News Makers 2016

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  • 10 - 17 - 16

    Increased Division Over Breast-Feeding in Bed

    Lawrence M. Rhein, MD, professor of pediatrics, is quoted in a story about a new study which found that public-health efforts to encourage breast-feeding are increasingly coming into conflict with guidelines to ensure babies sleep safely.

    Wall Street Journal

  • 10 - 16 - 16

    ALS continues to ravage lives, but hope for a cure endures

    The career and research of Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, the Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, is explored by Boston Globe columnist Thomas Farragher.

    Boston Globe

  • 10 - 16 - 16

    Hundreds of girls go 'geek' on the WPI campus

    UMass Medical School sponsored the Geek Is Glam (GIG) STEM Expo at WPI that brought together more than 430 Girl Scouts from Central and Western Massachusetts to celebrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 16 - 16

    Ten years after UMass researcher Craig Mello earns Nobel, search for RNAi-related treatments continues

    Anastasia Khvorova, PhD, professor in the RNA Therapeutics Institute, talks about the therapeutic promise of RNAi and the strides made over the last decade to develop new drugs for clinical application.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 13 - 16

    Meditation linked to lower stress among prison inmates

    Bei-Hung Chang, ScD, associate professor of quantitative health sciences, comments on a recent study about meditation and prison inmates.

    Fox News Health

  • 10 - 13 - 16

    NIH: Henry Ford to lead multistate health research team

    UMass Medical School is part of a multistate team researching how environment, lifestyle and genetics influence health. The project is part of the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program, which hopes to collect and analyze the personal health and lifestyle information, and biological samples, of as many as a million people over several years. The data will be used to develop prevention strategies and treatments that are based on a person’s own characteristics.

    The Detroit News


  • 10 - 09 - 16

    Health advocates: Some colleges make indoor tanning too easy

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks about the dangers of indoor tanning for college students.

    KHOU-TV Houston

    USA Today

  • 10 - 07 - 16

    By the Numbers: Not So Good at Saying Sorry

    More than half of primary care physicians would not apologize after playing a part in mistakes that put a patient at risk according to a new study by  Kathleen Mazor, EdD, professor of medicine.

    MedPage Today

  • 10 - 06 - 16

    Clinical News Roundup: Biotrial Opens Research Facility In The U.S.

    Kevin Donahue, MD, professor of medicine, is running two federally funded studies of gene therapy for atrial fibrillation.

    Clinical Leader

  • 10 - 06 - 16

    In DMD Patients, Translarna Works by Bypassing ‘Stop’ Sign to Create Functional Protein

    A new study by Allan Jacobson, PhD, the Gerald L. Haidak, MD, and Zelda S. Haidak Professor of Cell Biology and chair and professor of microbiology & physiological systems, sheds new light on how translarna (ataluren), a promising drug for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis, works to help patients.

    Muscular Dystrophy News

  • 10 - 06 - 16

    Overdose deaths are actually saving lives through organ transplants

    Adel Bozorgzadeh, MD, professor of medicine and chief of transplant surgery, is quoted in an article explaining how the surge in deaths from drug overdoses has become an unexpected lifeline for people waiting for organ transplants.

    New York Times

  • 10 - 06 - 16

    Screening and treating pregnant women with asymptomatic bacteriuria may not be helpful

    An op-ed by Alan Ehrlich, MD, assistant clinical professor in family medicine and & community health, weighs in on the value of screening all pregnant women for asymptomatic bacteriuria with urine culture around 12 to 16 weeks gestation and treating women with positive urine cultures with antibiotics.

    Clinical Advisor

  • 10 - 06 - 16

    What we should know about teen suicide

    Barry Feldman, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, tackles misconceptions about suicide.

  • 10 - 05 - 16

    $11M UMass microscopes boost biotech resources

    Jean King, PhD, associate provost for biomedical research, discusses the opening of the new cryo-EM facility at UMass Medical School.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 10 - 05 - 16

    UMass microscope boldly sees what no scope has seen before

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins; Chen Xu, PhD, director of the Massachusetts High-Resolution Cryo-Electron Microscopy Facility and associate professor of biochemistry & molecular biology; and Brian Kelch, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, discuss the opening of the new cryo-EM facility at UMass Medical School.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Worcester News Tonight

  • 10 - 03 - 16

    How America Is Battling Its Horrific Opioid Epidemic

    Sean Maloney, MD, SOM ’16, explains how the UMMS opioid training program helped prepare him to potentially treat patients experiencing chronic pain.


  • 10 - 01 - 16

    Greater Lowell Community Foundation raising money to help get more people into drug treatment

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins explains how UMass Medical School is training medical students to combat the opioid crisis at the The Greater Lowell Community Foundation's "Celebrate Giving: Responding to the Opioid Epidemic."

    Lowell Sun

  • 10 - 01 - 16

    Mass. docs sue FDA to OK graphic anti-smoking images

    Lynda M. Young, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, explains how adding graphic images as part of an anti-smoking campaign can help dissuade children and teens from smoking.

    Boston Herald

  • 10 - 01 - 16

    Medical cannabis study underway

    Jeffrey T. Lai, MD, instructor in emergency medicine and toxicology fellow, explains why studying the medical effectiveness of cannabis is so difficult.

    Boston Herald

  • 09 - 30 - 16

    Researchers Reveal How Dangerous Intestinal Toxin Enters Cells

    Abraham Brass, MD, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology & physiological systems, is part of a team of scientists using CRISPR/Cas9 to identify new genetic targets to treat Clostridium difficile.

    Bioscience Technology

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