News Makers 2011

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  • 12 - 31 - 11

    Pioneering telenovelas have diabetes lessons

    A diabetes prevention study by Ira S. Ockene, MD, the David J. and Barbara D. Milliken Professor of Preventive Cardiology and professor of medicine, and Milagros Rosal, PhD, associate professor of medicine, used culturally appropriate materials that included a Spanish soap opera to dramatize health concerns. Results of the study showed the program was effective in helping Latinos to lower blood sugar levels.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 12 - 29 - 11

    Eat, sleep and be merry

    Ira S. Ockene, MD, the David J. and Barbara D. Milliken Professor of Preventive Cardiology and professor of medicine, talks about winter eating habits and why appetites vary from season to season.
    The Baltimore Sun
    Greater Media Newspapers

  • 12 - 28 - 11

    How to make your New Year's resolution stick

    Amy B. Wachholtz, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, offers some tips on how to successfully keep your New Year’s resolution.
    NECN

  • 12 - 28 - 11

    Mindful of ways to get healthy In a Boston Globe G Force interview Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, professor emeritus of medicine, talks about the healing powers of mindfulness. The Boston Globe

    In a Boston Globe G Force interview Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, professor emeritus of medicine, talks about the healing powers of mindfulness.
    The Boston Globe

  • 12 - 27 - 11

    No one-size-fits-all in grief counseling

    Jessica Griffin, PsyD, assistant professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, explains why the grieving process is different for everyone.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 12 - 24 - 11

    As Diabetes Increases Among Hispanics, Prevention Program Shows Promise

    Ira S. Ockene, MD, the David J. and Barbara D. Milliken Professor of Preventive Cardiology and professor of medicine, talks about a diabetes prevention study which used culturally appropriate materials that included a Spanish soap opera to dramatize health concerns. Results of the study showed the program was effective in helping Latinos to lower blood sugar levels.

    Diabetes Health

  • 12 - 22 - 11

    New research illustrates how genome adapts to transposon invasion

    New research by William E. Theurkauf, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, and Zhiping Weng, PhD, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, sheds light on how the genome defends itself from an invading transposon.

    PhysOrg.com

  • 12 - 22 - 11

    UMass Collaborates With CVS MinuteClinics

    UMass Memorial Health Care partners with CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic Program. As part of the partnership, physicians from UMass Memorial will act as medical directors of Central Massachusetts MinuteClinic locations.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 12 - 21 - 11

    MassBiologics Receives Funding For Drug Trial

    MassBiologics receives a milestone payment from Merck for the development of a monoclonal antibody treatment for C. difficile infection.

    Worcester Business Journal

    Business briefs: Milestone payment
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

    MassBiologics nabs milestone payment from Merck
    Mass High Tech 

  • 12 - 21 - 11

    Nature Reviews Genetics, Arkitek unveil enhanced version of RNAi animation

    Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, was the scientific advisor for an animated short illustrating how RNAi works.

    Nature Review

  • 12 - 21 - 11

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute to develop smartphone application for patients with advanced diabetes, foot ulcers

    David M. Harlan, MD, director of the Diabetes Center of Excellence, the William and Doris Krupp Professor in Medicine and professor of medicine, and Raymond M. Dunn, MD, professor of surgery and cell biology, are working with WPI faculty to develop a smart phone application that will help people with advanced diabetes and foot ulcers better manage their disease.

    Drug Store News

  • 12 - 20 - 11

    ALS fund

    An editorial in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette talks about former Gov. Paul Cellucci and his goal of raising $10 million for an endowment at UMass Medical School to fund research into the neurodegenerative disorder.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 12 - 20 - 11

    Healthy Drama? Why Soap Operas May Help Fight Diabetes

    Ira S. Ockene, MD, the David J. and Barbara D. Milliken Professor of Preventive Cardiology and professor of medicine, talks to WBUR radio about a diabetes prevention study which used culturally appropriate materials that included a Spanish soap opera to dramatize health concerns. Results of the study showed the program was effective in helping Latinos to lower blood sugar levels.

    WBUR

  • 12 - 20 - 11

    Reduction in Diabetes Risk For Latinos

    A diabetes prevention study by Ira S. Ockene, MD, the David J. and Barbara D. Milliken Professor of Preventive Cardiology and professor of medicine, used culturally appropriate materials that included a Spanish soap opera to dramatize health concerns. Results of the study showed the program was effective in helping Latinos to lower blood sugar levels.

    IvanHoe Newswire

  • 12 - 19 - 11

    A Central Mass. Wish List For 2012

    An end-of-year editorial looks forward to completion of the Albert Sherman Center in 2012.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 12 - 19 - 11

    Anti-cancer vaccines emerging

    A story about the development of new drug therapies that use the body’s immune system to fight cancer references a clinical trial for a new prostate cancer drug developed by Advantagene Inc., which is premiering at the Cancer Center of Excellence.

    The Boston Globe

  • 12 - 19 - 11

    Backpacks help foster children make transition

    Fourth year medical student Heather Busick and second year medical students Alison Little and Anne Barnard, talk about the Kelley Backpack program, which prepares backpacks filled with age- and gender-specific items and toys for children who are taken from their homes and placed in foster care. Phillip O. Fournier, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health, is the academic advisor for Kelley House and the program.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 12 - 19 - 11

    Tanning lotion users more likely to stay out of sun

    A story examining the use of sunless tanners by women includes comments from Sherry Lynn Pagoto, PhD, assistant professor of medicine.

    Reuters

  • 12 - 19 - 11

    Using a Smartphone to Manage Diabetes

    David M. Harlan, MD, director of the Diabetes Center of Excellence, the William and Doris Krupp Professor in Medicine and professor of medicine, and Raymond M. Dunn, MD, professor of surgery and cell biology, are working with WPI faculty to develop a smart phone application that will help people with advanced diabetes and foot ulcers better manage their disease.

    Health Dada Management

  • 12 - 19 - 11

    Winter Munchies: Do We Eat More In Colder Months?

    Ira S. Ockene, MD, the David J. and Barbara D. Milliken Professor of Preventive Cardiology and professor of medicine, speaks on NPR’s Morning Addition about winter eating habits and why appetites vary from season to season.

    NPR Radio

  • 12 - 18 - 11

    Bartering, sharing, creativity in dealing with drug shortages

    Roy Guharoy, PharmD, chief pharmacy officer and clinical professor of medicine, and Marc C. Restuccia, MD, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine, talk about the challenges associated with the national shortage of certain drugs.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 12 - 18 - 11

    Cellucci joins fight

    Former Gov. Paul Cellucci talks about his ALS diagnosis and his goal of raising $10 million for an endowment at UMass Medical School to fund research into the neurodegenerative disorder.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 12 - 18 - 11

    Marlboro company becomes focus of stem cell therapeutics

    A story about advancements in stem cell research being made locally features comments from Joseph Laning, PhD, senior director of the UMMS Human Stem Cell Bank.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 12 - 18 - 11

    One woman’s efforts help others who are in need

    Judith Savageau, associate professor of family and community health, and Linda Hollis, education specialist, team up to fill baskets for more than 250 women in need.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 12 - 14 - 11

    $1.2 Million to Develop Smart Phone Application

    David M. Harlan, MD, director of the Diabetes Center of Excellence, the William and Doris Krupp Professor in Medicine and professor of medicine, and Raymond M. Dunn, MD, professor of surgery and cell biology, are working with WPI faculty to develop a smart phone application that will help people with advanced diabetes and foot ulcers better manage their disease.

    $1.2 Million to Develop Smart Phone Application
    Today’s Medical Developments

    WPI team gets $1.2M from NSF for diabetes care app
    Mass High Tech

    Worcester Polytechnic team lands $1.2M for 'sugar' app
    Healthcare IT News

  • 12 - 14 - 11

    Shrewsbury residents honored by Scouts

    John L. Sullivan, MD, vice provost for research and professor of pediatrics and molecular medicine, was honored at The Boy Scouts of America Mohegan Council’s 12 Point Grand Gala & Benefit Auction.

    The Shrewsbury Lantern

  • 12 - 13 - 11

    ASH: Lymphoma in Pregnancy Has Good Outcomes

  • 12 - 13 - 11

    At-home Robots Monitor Kids After Surgery

    Maureen Guzzi, nurse manager in the neonatal ICU at UMass Memorial Medical Center talks to ABC News about NicView, a camera system that allows parents of newborns in the NICU to monitor their child’s condition via the internet.

    At-home Robots Monitor Kids After Surgery
    ABC News

    ICU! Webcams help parents bond with their premature babies while they're in intensive care
    Daily Mail

    Parents Keep Watch On Newborns With Hospital Webcams
    WTAE Pittsburg

    Parents keep watch on newborns with hospital webcams
    CNN Health 

  • 12 - 13 - 11

    Patents Tied To UMass Medical Reaffirmed

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reaffirms the "Zamore Design Rules," named for Phillip D. Zamore, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Gretchen Stone Cook Chair of Biomedical Sciences and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 12 - 13 - 11

    Spank No More

    An article written by Darshak M. Sanghavi, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, explores how mainstream Americans discipline children and the potential consequences.

    Slate

  • 12 - 12 - 11

    As Wars Wind Down Demand By Vets For Health Services Grow

    A story about the increasing need for veterans health services talks about the VA healthcare system in Massachusetts and its partnership with the University of Massachusetts Medical School aimed at making more medical services available and accessable to veterans.

    WAMC Northeast Public Radio

  • 12 - 12 - 11

    T&G Santa: Parade marches to beat of Santa fund

    Judy Verdini, research administrator in the department of emergency medicine, is quoted as the chairman of the Columbus Day Parade Committee, which donates to the T&G Santa Fund annually.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 12 - 12 - 11

    Worcester gun buyback program nets 115 weapons

    The Worcester Police Department and UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center 10th annual Goods for Guns program collected 115 weapons this year. The story includes comments from Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery and pediatrics and chief of pediatric surgery & trauma.

    Boston Globe

  • 12 - 11 - 11

    Buyback program nets fewer weapons

    The Worcester Police Department and UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center 10th annual Goods for Guns program collected 115 weapons this year. The story includes comments from Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery and pediatrics and chief of pediatric surgery & trauma.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 12 - 10 - 11

    UMass paramedics play a critical role

    Worcester EMS, owned and operated by UMass Memorial Health Care, were among the first to respond to the fire in Worcester that claimed the life of firefighter Jon Davies.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 12 - 09 - 11

    Bayer Birth Control Pill Backed by U.S. Panel Seeking Clarity on Clot Risk

    Julia V. Johnson, MD, chair and professor of obstetrics & gynecology and a member of the FDA reproductive and drug safety advisory panel, comments on the panel’s assessment of conflicting studies on the blood-clotting risk associated with drospirenone-containing oral contraceptives.

    Bloomberg

    Medscape Medical News  

  • 12 - 08 - 11

    5 Experts Answer: Does Antibacterial Gel Work as Well as Washing Your Hands?

    Richard T. Ellison, MD, professor of medicine and microbiology & physiological systems, weighs on the debate over the effectiveness of alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

    My Health News Daily

  • 12 - 06 - 11

    No bedside empathy in email news

    An article about the lack of compassion in modern medicine includes comments from Denise Skrocki, director of patient experience at UMass Memorial Medical Center, about the importance of the physician/patient relationship.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 12 - 06 - 11

    The Ticker

    Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, accepts the top leadership role at Commonwealth Medicine.

    Boston Herald

  • 12 - 05 - 11

    Mello adds Nobel Prize cachet to Grove Instruments’ board

    Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, has been named to Grove Instruments Inc.’s board of directors.

    Mass High Tech

  • 12 - 05 - 11

    Monarch Butterfly Genome Begins to Open the Black Box

    Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and chair and professor of neurobiology, discusses his research sequencing the half-billion letters that make up the monarch butterfly’s genome and how it will help shed light on certain human diseases.

    Evolution News & Views

  • 12 - 05 - 11

    Scalpel? Or Cleaver?

    A story about the proposed 2012 NIH budget cuts includes comments from Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 12 - 04 - 11

    Cancer pavilion in the works

    Marlborough Hospital is raising funds for the addition of a cancer pavilion to provide expanded services to the community. Groundbreaking for the new facility, an extension of the Cancer Center of Excellence, will take place next month.

    The Boston Globe

  • 12 - 04 - 11

    Hospitals crossing the digital divide

    A story about hospitals moving to electronic medical record systems and the benefits they will attain as a result includes comments from Karen Marhefka, associate chief information officer at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Daniel J. O'Leary, MD, chief medical officer at HealthAlliance Hospital and Patrick L. Muldoon, president and chief executive of HealthAlliance.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 12 - 04 - 11

    Luminous paintings of Dr. J. Barry Hanshaw on view in Westborough

    James Barry Hanshaw, MD, professor of pediatrics and dean emeritus, displays his art work at Westboro Gallery through January 8th.

    The Dedham Transcript

  • 12 - 04 - 11

    Running: Freezer Five race wants to live up to its name

    The Boston Athletic Association has granted UMass Medical School 12 entries for the 2012 Boston Marathon. UMMS is looking for runners to represent and raise money for the UMass ALS Champion Fund.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 12 - 02 - 11

    25 million AIDS deaths, but the fight goes on

    An article about World AIDS Day includes comments from Sarah H. Cheeseman, MD, professor of medicine, microbiology & physiological systems and pediatrics, about the differences between being diagnosed today versus 30 years ago and from Shan Lu, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, about the quest to find a vaccine for HIV

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 12 - 02 - 11

    Gun buy back program sees success in Worcester

    The Worcester Police Department and UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center kick off the 10th annual Good for Guns program. The story includes comments from Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery and pediatrics and chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Timothy A. Emhoff, MD, clinical associate professor of surgery and chief of trauma surgery and surgical critical care.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

    NECN

  • 12 - 02 - 11

    T&G Santa: Donation in memory of a local ‘Santa’

    A donation is made to the Telegram and Gazette Santa in memory of William C. Okulicz, PhD, associate professor of physiology and obstetrics & gynecology.

    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 12 - 02 - 11

    Thanksgiving counts track monarch migration in California

    Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and chair and professor of neurobiology, discusses his research sequencing the half-billion letters that make up the monarch butterfly’s genome and how it will help shed light on certain human diseases.

    KPCC