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July 2019
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
Association of screen time and depression in adolescence

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, more than one in seven teens experience depression each year. How can parents take preventive measures to help their teens combat depression? According to a recent article published by JAMA Pediatrics, they should take into account how much time their teen spends in front of digital screens (ie, screen time).

Using an annual survey, researchers performed a study that assessed connections between screen time and depression over the course of four years for 3,826 adolescents. They broke down screen time into four categories: social media, television, computers and video games.

The study found that for every increased hour spent on social media, adolescents showed a sizeable increase in depressive symptoms, with similar findings for television and computer use. Researchers believe this is due to the social comparison that occurs when teens view the lives of others as being better.

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Craig Collison, MD, to see pediatric patients at Mount Nittany Physician Group Family Medicine in Penns Valley
Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician, Mount Nittany Physician Group Family Medicine

Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce that Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician, will begin seeing pediatric patients at the Mount Nittany Physician Group Family Medicine practice at the Mount Nittany Health – Penns Valley location, 3631 Penns Valley Road, Spring Mills, effective August 1, 2019.

Adding a pediatrician to the family medicine practice will improve access to pediatric care in the Penns Valley area, making quality healthcare available to patients where it’s convenient to them.

An active resident of the Penns Valley community, Dr. Collison looks forward to bringing his expertise, care and compassion to his hometown. Appointments to see Dr. Collison in Penns Valley can be made by calling 814.422.8873 or toll-free at 844.278.4600. Appointments can also be made through the Mount Nittany Health patient portal by visiting

For more information about Mount Nittany Health’s mission to make people healthier, including services offered at our 16 Physician Group locations, visit

Heatstroke prevention and car safety

The dog days of summer are upon us, which reminds us that heatstroke prevention is more important than ever.

On average, 38 children die in hot cars across the United States each year. Together we can prevent these tragedies from happening. In recognition of Heatstroke Awareness Day on July 31, below are tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  • Look before you lock. Get into the routine of always checking the back seat of your vehicle before you lock it and walk away.
  • A gentle reminder. Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s car seat when it’s empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat. Or place your phone, briefcase or purse in the back seat when traveling with your child.
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Mount Nittany Health Walk celebrates 10th year at the Grange Fair

Join us as we kickoff our 10th annual Mount Nittany Health Walk at the Grange Fair on Friday, August 16 at 9:00 am at the grandstand. The Health Walk, aimed at motivating our community to add walking into daily life, is a one-mile course that fairgoers are encouraged to walk each day during the fair. In 10 years, participants have logged 6,000 miles on the fairgrounds!

After walking our Health Walk path, fairgoers are to stop by the library at the Grange Fair any time between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily to get their passport brochure stamped. Walkers with at least five stamps on their passport will receive a special gift at our end celebration, held on August 23 at 1:00 pm, at Jubilee Grove.

Mount Nittany Health is also Sponsor of the Day on Friday, August 16. Stop by the Sponsor of the Day tent to meet our team from Mount Nittany Health – Penns Valley and for free health screenings and wellness information.

For more information about Mount Nittany Health’s participation at this year’s Grange Fair, visit

Recent product recalls

Here are recent product recalls announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). For the most up-to-date recall information, please visit and click on the Recalls tab from the home page.


Name of product: Fisher-Price Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yards sleeper accessory

Hazard: Infant fatalities have been reported while using other inclined sleep products, after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.

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