News Makers 2013

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  • 04 - 30 - 13

    Creating a safe space for LGBT teens

    An article about Safe Homes, a Worcester-based nonprofit organization that helps young people who identify as lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT), credits part of its success to the bonds it’s formed with UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Medical School.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 30 - 13

    Safe Homes gala May 3

    John Trobaugh, educational specialist at UMass Medical School, will receive the Safe Homes People of Courage Volunteer Award from the Bridge of Central Massachusetts on May 3.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 30 - 13

    Spike in number of women having arm lifts

    Sherry L. Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks to NECN about the recent spike in the number of women having arm lifts.
    NECN

  • 04 - 29 - 13

    At-Home Drug Errors May Harm Kids with Cancer

    New research by Kathleen E. Walsh, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, looks at missed doses, wrong doses and other medication errors among children with cancer who receive part of their treatment at home.
    Medpagetoday.com

  • 04 - 29 - 13

    Briefing: UMass Memorial Vs. Nurses Union

    Todd A. Keating, chief finance officer for UMass Memorial Health Care and Robert Brogna, media and public relations manager at UMass Memorial Health Care, are quoted in an article about the recent vote by registered nurses at the university and memorial campuses of UMass Memorial Medical Center to authorize a one-day strike.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 04 - 29 - 13

    Medication errors also happen at home: study

    New research by Kathleen E. Walsh, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, looks at missed doses, wrong doses and other medication errors among children with cancer who receive part of their treatment at home.
    Reuters

  • 04 - 29 - 13

    Medication side effects can cause a range of problems

    Jerry H. Gurwitz, MD, the Dr. John Meyers Professor of Primary Care Medicine and professor of medicine and family medicine & community health, is quoted in an article about the prevalence of adverse drug events.
    Boston Globe

  • 04 - 29 - 13

    UMass Medical School faculty volunteers at the Boston Marathon

    James B. Broadhurst, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, talks about being inside the medical tent at the 2013 Boston Marathon. (10 p.m. update, 4-29)
    Charter TV3

  • 04 - 28 - 13

    Marathon medical volunteers adjust

    Boston Marathon medical volunteers Adam C. Darnobid, MD, instructor in emergency medicine; Jim Asaiante, RN, an emergency room nurse at UMass Memorial Medical Center; and Nolene Ferguson, RN, a critical care nurse and GSN student, talk about dealing with the trauma of the marathon bombings and returning to their daily routines. Mary-Elise Manuell, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine and director of disaster medicine is also quoted in the story.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 28 - 13

    Road to recovery arduous, rewarding

    Patricia Garvey, clinical risk manager at UMass Memorial Medical Center, talks about her recovery and physical rehabilitation after having part of her leg amputated four years ago due to complications from diabetes.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 28 - 13

    Translating research into medical treatments

    Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and molecular medicine, and Craig J. Ceol, PhD, assistant professor of molecular medicine, are quoted in a story about the new emphasis being placed on translational research by the NIH. Pictured in the article is research technician Melissa Kasheta.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 26 - 13

    Massachusetts' four medical schools get $100,000 from medical society

    UMMS is one of four Massachusetts medical schools to receive a $100,000 grant from the Middlesex District Medical Society to benefit medical students during unanticipated financial emergences. Quoted in the article is Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor in Medicine, executive deputy chancellor, provost, dean of the School of Medicine and professor of pediatrics and microbiology & physiological systems.
    Masslive.com

  • 04 - 26 - 13

    Newfound hormone holds hope for diabetes treatment

    A story about the discovery of a hormone that can sharply boost the number of cells that make insulin in mice includes comments from Philip J. diIorio, PHD, research assistant professor, about the potential for building supplies of human beta cells in a lab for transplant into diabetes patients.
    Boston Globe
    Associated Press
    USA Today
    MSN News
    Huffington Post
    Chicago Daily Herald
    Newsday.com

  • 04 - 26 - 13

    Pollen pandemonium: Allergy sufferers face intense season

    An article about the spring allergy season includes quotes from Stephen J. Krinzman, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 25 - 13

    Methylprednisolone acetate: the lethal painkiller

    Stuart M. Levitz, MD, professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about the dangers of improper manufacturing of methylprednisolone acetate.
    Gulfnews.com

  • 04 - 24 - 13

    Audit: MassHealth overpaid $1.3M to UMass Memorial

    A state audit released found that MassHealth paid for $1.3 million in drug tests at UMass Memorial Medical Center that should not have been covered by the program.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Springfield Republican

  • 04 - 24 - 13

    Four-cycle ABVD unsuitable for older patients with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

    An editorial by Andrew M. Evens, DO, associate professor of medicine, talks about the challenges of treating older patients with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
    Healio

  • 04 - 22 - 13

    Business People: Mark Klempner

    Mark Klempner, MD, has been named executive vice chancellor for the UMass Biologics Laboratory (UMBL).
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 22 - 13

    VNA takes on new challenges

    A story about the VNA Care Network & Hospice references the organization’s acquisition of UMass Memorial Home Health & Hospice last fall.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 21 - 13

    Medical society donates to local charities

    UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester received $15,000 from the Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Charitable Foundation for a home-based asthma reduction program for children and families living in the Bell Hill neighborhood of Worcester.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 21 - 13

    Somehow, UMass Memorial, nurses union must agree

    An op-ed by Aaron Nicodemus addresses the recent vote by registered nurses at the university and memorial campuses of UMass Memorial Medical Center to authorize a one-day strike.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 20 - 13

    Cooking up success

    A story about David deCastro, a young chef from Boylston, references his family’s friendship with Aaron Lazare, MD, chancellor and dean emeritus and professor of psychiatry.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 20 - 13

    Deep Brain Stimulation Shows Promise for Depression

    Anthony Rothschild, MD, the Irving S. and Betty Brudnick Endowed Chair and professor of psychiatry, is quoted in an article about a recent clinical trial involving deep brain stimulation for patients with treatment-resistant depression.
    Psychcentral.com

  • 04 - 20 - 13

    Obama visited Bolton man hospitalized after bombing

    Mary Jo White, program director in family medicine & community health, along with her husband and son, were among those injured in the Marathon bombing.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 20 - 13

    Safe Homes to host Spring Gala May 3 at historical museum

    John Trobaugh, educational specialist at UMass Medical School, will receive the Safe Homes People of Courage Volunteer Award from the Bridge of Central Massachusetts on May 3.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 20 - 13
  • 04 - 19 - 13

    Hadassah’s first health festival offers health and wellness tips

    Elena Salmoirago Blotcher, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, spoke about stress cardiomyopathy at the first New England HealthFest.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 19 - 13

    Profit rises for da Vinci maker

    An article about the rising profits for Intuitive Surgical Inc., the maker of robotic surgery devices, names UMass Memorial Medical Center as one of 1,371 hospitals using the da Vinci robot system.
    Bloomberg News

  • 04 - 18 - 13

    Collaboration authors a library renaissance at Elm Park school

    Worcester City Manager Michael O’Brien says approximately $700,000 of the $1.58 million donated by UMMS will go to the Worcester Public Library to expand programming into neighborhoods and complement the work of the mobile library and the library's two branches.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 18 - 13

    Health Watch Transplants

    Adel Bozorgzadeh, MD, professor of surgery, talks about UMass Memorial Medical Center’s liver transplant program, the largest in New England.
    Charter TV3

  • 04 - 18 - 13

    Shrewsbury Relay For Life

    Proceeds from the 9th annual Relay for Life at Oak Middle school on May 10-11, 2013 will help support vital, cutting-edge cancer research at UMass Medical School and elsewhere.
    The Shrewsbury Lantern

  • 04 - 18 - 13

    TIME’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world

    TIME Magazine has named UMass Medical School’s Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and medicine, to the 2013 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
    TIME Magazine
    Fox News
    Harvard Press
    Asian Journal

  • 04 - 17 - 13

    Memories that will not dim with time

    An article about the tragedy at the Boston Marathon finish line includes quotes from Adam C. Darnobid, MD, instructor in emergency medicine, who was working in the medical tent.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 17 - 13

    Scientists link tattooing with Hepatitis-C

    John M. Levey, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about the link between tattoos and Hepatitis-C.
    Health Destination

  • 04 - 17 - 13

    Talking to kids about tragedy

    Negar Beheshti, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and pediatrics and director of the Child Psychiatry Consultation Service and Child Psychiatry Emergency Mental Health Service, offers advice to parents about how to talk to children about the tragic events at Monday’s marathon.
    Charter TV3

  • 04 - 17 - 13

    We Can Do Well

    Christina H. Hernon, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, was one of the doctors working the medical tent at the Boston Marathon on April 15th when two explosive devices were triggered. Dr. Hernon talked to CNN about her reaction and efforts to help the injured victims.
    The Daily Beast

  • 04 - 16 - 13

    At Our Best When the Worst Happens

    Richard Aghababian, MD, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society and founding chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, writes in the Massachusetts Medical Society blog about the Boston Marathon bombing. Dr. Aghababian writes that Boston is known for its medical care, and "we are fortunate to have such dedicated medical and law enforcement professionals among us."
    Massachusetts Medical Society

  • 04 - 16 - 13

    Boston doctor: 'Everyone was my patient'

    Christina H. Hernon, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, was one of the doctors working the medical tent at the Boston Marathon on April 15th when two explosive devices were triggered. Dr. Hernon talks to CNN about her reaction and efforts to help the injured victims.
    CNN

  • 04 - 16 - 13

    Boston Marathon: Reflections from a Spectator

    Sherry L. Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, reflects on the stories of hope and inspiration associated with the Boston Marathon bombing.
    Psychology Today

  • 04 - 16 - 13

    Coping with stress after Boston Marathon blasts

    Amy B. Wachholtz, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, offers insight into how people affected by the Boston Marathon bombing can begin coping emotionally with the tragedy.
    NECN

  • 04 - 16 - 13

    Nurses relied on trauma experience to help bombing wounded

    Jim Asaiante, an emergency room nurse at UMass Memorial Medical Center, is quoted in an article about efforts to help the victims injured at the scene of two explosions at the Boston Marathon.
    CNN

  • 04 - 16 - 13

    Round-up: Where to Give Blood

    A reminder about the importance of blood donations lists UMass Memorial Medical Center as one of the American Red Cross blood donation locations.
    Boston Magazine

  • 04 - 15 - 13

    Doctor’s Orders: 20 Minutes Of Meditation Twice a Day

    An article about the increasing number of hospitals combining meditation with traditional medical therapies says the most common type of meditation recommended by doctors is the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, which was devised at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
    Wall Street Journal

  • 04 - 15 - 13

    MicroRNA: The Diamond in the Rough?

    Victor R. Ambros, PhD, the Silverman Chair in Natural Sciences and professor of molecular medicine, is referenced in an article about microRNA for originally discovering the oligonucleotides using C. Elegans while studying abnormalities in early development and for receiving the 2012 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research.
    OneMedPlace

  • 04 - 15 - 13

    Women Leading in Central Mass.: Cancer Crusader Corrie Painter

    Corrie Painter, PhD, organizer of the 3rd annual Angiosarcoma Awareness 5K Race and Walk and a postdoctoral student at UMMS, talks about her personal battle with angiosarcoma (AS) and her future as a biomedical scientist.
    GoLocal Worcester

  • 04 - 14 - 13

    College Town

    GSN student Meredith Walsh, RN, was honored by the Colleges of Worcester Consortium (COWC) for founding the Worcester Refugee Assistance program (WRAP) for refugees from Burma.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 14 - 13

    Doctor honored

    Marianne E. Felice, MD, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics & gynecology, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the recipient of its first Woman Physician Leadership Award.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 14 - 13

    Medical school is finalist for climate award

    UMass Medical School is named a finalist for the 2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 14 - 13

    Meditation can bring health benefits

    Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, associate professor of medicine, talks to the Boston Globe about the healing powers for mindfulness meditation.
    Boston Globe

  • 04 - 12 - 13

    Acting director of health named

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery and pediatrics, is named Worcester’s acting commissioner of public health.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    GoLocalWorcester

  • 04 - 12 - 13

    Best Green Practices: UMass Medical School

    The Albert Sherman Center, which achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, has won a best green practices design award from the Boston Business Journal. John Baker, associate vice chancellor of facilities, is quoted in the story.
    Boston Business Journal
    Masslive.com

  • 04 - 12 - 13

    UMass Memorial Nurses Authorize Strike

    Registered nurses at the university and memorial campuses of UMass Memorial Medical Center have voted to authorize a strike.
    Worcester Business Journal
    WBZ TV4
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    NECN

  • 04 - 11 - 13

    Health Watch: Kids Outside

    Safdar Medina, MD, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, details how spending time outdoors benefits children and families.
    Charter TV3

  • 04 - 10 - 13

    Special Forum Inspires WHS Students

    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 a guest speaker at the first TEDx Youth Forum at Westborough High School last Thursday.
    Westborough Patch

  • 04 - 10 - 13

    Trio of med device startups named M2D2 venture competition winners

    Little Sparrows, Boston, Mass.-based Cellanyx Diagnostics Inc. and Burlington, Mass.-based BioSignostix have been named the 2013 winners of the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) New Venture Competition. M2D2 is a cooperative effort between the University of Massachusetts Lowell and UMass Worcester that supports Massachusetts-based medical device technology startups and entrepreneurs.
    Boston Business Journal

  • 04 - 09 - 13

    Even With Known Skin Cancer Risks, People Still Love Tanning -- But Why?

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks about why some people are addicted to tanning.
    Huffington Post

  • 04 - 09 - 13

    UMass Memorial Nurses To Hold Strike Vote

    Registered nurses at the university and memorial campuses of UMass Memorial Medical Center have scheduled a vote on Thursday to authorize a one-day strike.
    Worcester Business Journal
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette
    Masslive.com
    GoLocal Worcester
    Becker’s Hospital Review

  • 04 - 08 - 13

    A fly mutation suggests a new route for tackling ALS

    A team of researchers, led by Marc Freeman, PhD, an early career scientist with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and associate professor of neurobiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, have discovered a mutant gene in the fruit fly Drosophila that blocks the self-destruction of damaged axons, which could hold clues to treating motor neuron diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
    EurekAlert
    Science Newsline
    News-Medical.net
    Rehabpub.com

  • 04 - 08 - 13

    Flies with personality

    Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School collaborated on a new genetic study showing that transposons, also known as 'jumping genes,’ make every fly brain unique.
    Phys.Org

  • 04 - 08 - 13

    Lenox Doctor Named 'Community Clinician of the Year'

    Paula J. Aucoin, MD, assistant professor of medicine, has been honored as the 2013 Community Clinician of the Year by the Berkshire District Medical Society, an honor recognizing her professionalism and contributions as a physician.
    ibershires.com

  • 04 - 08 - 13

    Monarch butterflies navigate with compass but no map

    Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and chair and professor of neurobiology, is quoted in an article about the monarch butterfly’s annual migration to Mexico. Research suggests that the migration could be vulnerable to climate change.
    Nature.com

  • 04 - 08 - 13

    Scientists tie dietary influences to changes in gene expression and physiology

    A.J. Marian Walhout, PhD, co-director of the program in systems biology and professor of molecular medicine, discusses her new work which shows that the precise composition of a diet can have profound health effects, suggesting that exactly what’s in each mouthful may matter more than anyone anticipated.
    Genetics Times

  • 04 - 08 - 13

    Turning medical jargon into plain language

    Penny Glassman, head of technology initiatives in the Lamar Soutter Library, is quoted in an article about the need for people who can translate medical terminology into language that can be understood by patients.
    Washington Post

  • 04 - 08 - 13

    UMass Memorial Physician Honored by Massachusetts Medical Society

    Marianne E. Felice, MD, chair and professor of pediatrics and obstetrics & gynecology, was been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the recipient of its first Woman Physician Leadership Award.
    GoLocal Worcester

  • 04 - 07 - 13

    Hospitals take a harder look at readmissions

    To improve patient care, the federal government has started penalizing hospitals for high rates of readmission among Medicare patients. Robert A. Klugman, MD, chief quality officer and senior vice president at UMass Memorial Medical Center and associate professor of medicine, is quoted in the article.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 07 - 13

    Lift weights to lower blood sugar? White muscle helps keep blood glucose levels under control

    Jason K. Kim, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, and Dae Young Jung, PhD, instructor in molecular medicine, were co-authors of a research study which shows that the white muscle used in resistance training helps keep blood sugar in check.
    EurekAlert
    Alaska-Native-News
    Medical News Today
    HealthCanal.com

  • 04 - 07 - 13

    This PILOT should crash

    A local op-ed details the many contribution UMass Medical School makes to the City of Worcester and how its presence benefits the city.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 06 - 13

    Worcester Technical High School Grant Invests in Future Business Leaders

    Worcester Technical High School is one of 10 high schools across the state to receive a grant for $20,000 to develop a pilot financial literacy program for the 2013-2014 school year. WTHS will partner with the Worcester Credit Union, the Regional Science Resource Center and University of Massachusetts Medical School to implement the financial literacy program.
    GoLocal Worcester

  • 04 - 05 - 13

    Health Watch Autism

    David Cochran, MD, PhD, assistant medical director of the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at UMass Memorial Medical Center and assistant professor of psychiatry at UMass Medical School, discusses the causes, diagnosis and treatment of autism.
    Charter TV3
    GoLocal Worcester

  • 04 - 05 - 13

    Latest Campus Gun Scare: Are Worcester Campuses Prepared?

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, is quoted in an article about emergency preparedness.
    GoLocal Worcester

  • 04 - 05 - 13

    Region's teen birth trends are vexing

    An article about the decrease in teen pregnancies mentions a draft Community Health Improvement Plan that was released in December by the city of Worcester. Worcester is working with UMass Memorial Medical Center and Common Pathways to focus on primary care and wellness.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 05 - 13

    Trash cleanup set in Worcester Bell Hill area

    The city of Worcester and UMass Memorial Health Care will kick off this year’s initiative with a neighborhood trash cleanup in the Bell Hill area from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 04 - 13

    Worcester Arts Council to Hold Annual Grants Reception

    The Worcester Arts Council will hold its annual Arts Grant Reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. tonight. The event will recognize the awarding of forty-one grants totaling over $86,000 to artists and cultural organizations throughout the city. UMass Medical School is among this year’s recipients.
    GoLocal Worcester

  • 04 - 04 - 13

    WPI and UMass Medical School Team Up to Improve Healthcare Delivery

    UMass Medical School (UMMS) and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have established a new strategic affiliation to foster joint research and educational programs that improve health care delivery. The five-year affiliation agreement creates a partnership between WPI’s Healthcare Delivery Institute (HDI) and UMMS to bring clinical, scientific, engineering and business management expertise to bear on a range of complex challenges facing the health care system.
    Executive Insight

  • 04 - 03 - 13

    Athletes need to find right balance between too much and too little water

    Mary-Elise Manuell, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, is quoted in an article about how runners should prepare for the Boston Marathon.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 03 - 13

    Gregory Wolf named UMass Medical School CIO

    Gregory R. Wolf, the executive director of research computing platforms at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) in Cambridge, joins UMass Medical School as chief information officer.
    District Administration

  • 04 - 03 - 13

    Phase 1 ALS trial is first to test antisense treatment of neurodegenerative disease

    Robert H. Brown, Jr., DPhil, MD, Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, is quoted in a release about a trial in treating ALS.
    EurekAlert

  • 04 - 02 - 13

    April the time for autism awareness

    An article about Autism Awareness Month mentions the World Autism Day celebration event being held at UMMS today from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 04 - 02 - 13

    How the worm turns

    New research by scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School shows at the single cell level how an external stimulus sets off a molecular chain reaction in the transparent roundworm C. elegans, a process in which a single neurotransmitter coordinates and times two separate actions. Mark Alkema, PhD, assistant professor of neurobiology, is quoted in the story.
    EurekAlert
    e! Science News
    Interesting Tech
    Physorg.com
    Science Codex
    News-Medical.net
    LabSpaces

  • 04 - 02 - 13

    UMass Medical Makes Finals in National Video Competition

    UMass Medical School is a finalist for the 2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award and will be recognized this month as one of 20 colleges and universities nationwide that exemplify the mission of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to re-stabilize the earth’s climate through education, research and community engagement.
    GoLocal Worcester
    Sustainability

  • 04 - 01 - 13

    Marlborough Hospital president resigns

    Karen Moore, president and CEO of Marlborough Hospital has stepped down from her position.
    MetroWest Daily
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 04 - 01 - 13

    Worm study suggests diet has big effect on health

    A.J. Marian Walhout, PhD, co-director of the program in systems biology and professor of molecular medicine, discusses her new work which shows that the precise composition of a diet can have profound health effects, suggesting that exactly what’s in each mouthful may matter more than anyone anticipated.
    Boston Globe
    Science Daily
    Deccan Chronicle
    Medical News Today