News Makers 2013

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  • 09 - 30 - 13

    For Nobel laureates, prize is heady, but life goes on

    Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, talks about his experience winning the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
    Boston Globe

  • 09 - 30 - 13

    Health Watch – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Kathryn L. Edmiston, MD, talks about breast health and cancer risks.
    Charter TV3

  • 09 - 30 - 13

    Should Kratom Use Be Legal?

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, talks about the herb drug kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), a native of Southeast, a potential opiate substitute that can also be used to relieve pain and improve mood.
    Scientific American

  • 09 - 30 - 13

    Vaccine Refusal Tied to Pertussis Outbreak

    Robert W. Finberg, MD, chair and professor of medicine, explains the importance of herd immunity and being vaccinated for pertussis.
    Medpage Today

  • 09 - 29 - 13

    Affordable Care Act brings changes to Massachusetts

    Affordable Care Act brings changes to Massachusetts

  • 09 - 28 - 13

    Coolidge Corner Theatre hosts a meeting of minds

    Daron C. Massey, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, will join a panel of experts discussing whether it’s possible to use meditation to rewire the brain following a screening of a documentary called “Free the Mind” at Coolidge Corner Theatre on October 10.
    Boston Globe

  • 09 - 27 - 13

    Potential Cancer-Fighting Drug Could Also Thwart Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea

    Sanjay Ram, MD, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about a potential new treatment for gonorrhea.
    Huffington Post
    Scientific American

  • 09 - 27 - 13

    Unraveling Secrets Of The Mechanism That Snips Our Genes

    New work by Melissa J. Moore, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Eleanor Eustis Farrington Chair in Cancer Research and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, and Jeff Gelles, professor at Brandeis University, explains how the molecular machine known as the spliceosome begins the process of rearranging gene sequences.
    Red Orbit
    Phys.org
    Science Codex

  • 09 - 27 - 13

    Ventilation Upgrades Slated For UMass Med Building

    UMass Medical School makes energy efficiency improvements to air-handling systems in the Lazare Research Building.
    Worcester Business Journal
    Green Technology News
    Heraldonline.com

  • 09 - 26 - 13

    In Sutton, higher ed boss praises public colleges

    Commissioner of Higher Education Richard M. Freeland recognized UMMS at a recent Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
    Worcester Telegram and Gazette

  • 09 - 26 - 13

    Newfound biological clocks set by the moon

    Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and chair and professor of neurobiology, is quoted in an article about the effect the moon’s light and gravitational pull has on marine organisms.
    Science News

  • 09 - 26 - 13

    The Healthiest Counties in Massachusetts

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, talks to GoLocalWorcester about factors leading to Worcester County’s low score in the 2013 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Counties Rankings.
    GoLocalWorcester

  • 09 - 25 - 13

    Device gives Worcester man second chance

    An article about how a tiny heart pump the size of a pencil tip saved UMass Memorial Medical Center patient Dan Wolpert's life includes comments from Daniel Z. Fisher, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and director of interventional cardiology.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 25 - 13

    Nobel prize prediction season kicks off

    An article about Massachusetts contenders for the 2013 Nobel prize awards references Victor R. Ambros, PhD, the Silverman Chair in Natural Sciences and professor of molecular medicine. As part of the story, Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, talks about his experience winning the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
    Boston.com

  • 09 - 25 - 13

    One QIGONG at a Time

    A study led by David A. Smelson, PSYD, professor of psychiatry, suggests that addicts may find help with an ancient Chinese healing practice, qigong.
    Experience Life

  • 09 - 24 - 13

    100 Ways To Live To 100

    An article in the Huffington Post references the recent study by Allison Rosen, MD, associate professor of quantitative health sciences; Susan Stewart, researcher at the National Bureau of Economic Research; and David Cutler, professor of economics at Harvard University; which measured how the quality-adjusted life expectancy (QALE) of all Americans has changed over time. The study’s findings are described in a paper published September 12th in the American Journal of Public Health.
    Huffington Post

  • 09 - 24 - 13

    A Call for Regulations on e-cigarettes (begins at marker 4:21)

    Greg Seward, director of the Tobacco Free Initiative, talks to Worcester New Tonight about potential health concerns related to electronic cigarettes.
    Worcester News Tonight

  • 09 - 22 - 13

    Ex-hockey player starts new life as nurse

    Hockey player and brain tumor survivor, James Ennis, Graduate Entry Pathway (GEP) Class of 2015, turns to nursing to give back.
    Boston Globe

  • 09 - 22 - 13

    Local power plants energy efficient and environmentally friendly -- up to a point

    A look at the energy efficiency initiatives of area power plants includes comments from Melissa L. Lucas, sustainability and energy manager, and Joseph P. Collins, director of energy resources, about UMass Medical School’s sustainability efforts.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 19 - 13

    Health Watch Peripheral Artery Disease

    Louis M. Messina, MD, professor of surgery, discusses peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a cause of artery blockage.
    Charter TV3

  • 09 - 19 - 13

    Study: Despite Longer Lives, Anxiety Persists

    Allison Rosen, MD, associate professor of quantitative health sciences, discusses her recent study which, for the first time, measures how the quality-adjusted life expectancy (QALE) of all Americans has changed over time.
    The Harvard Crimson

  • 09 - 18 - 13

    State delivers $4.3 million in health care grants

    UMass Memorial Medical Center will receive more than $2 million in state grants to make health care delivery more efficient.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 17 - 13

    Could oxytocin be useful in treating psychiatric disorders?

    David Micah Cochran, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is quoted in an article about the role oxytocin could potentially play in treating psychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.
    Bio-Medicine
    News Medical
    Science Codex
    Examiner.com

  • 09 - 17 - 13

    New Understanding of Racial Disparities and Diabetes

    New research published online in the American Journal of Epidemiology by Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, MPH, concludes that the way to reduce high diabetes-related death rates among all postmenopausal women—including black and Hispanic women—is through prevention of diabetes.
    US News & World Report
    Newsday
    Everyday Health
    Medpage Today
    Drugs.com
    Science Daily
    Science Codex
    Medical Xpress

  • 09 - 17 - 13

    Nurses start push for ballot measure on staffing

    Lynne P. Starbard, a maternity nurse at UMass Memorial Medical Center, is quoted in an article about the campaign to mandate nurse staffing levels.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    NECN

  • 09 - 16 - 13

    A Robot for Grandma, Minus the Stigma

    A Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) research team has received a five-year, $125,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project that seeks to provide personal assistant robots to elderly people suffering with age-related disabilities. Faculty with WPI will work with the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Integrated Primary Care for the project.
    WPI News

  • 09 - 16 - 13

    Altruistic behavior indicates good mental health

    A recent study at the University of Massachusetts Medical School reveals that those who help others have good mental health.
    Tele-management

  • 09 - 16 - 13

    Americans are living better, longer

    Synthesizing data from multiple government-sponsored health surveys conducted over the last 21 years, Allison Rosen, MD, associate professor of quantitative health sciences; Susan Stewart, researcher at the National Bureau of Economic Research; and David Cutler, professor of economics at Harvard University; were able for the first time to measure how the quality-adjusted life expectancy (QALE) of all Americans has changed over time. The study’s findings are described in a paper published September 12th in the American Journal of Public Health.
    Medical News Today
    Red Orbit
    Newsroom America
    Medical Xpress
    Worcester News Tonight
    Boston Globe
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Science Codex
    Nature World News
    News Medical

  • 09 - 15 - 13

    Cancer care moves to smaller communities

    A look at the proliferation of cancer treatment facilities in suburban hospitals includes comments from Giles Whalen, MD, professor of surgery and the interim director of the Cancer Center of Excellence; Candra Szymanski, the interim president and chief executive of Marlboro Hospital; and Bruce A. Bornstein, MD, MBA, oncologist and clinical associate professor.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Healthcare Design Magazine

  • 09 - 15 - 13

    Hospitals pay price for 'excessive' readmissions under Obamacare

    Robert A. Klugman, MD, chief quality officer and senior vice president at UMass Memorial Medical Center and associate professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about potential problems hospitals and patients will face because of penalties imposed by the federal Medicare program on hospitals that excessively readmit patients.
    Eagle-Tribune

  • 09 - 13 - 13

    Regular Colonoscopy Screenings Effective at Preventing Colorectal Cancers

    Jennifer S. Davids, MD, assistant professor of surgery, is quoted in an article about preventing colorectal cancer.
    Everyday Health
    Everyday Health

  • 09 - 12 - 13

    5th annual prostate cancer awareness day in Mass.

    Jennifer K. Yates, MD, assistant professor of urology, talks to NECN about the importance of screening for prostate cancer.
    NECN

  • 09 - 12 - 13

    A prescription for smiles at UMass Memorial Medical Center

    Patients at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center enjoy a visit from the clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 12 - 13

    Health Watch Diverticulitis

    Jennifer S. Davids, MD, assistant professor of surgery, discusses prevention, symptoms and treatment of diverticulitis.
    Charter TV3

  • 09 - 11 - 13

    Cancer center unveiled at Marlboro Hospital

    UMass Memorial Health Care unveiled a new cancer center at Marlboro Hospital.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 11 - 13

    UMass improvement projects considered

    A subcommittee of the University of Massachusetts trustees has approved a $3.8 billion construction and renovation plan for five campuses over the next five years, including a newly added $15.5 million project to upgrade labs and research facilities at the UMass Medical School in Worcester.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Boston Business Journal

  • 09 - 09 - 13

    Worcester can learn from how Cambridge became the world's BioPharma leader

    An op-ed about how Worcester can become a center for biomedical industry references UMass Medical School.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 06 - 13

    Molly, a party drug that can kill, has authorities on alert

    Richard J. Church, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, has a simple warning for young party-goers who may think the club drug “Molly,” an allegedly pure form of Ecstasy, is safe.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Worcester News Tonight

  • 09 - 06 - 13

    University of Massachusetts Medical School will receive a $250,000 grant Friday for pediatric cancer research

    Michelle A. Kelliher, PhD, professor of cancer biology, received a $250,000 grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels, a charity organization of the auto maker Hyundai, to develop of targeted therapies for children with refractory T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 09 - 05 - 13

    Business briefs: UMass tops goals

    The University of Massachusetts topped its fundraising goal last fiscal year by raising $103.7 million, 12 percent more than the $92.9 million raised in the previous year.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 05 - 13

    Fad Diets Will Seem Even Crazier After You See This

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about her call for an end to the “diet debates,” a commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
    Health News Florida
    KUHF Houston Public Radio

  • 09 - 05 - 13

    Physician Focus: The Physician-Patient Relationship

    Dennis M. Dimitri, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health, writes about the importance of the physician-patient relationship.
    Community Advocate
    The Reminder

  • 09 - 04 - 13

    Listening in the Moment

    An article about the recent emergence of digital health technology for consumers makes reference to work being done by UMass Medical School for Project HealthDesign to devise an electronic diary for people with chronic pain linked to common conditions like spine disorders, arthritis, neuropathy, and headaches.
    Interactions

  • 09 - 04 - 13

    Scientists may be able to neutralize extra Down syndrome chromosome, but discovery creates a quandry for some

    An article about the ethical implications a potential treatment for Down syndrome may have for effected families references the recent discovery by Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology, that the extra chromosome linked to Down syndrome could potentially be “switched off.”
    MidCity News

  • 09 - 03 - 13

    An Alternative to Pesky Adult Pant Liners

    A study by Catherine E. DuBeau, MD, professor of medicine, looks at the safety and efficacy of treating urgent urinary incontinence in elderly patients with fesoterodine.
    Daily RX

  • 09 - 03 - 13

    ESC: Bleeding Risk Spikes With Prasugrel Before Cath

    John F. Keaney, MD, professor of medicine, talks about pretreatment strategies for patients with non-ST-segment elevation MI.
    MedPage Today

  • 09 - 03 - 13

    Smart, safe storage and organization for back to school

    In an article about student safety, Safdar Medina, MD, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, talks about the importance of proper backpack weight for children.
    Leesville Daily Leader
    Taunton Daily Gazette
    The Milford Daily News

  • 09 - 02 - 13

    New Medical Center CEO Takes On Challenges Of Cost Controls

    Patrick Muldoon, president and CEO of Central New England HealthAlliance Hospital, talks to the Worcester Business Journal about his appointment as president of UMass Memorial Medical Center. Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, is quoted in the article.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 09 - 01 - 13

    At Café Woo, scientists strive to demystify their work

    University of Massachusetts Medical School Post-Doctoral Scholar Ana Maldonado, PhD and GSBS student Kelly Hallstrom, founders of Science Café Woo, talked to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette about the informal group that meets on the third Monday of each month at NU Café on Chandler Street in Worcester to discuss science. Allan Jacobson, PhD, the Gerald L. Haidak, MD, and Zelda S. Haidak Professor of Cell Biology and chair and professor of microbiology & physiological systems, is also quoted in the story.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 01 - 13

    Endowed chair established at UMass Medical Schoolr Telegram & Gazette

    Ellen M. Gravallese, MD, professor of medicine and cell & developmental biology, was named the Myles J. McDonough Chair in Rheumatology.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 01 - 13

    Public colleges in Mass. go global

    An article about a growing trend for public colleges filling their ranks with out-of-state students mentions the 143 international students in the GSBS program at UMass Medical School.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette