A study co-authored by Adel Bozorgzadeh, MD, professor of surgery and chief of the division of organ transplantation, showed a sharp uptick in the number of people dropped from organ transplant waiting lists since the federal government set transplant standards in 2007 and that the increasing reluctance to perform transplants on the sickest patients is directly tied to the onset of the standards enforced by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Stephanie Pepper Carreiro, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, and Peter R. Chai, MD, instructor in emergency medicine, are testing wearable — and swallowable — devices that could help doctors learn more about how opioid addiction happens and how they can better prescribe the dangerous drugs.
Joan Vitello, PhD, dean of the graduate school of nursing, is quoted in a story about colleges and universities in Worcester advancing nurse education.
Edward Ginns, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, comments on Quest Diagnostics’ new digital cognitive assessment tool to assist physicians in diagnosing, assessing and managing the care of people with cognitive dysfunction.
Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychology, is referenced in a story about the growing number of alternative treatments for psychosis that focus on holistic approaches to healing.
A study by Stephanie Pepper Carreiro, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, found that wristbands monitoring skin temperature and movement can be used to track and predict opioid use with a fair degree of accuracy. The ability to identify instances of opioid use and opioid tolerance in real time could be helpful to manage pain or substance abuse treatment.
Mark D. Johnson, MD, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Neurosurgery.
John Landers, PhD, professor of neurology, led a team of more than 80 scientists who found that variations in a gene with multiple functions in neurons are present in approximately 3 percent of all cases of ALS in North American and European populations, both sporadic and familial. Funding for the work came from donations made as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Toxicologist Kavita Babu, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, is quoted in a story about an increase in opioid-related deaths due to the use of fentanyl.
Fourth-year medical student Carline Yang, SOM ’17, comments on the AAFP’s student delegates adopting resolutions that addressed protecting patient welfare and identifying programs that offer rural training opportunities.
Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery and pediatrics, talks about the damage gunshot wounds can cause to children.
Benjamin Nwosu, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, comments on a new study which found that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in children is also associated with abnormal glucose metabolism characteristic of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.
UMass Medical School 2016 graduate Emily Yuan, MD, talks about a standardized patient program at UMass Medical School designed to teach safe pain prescribing techniques, which has become a model for other medical schools around the country.
Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD, professor of medicine, has identified a long noncoding RNA that is responsible for controlling innate immune processes by making sure inflammatory genes in macrophages are switched off until needed.
Joyce A. Murphy, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, has been elected clerk of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare board of directors.
Warren J. Ferguson, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, comments on the first-ever CDC survey of state prison officials regarding health care services for inmates.
Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, explains how kratom, a Southeast Asian leaf and natural painkiller sometimes used as a substitute for people coping with heroin addiction, works by binding to opioid receptors.