2014 Press Releases

New UMMS study shows medications of questionable benefit used in advanced dementia

New UMMS study shows medications of questionable benefit used in advanced dementia

Nursing home residents with advanced dementia often receive medications of questionable benefit with costly consequences, according to a new study by researchers at UMass Medical School, published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine on Sept. 8.

Debbie Sacra requests prayers for husband and practical help for Ebola-stricken Liberia

Debbie Sacra requests prayers for husband and practical help for Ebola-stricken Liberia

In response to the outpouring of concern for her husband, Richard Sacra, MD, the third American doctor infected with Ebola in Liberia, Debbie Sacra expressed gratitude and hope at a press conference at UMass Medical School moments after the announcement that he was headed to Nebraska for treatment. 

UMMS statement on Dr. Richard Sacra

UMMS statement on Dr. Richard Sacra

Our thoughts are with Richard Sacra, MD, today, as he has reportedly contracted the Ebola virus while working as a physician in Liberia. Dr. Sacra is a 1989 graduate of UMass Medical School and on the medical staff of the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health at UMass Memorial Medical Center since 2010. 

Expanded newborn screening offers early diagnosis, treatment of infants with SCID

Expanded newborn screening offers early diagnosis, treatment of infants with SCID

Data from 11 newborn screening programs, including the New England Newborn Screening Program, showed that newborn screening for severe combined immunodeficiency can be successfully implemented across public health newborn screening programs, according to a new study published in the Aug. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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

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.

‘Mississippi Baby’ now has detectable HIV: UMMS immunologist among researchers studying case

‘Mississippi Baby’ now has detectable HIV: UMMS immunologist among researchers studying case

The child known as the “Mississippi baby”—an infant seemingly cured of HIV that was reported as a case study of a prolonged remission of HIV infection in The New England Journal of Medicine last fall—now has detectable levels of HIV after more than two years of not taking antiretroviral therapy without evidence of virus, according to the pediatric HIV specialist and researchers involved in the case, including UMass Medical School immunologist Katherine Luzuriaga, MD.

Three UMMS scientists named in 2014 Thomson Reuters Report on most influential scientific minds

Three UMMS scientists named in 2014 Thomson Reuters Report on most influential scientific minds

Publishing and media company Thomson Reuters names UMMS professors Phillip D. Zamore, PhD; Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD; and Eric O. Mick, ScD, among the world’s most influential and highly cited scientists.

First-of-its-kind tobacco treatment training program launched

First-of-its-kind tobacco treatment training program launched

A new UMass Medical School program trains health care providers how to teach their colleagues to help patients quit smoking.

Brian A. Kelch, PhD, named 2014 Pew Scholar

Brian A. Kelch, PhD, named 2014 Pew Scholar

Brian A. Kelch, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, has been named a member of the 2014 class of Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences by the Pew Charitable Trusts, which provides funding over four years to young investigators of outstanding promise who are doing biomedical research relevant to the advancement of human health.

Related story: UMMS postdoc named 2014 Pew Latin American Fellow in the Biomedical Science