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Newswise: Penn State College of Medicine study explores the association of malaria, HIV with anemia during pregnancy
Released: 12-Aug-2020 3:50 PM EDT
Penn State College of Medicine study explores the association of malaria, HIV with anemia during pregnancy
Penn State College of Medicine

Pregnant women from sub-Saharan Africa with malaria and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have a higher prevalence of anemia than pregnant women without infections according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. The findings may have implications for reducing the risk of death in pregnant women and preventing low birth weights and neurocognitive impairment in their children as a result of anemia.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Common eye conditions in children
Released: 6-Aug-2020 7:25 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: Common eye conditions in children
Penn State Health

While pediatricians routinely screen infants and toddlers for vision problems, parents should also be aware of common eye conditions. With knowledge and action, they can help set up their children for healthy vision — for the classroom and beyond.

Newswise: Cannabinoids may affect activity of other pharmaceuticals
31-Jul-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Cannabinoids may affect activity of other pharmaceuticals
Penn State College of Medicine

Cannabinoid-containing products may alter the effects of some prescription drugs, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

Newswise: Medical Minute: What to look for in a student athlete sidelined by injury
Released: 29-Jul-2020 12:00 PM EDT
Medical Minute: What to look for in a student athlete sidelined by injury
Penn State Health

Parents and coaches are well-versed in recognizing headaches as a sign of concussion in student athletes. However, the symptoms of mood and emotional disturbance are more difficult to identify and harder for teens and those around them to understand.

Newswise: Caught in the act – microscopy reveals key detail in retrovirus replication
Released: 29-Jul-2020 8:35 AM EDT
Caught in the act – microscopy reveals key detail in retrovirus replication
Penn State College of Medicine

A protein that is critical for retrovirus replication may select viral genetic material for packaging within the nuclei of host cells, rather than in the cytoplasm, as was previously believed.

Newswise: A conversation game may reduce disparity in end-of-life care for African Americans
Released: 23-Jul-2020 12:10 PM EDT
A conversation game may reduce disparity in end-of-life care for African Americans
Penn State College of Medicine

A Penn State College of Medicine research team found that playing a simple conversation game may encourage African Americans to make plans for their end-of-life care.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: What you need to know about Lyme disease
Released: 22-Jul-2020 5:20 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: What you need to know about Lyme disease
Penn State Health

Tricks to avoid ticks – and what to do if one latches on – from Tara Simmons, a community health nurse at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Don’t let COVID-19 stop you from seeking critical medical care
Released: 16-Jul-2020 10:10 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: Don’t let COVID-19 stop you from seeking critical medical care
Penn State Health

When seeking critical medical care, minutes count — especially when dealing with cases of suspected heart attack or stroke. Yet many patients in need of emergency care have delayed or avoided a trip to the hospital fearing possible infection with COVID-19.

Newswise: Researcher develops method for mapping brain cell change, development in mice
10-Jul-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Researcher develops method for mapping brain cell change, development in mice
Penn State College of Medicine

Penn State researchers have developed a new method for studying key moments in brain development.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Separating mask myths from facts
Released: 9-Jul-2020 8:05 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: Separating mask myths from facts
Penn State Health

We see and hear new COVID-19 news almost every minute of the day. But separating facts from fiction can get challenging, especially when it comes to masks. We bust some common mask myths with two Penn State Health experts.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: How to help teen drivers stay safe
Released: 1-Jul-2020 4:40 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: How to help teen drivers stay safe
Penn State Health

A driver’s license presents exciting new freedoms for teenagers and a whole new level of worry for their parents. Fortunately, there are steps that adults can take to keep their teen drivers as safe as possible.

Newswise: Residents of some cities unwilling to comply with COVID-19 prevention behaviors
Released: 30-Jun-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Residents of some cities unwilling to comply with COVID-19 prevention behaviors
Penn State College of Medicine

Several U.S. cities may be at increased risk of surges in COVID-19 cases as they reopen their economies because their residents are unwilling to follow practices that reduce the spread of the disease, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Don’t get lax with the mask
Released: 25-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: Don’t get lax with the mask
Penn State Health

Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we learn, work and socialize. Now, as nearly all of Pennsylvania is in the green phase of reopening, it is essential for people to remain vigilant by wearing face masks when unable to maintain proper social distancing.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Talking to Children About Racism and Diversity
Released: 10-Jun-2020 4:10 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: Talking to Children About Racism and Diversity
Penn State Health

No matter a child’s age, the right time for parents to talk about the dangers of racism—and the benefits of diversity—is now.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: What to expect when seeking medical care now
Released: 4-Jun-2020 9:30 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: What to expect when seeking medical care now
Penn State Health

As outpatient centers, clinics and practices gradually resume seeing patients, they look a bit different in response to COVID-19. In addition to keeping patients and staff safe, these changes are also helping make health care more convenient and accessible.

Newswise: Remdesivir trial at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center shows promise, adds second therapy to protocol
Released: 28-May-2020 8:10 AM EDT
Remdesivir trial at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center shows promise, adds second therapy to protocol
Penn State College of Medicine

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has enrolled its first patients in the continuation of a clinical trial using the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir for treatment of COVID-19.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: When working from home equals lack of sleep
Released: 28-May-2020 4:40 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: When working from home equals lack of sleep
Penn State Health

In the rush to adjust to a work-from-home lifestyle, some people have made choices regarding sleep that are leaving them bleary-eyed morning, noon and night. A Penn State Health expert offers nine tips to reclaim a good night’s sleep.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Prevent a stroke by knowing your risks
Released: 21-May-2020 12:05 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: Prevent a stroke by knowing your risks
Penn State Health

Strokes are the fifth most common cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability among survivors. Fortunately, most strokes — more than 80% — are preventable by managing risk factors.

Newswise: Medical Minute: Solving ‘tantrum trouble’ for children, teens during COVID-19 quarantine
Released: 14-May-2020 9:55 AM EDT
Medical Minute: Solving ‘tantrum trouble’ for children, teens during COVID-19 quarantine
Penn State Health

The pouting, the screaming, the crying – they’re all signs of a classic temper tantrum. Many parents currently at home with their children or teenagers 24/7 due to COVID-19-related stay-at-home guidelines know these behaviors all too well. Here are some strategies to help curb negative behavior.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: The heightened risk of child abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic
Released: 6-May-2020 5:30 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: The heightened risk of child abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic
Penn State Health

Reports of suspected child abuse have declined in Pennsylvania since the onset of social distancing guidelines. But experts in the Penn State Center for the Protection of Children say this does not correlate with an actual decline in abuse cases.

Newswise: Penn State Health hospitals now using plasma from recovered patients as possible treatment for COVID-19
Released: 17-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Penn State Health hospitals now using plasma from recovered patients as possible treatment for COVID-19
Penn State Health

Penn State Health has enrolled its first COVID-19 patient into an experimental treatment program called convalescent plasma therapy.

Newswise: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center joins global clinical trial evaluating antiviral drug remdesivir for treatment of COVID-19
Released: 16-Apr-2020 8:45 AM EDT
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center joins global clinical trial evaluating antiviral drug remdesivir for treatment of COVID-19
Penn State College of Medicine

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has begun enrolling participants in an international clinical trial evaluating an investigational antiviral drug, remdesivir, for treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Tips, resources for talking with children about COVID-19
Released: 18-Mar-2020 5:05 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: Tips, resources for talking with children about COVID-19
Penn State Health

There are many ways to help ease children’s anxieties and educate them about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Seven surprising facts about osteoarthritis
Released: 12-Mar-2020 11:20 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: Seven surprising facts about osteoarthritis
Penn State Health

No cure for osteoarthritis exists, but many treatments can help people manage the pain and stiffness that often occur.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: New treatments for migraines show promise
Released: 4-Mar-2020 3:55 PM EST
The Medical Minute: New treatments for migraines show promise
Penn State Health

Many people think migraines are just bad headaches – but they’re so much more. While no cure for migraines exists, hope abounds thanks to major advances in research.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: When chronic pain leads to depression in children
Released: 26-Feb-2020 5:25 PM EST
The Medical Minute: When chronic pain leads to depression in children
Penn State Health

When chronic pain keeps children from being active and social, it’s no surprise that anxiety and depression can become unwelcome playmates. The good news: there is help, and it starts with recognizing that a problem exists.

Newswise: Research suggests adults – not just teens – like electronic cigarette flavors
Released: 26-Feb-2020 10:15 AM EST
Research suggests adults – not just teens – like electronic cigarette flavors
Penn State College of Medicine

A new study by researchers at Penn State finds that adults enjoy sweet e-cigarette flavors just as much as teens.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: How much should I worry about that ‘extra’ heartbeat?
Released: 20-Feb-2020 10:35 AM EST
The Medical Minute: How much should I worry about that ‘extra’ heartbeat?
Penn State Health

For people who feel premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), they can seem frightening. But the good news is they’re very common – and they’re not always dangerous.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: ‘Swiper’s Thumb?’ Explore Some Common Tech-Related Injuries
Released: 12-Feb-2020 1:40 PM EST
The Medical Minute: ‘Swiper’s Thumb?’ Explore Some Common Tech-Related Injuries
Penn State Health

Thanks to society’s fondness for electronic gadgets, so-called tech-related injuries are on the rise. Learn how to ease the pain – or even prevent it in the first place.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Missing Medication Doses Can Bring Serious Consequences
Released: 5-Feb-2020 10:05 AM EST
The Medical Minute: Missing Medication Doses Can Bring Serious Consequences
Penn State Health

An alarming number of people don’t take the medications prescribed by their health care providers to manage chronic health conditions, and that can lead to a range of complications.

Newswise: Lower protein diet may lessen risk for cardiovascular disease
30-Jan-2020 11:25 AM EST
Lower protein diet may lessen risk for cardiovascular disease
Penn State College of Medicine

A plant-based diet may be key to lowering risk for heart disease. Penn State researchers determined that diets with reduced sulfur amino acids — which occur in protein-rich foods, such as meats, dairy, nuts and soy — were associated with a decreased risk for cardiovascular disease.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Is ‘impossible’ meat too good to be true?
Released: 29-Jan-2020 12:55 PM EST
The Medical Minute: Is ‘impossible’ meat too good to be true?
Penn State Health

It sizzles on the grill. But does it fizzle in terms of nutrition? That’s the question when it comes to the new burgers made of plant-based meat substitutes that are flying off grocery store shelves and restaurant tables.

Newswise: Medical Minute: Trying to quit smoking? Don’t go it alone.
Released: 22-Jan-2020 1:05 PM EST
Medical Minute: Trying to quit smoking? Don’t go it alone.
Penn State Health

We live in an era of self-empowerment. But when it comes to quitting smoking, going it alone isn’t the best approach. Read on for effective strategies from Penn State Health experts.

Newswise: Select few cancer patients enroll in potentially life-extending clinical trials
Released: 20-Jan-2020 9:55 AM EST
Select few cancer patients enroll in potentially life-extending clinical trials
Penn State College of Medicine

Patient enrollment in clinical trials as the first course of treatment after cancer diagnosis is low, despite the fact that enrollment may increase life expectancy, according to researchers at Penn State.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Should you exercise when you’re sick?
Released: 8-Jan-2020 2:20 PM EST
The Medical Minute: Should you exercise when you’re sick?
Penn State Health

The winter cold and flu season may try to knock out your new year’s plans to get or stay healthy, but the good news is you can fight back.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Healthy eating over the holidays
Released: 18-Dec-2019 2:25 PM EST
The Medical Minute: Healthy eating over the holidays
Penn State Health

Between bountiful buffets and “food-pushing relatives,” the winter holidays hold landmines for those trying to eat healthy. Check out these tips for navigating the holiday eating scene.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Seven ways to get enough sleep this holiday season
Released: 11-Dec-2019 4:05 PM EST
The Medical Minute: Seven ways to get enough sleep this holiday season
Penn State Health

The holidays bring plenty of stressors for adults and children. Here are some tips on how you can get enough sleep with sleigh bells jingling and sugar plums dancing.

Released: 9-Dec-2019 2:35 PM EST
Researchers receive nearly $5 million to curb opioid cravings
Penn State College of Medicine

Two researchers from Penn State College of Medicine have received nearly $5 million from the National Institutes of Health to study whether an already-approved drug can be used to reduce cravings and prevent relapse in those struggling with opioid addiction.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Progress slow against pancreatic cancer
Released: 4-Dec-2019 1:05 PM EST
The Medical Minute: Progress slow against pancreatic cancer
Penn State Health

Researchers are still trying to find ways of catching pancreatic cancer early – or better yet, preventing it altogether. Meantime, here’s what patients need to know.

Newswise: Cancer linked with a more than doubled risk of dying from stroke
Released: 25-Nov-2019 3:15 PM EST
Cancer linked with a more than doubled risk of dying from stroke
Penn State College of Medicine

People living with or beyond cancer are more likely to die from stroke than the general public, according to new Penn State research, and certain types of cancer may boost the risk even more.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Cramps in the legs could indicate peripheral artery disease
Released: 21-Nov-2019 3:15 AM EST
The Medical Minute: Cramps in the legs could indicate peripheral artery disease
Penn State Health

If you develop severe leg cramps when you walk or exert yourself, the problem might be a serious condition called peripheral artery disease.

Newswise: Researchers identify new gene mutation in familial thyroid cancers
Released: 20-Nov-2019 9:00 AM EST
Researchers identify new gene mutation in familial thyroid cancers
Penn State College of Medicine

Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine identified a new gene mutation that may cause a type of familial thyroid cancer.

Newswise: Popular Electronic Cigarette May Deliver Nicotine More Effectively Than Others, Researchers Say
12-Nov-2019 2:00 PM EST
Popular Electronic Cigarette May Deliver Nicotine More Effectively Than Others, Researchers Say
Penn State College of Medicine

When it comes to nicotine delivery, not all electronic cigarettes are created equally, according to Penn State researchers

Newswise: Medical Minute: How to discuss family health history with children
Released: 13-Nov-2019 3:35 PM EST
Medical Minute: How to discuss family health history with children
Penn State Health

Parents spend hours planning to talk with their children about the “birds and bees.” But moms and dads often ignore an equally important conversation—discussing their family’s overall health history.

Newswise: Personalized gene networks enhance study of disease
Released: 7-Nov-2019 11:05 AM EST
Personalized gene networks enhance study of disease
Penn State College of Medicine

Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine have developed a new method to model how genes interact with each other – and it may someday contribute to the development of personalized treatments for patients.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Eustachian tube dilation offers safer relief from dysfunction
Released: 6-Nov-2019 2:10 PM EST
The Medical Minute: Eustachian tube dilation offers safer relief from dysfunction
Penn State Health

Popping your ears by yawning or chewing gum can help alleviate pressure. But if that doesn’t help, a more permanent solution might be Eustachian tube dilation.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: How to support people with dementia
Released: 30-Oct-2019 11:05 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: How to support people with dementia
Penn State Health

Although there’s no cure for dementia, there are therapies that impact how people can continue to function well and lead good lives.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Intermittent fasting -- Foolproof or fad?
Released: 23-Oct-2019 12:05 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: Intermittent fasting -- Foolproof or fad?
Penn State Health

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or on a time-restricted schedule, intermittent fasting is the new trend in weight loss. But does it work?

Newswise: Adapting electronic medical records may help decrease resistance to antibiotics
Released: 17-Oct-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Adapting electronic medical records may help decrease resistance to antibiotics
Penn State College of Medicine

Adapting features of the electronic medical record system used by doctors in caring for their patients may improve efforts to prevent antibiotic drug resistance, according to Penn State research.


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