News Makers 2014

- archived News Makers -
  • 05 - 29 - 14

    F.D.A. Announces Stricter Rules on Tanning Beds

    Mary Maloney, MD, professor of medicine and director of dermatologic surgery, and Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, are quoted in an article about stricter regulations from the FDA on the use of tanning beds for anyone under the age of 18.
    New York Times
    Medical Xpress
    Fox 28 Columbus
    Dallas News

  • 05 - 29 - 14

    FDA Proposes Rule to Regulate E-Cigarettes

    An article about the FDA’s push to regulate e-cigarettes and the growing concern regarding claims of health benefits contains quotes from Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychiatry. 
    Psychiatric News

  • 05 - 29 - 14

    Race in Hudson to honor late Gov. Cellucci

    The Governor Cellucci Tribute Road Race will be held Aug. 2 in his hometown of Hudson.  Proceeds will benefit the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund for ALS research at UMMS.
    MetroWest Daily News

  • 05 - 28 - 14

    Millbury solar project complete

    UMass Medical School will pay for 3 megawatts of power generated by a newly completed solar array built by Boston-based renewable energy company First Wind. UMMS has a 30-year agreement with First Wind and two other solar companies to purchase up to 12 megawatts of power. Over the course of the agreement UMMS is projected to save a third off its current energy costs—an equivalent of $715,000 annually at today’s rates.
    Worcester Business Journal
    WWLP News 22
    Energy Business Review
    Renewable Energy Focus

  • 05 - 27 - 14

    Delaying Total Joint Replacement Reduces Surgery Effectiveness

    Using data from the UMMS-led FORCE-TJR joined replacement registry, David Ayers, MD, the Arthur M. Pappas, MD, Chair in Orthopedics, chair and professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and director of the Musculoskeletal Center of Excellence, has identified national norms for the timing of hip and knee replacements. 
    Becker's Orthopedic Review

  • 05 - 27 - 14

    Just One Night Of Binge Drinking Can Take A Toll On Your Immune System

    A new study on binge drinking by Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, found that a single episode of excessive drinking can have significant negative health effects resulting in bacteria leaking from the gut, leading to increased levels of toxins in the blood.
    Business Insider
    Medscape
    Medical News Today
    Daily Digest News
    WebMD
    Delaware Country Daily Times
    Tech Times
    Science World
    University Herald
    Daily Mail
    Business Standard
    Bioscience Technology
    Medical Xpress
    Red Orbit
    Guardian Liberty Voice
    The Times
    New Delhi Times
    Daily Mail
    Headlines & Global News
    Inquisitr.com
    Deccan Chronicle
    Independent.ie
    NDTV
    Food Comsumer

  • 05 - 26 - 14

    Fundraising road race will honor the late Paul Cellucci

    The Governor Cellucci Tribute Road Race will he held Aug. 2 in his hometown of Hudson.  Proceeds will benefit the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund for ALS research at UMMS.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 26 - 14

    Neurons can use local stores for communication needs

    New research by Jose R. Lemos, PhD, professor of microbiology and physiological systems, finds that neurons have a greater capacity than previously appreciated to fine-tune their communications with other cells.
    Medical Xpress

  • 05 - 26 - 14

    Researchers develop 'wireless' nanotechnology for studying neurons

    Yang Xiang, PhD, assistant professor of neurobiology, and Gang Han, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, have received a three-year, $900,000 grant from the Human Frontiers Science Program to lead an international team of scientists in the development and implementation of a new optogenetic platform that can remotely activate neurons inside a free-moving organism.
    AZ Nano
    Controlled Environments
    Nanowerk

  • 05 - 25 - 14

    EcoTarium receives award, grant

    Autism specialists from UMass Medical School are working with the EcoTarium's Countdown to Kindergarten program, a one-day celebration for incoming kindergarten students in Worcester public schools that helps families with members who have physical or mental disabilities and learning or social difficulties.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 23 - 14

    Why a MERS Vaccine Won't Be Easy

    Robert W. Finberg, MD, chair and professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about the emergence of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
    National Geographic

  • 05 - 22 - 14

    An Epidemic of Preterm Births

    Preterm birth is a leading cause of infant death and disabilities worldwide. A local family talks about their experience having a preterm baby. Dale Magee, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Alan Peter Picarillo, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, are quoted in the article.
    Worcester Magazine

  • 05 - 22 - 14

    UMass Medical adds $1.7B to state economy

    UMass Medical School generated $1.7 billion in economic activity in FY 2013, an amount 42 times greater than the $41 million investment the state made in it, according to a new report by the UMass Donahue Institute.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 21 - 14

    Is This Patient's Cryoglobulin Hiding Something?

    In an op-ed, Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, discusses treating a patient with a history of hepatitis C viral infection and mixed cryoglobulinemia who presented with palpable purpura on his lower extremities.
    Medscape

  • 05 - 20 - 14

    Surprising ways you're making seasonal allergy symptoms worse

    Whitney A. Dunlap, MD, MS, assistant professor of medicine, provides tips for combating seasonal allergies.
    WCVB Channel 5

  • 05 - 20 - 14

    Health Watch Ankle Injuries Extended

    Abhay R. Patel, MD, assistant professor of orthopedics and physical rehabilitation, discusses ankle injuries and offers advice for treating symptoms.
    Charter TV3

  • 05 - 20 - 14

    Health Watch In Depth – Joint Replacement

    David Ayers, MD, chair and professor of orthopedics and physical rehabilitation; Deborah M. DeMarco, MD, professor of medicine;  Katherine Upchurch, MD, clinical professor of medicine; and Jennifer Anne Baima, MD, assistant professor of orthopedics and physical rehabilitation, are featured on a recent Health Watch segment discussing joint replacement.
    Charter TV3

  • 05 - 20 - 14

    Health Watch Lung Cancer Screening Extended

    Max Paul Rosen, MD, MPH, chair and professor of radiology, discusses the effectiveness of lung cancer screenings.
    Charter TV3

  • 05 - 20 - 14

    Health Watch Ticks Extended

    Christina R. Hermos, MD, MS, assistant professor of pediatrics, gives advice about preventing and caring for tick bites.
    Charter TV3

  • 05 - 20 - 14

    Molecule acts as umpire to make tough life-or-death calls

    New research by Michelle A. Kelliher, PhD, professor of cancer biology, helps solve the mystery of the enzyme receptor-interacting protein kinase 1’s (RIPK1) role in cell survival. This work offers clues about how the immune system fights infection and suggests possible strategies for treating problems ranging from heart attack to cancer.
    HealthCanal

  • 05 - 19 - 14

    WSU grads told to use their advantages

    John Sullivan, MD, professor of pediatrics and molecular medicine, gave the 2014 commencement address at Worcester State University.
    Masslive
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 18 - 14

    Researches get creative in hunt for dollars

    Michael R. Green, MD, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Lambi and Sarah Adams Chair in Genetic Research, professor of molecular medicine and biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, and director of the Program in Gene Function and Expression; Dale Greiner, PhD, the Dr. Eileen L. Berman and Stanley I. Berman Foundation Chair in Biomedical Research and professor of molecular medicine; and Jean A. King, PhD, professor of psychiatry and associate provost for biomedical research, talk to the Worcester Telegram  & Gazette about declining NIH funds and how researchers are turning to private sources to finance their work.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 18 - 14

    Virtual dissection table gives startling views

    Anne Gilroy, MA, associate professor of cell and developmental biology, demonstrates Anatomage. A life-size interactive virtual dissection tool, the new technology can be used to augment traditional anatomy lab experiences using preloaded images as well actual CT or MRI images from the clinical setting.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 17 - 14

    Can your genes make you kill?

    Heidi A. Tissenbaum, PhD, associate professor of molecular medicine, is quoted in an article about mapping the DNA of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza for genetic abnormalities.
    Smart Planet

  • 05 - 16 - 14

    Two from UMass Med Center to lead Mass. Medical Society

    Richard S. Pieters, MD, clinical associate professor of radiation oncology and Dennis M. Dimitri, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health, have been selected to lead the Massachusetts Medical Society for the 2014-2015 year. Dr. Pieters Jr., was elected president and Dr. Dimitri was named president-elect.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 05 - 15 - 14

    A poignant memorial ceremony

    In an op-ed, Albert B. Southwick talks about attending the Anatomical Gift Donors Memorial Service at UMMS for his late sister who donated her body to the program. In the piece he recounts the uplifting, moving and respectful service put on by the School of Medicine class of 2017.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 15 - 14

    Bite-sized tweets effective new weight loss weapon

    A new study by Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, evaluates the use of social media as a potential weight loss tool.
    WFXT-Fox 25 Boston (link not available)

  • 05 - 15 - 14

    CT health survey uncovers high disease rate

    A survey designed, conducted and analyzed by UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division reveals that 45 percent of Connecticut’s residents have been told they have a chronic condition.
    Hartford Business Journal

  • 05 - 15 - 14

    Health Watch Spring Allergies

    Stephen J. Krinzman, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, talks about spring allergies and offers advice for treating symptoms.
    Charter TV3

  • 05 - 15 - 14

    UMass Med School to manage NY prison health care

    The Federal Bureau of Prisons has awarded the University of Massachusetts Medical School an $8 million contract to manage comprehensive medical services for nearly 1,000 inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) located in Ray Brook, New York.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Herald Online.com
    Worcester Business Journal
    Lowell Sun
    Boston Magazine
    Gray Medicine

  • 05 - 14 - 14

    eICU study fails to find clear benefits

    An article about whether implementing telemedicine monitoring in an intensive care unit can improve patient care references a study conducted at UMass Memorial Health Care.
    FierceHealthIT

  • 05 - 14 - 14

    Vasculopathy: A Treatment on the Horizon?

    In an op-ed Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, discusses recent findings published in the March 6 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine which point to a genetic basis for early-onset polyarteritis nodosa and early-onset lacunar strokes and fever.
    Medscape

  • 05 - 13 - 14

    Study to document benefits of therapy dogs for pediatric cancer patients

    UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts in Worcester are in the final stages of a clinical study to document the positive effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) in helping pediatric cancer patients and their families.  The program is funded by the American Humane Association, Zoetis and the Pfizer Foundation.
    Philly.com

  • 05 - 13 - 14

    Worcester public libraries will retain hours and locations in 2015

    An article about the Worcester public libraries refers to a donation UMass Medical School has made to Worcester's One City–One Library initiative to help Worcester students achieve academic success and prepare for future career opportunities in the increasingly demanding life sciences and health care-driven economy.
    Masslive.com

  • 05 - 12 - 14

    UMass Medical School students enjoy their new Best Buddies

    Medical student Justin Pespisa, SOM 2016, launched a Best Buddies chapter at UMass Medical School this year to promote friendships between adults with intellectual disabilities, aspiring doctors and advanced practice nurses. Pespisa and fellow medical students Victoria Winslow, SOM 2017, co-founder of Best Buddies and Salim Zerriny, SOM 2016, are interviewed in the segment. They explain how the program helps reinforce the importance of compassion in health care.
    Charter TV3 News (begins are marker 6:50)

  • 05 - 11 - 14

    Sunday Sit-down: Dr. Heather C. Forkey

    Heather Campbell Forkey, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, talks to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette about her new role as chief of the Division of Child Protection at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 09 - 14

    Menopause May Dramatically Up Depression, Mania Risk in BD

    Wendy K. Marsh, MD, MS, associate professor of psychiatry, is quoted in an article about the increased risk for depression in menopausal women.
    Medscape

  • 05 - 08 - 14

    Researchers eye brown fat to combat obesity and diabetes

    Marcus P. Cooper, MD, assistant professor of medicine, appears on Fox-TV 25 to discuss the latest research into brown adipose tissue, otherwise known as brown fat. Prevalent in people when they are babies, brown fat provides protection and warmth to newborns. Because of its ability to take calories from normal fat and burn it, researchers are investigating how brown fat can used to curb diabetes and obesity in adults.
    Fox-TV 25 Boston (link unavailable)

  • 05 - 08 - 14

    Central Mass. college students to 'shine' at Statehouse today

    UMass Medical School MD/PhD student Jennifer MacDonald, SOM ’14, was named by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education as one of its “29 Who Shine” honorees for 2014. She will be recognized by Gov. Deval Patrick at an awards ceremony at the State House on May 8.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 08 - 14

    Health Watch Perinatal Depression

    During a recent Health Watch segment, psychiatrist Nancy Byatt, DO, assistant professor of psychiatry, explores the difference between prenatal depression and postpartum depression. She also discusses why it’s so important for women to seek treatment and talk with health care providers if they are concerned about their emotional health. 
    Charter TV3 Health Watch

  • 05 - 07 - 14

    Deborah Weymouth named as next HealthAlliance Hospital president and CEO

    Deborah Weymouth was announced as the new president and CEO of HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster. Eric W. Dickson, MD, MHCM, FACEP, senior associate dean, professor of emergency medicine and president and chief executive officer of UMass Memorial Health Care, is quoted in the story.
    Masslive.com
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 06 - 14

    Boston researchers get $5.9M in grants

    Alan G. Rosmarin, MD, professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about $5.9 million in research grants awarded by the American Cancer Society.
    Boston Herald

  • 05 - 05 - 14

    Bite-sized tweets effective new weight loss weapon

    A new study by Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, evaluates the use of social media as a potential weight loss tool.
    WCVB Boston

  • 05 - 05 - 14

    Translational Facilities Blend Research with Clinical Care

    An article about the evolution of translational research references the Albert Sherman Center at UMMS.
    Laboratory Equipment

  • 05 - 04 - 14

    Medical care clinic hails milestone

    James J. Ledwith, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health and medical student Valeria Valant, SOM class of 2017, talk about their volunteer work at a clinic offering free medical services at the Epworth United Methodist Church on Salisbury Street.  Jennifer MacDonald, MD/PhD student and SOM class of 2014, was also mentioned in the article. Volunteer Rebecca Compton, SOM class of 2016 is pictured in the article.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 04 - 14

    Sunny outlook for green energy in Massachusetts

    Melissa Lucas, energy and sustainability manager, talks about the advantages of solar power and the 30-year agreements UMass Medical School recently signed with three solar farms in Western Massachusetts. Over the course of the agreements, UMMS is projected to save a third off its current energy costs—an equivalent of $715,000 annually at today’s rates.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 02 - 14

    Harr launches drive to support UMass Medicine Cancer Center of Excellence

    The Harr Motor Group is raising money toward a $50,000 goal in support of the 16th annual UMass Medicine Cancer Walk on Sept. 28th
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 05 - 02 - 14

    Two Tests Not to Delay in RA

    In an op-ed Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, discusses observations recently published in the February 2014 issue of Arthritis Research and Therapy  about the correlation (or lack thereof) between acute-phase reactants and disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis.
    Medscape

  • 05 - 01 - 14

    How Hospitalists Can Improve Efficiency on Inpatient Wards

    An op-ed that examines how to make the pre-rounding, rounding, and follow-up phases of a hospitalist’s typical workday more efficient was co-authored by Christine Donahue, MD, assistant professor of medicine.
    The Hospitalist

  • 05 - 01 - 14

    UMass Medical Using ‘Virtual Anatomy’ To Teach Students

    Anne Gilroy, MA, associate professor of cell and developmental biology, demonstrates Anatomage. A life-size interactive virtual dissection tool, the new technology can be used to augment traditional anatomy lab experiences using preloaded images as well actual CT or MRI images from the clinical setting. Medical students Scott Pascal, SOM ’15 and Pamela Lu, SOM ’15, are also quoted in the story.
    Boston.com

  • 05 - 01 - 14

    UMass Memorial uses multiple approaches to pain in clinics, specialty practice

    In an article about the increase in abuse of prescription pain medication, Stephen T. Earls, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health and medical director of Barre Family Health Center, talks about ways to help patients with chronic pain. Also quoted in the article is M. Richard Pavao, MD, assistant professor of anesthesiology.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette