Issue: Spring 2020 Vol. 15 - Issue 1
From the Editor's Desk
Our 15th Year!
– Lawrence I. Bonchek, MD, FACS, FACC
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Perspective from the Administration    
  Beyond Flint: Keeping Lancaster Safer from Lead. This perspective from the Penn Medicine administration emphasizes our involvement in the health of our community by focusing on our extensive efforts to prevent lead poisoning.
– Kevin B. Mahoney
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Top Tips from Family Practice    
  Choosing Wisely XXXI: Recommendations from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS), and the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Surgery.
– Alan S. Peterson, M.D.
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Scientific Reports 
Advancement of Therapy for Glioblastoma
Kristine Dziurzynski, M.D.
Despite This first of a series on glioblastoma outlines promising improvements in our understanding of genetic drivers of disease, and in general molecular biology and technology that offer promise of safer and more effective therapy for a disease that until now has been considered nearly hopeless.
Treatment for Fibromyalgia
Christa Coleman, PsyD, BCB, and Tony Ton-That, M.D.
Fibromyalgia is a complex disease. This article, second in a series, discusses the modern multidisciplinary approach to therapy that is necessary in light of our current understanding of the condition, and is offered at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.
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Progress in Thoracic Surgery: Its Effect on Clinical Practice and Residency Training
David J. Cziperle, MD, FACS
This article reviews the evolution of non-cardiac thoracic surgery as a specialty distinct from cardiac surgery. Originally focused on the treatment of tuberculosis, thoracic surgery now treats such a wide variety of conditions that it has its own residency pathway. Most procedures are amenable to a minimally invasive approach that leads to rapid recovery.
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Spotlight on Clinical Research
Heather Madara and Roy S. Small, M.D.
Clinical research studies at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health spotlighted in this issue evaluate treatments for post-concussive headache in adolescents; music therapy to reduce stress for pre-term infants in the neonatal ICU; a new drug that may increase exercise capacity in patients with heart failure; and tranexamic acid to reduce bleeding in emergency hip fracture surgery.