News Makers 2011

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  • 05 - 30 - 11

    New breast cancer guidelines seen as unsafe: poll

    According to research by clinicians at the University of Massachusetts Medical School more than eight out of 10 women believe new guidelines recommending against routine breast cancer screening of women under 50 are "unsafe." The survey also found that most women overestimate their risk of developing breast cancer according to study author and third year resident Autumn Davidson, MD.

    Reuters

    Chicago Tribune

  • 05 - 30 - 11

    Taking risks on research industry won’t do

    A feature story about the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University includes comments from David Paydarfar, MD, professor of neurology and physiology, who discusses his research suggesting that sleep apnea in premature infants can be inherited.

    Boston Globe

  • 05 - 30 - 11

    Tele-ICU technology improves patient outcomes, study finds

    Research by Craig M. Lilly, MD, professor of medicine, anesthesiology and surgery and director of the eICU program, shows some of the first evidence that telemedicine can improve care provided at the bedside.

    American Medical News

  • 05 - 27 - 11

    ‘Shake-and-bake’ therapy

    Laura Lambert, MD, assistant professor of surgery and director of the Peritoneal Carcinoma Center, discusses the use of an innovative surgical technique to treat peritoneal carcinomatosis, the growth of cancer cells on the surface of organs inside the abdominal cavity or on the peritoneum itself.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 05 - 25 - 11

    Could 'Extreme' Low-Cal Diets Bring Longer, Healthier Life?

    A story about the impact of low calorie diets on longevity includes comments from Heidi A. Tissenbaum, PhD, associate professor of molecular medicine, whose research explores the genetic mechanisms involved in regulating life-span.

    US News and World Report

  • 05 - 25 - 11

    Patients in ICUs Do Better With Telemedicine

    Research by Craig M. Lilly, MD, professor of medicine, anesthesiology and surgery and director of the eICU program, shows some of the first evidence that telemedicine can improve care provided at the bedside.

    IEEE Spectrum

  • 05 - 25 - 11

    Shaping lives from the womb

    New York-based author Annie Murphy Paul visited UMass Medical School last week to discuss her latest book, “Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives.”

    Boston Globe

  • 05 - 25 - 11

    UMass Med in line for grant

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

    A research effort led by the University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of five projects in line to receive funding from the University of Massachusetts President’s Science and Technology Initiatives Fund.

  • 05 - 23 - 11

    ASH: ARB-Diuretic Combo Best to Lower BP

    Medpage Today

    A story about a trial investigating a new drug combination for treating high blood pressure includes comments from Robert A. Phillips, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and director of the Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence. 

  • 05 - 22 - 11

    Wiffle ball tourney open for sign-ups

    In memory of his brother, David Kane, MD, pediatric cardiologist and assistant professor of pediatrics, and his family will hold the 12th annual BK Wiffle Ball Tournament to fund local scholarships and buy defibrillators for local high schools.

    Boston Globe

  • 05 - 19 - 11

    Coping with Parental Betrayal in the Public Eye

    Linda M. Cavallero, PhD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry, talks about the difficulties children face when parents who are public figures separate.

    Time

  • 05 - 18 - 11
  • 05 - 17 - 11

    Can a Blood Test Determine How Long People Will Live?

    A story about a new blood test used to measure telomere length as a potential indicator of how long a person may live includes comments from Heidi A. Tissenbaum, PhD, associate professor of molecular medicine. Dr. Tissenbaum explains in the article that lifespan is determined by both genetic and environmental factors and therefore a test examining one measurement, may not accurately predict this process.

    ABC News
    KGO-AM San Francisco 

  • 05 - 17 - 11

    ICU Patients May Benefit From 'Telemedicine'

    Research by Craig M. Lilly, MD, professor of medicine and anesthesiology and surgery and director of the eICU program, shows some of the first evidence that telemedicine can improve on care provided at the bedside. Patrick Muldoon, president of HealthAlliance Hospital, which is part of the UMass Memorial Health Care system, is also quoted in the story.

    Boston Globe
    Boston.com
    Newsday
    MSN Health

    NECN

  • 05 - 16 - 11

    AED equipment expensive, but could save a life

    CBS News/The Early Show

    An automated external defibrillator prevented a tragedy for 15-year-old Tyler Symes during a local hockey game. David Kane, MD, pediatric cardiologist and assistant professor of pediatrics, treated Tyler in the emergency room and explains how having the right equipment and properly trained personnel saved the boys life.

  • 05 - 16 - 11

    Easy dose it

    Boston Globe
    A story about the complexity of prescribing multiple drugs to elderly patients includes comments from Jerry H. Gurwitz, MD, the Dr. John Meyers Professor of Primary Care Medicine and professor of medicine and family medicine & community health. 

  • 05 - 16 - 11

    Feedback on open-access scheduling "by no means glowing"

    American Medical News
    Dennis M. Dimitri
    , MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health and vice chair of the department of family medicine, discusses the use of open-access scheduling. 

  • 05 - 15 - 11

    College Town

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Fourth year medical student Tara Chute is named one of Gov. Deval L. Patrick’s “29 Who Shine.” 

  • 05 - 13 - 11

    Dr. Arthur Pappas honored by Massachusetts Medical Society with Lifetime Achievement Award

    TheDailyAuburn.com
    Arthur M. Pappas
    , MD, professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and pediatrics, was honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award. 

  • 05 - 13 - 11

    Family founded effort to conquer rare disease

    Family founded effort to conquer rare disease 

  • 05 - 13 - 11

    Westboro Gallery features landscape work of two area artists

    Milford Daily News
    Nancy von Hone, artist and academic administrator for cell biology, has a new art show on display at the Westboro Gallery on 8 West Main St. as part of the gallery’s exhibit "Seasons of Light." 

  • 05 - 11 - 11

    Academics Ink Deals with Industry in the Hopes of Bolstering Research and Funding

    Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News
    A story about private industry partnering with academic medical researchers references the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and grants it gave to RXi and UMass Medical School. 

  • 05 - 11 - 11

    Princeton’s DiFranza honored with public health award

    Holden Landmark

    Joseph R. Difranza, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2011 recipient of the Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award for Excellence in Public Health. (login required) 

  • 05 - 10 - 11

    My Diet Story: Police officer arrests his weight problem

    Gatehouse News Service
    Sergeant Jim Steinwachs shares his weight loss journey and offers tips for others trying to lose weight.

  • 05 - 09 - 11

    Cardiac diagnoses get boost from UMass

    Boston Globe
    Kurt G. Barringhaus
    , MD, assistant professor of medicine, talks about a new sensory device being tested at UMass Medical School that will allow physicians to measure blood pressure in real time as it travels through a patient’s arteries during angioplasties and stent procedures.

  • 05 - 09 - 11

    Double-Digit Growth Predicted For This Decade

    Worcester Business Journal
    A story about job growth projections in Worcester County includes comments from Terence R. Flotte, MD, dean of the School of Medicine, deputy executive chancellor and Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor in Medicine, about the increase in biotech jobs expected from completion of the $400 million Sherman Center and increased grant funding

  • 05 - 09 - 11

    How Many Cancer Centers Is Too Many?

    Worcester Business Journal
    A story about the proliferation of cancer centers in Worcester County includes comments from Michael L. Blute, MD, director of the Cancer Center of Excellence, the Mary C. DeFeudis Chair in Cancer Care and Research and professor of surgery, about the UMass Memorial Health Care network and access to clinical trials. 

  • 05 - 09 - 11

    Shrewsbury physician honored…

    Shrewsbury Lantern
    Joel H. Popkin
    , MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, was named 2011 Community Clinician of the Year by his physician peers of the Worcester District Medical Society.

  • 05 - 09 - 11

    State lags in access to primary care

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    A story about the lack of primary care physicians in Worcester County talks about the Medical School’s role in educating physicians for the commonwealth. Included in the story are quotes from Terence R. Flotte, MD, dean of the School of Medicine, deputy executive chancellor and Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor in Medicine, and fourth-year medical student Marcy Boucher.

  • 05 - 09 - 11

    Technologies Designed To Prevent Errors Can Cause Errors, Too

    Anesthesiology News
    John Poikonen
    , PharmD, clinical informatics director at UMass Memorial Health Care, comments on the prevalence of medical errors caused by technology designed to prevent errors.

  • 05 - 08 - 11

    Juggling running, studies

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Second-year medical student Kevin Jillson explains how he juggles his medical studies with training for a marathon.

  • 05 - 08 - 11

    Monitoring of joint implants gears up

    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
    Patricia D. Franklin, MD, MBA, MPH, the Joy McCann Professor for Women in Medicine, professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and family medicine & community health, was quoted in a story about total joint replacement, which included information about the Medical School’s $12 million grant to establish a national registry to gather data related to knee and hip replacements. 

  • 05 - 03 - 11

    Medical Groups Tracking Hip, Knee Implants Following J&J Recall

    Patricia D. Franklin, MD, MBA, MPH, the Joy McCann Professor for Women in Medicine, professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and family medicine & community health, was quoted in a story about total joint replacement, which included information about the Medical School’s $12 million grant to establish a national registry to gather data related to knee and hip replacements.

    Medical Groups Tracking Hip, Knee Implants Following J&J Recall
    Business Week

    Doctors Tracking U.S. Hip, Knee Implants Aim to Avoid Another J&J Recall
    Bloomberg 

  • 05 - 02 - 11

    Doctor of arts and science

    Boston Globe
    Dr. Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author and keynote speaker at the Women Authors Evening at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, spoke to the Boston Globe about what it’s like to be a physician and a novelist. 

  • 05 - 01 - 11

    UMass Medical and the economy

    NECN
    Chancellor Michael F. Collins examines the impact of UMass Medical School on the Worcester economy and talks about construction of the Sherman Center.