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Expert’s Corner: Parents need guidance on how to keep babies safe while they sleep

Expert’s Corner: Parents need guidance on how to keep babies safe while they sleep

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control finds that 55 percent of infants are put to bed in unsafe sleep environments. In this Expert’s Corner video, UMass Medical School’s Linda Sagor, MD, MPH, explains the dangers and how to keep babies sleeping safely.   

Expert’s Corner: Don’t worry about Ebola—but be very worried about flu

Expert’s Corner: Don’t worry about Ebola—but be very worried about flu

In this Expert’s Corner video, infectious disease specialist Robert Finberg, MD, compares the incidence and dangers of flu versus Ebola in the United States—and urges everyone to get flu vaccines. 

UMMS study: Tanning beds widely available on or near college campuses, despite cancer risk

UMMS study: Tanning beds widely available on or near college campuses, despite cancer risk

Despite a high skin cancer risk, tanning beds are available on campus or in off-campus housing at nearly half of the nation’s top colleges, and access is frequently discounted or entirely free of charge, according to a new study from Sherry Pagoto at UMass Medical School.

Expert’s Corner: Pediatric critical care specialist on enterovirus D68

Expert’s Corner: Pediatric critical care specialist on enterovirus D68

Scot Bateman, MD, talks about how to prevent and treat enterovirus D68, and offers guidance and reassurance for worried parents.

Expert’s Corner: UMMS pediatrician explains rare respiratory illness outbreak in parts of country

Expert’s Corner: UMMS pediatrician explains rare respiratory illness outbreak in parts of country

The Centers for Disease Control is warning of a spike in cases of a rare respiratory illness identified as enterovirus D68 that is sickening children in about a dozen states, though none have yet been reported in New England. Pediatrician Christina Hermos explains the symptoms and treatment in this Expert’s Corner video.   

New UMMS study shows medications of questionable benefit used in advanced dementia

New UMMS study shows medications of questionable benefit used in advanced dementia

Nursing home residents with advanced dementia often receive medications of questionable benefit with costly consequences, according to a new study by researchers at UMass Medical School, published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine on Sept. 8.

Video: Tobacco-free decision by CVS benefits youth

Video: Tobacco-free decision by CVS benefits youth

Tobacco policy expert Tina Grosowsky explains why youth will be the biggest beneficiaries of the landmark decision by leading retail pharmacy chain CVS Caremark to clear its shelves of all tobacco products as of Sept. 3. 

Expert’s Corner: How zebrafish are helping to unlock melanoma genetics

Expert’s Corner: How zebrafish are helping to unlock melanoma genetics

In this Expert’s Corner video, Craig J. Ceol, PhD, explains how he is using the zebrafish to identify the genes that give rise to melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

Expert’s Corner: Infertility common but diagnosis, treatments have improved

Expert’s Corner: Infertility common but diagnosis, treatments have improved

In this Expert’s Corner video, obstetrician/gynecologist and reproductive medicine pioneer Julia Johnson, MD, gives an update on infertility incidence, causes and diagnosis, and talks about improved success rates for today’s infertility treatments.

DNP drug users risk ‘literally baking to death,’ Boyer tells Reuters

DNP drug users risk ‘literally baking to death,’ Boyer tells Reuters

Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, explains to Reuters how the drug DNP, or 2,4-Dinitrophenol, breaks the body’s cycle of making and storing energy and instead releases it as heat.

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