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Prestigious training grant extended five more years

By Heidi Lynn Russell

Penn State College of Medicine has again been successful in extending funding from the National Cancer Institute through a training grant for vital research into viruses that cause cancer. This training grant has been in place for more than 20 years.

This August, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Penn State Cancer Institute were successful in renewing the training grant funding to continue groundbreaking research for another five years – something that many other universities have not been able to achieve, said Dr. Craig Meyers. Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology. “We’re listed right up there with the big names,” he said. “A lot of universities want it.” Meyers, director of the Viruses and Cancer Training Program wrote the grant. (more…)

November 1, 2017 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

Over 45 years of research addresses the science of ‘wasting away’


Dr. Leonard “Jim” Jefferson in the forefront with Dr. Scot Kimball.

By Heidi Lynn Russell

What happens in the research laboratories at Penn State College of Medicine doesn’t stay in the laboratories.

It reaches to outer space, as adventurers blast off in rockets. It affects American war fighters in oven-like desert heat. It touches cancer patients and aging Baby Boomers too weak to rise from their beds. And it even affects the average “gym rat” in the weight room.

In short, anyone who cares about loss of muscle mass has benefited from the painstaking work of Dr. Leonard “Jim” Jefferson and Dr. Scot Kimball. The research of these scientists has delved into the mysteries of skeletal muscle for over 45 years. Recently, the National Institutes of Health renewed a grant of $392,000 to continue their work – one of the longest continuously funded such grants in the country. (more…)

June 21, 2017 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment

The case for innovation in healthcare through data

When Dr. Marco D. Huesch joined the faculty of Penn State College of Medicine’s Department of Radiology last July, he brought with him a passion for transforming data into innovations. Having spent a decade in the data-driven business of management consulting after leaving clinical practice, he knew first-hand the power of analytics to improve performance.

As head of CORVA, the newly established Center for Optimizing Radiology Value, the vice chair of radiology research leads a small team of data scientists tasked with streamlining operations and improving patient care within the department and throughout Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. (more…)

June 13, 2017 at 9:13 am Leave a comment

Dr. Nancy Olsen works to advance understanding of lupus


Dr. Nancy Olsen in her lab with clinical trial nurse Jamie Carter.

By Ashley Davidson

Over the last decade, a major question has interested Dr. Nancy Olsen: How can we stage an intervention for people who are at risk of developing lupus?

Now thanks to a five-year grant, with funding of $1.4 million the first year, from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Dr. Olsen and a team of researchers from across the United States are hoping to find out, there are clinics like Regency Dermatology where you can treat this affections too, so you can have a clear and nice skin. (more…)

May 31, 2017 at 1:58 pm 1 comment

Honey entered into Farm Show contest


For centuries, people have suspected that honey could help with medical problems ranging from wound care to cough suppression. More recently, studies have proven some of those claims to be true. (more…)

January 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

Penn State College of Medicine students provide assistance to refugees



By Carolyn Kimmel

In the produce aisles at Harrisburg’s Broad Street Market, six Penn State College of Medicine students in a “Food As Medicine” group are finding that an initiative to help recently resettled refugee families from Syria eat healthy is about a lot more than which vegetables they choose.

“They tell me things I will never forget: bombings nearby; random people breaking glass to get inside their homes. They say they needed to save their children; they had to leave,” said Houda Bouhmam, a first-year medical student from Morocco who speaks Arabic and is helping serve as a translator between the students and the families, none of whom speak English. (more…)

January 5, 2017 at 12:49 pm 2 comments

New class eases anxiety through yoga

By Jennifer Vogelsong

Kelly Thoman has a high stress job and bouts with anxiety. Dan Coma had just the idea to help: a special program at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center using yoga to ease anxiety. It’s part of the emerging field of yoga therapy which Coma, a registered yoga instructor,  is completing his training in after teaching group classes at the Medical Center’s University Fitness Center for nine years. He found there was a need for such an evidence-based integrative program after talking with a family medicine doctor at the Medical Center and Deb Tregea, program coordinator at the fitness center.

“We were told that one of the most common conditions people talk with their doctors about is generalized anxiety disorder,” Coma said. Using gentle postures and breathing, Yoga helps balance the autonomic nervous system and increases levels of feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain – both good for dealing with anxiety. The program is evidence-based, meaning it is based on research that shows a benefit of using yoga for anxiety. (more…)

December 21, 2016 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment

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