About the series
"Medicine in Blue and White" is a new television series about Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the first medical information show to air on the Big Ten Network.
The first episode of the series tells the personal stories of four people, who range from an 11-year-old brain tumor patient to a recently retired nurse undergoing an innovative heart catheterization, and the medical professionals at Penn State Hershey who oversee their care and the cutting-edge, research-based medical treatments they are receiving.
Wrist catheterization: Safer and more comfortable
This segment tells the story of a recently retired nurse coming to Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute to receive a heart catheterization procedure by physician Dr. Steve Ettinger called a radial approach, inserting the catheter through an artery in the wrist, which only 1-2 percent of hospitals in the country currently perform.
Cardiac catheterization involves threading a thin flexible tube through a blood vessel to the heart. In general, this procedure is done to get information about the heart and its blood vessels, or to provide treatment in certain types of heart conditions, such as angioplasty which is performed in an attempt to open blocked vessels.
The radial artery - or wrist - approach to cardiac catheterization is less common in the United States (about 3 percent of cardiac catheterizations in the United States are done through this approach) than the femoral artery (or groin) approach, although the radial artery approach can significantly decrease the risk of bleeding complications and improves patient comfort after the procedure. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is one of the leading training centers in the United States for the radial artery approach and faculty have published papers describing its effectiveness. More than 50 percent of cardiac catheterization performed at Penn State Hershey are done using this technique.
- Watch why wrist catheterizations are safer and more comfortable for patients requiring clogged arteries to be opened
- Learn more about Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute
Neurosurgery using the Myriad device
This segment tells the story of an 11-year-old boy with a rare noncancerous brain tumor as he and his parents arrive at Penn State Children's Hospital. Pediatric neurosurgeon Mark Dias will whittle away at the tumor using a state-of-the-art device called the Myriad™, all without disturbing nerves necessary for eyesight.
Penn State Children's Hospital is just the third children’s hospital in the United States and the first in the Eastern region of the country to acquire a new, minimally invasive neurosurgical medical device that makes pediatric brain and spine tumor removal faster and easier. The NICO Myriad has been used in removing brain tumors in children as young as 8 months and can be used in removing many of the most common malignant and non-cancerous pediatric brain and central nervous system tumors.
Using the Myriad device is expected to provide notable reductions in surgical procedure times -- sometimes cutting operating room time in half. It is the first automated and non-heat producing tumor removal device to operate in open and endoscopic surgical approaches, giving surgeons like those at Penn State Children’s Hospital the ability to treat a wider spectrum of disease conditions and remove tumors from hard-to-reach areas of the brain and spine.
- Learn more about Penn State Neuroscience Institute
Polycystic Ovary Disease (PCOS)
This segment tells the story of a woman with polycystic ovary syndrome, also known as PCOS, who turned to Penn State Hershey Women's Health and Dr. Richard Legro, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, to help her and her husband try to conceive through his latest clinical study.
- Visit our online Health Encyclopedia to learn more about Polycystic ovary disease (PCOS), a condition in which there are many small cysts in the ovaries, potentially affecting a woman's ability to get pregnant.
- Penn State Hershey researchers are currently conducting studies on PCOS. Please call 717-531-1510 for more information or to enroll.
- Learn more about Penn State Hershey Obstetrics and Gynecology
Using social media to manage diabetes
This segment tells the story of how Heather Stuckey, once a human resources professional and now a clinical researcher at Penn State Hershey, is still in a profession trying to help people. She's studying a novel way to help people with diabetes, like herself, use social media to share ideas and be a support network for each other around the world.
- Diabetes is a chronic (lifelong) disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood.
- Penn State Hershey Institute for Diabetes and Obesity created an award winning book to help those with diabetes better manage their care. The Diabetes Playbook has helped thousands of people take control of their disease.
- View all our current open studies for diabetes.