News Makers 2012

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  • 09 - 30 - 12

    Daylong heart screening aims at safeguarding students at Auburn High

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics Darshak M. Sanghavi, MD, and Assistant Professors of Pediatrics David Kane, MD and Michael C. Fahey, MD, talk about screening youth athletes for symptoms that could lead to sudden cardiac arrest. The trio were among a group of volunteers at Auburn High School’s free heart screening event over the weekend.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    The Daily Voice

  • 09 - 30 - 12

    Life Flight marks 30 years saving lives

    UMass Memorial Medical Center is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Life Flight. Daniel Meisels, program director, Marc C. Restuccia, MD, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine, and pilot Edward Shoemaker are quoted in the story.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 09 - 30 - 12

    UMass Med professors are sleuths of the genome

    Job Dekker, PhD, co-director of the Program in Systems Biology and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, and Zhiping Weng, PhD, director of the Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, discuss the ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements (ENCODE) project, which recently announced that it has assigned a biochemical function to 80 percent of the human genome.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 09 - 28 - 12

    Beyond Hospital Walls: Teaching Students About Social Determinants of Health

    Article about the commitment of medical schools to teach students the influence social determinants have on health includes quotes from Jeroan Allison, MD, MSci, professor of quantitative health sciences & medicine.
    AAMC

  • 09 - 28 - 12

    Mending and Deepening the Encounter Between Doctor and Patient Through Mindfulness

    An article about a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on the impact of mindfulness, includes quote from Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, associate professor of medicine.
    UCSD Center for Mindfulness

  • 09 - 28 - 12

    Preventing Tragedy: Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Young Athletes

    Darshak M. Sanghavi, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, was interviewed on Fox 25 this morning to talk about sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes.
    Fox 25 News

  • 09 - 28 - 12

    Shrewsbury group offers newborn screenings

    An article about the New England Newborn Screening Program includes quotes from Roger B. Eaton, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics.
    The Shrewsbury Lantern

  • 09 - 27 - 12

    Auburn Firefighters Donate To Saturday's EKG Screening Event

    Volunteers from UMMS will take part Auburn’s screening event on Sept. 29.
    Auburn Daily Voice

  • 09 - 27 - 12

    Norwood Fire Crews Train With Lifeflight

    The UMass Memorial Life Flight helicopter came to Norwood last week to review procedures with Norwood's Fire Department.
    Norwood Patch

  • 09 - 26 - 12

    5 IT Tips For State Health Insurance Exchanges

    A new report by UMMS faculty published by the National Academy of Social Insurance examines lessons learned from "Early Innovator" states as they make changes required by health care reform. The article includes comments from Jay S. Himmelstein, MD, MPH, professor of family medicine & community health and medicine and co-author of the report.
    Information Week

  • 09 - 26 - 12

    For This Day of Atonement, The Science of "Sorry"

    Article about the cardiovascular benefits of saying sorry references a 2010 UMass Medical School study that found that receiving an apology can have significant health benefits. The study was published in the International Journal of Quality Healthcare.
    Hartford Courant 

  • 09 - 26 - 12

    Justice Department Awards Nearly $3 Million To Improve Defender Services For The Poor

    UMMS along with Georgetown University, was awarded a grant to examine factors that influence the decision for juveniles to waive their right to counsel.
    The Sacramento Bee

  • 09 - 26 - 12

    Lessons From Lady Gaga’s 25-Pound Weight Gain — And Her Response

    CommonHealth asks Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine and a clinical psychologist for the UMass Memorial Weight Center, about Lady Gaga’s “Body Revolution.”
    CommonHealth (WBUR)

  • 09 - 26 - 12

    Managing Everyday Stress

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks with Jonathan Hall about the psychology behind diet choices and healthy habits and the support that social media can offer.
    Blogtalkradio

  • 09 - 25 - 12

    Ethics of hepatitis C drug pitch questioned

    Brian P. O'Sullivan, MD, professor of pediatrics and director of the UMMS Bioethics Core, comments about the ethics of promoting a new drug not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration to victims exposed to the hepatitis virus.
    The Boston Globe

  • 09 - 25 - 12

    Life Flight landing on Princeton Common for training

    The UMass Memorial Life Flight helicopter will take part in the Princeton Fire Department’s Life Flight training tonight.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 09 - 25 - 12

    Portable Technologies Are Transforming Healthcare

    Article about the impact mobile devices are having on health care references the smartphone application called iHeal, developed by Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, and Richard Fletcher, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, which is designed to help detect developing drug cravings and promote an intervention prior to drug use.
    Healthcare Technology

  • 09 - 25 - 12

    Representative Wong earns high ranking on legislative scorecard

    Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology and several researchers from the Cecil B. Day Lab at the University of Massachusetts Medical School were at the recent Walk of Hope for ALS in Wakefield, where they gathered with members of The ALS Angel Fund Board of Directors before the start of the walk.
    Daily Times Chronicle

  • 09 - 23 - 12

    Diabetes event stresses diagnosis, education

    Changing Diabetes Day was held at the DCU Center over the weekend. The article includes comments from David M. Harlan, MD, the William and Doris Krupp Professor in Medicine and professor of medicine.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 09 - 23 - 12

    Wellesley Centers for Women begins fall lunchtime seminar series

    Lisa R. Fortuna, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is scheduled to speak at the Wellesley Centers for Women fall lunchtime seminar series on Thursday, September 27th.
    Wicked Local Wellesley

  • 09 - 21 - 12

    Army tests wireless technology to streamline battlefield treatment

    UMMS will work in collaboration with WPI to develop miniaturized wireless sensors that will allow a medic to monitor the health of soldiers in the field via smartphones.
    Fierce Mobile Healthcare

  • 09 - 21 - 12

    Emergency Preparedness

    Gina Smith, RN, director of emergency preparedness for UMass Memorial Health Care, was recently featured in the Health Watch segment on Worcester News Tonight.
    Charter TV3 Health Watch

  • 09 - 21 - 12

    Studies expand on soda's role in growing obesity

    David M. Harlan, MD, the William and Doris Krupp Professor in Medicine and professor of medicine, comments on study results which have found that removing sugary drinks from kids' diets slows weight gain in heavy teens and reduces the odds that normal-weight children will become obese.
    Los Angeles Times

  • 09 - 20 - 12

    Life Flight Celebrates its 30-year Anniversary

    Video coverage included interviews with Marc C. Restuccia, MD, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine, and pilot Edward Shoemaker.
    Worcester News Tonight

  • 09 - 20 - 12

    Wareham High JROTC takes steps to fight A.L.S.

    Proceeds from a Wrentham walk will support ALS research by Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology.
    Wicked Local Wareham

  • 09 - 19 - 12

    Absence of health IT in EDs is a missed opportunity

    An article about the patient benefits of using health IT tools in the emergency department refers to the dynamic assessment & referral system for substance abuse, which is a self-administered, computerized survey, developed by researchers at UMMS.
    Healthimaging.com

  • 09 - 19 - 12

    Enrollment surging at UMass five-campus system

    According to University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret, PhD, enrollment at the five-campus UMass system has risen 16 percent over the past five years.
    CBSNews.com
    CNBC.com
    Boston Herald.com
    Pressdemocrat.com
    The-Dispatch.com
    Masslive.com

  • 09 - 19 - 12

    Harr Motor Group Donates $25,000 for UMass Cancer Walk

    Harr Motor Group, chief sponsor for the UMass Cancer Walk, donated $25,000 to the cause. The walk takes place on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit the UMass Medicine Cancer Center of Excellence.
    GoLocalWorcester

  • 09 - 19 - 12

    Hunting a deadly disease

    Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, the Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, talks to Worcester Magazine about a newly discovered gene that influences survival time in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).
    Worcester Magazine

  • 09 - 18 - 12

    Auburn High School To Screen Students' Hearts

    Volunteer faculty from UMMS will provide EKGs as part of a heart testing event for young Auburn athletes on Sept. 29.
    Auburn Daily Voice

  • 09 - 18 - 12

    New Report Provides Guidance For States On Technology Infrastructure For Health Insurance Exchanges

    A new report from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the National Academy of Social Insurance offers recommendations to help states use technology to support the infrastructure of their health insurance exchanges. The report was co-authored by Jay S. Himmelstein, MD, MPH, professor of family medicine & community health and medicine. The report was published in numerous media outlets, including Reuters, Yahoo and ABCNews.
    Boston Business Journal

  • 09 - 18 - 12

    UMass Medical School Joins Group To Boost Drug Development

    UMMS has joined BioPontis Alliance to develop drug treatments for cancer, neurological disorders and other diseases.
    Worcester Business Journal
    Mass High Tech
    GoLocalWorcester

  • 09 - 17 - 12

    Fitchburg High Football Player On Broken Neck: ‘Every Day Is A Miracle’

    Fitchburg High School senior thanks the staff at UMass Memorial Medical Center for the care he received.
    CBS Boston

  • 09 - 17 - 12

    Taking A Double Dose Of Change: Q&A With Dr. Michael F. Collins, Chancellor, UMass Medical School

    In a Question and Answer feature with the Worcester Business Journal, Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, discusses overseeing an expanding medical school at a time when the role of government in the health care industry is a hot issue.

  • 09 - 16 - 12

    $1.9 Million for Sensor Research

    UMMS will work in collaboration with WPI to develop miniaturized wireless sensors that will allow a medic to monitor the health of soldiers in the field via smartphones.
    Federal Telemedicine News

  • 09 - 16 - 12

    Atrial Fibrillation

    David McManus, MD, assistant professor of medicine, was recently featured in the Health Watch segment on Worcester News Tonight in which he discussed atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder.
    Charter TV3 Health Watch

  • 09 - 16 - 12

    Beds for mentally ill are in flux

    An article about the nationwide shortage of acute psychiatric beds includes a quote from Robert Brogna, manager, media and public relations at UMMHC.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 09 - 14 - 12

    Dr. Louis Messina & Dr. Andres Schanzer - Vascular Disease

    Louis M. Messina, MD, professor of surgery, and Andres Schanzer, MD, associate professor of surgery, talk about PAD (peripheral artery disease) and abdominal aortic aneurism.
    Blogtalkradio

  • 09 - 13 - 12

    1,300 volunteers offer helping hands

    Volunteers from UMass Memorial Health Care participated in the United Way of Central Massachusetts’ annual Day of Caring.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 09 - 13 - 12

    Fruit flies reveal surprising new evolutionary link for studying human health

    Patrick Emery-Le, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology,collaborated on a recent study which reports Drosophila fruit flies have a genetically driven internal clock.
    EurekAlert

  • 09 - 12 - 12

    Life Flight training on Princeton Town Common

    The UMass Memorial Life Flight helicopter will take part in the Princeton Fire Department’s Life Flight training next week.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 09 - 12 - 12

    New clinical guidelines for managing hypothyroid disease presented in Thyroid Journal

    Charles H. Emerson, MD, professor emeritus of medicine and editor-in-chief of Thyroid, talks about new guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism in the journal.
    Science Codex
    HealthCanal.com

  • 09 - 11 - 12

    ‘Sequestration’ budget cuts devastating

    An op-ed by Alan G. Rosmarin, MD, the Gladys Smith Martin Chair in Oncology and professor of medicine, expresses his concern about pending federal budget cuts.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 09 - 10 - 12

    First person: Harrowing experiences in China

    Forth year medical student Andrea Posa, SOM ’13, writes about her experience as an international exchange student at the West China School of Medicine at Sichuan University.
    Weston Town Crier

  • 09 - 10 - 12

    Westborough Rotarians Promote Diabetes Awareness

    David M. Harlan, MD, the William and Doris Krupp Professor in Medicine and professor of medicine, will be part of the second annual “Living With Diabetes (Type 2)” program in Westborough on September 18.
    Westborough Patch

  • 09 - 09 - 12

    Hospitals embrace robotic surgical system

    Michael K. Flynn, MD, MHS, associate professor, Antonella Restivo Leary, MD, assistant professor, and Brian M. Clark, MD, clinical associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology, are quoted in a story about the use of robotic surgical systems.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 09 - 08 - 12

    First West Nile virus death announced; Risk level for entire state of Mass. Raised

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, talks about the increased threat this year of West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
    WCVB Channel 5

  • 09 - 07 - 12

    Dr. Medina Discusses Youth Sport Concussions

    Safdar Medina, MD, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, talks about the dangers of concussions on a recent edition of Health Watch on Worcester News Tonight.
    Charter TV3 Health Watch

  • 09 - 07 - 12

    Dr. Paul Janssen Award Video

    Victor R. Ambros, PhD, the Silverman Chair in Natural Sciences and professor of molecular medicine, accepts the 2012 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research at a ceremony in New York City.
    CNN.com
    Market Watch
    The Financial

  • 09 - 07 - 12

    What you need to know about blood clots

    Louis M. Messina, MD, professor of surgery, talks about the dangers of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
    GoLocalWorcester

  • 09 - 06 - 12

    Blocking Inflammation Reverses Early-Stage Alcoholic Liver Disease In Mice

    Research conducted by Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, suggests that blocking a protein known as IL-1 may be a new therapeutic approach in the treatment of ALD.
    Medical News Today

  • 09 - 06 - 12

    Walk of Hope on Sept. 8 will benefit ALS research

    The 11th annual Walk of Hope for ALS was held on Saturday, September 8th in Wakefield. Proceeds from the race will be donated to the Angel Fund, which supports the research of Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, chair and professor of neurology, and the Cecil B. Day Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at UMass Medical School.
    Melrose Free Press

  • 09 - 06 - 12

    Well-Known Cell Protein Reveals New Tricks

    Stephen J. Doxsey, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, was part of a recent study that sheds light on the process of cell division and provides a new angle for understanding cancer.
    UCSF.edu

  • 09 - 05 - 12

    Massive encyclopedia helps explain how the human genome works

    Job Dekker, PhD, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology and co-director of the Program in Systems Biology, and Zhiping Weng, PhD, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology and director of the Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology, talked to the Boston Globe and others about the ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements (ENCODE) project, which yesterday announced that they have assigned a biochemical function to 80 percent of the human genome.
    Boston Globe
    WBUR Common Health
    Wired Magazine
    Bloomberg News
    Nature
    WBZ Radio Boston
    New England Public Radio, WFCR
    Science Codex
    Worcester Business Journal
    San Francisco Chronicle
    Phys.Org
    EurekAlert
    Science Daily

  • 09 - 05 - 12

    New Genes, Potential Treatments and Models for ALS Drug Development to Be Discussed this November 1 in Boston

    Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, chair and professor of neurology, is scheduled to present at the ALS Therapy Development Institutes’ 8th annual Leadership Summit on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at the Sheraton Hotel in Boston.
    redOrbit.com
    PharmaLive

  • 09 - 05 - 12

    UMass Memorial Medical Center, Medical School Create Neurosurgery Department

    University of Massachusetts Medical School and its clinical partner UMass Memorial Medical Center have created an independent department of neurosurgery.
    Becker's Hospital Review

  • 09 - 05 - 12

    What’s Up With West Nile Virus This Heavy Year?

    Sharone Green, MD, associate professor of medicine, talks about her work to develop a vaccine for the West Nile Virus and recent concerns about the unusually early spate of cases this year.
    WBUR Common Health

  • 09 - 04 - 12

    ALS breakthrough

    Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, chair and professor of neurology, talks to Fox-TV 25 about a newly discovered gene that influences survival time in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).
    Fox-TV 25

  • 09 - 04 - 12

    Do Deer Have a Sixth Sense? Majority of FS Voters Say Yes

    Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and chair and professor of neurobiology, discusses whether deer have a sixth sense that helps them survive in the wild.
    Field and Stream

  • 09 - 04 - 12

    Global drug shortage: Toronto MD says doctors need to be part of solution

    An Archives of Internal Medicine commentary by Jerry H. Gurwitz, MD, the Dr. John Meyers Professor of Primary Care Medicine and professor of medicine and family medicine & community health, is referenced in an article about the global drug shortage.
    Toronto Star

  • 09 - 04 - 12

    Heart Arrhythmia

    David McManus, MD, assistant professor of medicine, was recently featured in the Health Watch segment on Worcester News Tonight where he discusses the different types of heart arrhythmias and the associated symptoms patients may experience.
    Charter TV3 Health Watch

  • 09 - 02 - 12

    Recession hit construction industry hard

    An article about the economy’s impact on the construction industry in Massachusetts includes quotes from a local carpenter working on the Albert Sherman Center.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette