News Makers 2014

- archived News Makers -
  • 04 - 16 - 14

    Prolonged and heavy bleeding during menopause is common

    Sybil L. Crawford, PhD, is a co-investigator on a recent study of women’s menstrual periods during menopause.
    Health Canal

  • 04 - 15 - 14

    Congressional Report: Regulate E-Cigs

    Joseph R. Difranza, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, is quoted in an article about tobacco companies marketing e-cigarettes to children and the need to regulate the nicotine containing product.
    KTRH News Radio 
    Utah People's Post

  • 04 - 15 - 14

    Drugs KO Devices for Prevention of Clots in ICU

    A new study by Craig M. Lilly, MD, professor of medicine, shows that treating ICU patients with prophylactic anticoagulation for protection against venous thromboembolism (VTE) is more effective than using mechanical devices as an intervention.
    Medpage Today

  • 04 - 15 - 14

    Electronic Cigarettes May Be Gateway to Tobacco Smoking

    Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychiatry, explains how e-cigarettes are being marketed to young people even as the product remains unregulated despite questions about the long-term health effects.
    Psychiatric News

  • 04 - 15 - 14

    Marathon volunteers return with memories of a tragedy

    Boston Marathon volunteer Jim Asaiante, RN, an emergency room nurse at UMass Memorial Medical Center, recalls the efforts to help the victims injured at the scene of two explosions at the Boston Marathon last year.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 14 - 14

    Federal Judge To Hear Drug Maker Bid To Block Mass. Zohydro Ban

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, talks about the dangers of Zohydro, a powerful new painkiller that Gov. Patrick has banned in Massachusetts.
    WBZ-TV Boston (video unavailable)

  • 04 - 14 - 14

    Pregnant women who took antidepressants linked to higher autism risk in boys

    Andrew Zimmerman, MD, clinical professor in pediatrics, co-authored a study that showed boys whose mothers took antidepressants such as Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac or Zoloft while pregnant, were almost three times more likely to be on the autism disorder spectrum.
    United Press International, Inc.

  • 04 - 13 - 14

    Medical school services honored

    The University of Massachusetts Medical School's Disability Evaluation Services was honored for its role in helping people with mental illness re-enter the workforce at the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition's 15th annual Employer Awards Celebration.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 13 - 14

    Scientist-runner fights to defeat rare cancer

    Cancer survivor Corrie Painter, PhD, postdoctoral associate in molecular medicine and the co-founder of the Angiosarcoma Awareness organization, talks about the fourth annual Angiosarcoma Awareness 5K Race and her efforts to raise money for  angiosarcoma research.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 11 - 14

    ALS research fund renamed to honor Cellucci

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins talks about renaming the UMass ALS Champion Fund, which the late Gov. Paul Cellucci helped establish, to the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund. The fund is a movement to drive awareness of and funding for the ALS breakthroughs happening at UMMS and in the laboratory of Robert H. Brown, Jr., DPhil, MD, one of the world’s leading ALS researchers.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 04 - 11 - 14

    Ethan's story, Part 3: 'Addiction never stops and I will live with this for the rest of my life, but there are ways to maintain control'

    The conclusion of a three part series on a local family’s struggle with drug addiction contains quotes from Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychiatry.
    Masslive.com

  • 04 - 11 - 14

    Stories of Compassionate Care Featuring Robin Young

    Joyce A. Murphy, executive vice chancellor for University of Massachusetts Medical School's Commonwealth Medicine, is scheduled to take part in a program featuring stories on compassionate healthcare at Tufts Health Plan  on May 8th.
    WBUR

  • 04 - 10 - 14

    UMass ‘Sidekicks’ Program Matches Medical Students With Sick Children

    The innovative UMass Medical School program “Sidekicks,” which pairs medical students with chronically ill pediatric patients for friendship and emotional support, was featured on WBZ-TV’s Health Watch. Naheed Usmani, MD, co-founder and faculty adviser for the Sidekicks program, Walter Palmer, SOM ‘16 and Julie Tabroff, SOM ’14, were interviewed for the story.
    WBZ-TV Boston
    Boston City and Press
    Grays Medicine
    Yahoo

  • 04 - 10 - 14

    Library rollout hits hurdle at 4th school

    The University of Massachusetts Medical School has donated $700,000 to help the Worcester Public Library open four new branches in elementary schools.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 10 - 14

    Researchers show fruit flies have latent bioluminescence

    A synthetic luciferin developed by Stephen C. Miller, PhD, shows that fruit flies are secretly harboring the biochemistry needed to glow in the dark—otherwise known as bioluminescence. This discovery expands the scope of bioluminescence imaging for research, and adds new tools for the noninvasive studying of ongoing biological processes.
    Nanowerk 
    Science 2.0

  • 04 - 09 - 14

    Opiate overdoses and death renew push for first responders to carry Narcan

    Marc C. Restuccia, MD, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine and Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychiatry, talk about whether first responders should be equipped with Naloxone, a drug used to counter the effects of opiate overdose.
    Masslive.com

  • 04 - 09 - 14

    Teens hear firsthand the tragedy driving while drinking or distracted can cause

    Mariann M. Manno, MD, professor of pediatrics, spoke to students at Wachusett Regional High School about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.
    The Holden Landmark

  • 04 - 09 - 14

    Women’s Club fundraiser sprouting Pancreatic Cancer awareness

    Giles Whalen, MD, professor of surgery, is quoted in an article about the Sixth Annual Pansies for Progress Fundraiser which raises money for pancreatic cancer research.
    The MIllbury-Sutton Chronicle

  • 04 - 08 - 14

    Recognizing the signs of addiction

    Part two of a three part series on a local family’s struggle with drug addiction contains quotes from Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychiatry.
    Masslive.com

  • 04 - 08 - 14

    UMass ALS Cellucci Fund

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins talks about renaming the UMass ALS Champion Fund, which the late Gov. Paul Cellucci helped establish, to the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund. The fund is a movement to drive awareness of and funding for the ALS breakthroughs happening at UMMS and in the laboratory of Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, one of the world’s leading ALS researchers.
    Charter TV3 (begins at marker 6:27)
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 08 - 14

    With Massachusetts opiate prescription rates at 40 percent, officials caution against over prescribing

    Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychiatry, explains that the misuse of prescription pills is more common than that of heroin.
    Masslive.com

  • 04 - 07 - 14

    Ethan's story, Part 1: The slide from drug experimentation to full-blown heroin addiction

    An article about a local family’s struggle with drug addiction contains quotes from Marc C. Restuccia, MD, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine and Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychiatry.
    Masslive.com

  • 04 - 07 - 14

    New CDC study finds dramatic increase in e-cigarette-related calls to poison centers

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, discusses the dangers posed by e-cigarettes and children who accidently consume the liquid nicotine used in them.
    Fox 25 Boston (video unavailable)

  • 04 - 07 - 14

    UMass Medical career event draws 240 students

    The fifth annual conference of students in HOSA-Future Health Professionals, a vocational organization for young people sponsored by the Massachusetts Area Health Education Center Network, brought 240 students, many from area public high schools, to the University of Massachusetts Medical School to learn about careers in human health professions. Sharon A. Grundel, workforce development manager for the MassAHEC Network at UMMS, is quoted in the story.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Telegram.com
    Worcester News Tonight (marker 7:21)

  • 04 - 03 - 14

    For children, exposure to violence may lead to violence

    An editorial by the Springfield Republican refers to a recent talk Heather Campbell Forkey, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, gave about toxic stress and addressing the needs of youths exposed to violence.
    Masslive.com

  • 04 - 03 - 14

    UMass Medical turns blue as Autism Awareness Month begins

    UMass Medical School was lit blue Wednesday night in honor of International Autism Awareness Day during an event that allowed parents of children on the autism spectrum to meet other parents and learn about different services available. Jean A. Frazier, MD, the Robert M. and Shirley S. Siff Chair in Autism and professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, talks about the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO) Clinic during the interview. The article also includes quotes from Celia Brown, Community Liaison for the Child and Adolescent Neuro Development Initiative.
    MassLive.com
    Charter TV3
    MassLive.com

  • 04 - 02 - 14

    Healthy Bodies, Health Minds

    Barry Feldman, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of Psychiatry Services in Public Safety, discusses youth suicide prevention and Lifelines, an evidence-based, comprehensive suicide prevention program for schools.
    WCCA TV13

  • 04 - 02 - 14

    Johns Hopkins Scientists Identify Third Critical Hormone in Type 2 Diabetes

    Scientists at UMass Medical School and Johns Hopkins Children’s Center have discovered a third critical player in the development of type 2 diabetes--a hormone called kisspeptitn-1. Laura Cristina Alonso, MD, associate professor of medicine, took part in the study.
    HealthCanal

  • 04 - 02 - 14

    McGovern to speak at UMass Med graduation

    U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern will receive a Chancellor’s Medal and deliver the address at the 41st Commencement Exercises on Sunday, June 1. Cherylann and Len Gengel, founders of the Be Like Brit Foundation and the Be Like Brit Orphanage in Grand Goâve, Haiti; and H. Brownell Wheeler, MD, the Harry M. Haidak Distinguished Professor emeritus and founding chair of the department of surgery at UMass Medical School will also be recognized with honorary degrees.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Milford Daily News
    GoLocal Worcester
    Masslive.com

  • 04 - 02 - 14

    Why not say 'yes' to gift of life?

    Stephen O. Heard, MD, chair and professor of anesthesiology, writes about the importance of organ donation in an op-ed for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 01 - 14

    8 million people take prescription sleep aids, but these drugs have risks

    Gregg Jacobs, PhD, an insomnia specialist at UMass Medical School, warns patients about the dangers of prescription sleep medications and provides alternatives for dealing with insomnia.
    The Randloph Guide

  • 04 - 01 - 14

    State agency gives $5M for biologic drug manufacturing center in Boston

    UMass Medical School’s MassBiologics received a $5 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to support construction of a viral vector manufacturing facility, the first of its kind in Massachusetts. Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics, is quoted in the story.
    Boston Business Journal