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Are You Ready to Save a Life?

Two women practice CPR chest compressions on dummies while one person watches. The dummies lie on a carpet with a square-checked pattern. Another person stands in the background.More than 50,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital each year, according to the American Heart Association. CPR, especially if administered immediately, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

“Some people are afraid to learn CPR because they are worried about the liability of it or what’s involved, but it could be your loved one who needs it,” said Scott Buchle, program manager of Penn State Health Life Lion Emergency Medical Services.

He recommends that everyone learn at least Hands-Only CPR, which involves chest compressions without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It’s crucial to call 911 immediately, he noted.

Penn State Resuscitation Sciences Training Center at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is an authorized American Heart Association Training Center and provides heart association courses, including HeartSaver First Aid, CPR and AED and more advanced classes. All courses are open to members of the community.

See a list of upcoming classes and register on the Resuscitation Sciences Training Center website.

Find community CPR classes on the American Heart Association website.


March 13, 2018 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment

For This Advocate, Sweet Victory

By Carolyn Kimmel

Weighing 380 pounds, Bellefonte resident Dean DeVore was pre-diabetic and struggling with lethargy and sleep apnea. The AccuWeather meteorologist and game announcer for the Penn State Nittany Lions realized he had to do something to gain control over his health. He turned to surgical weight loss and lost 160 pounds.

Pennsylvania residents who, like DeVore, are struggling with obesity have a new option, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Ann Rogers, director of the Penn State Surgical Weight Loss program. After more than a decade of advocacy and more trips to Capitol Hill and the State Capitol than she cares to count, she is celebrating a victory.

As of Jan. 1, Pennsylvania state employees who have a BMI of 40 or more and diabetes are able to get weight loss surgeries covered by their health insurance. The benefit is thanks in large part to Rogers’s tireless efforts.


January 17, 2018 at 10:03 am Leave a comment

Summit to address health disparities in rural Appalachia

For those who live along the Appalachian mountain range, limited availability of health care services, low level of health insurance coverage, and behavioral risks, such as opioid addiction, are challenges. Researchers at Penn State and other institutions are working to understand these challenges through the Appalachian Translational Research Network.

Appalachia is a predominantly rural region along the Appalachian mountain range, including 420 counties in 13 states from southern New York to Mississippi.  For Pennsylvania, 52 of its 67 counties are Appalachian. (more…)

October 20, 2017 at 10:38 am Leave a comment

Physician Assistant Program students package 14,000 meals to combat hunger



By Jennifer Vogelsong

A parade of physician assistant students filed into the University Conference Center at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Friday afternoon with sacks of soy flour and rice slung over their shoulders. Others lugged plastic tubs filled with a dried vegetable mix, vitamin packets, funnels and digital scales.

In a matter of minutes, they set up stations for scooping and sorting, weighing and sealing more than 14,000 nutritionally complete meals to be distributed in some of the world’s neediest regions.

It is a tradition the students began last year as a community service project and looked forward to repeating. (more…)

August 1, 2017 at 11:33 am Leave a comment

Gowda receives 2017 Young Investigator Award


Dr. Chadrika Gowda with her mentor, Dr. Sinisa Dovat.

It’s been fewer than four years since Dr. Chandrika Gowda completed her fellowship with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Children’s Hospital, but she already has been recognized as one of the nation’s top young medical researchers.

Now an assistant professor of pediatrics at the College of Medicine, Dr. Gowda is a recipient of the prestigious 2017 Young Investigator Award from The American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO), an annual award that recognizes excellence in research in the field. (more…)

April 12, 2017 at 10:14 am Leave a comment

Newly-designed library illustrates modern education’s transformation


Spaces the encourage interactions and collaboration, private meeting rooms, individual work areas and an open, bright design are some of the features of the new Harrell Health Sciences Library, Research and Learning Commons.

By Carolyn Kimmel

Third-year medical students Nathan Wong, Anne Chen and Wilson Chan munched on lunch as they talked through their notes in a group study room at the Harrell Health Sciences Library, Research and Learning Commons at Penn State College of Medicine.

To study better, they could grab a marker and write on the white board walls of the room, turning them into one large study guide with great visibility. Or they could pull up a PowerPoint presentation from class on the large screen on another wall.

“These are good spaces for students to study together; there were none here before,” Chen said. “Now the library accommodates different types of study styles. There are still cubicles if you are a self-learner, but if you are a group studier, like us, you can use one of these new rooms.”

“Our old library was old looking; this is much more a place where you want to come,” Wong said. (more…)

March 29, 2017 at 9:23 am 1 comment

Compassion + Science: Addiction research at Penn State College of Medicine

66769 LE 2By Heidi Lynn Russell

The conversation always starts the same way: “My son…” “My daughter…” “My grandchild…. has a drug problem.”

And for years, researchers at Penn State College of Medicine have been trying to solve a yearning question from people whose hearts are breaking:

“Why can’t they stop?”

But research now underway may finally unveil an answer – and some hope. Behind all of the science that goes on in sterile campus laboratories – behind the studies of rats and brain cells and clinical findings – is an understanding that many people, including those struggling with drug use, don’t always see:  Addiction to opioids alters a person’s brain chemistry, robbing them of the ability to make free-will decisions, says Dr. Sue Grigson, professor of neural and behavioral sciences. (more…)

March 23, 2017 at 7:28 am Leave a comment

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