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Ask Us Anything About… Advance Directives – Tuesday, April 23 at noon.

Why do hospitals ask me if I have an advance directive or plans for end-of-life care?

Even the healthiest person could experience a sudden accident and not be able to speak for himself or herself. Advance directives make clear, in writing, what your wishes are should the time come when you can't express them yourself.

Advance directives can also be used to appoint someone to make decisions for you if you can't do so yourself.

Learn more and have your questions answered by Dr. Lauren Van Scoy, pulmonologist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
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Have a nice and safe weekend. ☺
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Recent studies show that acupressure can help with lingering effects like fatigue, pain and insomnia. Best of all, you can administer it yourself anytime. http://bit.ly/2BpsY5O
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As a health care leader in the region, Penn State Health is always working to decrease physician burnout, which affects 60 percent of doctors nationwide with depression, lack of engagement and early retreat from the profession. “See Me Now,” a program to help decrease physician burnout by reuniting patients with their emergency department physicians. http://bit.ly/2UJ0KP8

“In the emergency department, patients don’t have repeated contact with the doctors like they do in primary or specialty care – There’s no time to build that bond or relationship that can be so rewarding, and often doctors don’t know the outcomes.” – Linda Gangai, program manager for quality and patient safety outcomes.

Emergency department doctors or patients who want to reconnect for a “See Me Now” reunion are invited to contact Linda Gangai: 717-531-0003, x287210
lgangai@pennstatehealth.psu.edu
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Mark your calendars! Penn State Health will host THREE community Prescription Drug Take-Back events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. They will take place at:

• The Academic Support Building, at 90 Hope Drive on the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus
• Penn State Health Medical Group – Lime Spring, at 2221 Noll Drive in Lancaster
• Penn State Health Medical Group – Palmyra, at 941 Park Drive in Palmyra

People may drop off their unwanted, unneeded or expired medication for safe disposal. Needles and syringes will also be accepted. Medication, needles and syringes will not be accepted prior to 10 a.m. on the day of the event.

The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. The event aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
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In an age of opioid addiction, safely disposing of unused opioids can also prevent leftover medications from getting into the wrong hands. It’s more than having a tidy bathroom. http://bit.ly/2Iqxvdp

In the week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Alexis Reedy-Cooper, a family medicine physician at Penn State Health, said opioid addiction continues to increase around the country and Pennsylvania ranks among the top five states affected by the issue.
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What heart risk factors should a healthy individual worry about? A 23-second answer from Dr. Michael Pfeiffer.

Learn more about Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute here: https://hmc.pennstatehealth.org/heart-and-vascular-institute
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Claire de Boer, director of Center Stage Arts in Health in the Department of Humanities at Penn State College of Medicine, and her colleagues led the planning of the symposium. Pennsylvania Council on the Arts sponsored the Arts in Health Symposium event.
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In research presented at the American Psychological Society's annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2019, scientists at Penn State College of Medicine found that binging on high-fat foods may activate the same circuitry in the brain as binging on alcohol.
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The Penn State Center for Healthy Aging is launching a new two-year research project to evaluate cognitive training programs for older adults. http://bit.ly/2SmVYWJ
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Unfortunately, an average of 20 people die each day because the organs they need are not donated in time. Donate Life Blue and Green Day celebration at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center encouraged employees to register as organ donors while they heard stories from transplant survivors. http://bit.ly/2IlL0eC
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GREAT NEWS! - Highmark Foundation has awarded $80,000 to Penn State PRO Wellness to help fund the annual Healthy Champions signature program for the 2019-2020 academic year. http://bit.ly/2Gfsq49
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#MedicalMythMonday
Pancreatic cancer is always deadly.

Dr. Niraj Gusani, surgical oncologist, Penn State Cancer Institute
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Caregivers often risk their own health by neglecting to care for themselves. Our 10 tips can help you cut stress, stay positive and be your best for your loved one. http://bit.ly/2reqUYX
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#MedicalMythMonday You need an MRI to find the cause of shoulder pain.
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One in three high-schoolers will suffer gunshot, knife or assault wounds requiring medical attention. And the hidden risks of bullying may shock you. A must-read for all parents. http://bit.ly/2DZJmL4
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Warfarin has long been the go-to drug for atrial fibrillation. But new medications deliver all of its benefits without the alarming bleeding or annoying frequent blood tests. http://bit.ly/2GBcCeN
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Computers should make things easier. But using one can be a real pain in the neck if your posture is poor. Learn how to adjust your body and your screen, too. http://bit.ly/2GlhHXD
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Do you know your risk for head and neck cancers? Do you know your options if diagnosed with a head or neck cancer?
Join us Thursday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. as Penn State Cancer Institute specialist respond to your questions live! http://bit.ly/2VIeZAw
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Have a nice and safe weekend. ☺
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#NationalPetDay
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It moves slowly and sometimes takes years to sneak up on its victims. But aortic valve stenosis is among the most common – and most deadly – heart ailments. Learn how doctors track and stop this killer. http://bit.ly/2UQzSw3

“People can do well over a long period of time, but once the heart systems develops these symptoms, it tends to be pretty rapid. Most people die within a couple years if left untreated and unmonitored.” – Dr. Mark Kozak
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Mini Medical School - Each session of Mini Medical School offers lessons on a different topic. Every year, a panel selects subjects ranging from poison oak rashes to neurosurgery to highlight hot-button issues in health care or the research and clinical work at the College of Medicine and the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. http://bit.ly/2G5rb7K
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Advance Care Planning - Event

Join us on April 16, 2019 (5:30 p.m.) for a free program to inspire community conversations about advance care planning. Dinner will be provided and guests will be given the choice to attend a screening of Consider the Conversation or to play Hello, a surprisingly fun game about living and dying well.

Registration is free, but pre-registration is requested. To register please visit the events page at, www.hospiceofcentralpa.org or email jmclintick@hospiceofcentralpa.org.
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Congratulations! CMN Hospitals presented Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) at Penn State Children’s Hospital with a national award at its #ChildrensHospitalsWeek conference in Orlando, Fla. in March. For the 11th straight year, CMN Hershey received the highest fundraising per capita award ($2.37) for CMN Hospitals serving a population of between 1 million and 3 million. http://bit.ly/2X4xOhx
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