News Makers 2014

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  • 02 - 27 - 14

    Plastic surgery more than just for looks

    John M. Castle, MD, clinical associate professor of surgery, is quoted in an article about the health reasons for cosmetic surgery.
    Worcester Magazine

  • 02 - 27 - 14

    Mass. Patients Can 'Shop' For Health Care -- At Least In Theory

    Massachusetts health care cost control law requires hospitals and doctors to provide prices for procedures, tests, etc., when asked by a patient.  In this article, a local woman was contacting hospitals, including UMMC, to compare prices for a vaginal delivery.  Robert Brogna, media and public relations manager at UMass Memorial Health Care, is quoted in the article.
    Kaiser Health News
    Fierce Health Finance
    Medscape.com

  • 02 - 27 - 14

    Public Service award goes to Kevin L. Bradley of Genesis Club

    Charles W. Lidz, PhD, research professor of psychiatry, talks about Kevin L. Bradley who has been nominated to receive the Telegram & Gazette’s Public Service Award for his work with the Genesis Club.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 02 - 27 - 14

    UMass Memorial Medical Center, Clark, city of Worcester to work together on health goals

    The city of Worcester, UMass Memorial Medical Center and Clark University will partner to create a new Academic Health Department.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 02 - 24 - 14

    RNAi tactic to fight disease offers new hope

    Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Gretchen Stone Cook Chair of Biomedical Sciences and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology talks about an advancing RNA interference tactic the could conquer many diseases.  Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, is also mentioned in the story for his 2006 Nobel Prize in Medicine.
    Boston Globe
    Boston.com

  • 02 - 24 - 14

    Good Deeds

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins visits the Harr Motor Group, which raised $53,747 for the UMass Cancer Walk.   The money will be used for research and patient care at the UMass Medicine Cancer Center of Excellence.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 02 - 24 - 14

    Advocacy Group Urges Caution over Agricultural RNAi

    An article about a new pesticide that uses genetic sequencing to kill pests without harming beneficial insects raises controversy about the potential risks of RNA interference (RNAi).  Referenced in the article is 2006 Nobel Laureate and co-discoverer of RNAi Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology.
    Gene Silencing News

  • 02 - 24 - 14

    FDA Panel Advises Changes in Iontophoresis Regulation

    A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has recommended a less-restrictive category for iontophoresis devices, which use direct current to introduce ions of soluble salts or other drugs into the body for medical purposes.  Mary Maloney, MD, professor of medicine and director of dermatologic surgery, who serves on the panel, is quoted in the story.
    Medscape

  • 02 - 24 - 14

    State Of Emergency: 24 States Lack Basic Tools To Identify Open Beds For Psychiatric Patients

    Jeffrey L. Geller, MD, MPH, professor of psychiatry, is quoted in a story about the lack of available beds for patients needing psychiatric care and how some states track available beds.
    ThinkProgress

  • 02 - 23 - 14

    HPV vaccine: Conversations between pediatricians and parents key to ensuring daughters get vaccinated

    An article about the HPV vaccine mentions the recent UMMS study published in Clinical Pediatrics which uncovered common reasons why parents are delaying and refusing HPV vaccinations for their adolescent daughters. 
    The Global Dispatch

  • 02 - 22 - 14

    Rx Reduced Bladder Leakage in the Elderly

    Catherine E. DuBeau, MD, professor of medicine, talks about study results where fesoterodine demonstrated that the medication significantly improved urgency urinary incontinence (UUI) in the elderly.
    Daily RX

  • 02 - 22 - 14

    UMass Memorial therapy dog, Oscar, makes his final round visiting 'the kids’

    Oscar, a 16-year-old Dachshund therapy dog, retires after seven years of helping young patients at UMMHC.
    Masslive.com

  • 02 - 20 - 14

    Before Going Gluten-Free, Make Sure It’s Necessary

    In an op-ed piece, Darshak Sanghavi, MD, fellow and managing director at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, explains the three clinical reasons for considering a gluten-free diet.
    New York Times

  • 02 - 19 - 14

    Beyond 'baby blues' — treating postpartum depression

    Nancy Byatt, DO, assistant professor of psychiatry, talks about postpartum depression.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 02 - 17 - 14

    Third Rock invests $45M to launch biotech firm aimed at gene therapy

    Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Gretchen Stone Cook Chair of Biomedical Sciences and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, and Guangping Gao, PhD, the Penelope Booth Rockwell Chair in Biomedical Research and professor of microbiology & physiological systems, team up with Third Rock Ventures to try and cure or significantly reverse the effects of disorders of the central nervous system using gene therapy.
    Masslive.com
    Boston Globe
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Business Wire
    Xconomy
    FierceBiotech
    Fort Mill Times
    Phys.org

  • 02 - 14 - 14

    4 Things Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Love

    Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, who recently joined the faculty at UMass Medical School as associate professor of medicine and psychiatry and director of research at the Center for Mindfulness, examines brain activity of trial participants practicing “loving kindness” mediation in his lab at Yale University, according to a new paper on the research published in the journal Brain and Behavior.
    Huffington Post

  • 02 - 14 - 14

    Mind over cancer: can meditation aid recovery?

    Elana Rosenbaum, MS, MSW, instructor in medicine, talks about how mindfulness has helped her focus and survive non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
    The Guardian

  • 02 - 14 - 14

    Vitamin B12 accelerates worm development

    A.J. Marian Walhout, PhD, co-director of the program in systems biology and professor of molecular medicine, discusses how they have developed a novel interspecies model system that shows how bacterially supplied vitamin B12 changes gene expression, development and fertility in the model organism C. elegans.
    Science News
    Phys.org
    News Medical
    Science Daily

  • 02 - 13 - 14

    Rocky rollout of Health Connector site riles legislators

    Gov. Deval Patrick’s new special assistant in charge of overseeing the repair of the Health Connector’s troubled enrollment website told lawmakers on Wednesday that the state was seeking a six-month extension from the federal government to keep subscribers enrolled in current coverage plans beyond the March 31 deadline to give ample time to repair the faulty site.
    Taunton Daily Gazette
    Itemlive.com

  • 02 - 12 - 14

    Congressional Briefing Showcases CF Foundation Drug Development and Care Center Models

    Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education and professor of pediatrics and microbiology & physiological systems, was part of an expert panel discussion on how care delivery and drug development models in cystic fibrosis are an example for health policy experts seeking new ways to treat rare diseases and accelerate drug development.
    Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

  • 02 - 12 - 14

    Synthetic strategy targets ‘undruggable’ small RNAs

    Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Gretchen Stone Cook Chair of Biomedical Sciences and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, is quoted in an article about the discovery to design small molecules to target specific small RNAs, opening up a new way to investigate and treat disease.
    Chemistry World

  • 02 - 12 - 14

    The 10 Minutes A Day That Can Change Your Life

    Lynn Koerbel, MPH, assistant director and senior instructor of the Oasis Institute at University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, talks about the practice and benefits of being present.
    Huffington Post

  • 02 - 11 - 14

    Assessing the Impact of Smoking on Health

    Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychiatry, and Alan Woodward, M.D., chair of Tobacco Free Mass and a member of the Massachusetts Public Health Council, have co-authored an op-ed about the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s first comprehensive report on the dangers of tobacco.
    Healthcare News

  • 02 - 11 - 14

    Autistic behavior is curbed in French animal study

    A new study published in the journal Science suggesting that autism may result when a chemical switch in the brain doesn’t get turned on is a significant finding, according to UMass Medical School pediatric neurologist Andrew Zimmerman, MD, who co-authored an accompanying editorial in the Feb. 9 journal.
    Chicago Tribune

  • 02 - 11 - 14

    Expert Panel to Brief Congress on Innovative Models for Advancing Personalized Medicine and Improving High-Quality, Coordinated Care for Rare Diseases

    Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education and professor of pediatrics and microbiology & physiological systems, will be part of an expert panel discussion today on how care delivery and drug development models in cystic fibrosis are an example for health policy experts seeking new ways to treat rare diseases and accelerate drug development.
    Sacramento Bee

  • 02 - 10 - 14

    Hospitals need to address root causes of violence, experts say

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, talks about the need for trauma centers to address the cause of violence in their surrounding communities.
    Crain’s Detroit Business

  • 02 - 10 - 14

    Outdoors: Local doctors, nurses help Amazon Indians

    Doctors and nurses from UMMHC help the Quechuas of Ecuador by providing medical care and by raising funds for supplies.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 02 - 09 - 14

    For a special boy, love has made all the difference

    Joyce A. Murphy, executive vice chancellor for University of Massachusetts Medical School's Commonwealth Medicine, is quoted in a story about how the Community Case Management program, a partnership between UMMS and MassHealth, helps local families with challenging medical needs.
    Boston Globe

  • 02 - 08 - 14

    Baseball: Red Sox outlook a mystery as truck leaves for Fort Myers

    Brian D. Busconi, MD, associate professor of orthopedics and physical rehabilitation, has been named Head Minor League Physician for the Boston Red Sox.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    NECN

  • 02 - 06 - 14

    Aide: Gov to unveil plan for Connector

    Chief strategy officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has been chosen to coordinate efforts with state agencies and website developer CGI to fix the Massachusetts Health Connector website.
    CommonHealth
    MassLive.com
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Boston.com
    Government Technology
    Boston Herald
    Boston Globe

  • 02 - 06 - 14

    Testing Autism Drug In Kids, Study Blames Chemical Switch Not ‘Flipped’ At Birth

    Andrew Zimmerman, clinical professor of pediatrics, talks about two recent autism studies. One study gives better insight into how the brains of children with autism are different from those of other kids; the other shows results from a potential treatment tested in an animal model.
    WBUR
    NBC News
    Los Angeles Times
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Detroit Free Press
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    USA Today
    The Connexion
    HealthDay
    Health.com

  • 02 - 04 - 14

    College kids distressed or depressed? Consider all treatment options

    Daniel J. Kirsch, MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry, prescribes conservative measures before antidepressants for college students experiencing anxiety.
    Medical Xpress

  • 02 - 04 - 14

    Put Back The Teeth? Why We Separate Dental And Medical Care

    Hugh Silk, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health and chair of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Oral Health, is interviewed in a story about the relationship and importance of good oral health to good physical health.
    WBUR CommonHealth

  • 02 - 03 - 14

    Black Death Left a Mark on Human Genome

    Douglas T. Golenbock, MD, professor of medicine and microbiology & physiological systems and chief of infectious diseases and immunology, is quoted in an article about how the Black Death influenced the human genome.

    Science

  • 02 - 03 - 14

    HPV vaccination refusal, delay continued by some parents

    Christina Dorell, MD, MPH, associate medical director of clinical affairs, talks about a recent study published in Clinical Pediatrics uncovering common reasons why parents are delaying and refusing HPV vaccinations for their adolescent daughters.
    Healio

  • 02 - 03 - 14

    Patient infected with hepatitis at UMass Memorial Medical Center

    UMMHC report a patient who received hemodialysis at the university campus developed an infection with the hepatitis C virus and is working closely with the Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control to improve patient safety.
    WHDH
    WCVB
    Worcester Business Journal
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 02 - 03 - 14

    UMass Memorial consolidating imaging operations

    UMass Memorial Medical Center is consolidating medical imaging operations to reduce expenses.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 02 - 02 - 14

    Deerfield Academy student wins Regional Brain Bee

    Liam Gong, 15, a student at Deerfield Academy, won the 8th annual Central Massachusetts Regional Brain Bee which was held at UMass Medical School over the weekend. The event was organized by the psychiatry department and moderated by Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychiatry.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette