An article about guiding catheters used primarily for neurovascular procedures includes comments from Ajit S. Puri, MD, assistant professor of radiology.
Guangping Gao, PhD, the Penelope Booth Rockwell Chair in Biomedical Research, director of the Gene Therapy Center and professor of microbiology & physiological systems, is quoted in an article about an improved tissue-clearing technique the leaves tissues virtually see-through in animal models.
Gregory A. Volturo, MD, chair and professor of emergency medicine, comments about proposed changes to the Prescription Monitoring Program.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Anne Marie Comeau, PhD, professor of pediatrics and deputy director of the New England Newborn Screening Program, is quoted in a story about a recent study in the NEJM which found that children with SCID who received treatment within three-and-a-half months of birth had the highest rates of survival.
Peggy W. Wu, MD, assistant professor of medicine talks about gout on a recent Health Watch segment.
Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor in Medicine, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine; Paulette Seymour Route, PhD, dean of Graduate School of Nursing; and Richard Pieters, M.D, clinical associate professor of radiation oncology, are quoted in an article about the potential role advanced practice nurses can play in meeting demand for primary health care services.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Colin C. Quinn, MD, MSPT, instructor in neurology, talks about the Governor Cellucci Tribute Road Race which will be held this Saturday, Aug. 2nd in Hudson. Julie Bowditch, administrative assistant in development and Sarah Pelletier, stewardship officer in development, explained why they are running the race. Proceeds will benefit the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund for ALS research at UMMS.
Worcester News Tonight
An article about a $17 billion bi-partisan Congressional bill to provide veterans with improved access to health care says UMass Medical School could potentially be part of the project and is “currently in active conversations with the VA to explore ways that it can improve access to health care, particularly access to specialists, close to home for veterans in the area.”
James Leary, vice chancellor for community and government relations, is quoted in an article about Worcester’s plan to offer tax breaks to biotech companies as an incentive for them to relocate to the city. The article mentions that UMass Medicine Science Park, a cluster of laboratory buildings off Plantation Street owned by UMMS, has space available for lease.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
The late Governor Paul Cellucci’s wife, Jan, continues his campaign to raise money for ALS research. Part of her efforts include the Governor Cellucci Tribute Road Race which 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
Wicked Local Hudson
Lawrence S. Rosenthal, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, explains why he’ll be riding in his 11th Pan-Mass Challenge.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Brian P. O’Sullivan, MD, a professor of pediatrics, talks about a new study which showed medications used in an experimental two-drug regimen for cystic fibrosis patients interfered with each other.
A story about health benefits provided to new born babies of veterans includes comments from Kristin Mattocks, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of quantitative health sciences.
New England Public Radio
Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, explains how the drug DNP, or 2,4-Dinitrophenol, banned in the U.S. and often used by dieters thanks to online sales, causes the body to overheat and kill brain cells.
Times of Oman
Carol Curtin, MSW, research assistant professor of family medicine & community health, is quoted in an article about the number of autistic children and adolescents who are overweight or obese.
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
Arda Könik, radiology postdoctoral research fellow, talks about a new technique developed to supplement PET and SPECT scans using a series of individual-specific XCAT phantoms that model non-rigid respiratory and body motion.
Medical Physics Web
Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and psychiatry and director of research at the Center for Mindfulness, talks about the neurological causes of addiction and how non biological therapies such as mindfulness can change the brain and be used to treat addiction.
Alexander Blount, EdD, professor of family medicine & community health, and Christine N. Runyan, PhD, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health, are quoted in a story about a man’s 15-year addiction to pain medication and his struggle to overcome addiction.
Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, discusses orphan drugs in the rheumatologic diseases.
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 a story about the new Institute for RNA Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
The child known as the “Mississippi baby”—an infant seemingly cured of HIV that was reported as a case study of a prolonged remission of HIV infection in The New England Journal of Medicine last fall—now has detectable levels of HIV after more than two years of not taking antiretroviral therapy without evidence of virus, according to the pediatric HIV specialist and researchers involved in the case, including UMass Medical School immunologist Katherine Luzuriaga, MD.
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Jay S. Himmelstein, MD, MPH, professor of family medicine & community health and medicine, is quoted in an article about overhauling Medicaid payment and delivery methods.
Andrew M. Milsten, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, is quoted in an article about the potential for baseball fans sitting in unprotected seats to suffer severe head injuries from batted balls.
President Robert L. Caret announced $865,000 in grants from the President's Science and Technology Initiatives Fund. The funds will support seven promising faculty research projects ranging from using big data analytics in climatology and health care to developing radar-like laser technology known as LIDAR to study wind energy and ocean and forested environments.
Boston Business Journal
Amy Weinstock and Maura Buckley of UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, both parents of children on the autism spectrum, talked to Charter TV3’s Worcester News Tonight about new legislation that requires MassHealth to cover medically necessary autism services.
Channel 3, Worcester News Tonight
George Abraham, MD, MPH, clinical professor of medicine and governor of the American College of Physicians for the state of Massachusetts, talks to WBUR about guidelines that recommend using a single dose of the antibiotic doxycycline as a prophylactic to prevent Lyme disease.
Scientists at UMass Medical School have found that addiction appears to permanently affect the connections between areas of the brain to almost “hard-wire” the brain to support the addiction. They are now investigating the role mindfulness can play in deactivating the part of the brain that experiences addiction. Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and psychiatry and director of research at the Center for Mindfulness; Joseph R. Difranza, MD, professor of family medicine & community health; Andrew R. Tapper, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and interim director of the Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute; and Jean A. King, associate provost for biomedical research and professor of psychiatry, are quoted in the story.
WBUR Radio Boston
David Ayers, MD, the Arthur M. Pappas, MD, Chair in Orthopedics and chair and professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, is quoted in an article about the newly formed Joint Replacement Learning Community, which seeks to bring together 32 medical centers worldwide with expertise in joint and orthopedic medicine to look at ways to improve costs and patient outcomes associated with total hip and knee joint replacement.
Ortho Spine News
Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics and professor of medicine, talks about diagnosing Lyme disease.
Oliver J. Rando, MD, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, comments on a new study which suggests that a mother’s environment during pregnancy can alter the expression of DNA passed to offspring and future generations.
New research data gathered from the FORCE-TJR database by Patricia D. Franklin, MD, MBA, MPH, professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and family medicine & community health, and David Ayers, MD, the Arthur M. Pappas, MD, Chair in Orthopedics and chair and professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, identifies optimal ages for joint replacement surgery.
Ortho Spine News
Heather Forkey, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, offers recommendations for diagnosing children with ADHD.
An article about companies offering new prenatal DNA tests that screen for conditions like Down syndrome, a chromosomal disorder that causes developmental disabilities references research by Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology, that the extra chromosome linked to Down syndrome could potentially be “switched off.”
WFCR, New England Public Radio
The late Governor Paul Cellucci’s wife continues his campaign to find a cure for ALS. She’s directing the Governor Cellucci Tribute Road Race which will be held Aug. 2 in his hometown of Hudson. Proceeds will benefit the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund for ALS research at UMMS. Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Robert H. Brown, Jr., DPhil, MD, Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research, chair and professor of neurology, are quoted in the article. Alumna Diane M. Riccio, PhD “03 and her husband have pledged $1 million to the UMass ALS Fund, the largest alumni donation ever to UMass Medical School.
UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits program helps a Marshfield man who is paralyzed from the neck down find full-time employment answering phone calls about insurance claims and benefits for Blue Cross Blue Shield. Kathy Petkauskos, senior program director for Work Without Limits, is quoted in the story.