News Makers 2014

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  • 07 - 28 - 14

    VA Gets Billions To Fix Problems

    An article about a $17 billion dollar bi-partisan Congressional bill to provide veterans with improved access to health care says UMass Medical School could potentially be part of the project and is  “currently in active conversations with the VA to explore ways that it can improve access to health care, particularly access to specialists, close to home for veterans in the area.”
    WBZ-TV Boston

  • 07 - 28 - 14

    Worcester adds tax exemption to lure business

    James Leary, vice chancellor for community and government relations, is quoted in an article about Worcester’s plan to offer tax breaks to biotech companies as an incentive for them to relocate to the city. The article mentions that UMass Medicine Science Park, a cluster of laboratory buildings off Plantation Street owned by UMMS, has space available for lease.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 27 - 14

    The time to change this spitting image is now

    Richard Pieters, M.D, clinical associate professor of radiation oncology, co-authored an op-ed piece on the message major league players who chew tobacco are sending to young fans.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Milford Daily News
    Masslive.com

  • 07 - 25 - 14

    More than 700 sign up for Cellucci 5K in Hudson

    The late Governor Paul Cellucci’s wife, Jan, continues his campaign to raise money for ALS research.  Part of her efforts include the Governor Cellucci Tribute Road Race which will be held Aug. 2 in his hometown of Hudson. Proceeds will benefit the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund for ALS research at UMMS.
    MetroWest Daily News
    Wicked Local Hudson

  • 07 - 25 - 14

    Riding with a purpose: Pan-Mass Challenge cyclists pedal to fight cancer

    Lawrence S. Rosenthal, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, explains why he’ll be riding in his 11th Pan-Mass Challenge.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 24 - 14

    Tests suggest limits to Vertex’s cystic fibrosis treatment

    Brian P. O’Sullivan, MD, a professor of pediatrics, talks about a new study which showed medications used in an experimental two-drug regimen for cystic fibrosis patients interfered with each other.
    Boston Globe

  • 07 - 23 - 14

    Robot bladder surgery fails to deliver fewer complications

    Jennifer K. Yates, MD, assistant professor of urology, talks about recent findings which compared conventional and robotic techniques to remove a cancerous bladder.
    Reuters Health
    WHTC News

  • 07 - 22 - 14

    Joe Nocera commentary: Personalized medicine pushes drug costs higher

    Brian P. O’Sullivan, MD, professor of pediatrics, comments about the high price of the cystic fibrosis drug Kalydeco.
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Las Vegas Sun

  • 07 - 22 - 14

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

    Wenjun Li, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks about his new study which examines the risk of injury from falls among the elderly who walk.
    Daily RX
    PT Products
    Medical Xpress
    Healio.com

  • 07 - 21 - 14

    Life-threatening reactions to diet drug on the rise in the UK

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, explains how the drug DNP, or 2,4-Dinitrophenol, banned in the U.S. and often used by dieters thanks to online sales, causes the body to overheat and kill brain cells.
    Reuters Health
    Chicago Tribune
    Times of Oman

  • 07 - 21 - 14

    Medical records find evidence linking autism to obesity

    Carol Curtin, MSW, research assistant professor of family medicine & community health, is quoted in an article about the number of autistic children and adolescents who are overweight or obese.
    Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

  • 07 - 18 - 14

    Phantoms offer realistic non-rigid motion

    Arda Könik, radiology postdoctoral research fellow, talks about a new technique developed to supplement PET and SPECT scans using a series of individual-specific XCAT phantoms that model non-rigid respiratory and body motion.
    Medical Physics Web

  • 07 - 18 - 14

    Rebound taking hold in Central, Western Mass.

    The University of Massachusetts Medical School is credited, in part, for life sciences boom in Central and Western Massachusetts.
    Boston Globe
    Boston Globe

  • 07 - 17 - 14

    Neuroscience Might Be Taking Over the World

    Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and psychiatry and director of research at the Center for Mindfulness, talks about the neurological causes of addiction and how non biological therapies such as mindfulness can change the brain and be used to treat addiction.
    Liberty Voice

  • 07 - 17 - 14

    Pill Man: One man’s fight to overcome opiate addiction

    Alexander Blount, EdD, professor of family medicine & community health, and Christine N. Runyan, PhD, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health, are quoted in a story about a man’s 15-year addiction to pain medication and his struggle to overcome addiction.
    Worcester Magazine

  • 07 - 16 - 14

    Drugs for the Rarest Rheumatic Diseases

    Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, discusses orphan drugs in the rheumatologic diseases.
    Medscape Rheumatology

  • 07 - 15 - 14

    Beth Israel Deaconess launches RNA institute

    Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Gretchen Stone Cook Chair of Biomedical Sciences and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, is quoted in a story about the new Institute for RNA Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
    Boston Globe

  • 07 - 15 - 14

    HIV appears again in child thought cured

    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.
    Health Canal
    The Independent
    Boston Globe
    Bustle
    NPR
    New York Times
    Reuters
    Wall Street Journal
    CNN
    NBC News
    CBS News

  • 07 - 15 - 14

    Reform Update: CMS creates fund to seed state-based Medicaid innovation

    Jay S. Himmelstein, MD, MPH, professor of family medicine & community health and medicine, is quoted in an article about overhauling Medicaid payment and delivery methods.
    Modern Healthcare

  • 07 - 14 - 14

    Foul Territory

    Andrew M. Milsten, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, is quoted in an article about the potential for baseball fans sitting in unprotected seats to suffer severe head injuries from batted balls.
    Atlanta Magazine

  • 07 - 14 - 14

    UMass awards $865K to science and tech research projects, $35K more than 2013

    President Robert L. Caret announced $865,000 in grants from the President's Science and Technology Initiatives Fund. The funds will support seven promising faculty research projects ranging from using big data analytics in climatology and health care to developing radar-like laser technology known as LIDAR to study wind energy and ocean and forested environments.
    Boston Business Journal 

  • 07 - 14 - 14

    WNT Autism Treatment Bill

    Amy Weinstock and Maura Buckley of UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, both parents of children on the autism spectrum, talked to Charter TV3’s Worcester News Tonight about new legislation that requires MassHealth to cover medically necessary autism services. 
    Channel 3, Worcester News Tonight
    NECN

  • 07 - 13 - 14

    Sunday: July 13, 2014: Health Check Up

    Shums Alikhan, clinical research assistant, joined Sunday’s edition of CityLine to talk about the SCRIPTT study program, which seeks to address how language barriers and cultural disconnects lead to medical distrust. 
    WCVB Boston
    WCVB Boston

  • 07 - 11 - 14

    If You Find A Tick: Why I Resorted To Mooching Pills To Fight Lyme Disease

    George Abraham, MD, MPH, clinical professor of medicine and governor of the American College of Physicians for the state of Massachusetts, talks to WBUR about guidelines that recommend using a single dose of the antibiotic doxycycline as a prophylactic to prevent Lyme disease.
    WBUR

  • 07 - 10 - 14

    How Addiction Can Affect Brain Connections

    Scientists at UMass Medical School have found that addiction appears to permanently affect the connections between areas of the brain to almost “hard-wire” the brain to support the addiction. They are now investigating the role mindfulness can play in deactivating the part of the brain that experiences addiction. Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and psychiatry and director of research at the Center for Mindfulness; Joseph R. Difranza, MD, professor of family medicine & community health; Andrew R. Tapper, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and interim director of the Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute; and Jean A. King, associate provost for biomedical research and professor of psychiatry, are quoted in the story.
    WBUR Radio Boston
    WBUR CommonHealth

  • 07 - 10 - 14

    Institute for Healthcare Improvement Seeks Progress in Total Joint Replacement

    David Ayers, MD, the Arthur M. Pappas, MD, Chair in Orthopedics and chair and professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, is quoted in an article about the newly formed Joint Replacement Learning Community, which seeks to bring together 32 medical centers worldwide with expertise in joint and orthopedic medicine to look at ways to improve costs and patient outcomes associated with total hip and knee joint replacement.
    Ortho Spine News

  • 07 - 10 - 14

    Massachusetts face to face with Lyme disease patient protection bill

    Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics and professor of medicine, talks about diagnosing Lyme disease.
    Worcester Magazine

  • 07 - 10 - 14

    Mom's environment during pregnancy can affect her grandchildren

    Oliver J. Rando, MD, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, comments on a new study which suggests that a mother’s environment during pregnancy can alter the expression of DNA passed to offspring and future generations.
    PBS Newshour
    Science
    The Scientist

  • 07 - 10 - 14

    Timing knee and hip replacements

    New research data gathered from the FORCE-TJR database by Patricia D. Franklin, MD, MBA, MPH, professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and family medicine & community health, and David Ayers, MD, the Arthur M. Pappas, MD, Chair in Orthopedics and chair and professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, identifies optimal ages for joint replacement surgery.
    Ortho Spine News

  • 07 - 09 - 14

    How childhood trauma could be mistaken for ADHD

    Heather Forkey, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, offers recommendations for diagnosing children with ADHD. 
    The Atlantic

  • 07 - 08 - 14

    As Medical Science Gets Better At IDing Defects Before Birth, Some Question What Could Be Lost

    An article about companies offering new prenatal DNA tests that screen for conditions like Down syndrome, a chromosomal disorder that causes developmental disabilities references research by Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology, that the extra chromosome linked to Down syndrome could potentially be “switched off.”
    WFCR, New England Public Radio

  • 07 - 05 - 14

    Jan Cellucci continues to fight against ALS

    The late Governor Paul Cellucci’s wife continues his campaign to find a cure for ALS.  She’s directing the Governor Cellucci Tribute Road Race which will be held Aug. 2 in his hometown of Hudson.  Proceeds will benefit the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund for ALS research at UMMS. Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Robert H. Brown, Jr., DPhil, MD, Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research, chair and professor of neurology, are quoted in the article.  Alumna Diane M. Riccio, PhD “03 and her husband have pledged $1 million to the UMass ALS Fund, the largest alumni donation ever to UMass Medical School.
    Boston Globe
    Community Advocate

  • 07 - 01 - 14

    Disabilities can bolster diversity

    UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits program helps a Marshfield man who is paralyzed from the neck down find full-time employment answering phone calls about insurance claims and benefits for Blue Cross Blue Shield. Kathy Petkauskos, senior program director for Work Without Limits, is quoted in the story.
    Boston Globe