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Improving Patients’ Quality of Life through Palliative Care

Understanding the seriousness of his condition, the patient is understandably anxious and distressed. He is not eating well and has very limited mobility. The patient is nearing the end of options for curative medical treatment, an idea that his family cannot comprehend.
For this patient, palliative care is a sound and viable option.

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Penn State St. Joseph Raising Awareness about Concussions Prior to Start of Fall Sports

Penn State St. Joseph’s new concussion program is in place and a center to diagnose and treat concussions will be open on the Bern Township campus in time for the start of fall scholastic sports. Head injuries resulting from participation in sports have been the focus of recent attention in light of increasing awareness of the dangers of concussion in young people. About 3.8 million concussions occur each year as a result of sports and physical activity, according to the National Athletic Trainer’s Association.

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Don’t Floss? Your loss says dental hygienist

In light of recent reports, the Dental Department felt compelled to weigh-in in the defense of one of the most important homecare devices available for oral health… you guessed it folks: floss! What would dear Dr. Levi Parmly, the inventor of dental floss, say in response to the recent attack on his beloved interproximal aide?!

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Penn State Stroke Center Earns Highest Level of Stroke Center Designation

The Penn State Stroke Center has once again earned a designation that recognizes the high level of care it provides to patients with the most severe and challenging types of strokes. The Center has been re-certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

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Boston Agency Awards Centering Pregnancy Program

The centering pregnancy program at Penn State Health St. Joseph got another big endorsement this week when the Boston-based Centering Healthcare Institute gave official site approval to the Bern campus location following an extensive review. It is the only program in Berks County to be officially recognized as an approved centering site.

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Lots of benefits to Kangaroo Care, especially for preemies

The simple act of a mother holding her newborn baby against her bare chest produces remarkably positive outcomes.
Skin-to-skin contact, also known as kangaroo care, warms the infant and relaxes both mother and child. Vital signs stabilize and, typically, deep sleep comes. Babies who experience kangaroo care cry less than those who don’t, and experience increased weight gain.

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