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NEJM study on robotic bladder surgery may surprise surgeons, Yates tells Reuters

Jennifer K. Yates, MD, comments on the surprising results of a new study comparing robotic bladder surgery to traditional open surgery.

UMMS to serve as host institution of international assistive technology research program

UMass Medical School is one of two American universities to serve as a host institution in a European Union funded research program focused on developing new technologies to help individuals with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability.

Expert’s Corner: Infertility common but diagnosis, treatments have improved

In this Expert’s Corner video, obstetrician/gynecologist and reproductive medicine pioneer Julia Johnson, MD, gives an update on infertility incidence, causes and diagnosis, and talks about improved success rates for today’s infertility treatments.

DNP drug users risk ‘literally baking to death,’ Boyer tells Reuters

Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, explains to Reuters how the drug DNP, or 2,4-Dinitrophenol, breaks the body’s cycle of making and storing energy and instead releases it as heat.

High school standouts get a taste of medicine

The High School Health Careers summer program at UMass Medical School is giving high-achieving local teens a firsthand education in what health and science careers entail.

Older adults who walk out of necessity are at highest risk for outdoor falls

Older adults are at a greater danger of falling when walking for utilitarian purposes such as shopping and appointments than when walking for recreation, according to a study from UMass Medical School.

UMass Cancer Avatar Institute, Center for Microbiome Research backed by UMass president

The UMass Cancer Avatar Institute and the Center for Microbiome Research, two promising research projects at UMass Medical School, were supported in the latest round of University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret’s Science and Technology Initiatives Fund.

Shriver Center autism experts explain new insurance legislation to TV3’s Worcester News Tonight

Amy Weinstock and Maura Buckley of UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center talked to Charter TV3’s Worcester News Tonight about why they believe a new bill to extend coverage of autism treatment services under public health insurance plans is important for families across Massachusetts.

Expert’s Corner: Sharone Green on threat of chikungunya virus

In our Expert's Corner video, infectious disease expert Sharone Green, MD, says local residents do not have to worry about contracting chikungunya virus at home, but must take the threat seriously if they plan to travel to the Caribbean or other places where it is endemic.

Brewer on WBUR: Mindfulness helps smokers quit

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, explained the striking impact of mindfulness on people trying to quit smoking in an interview on WBUR’s Radio Boston. The July 10 interview was a follow-up to a WBUR story that explored addiction neuroscience research underway by Dr. Brewer and other scientists at UMass Medical School.

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