News Makers 2011

- archived News Makers -
  • 06 - 27 - 11

    E.R. docs: Lack of psychiatric beds leave patients stuck in hospitals

    Gregory A. Volturo, MD, FACEP, chair and professor of emergency medicine, comments on the need to provide equitable services for patients with mental health problems during a state house oversight hearing held by the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

    Boston Herald

  • 06 - 27 - 11

    Next up, scholarly politics

    A story about the legacy of retiring University of Massachusetts President Jack Wilson highlights the entrepreneurial spirit of the Medical School and includes comments from Chancellor Michael F. Collins

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette 

  • 06 - 23 - 11

    Chronic constipation tied to women's heart risks

    A Reuters Health story quotes UMMS instructor of medicine Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, MD, PhD, on a study of 70,000 postmenopausal women that indicates that older women bothered by severe, chronic constipation may have a higher risk of heart disease than those who aren't. 

  • 06 - 23 - 11

    Cool the hot flashes

    A study by James F. Carmody, PhD, associate professor of medicine, shows that meditation can help reduce the severity of menopausal hot flashes.

    Cool the hot flashes
    USA Weekend

    Integrative Medicine: Meditation, soy offer menopause hope
    Sacramento Bee

    Integrative Medicine: Meditation, soy offer menopause hope
    Bangor Daily News

    Integrative Medicine: Meditation, soy offer menopause hope
    Bellingham Herald 

  • 06 - 23 - 11

    More turn to prayer when sick

    Research by Amy B. Wachholtz, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, shows that more Americans are turning to prayer for health concerns.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette 

  • 06 - 23 - 11

    Twelve institutions receive NPCRC and American Cancer Society grants for palliative care research

    UMMS researcher Jennifer Tjia, M.D. an assistant professor of medicine, is one of twelve researchers to receive an NPCRC/American Cancer Society grant for palliative care research.

  • 06 - 23 - 11

    United Way of Central Massachusetts campaign wrap-up

    Coverage of the 2010 United Way of Central Massachusetts campaign wrap-up, which raised $3.1 million; brothers and campaign co-chairmen J. Christopher Collins, senior vice president and general counsel at Unum, and Dr. Michael F. Collins, senior vice president of health sciences and chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School are featured.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 21 - 11

    Cool the hot flashes

    A study by James F. Carmody, PhD, associate professor of medicine, shows that meditation can help reduce the severity of menopausal hot flashes.

    Cool the hot flashes
    USA Weekend

    Integrative Medicine: Meditation, soy offer menopause hope
    Sacramento Bee

    Integrative Medicine: Meditation, soy offer menopause hope
    Bangor Daily News

    Integrative Medicine: Meditation, soy offer menopause hope
    Bellingham Herald  

  • 06 - 21 - 11

    Magnetic Field Sensed by Gene, Study Shows

    Research by Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and chair and professor of neurobiology, shows that a protein expressed in the human retina can sense magnetic fields when implanted into Drosophila, reopening an area of sensory biology in humans for further exploration.

    Magnetic Field Sensed by Gene, Study Shows
    New York Times

    Human eye protein senses Earth's magnetism
    BBC

    Humans have a magnetic sensor in our eyes, but can we detect magnetic fields?
    Discover Magazine

    Humans May Have 'Magnetic' Sixth Sense
    Live Science

    Humans Could Have Geomagnetic Sight
    Wired Science

    Humans Could Have Geomagnetic Sight
    MSNBC

    Humans may have sixth sense after all
    CBS News

    We have the right stuff to sense magnetic fields
    New Scientist  

    Can Humans Actually Sense the Earth's Magnetic Field?
    Time 

    Humans may have sixth sense
    FoxNews

    Can Humans Sense the Earth’s Magnetism?
    Scientific Computing

    Human magnetism
    Science News

    Research Says Sixth Sense Could Be Real
    Huffington Post  

  • 06 - 16 - 11

    Cape Tech grad followed a strange path to medicine

    Cape Cod Times

    Former UMMS resident Liam Haveran talks about his unique path to medicine.

  • 06 - 16 - 11

    UMass To Test Medicare-Medicaid Combo Program

    Worcester Business Journal

    The University of Massachusetts Medical School teams up with the state to develop a program that will streamline funding and delivery of care for patients that qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare.

  • 06 - 15 - 11

    Med School Project Reaches Construction Milestone

    Staff and faculty turn out to sign a white beam decorated with Old Glory and a small evergreen tree and watch as it was hoisted and bolted into place on the nine-story Albert Sherman Center in a “topping off” ceremony held to commemorate completion of the highest level of the building.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 06 - 14 - 11

    Finding women the help they need

    The Berkshire Eagle

    An article about postpartum depression references a study by UMass Medical School examining postpartum depression in women and potential barriers to receiving proper care.

  • 06 - 14 - 11

    Keeping pace

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

    Lawrence S. Rosenthal, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and director of cardiac pacing and electrophysiology at UMass Memorial Medical Center and William James Shine, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, discuss a new type of pacemaker which is MRI safe. UMass Memorial Medical Center was the first medical center in New England to use the new device.

  • 06 - 14 - 11

    Red tape cited in health gap for young

    Boston Globe

    A story about barriers to enrolling low-income children in government-subsidized health coverage cites a report from the Center for Health Law and Economics which found that many children dropped from coverage for administrative reasons were reenrolled within 90 days.

  • 06 - 14 - 11

    Voices advocating for autism

    Boston Globe

    Autism Speaks founders Bob and Suzanne Wright talk about their work to increase awareness of autism as a major health threat. Bob and Suzanne Wright received honorary degrees at UMass Medical School’s 38th commencement ceremony held last week. 

  • 06 - 13 - 11

    Kids, guns and doctors' rights

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery and pediatrics, comments on a Florida law that would restrict a physician’s ability to ask patients or their parents whether they own a gun.

    Boston Globe

  • 06 - 12 - 11

    Congressman Neal reflects on Springfield's tornado-spawned setback

    A story about the devastation left by the June 1 tornado in Springfield includes comments from Joseph Strebel, MD, an internal medicine resident at UMass Medical School. Dr. Strebel is working with the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross to help with the clean up.

    Springfield Republican

  • 06 - 12 - 11

    Lancaster pharmacist courts disasters

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

    Pharmacist Emilio J. Mastrodomenico, talks about his role with the Worcester-based Massachusetts-2 Disaster Medical Assistance Team. Also quoted in the article is Gina M. Smith, RN, team commander and emergency preparedness coordinator at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

  • 06 - 12 - 11

    Working to help others

    Matilde Castiel, MD, assistant professor of medicine and family medicine & community health at UMass Medical School, discusses the work of the Latin American Health Alliance. Dr. Castiel is founder and executive director of the alliance.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 10 - 11

    Scientists find genetic key to blood stem cells

    San Diego Union Tribune

    A team of researchers including Nathan Lawson, PhD, associate professor of molecular medicine, have discovered a new genetic mechanism that may trigger the production of hematopoietic stem cells.

  • 06 - 09 - 11

    Generex In Biomarker Partnership

    Worcester Business Journal

    Generex Biotechnology Corp. has exercised an agreement to license intellectual property related to diabetes from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 

  • 06 - 09 - 11

    License agreement

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

    Generex Biotechnology Corp. has exercised an agreement to license intellectual property related to diabetes from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

  • 06 - 09 - 11

    UMass Medical to join partnership

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

    John L. Sullivan, MD, vice provost for research and professor of pediatrics and molecular medicine, explains how UMass Medical School’s new collaboration with Pfizer Inc.’s Center for Therapeutic Innovation will benefit faculty and spark new avenues for drug development.

    Additional Coverage

    Pfizer joins academics in bid for progress
    Boston Globe – June 9, 2011

    Pfizer + Longwood = jobs?
    NECN – June 9, 2011

    Pfizer Trying New Twist On Academic Collaborations
    National Public Radio – June 9, 2011

    Pfizer Trying New Twist On Academic Collaborations
    Forbes – June 9, 2011

    Pfizer trying new twist on academic collaborations
    Business Week – June 9, 2011

    Pfizer to invest $100M in LMA research center
    Boston Business Journal – June 9, 2011

  • 06 - 09 - 11

    Younger MI patients treated well, but risk factors increasing

    HeartWire.org

    A study by David McManus, MD, assistant professor of medicine, of Worcester Heart Attack Study (WHAS) patients under 55 years of age suggest that hospital care of such patients is improving.

  • 06 - 07 - 11

    Civic, business leaders announce fundraising push for tornado victims

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

    The University of Massachusetts Medical School joins local businesses and elected officials in leading a fundraising effort to benefit the victims of the June 1 tornadoes that struck several Massachusetts communities. 

  • 06 - 07 - 11

    Westborough Firm Seeks FDA Approval

    Worcester Business Journal

    A story about Reflectance Medical Inc.’s plans to develop a new sensor that can predict cardiovascular failure through non-invasive and continuous monitoring of the amount of oxygen and the pH levels in a patient's tissues, includes comments from Babs R. Soller, PhD, professor of anesthesiology and surgery, who first developed the technology.

  • 06 - 06 - 11

    Attitudes Toward Mammography Guidelines Influenced By Media

    Medscape

    A study about how negative press increased skepticism of new mammogram guidelines introduced in 2009 was presented by AuTumn Davidson, MD, a third-year OB/GYN resident and Julia V. Johnson, MD, chair and professor of obstetrics & gynecology, at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) 59th Annual Clinical Meeting.

  • 06 - 06 - 11

    CSC: Telemedicine could answer healthcare challenges

    Healthimaging.com

    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.

  • 06 - 06 - 11

    Stress-Reduction Technique May Ease Hot Flashes

    WebMD

    A study by James F. Carmody, PhD, associate professor of medicine, shows that meditation can help reduce the severity of menopausal hot flashes.

  • 06 - 06 - 11

    UMass Medical graduates hear messages of compassion

    University of Miami President and keynote speaker at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s 38th commencement exercises Donna E. Shalala praised graduates from the Graduate School of Nursing, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Medicine for their world-class education and reminded them to always put their patients first.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 06 - 05 - 11

    Med School Fundraiser Swings Big

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, chair of neurology, talk about UMass Medical School’s goal of raising $10 million for an endowment fund to find a cure for ALS.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 06 - 04 - 11

    Founding faculty member, 'first UMMS surgeon' Arthur Pappas receives honorary degree

    Arthur M. Pappas, MD, a native of Auburn and founding faculty member of UMass Medical School, received an honorary degree at the Medical School’s 38th Commencement exercises.

    The Daily Auburn