your overall health
Penn State Health

Most people know a good night’s sleep helps them feel refreshed and invigorated. But fewer realize how vital sleep is to their overall health and well-being.

Newswise: E-cigarettes with cigarette-like nicotine delivery reduce exposure to lung carcinogen
12-Apr-2021 9:05 AM EDT
E-cigarettes with cigarette-like nicotine delivery reduce exposure to lung carcinogen
Penn State Health

E-cigarettes that deliver a cigarette-like amount of nicotine are associated with reduced smoking and reduced exposure to a major cancer-causing chemical, or carcinogen, in tobacco even with concurrent smoking, according to a new study led by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). The study provides new and important information for smokers who may be trying to use e-cigarettes as a means to cut down on their smoking habit and lower their exposure to harmful toxicants.

Released: 7-Apr-2021 4:00 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: When you’re in it for the long haul with COVID-19
Penn State Health

For a small group of COVID-19 survivors, often referred to as “long haulers,” fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, gastrointestinal symptoms, anxiety and depression can persist for months and can range from mild to incapacitating.

Released: 7-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
clinical trial completion rates decline during covid 19 pandemic
Penn State College of Medicine

Social distancing and lockdowns may have reduced the spread of COVID-19, but researchers from Penn State College of Medicine also report those actions may have affected clinical researchers’ ability to finish trials. Study completion rates dropped worldwide between 13% and 23%, depending on the type of research sponsor and geographic location, between April and October 2020.

Released: 31-Mar-2021 5:05 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: Proceed with caution even after vaccination
Penn State Health

More and more Americans are becoming vaccinated against COVID-19, but headlines warn that the number of cases is rising. What’s up with that?

Released: 30-Mar-2021 8:50 AM EDT
Pandemic stress, boredom caused some PA residents to increase cigarette use
Penn State College of Medicine

Stress, increased free time and feelings of boredom may have contributed to an increase in the number of cigarettes smoked per day during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Endometriosis is incurable, but women have options
Released: 25-Mar-2021 8:00 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: Endometriosis is incurable, but women have options
Penn State Health

While there’s no known cure for endometriosis, women battling the often painful inflammatory condition have more choices than ever before. Learn more from Dr. Kristin Riley in this Medical Minute.

Newswise: Researchers join study evaluating blood test to diagnose endometriosis
Released: 23-Mar-2021 11:50 AM EDT
Researchers join study evaluating blood test to diagnose endometriosis
Penn State College of Medicine

Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine are participating in a study that will evaluate whether a blood test can be used to determine if a person has endometriosis.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: You + your doctor = patient safety
Released: 18-Mar-2021 6:05 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: You + your doctor = patient safety
Penn State Health

National Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 14-20, but in reality, it’s a year-round focus for hospital staff – and one that started long before COVID-19 made you think twice about it.

Newswise: Preventing injuries and improving recovery with micro-Doppler radars
Released: 4-Mar-2021 12:10 PM EST
Preventing injuries and improving recovery with micro-Doppler radars
Penn State College of Medicine

Micro-Doppler radars could soon be used in clinical settings to predict injury risk and track recovery progress, according to Penn State researchers.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Colonoscopy comes calling earlier under new screening guidelines
Released: 3-Mar-2021 4:20 PM EST
The Medical Minute: Colonoscopy comes calling earlier under new screening guidelines
Penn State Health

Evolving evidence shows screening tests should actually start at age 45 for people at average risk for colorectal cancer. Two Penn State Health doctors discuss new guidelines.

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Released: 24-Feb-2021 11:40 AM EST
The Medical Minute: Don’t overdo it in winter weather
Penn State Health

Whether the blanket of snow outside beckons you to a winter play land of skiing and sledding or to the mundane tasks of shoveling or snow blowing, consider your health and safety before you venture out.

Newswise:Video Embedded hershey-medical-center-second-in-the-nation-to-implant-next-generation-heart-device
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Released: 23-Feb-2021 2:10 PM EST
Hershey Medical Center second in the nation to implant next generation heart device
Penn State Health

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center became the second hospital in the nation to implant a newly-designed mechanical pump in a patient with severe heart failure.

Newswise: Amid pandemic, Hershey Medical Center earns high marks nationally for heart transplant, LVAD
Released: 18-Feb-2021 9:00 AM EST
Amid pandemic, Hershey Medical Center earns high marks nationally for heart transplant, LVAD
Penn State Health

Two January 2021 reports show that survival rates for heart transplant and LVAD implant surgeries at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center rank among the nation’s best.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: What to expect post-vaccine
Released: 17-Feb-2021 6:05 PM EST
The Medical Minute: What to expect post-vaccine
Penn State Health

For some people, anxiety over what may happen after they get the COVID-19 vaccine seems to almost outweigh the relief of getting protected. Here are some common questions and answers that should ease concerns.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Is it a panic attack or a heart attack?
Released: 10-Feb-2021 4:00 PM EST
The Medical Minute: Is it a panic attack or a heart attack?
Penn State Health

Panic attacks aren’t deadly, but heart attacks kill. That’s why knowing the difference could save a life.

Released: 10-Feb-2021 2:20 PM EST
Common anti-depressant may be first-ever treatment for osteoarthritis
Penn State College of Medicine

In a new study, scientists have discovered the cellular pathway that leads to osteoarthritis and have identified a commonly used anti-depressant — paroxetine — that inhibits this pathway.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Parental involvement can help stem COVID-related suicide attempts in children
Released: 3-Feb-2021 8:05 AM EST
The Medical Minute: Parental involvement can help stem COVID-related suicide attempts in children
Penn State Health

Doctors are seeing a surge in childhood suicides brought on by isolating conditions created by COVID-19. Parents can help by looking for red flags.

Newswise: Gene mutations linked to worse outcomes from leukemia in Hispanic and Latino children
1-Feb-2021 11:55 AM EST
Gene mutations linked to worse outcomes from leukemia in Hispanic and Latino children
Penn State College of Medicine

A combination of genetic mutations may explain the higher incidence of and poorer outcomes from pediatric leukemia in Hispanic and Latino children, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Flu cases down, but keep your guard up
Released: 28-Jan-2021 8:35 AM EST
The Medical Minute: Flu cases down, but keep your guard up
Penn State Health

Flu cases are down this year, mostly because all the COVID-19 precautions like hand-washing and social distancing. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stay vigilant. In fact, it might be more important now than ever.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Understanding seasonal affective disorder
Released: 21-Jan-2021 8:10 AM EST
The Medical Minute: Understanding seasonal affective disorder
Penn State Health

Clinical depression that sets in at a season’s start and goes into remission at the end is called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. With a proper diagnosis, effective treatment is available.


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