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UMMS family physician: Binge drinking may not equal addiction, but it will hurt your health

UMMS family physician: Binge drinking may not equal addiction, but it will hurt your health

Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol this holiday may not make you an addict—according to a recent CDC report on the diagnostic criteria for alcoholism—but it will significantly damage your body. Dennis Dimitri, MD, explains the adverse effects of binge drinking in this Expert’s Corner.

$1M grant to boost development of rapid Ebola diagnostic test; UMMS supporting effort

$1M grant to boost development of rapid Ebola diagnostic test; UMMS supporting effort

UMass Medical School is involved in a new initiative, led by Diagnostics For All, to develop a rapid diagnostic test for Ebola. Such testing will make a ‘huge difference,’ according to Ebola survivor and physician Rick Sacra, who spoke at the State House press conference about the project.

Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, named 2014 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, named 2014 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, a pioneer in the study of RNA silencing, was named a 2014 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation.

MassBiologics, Voyager Therapeutics announce collaboration for viral vector manufacturing

MassBiologics, Voyager Therapeutics announce collaboration for viral vector manufacturing

MassBiologics of UMass Medical School and Voyager Therapeutics will collaborate on viral vector manufacturing at the new MassBiologics SouthCoast facility in Fall River.

Anderson Cooper turns to UMMS for 60 Minutes report on mindfulness

Anderson Cooper turns to UMMS for 60 Minutes report on mindfulness

A 60 Minutes report on mindfulness meditation features interviews with UMass Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness founder Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, and current faculty Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, and Jean King, PhD.

Too early to forecast flu season; vaccinations urged

Too early to forecast flu season; vaccinations urged

Infectious disease expert Robert Finberg, MD, said it is too early to predict whether Massachusetts will experience a severe flu season this year and urged families to get the vaccine.

Rothschild to New York Times: More research needed on ketamine as treatment for depression

Rothschild to New York Times: More research needed on ketamine as treatment for depression

While UMass Medical School psychiatrist Anthony Rothschild, MD, acknowledges that there is an urgent need for new antidepressant medications, he is cautious about the rising use of ketamine as a treatment for depression, as he told the New York Times for a Dec. 19 feature on the promising but controversial drug. 

Luzuriaga, Szabo appointed to newly endowed chairs at UMMS

Luzuriaga, Szabo appointed to newly endowed chairs at UMMS

Two newly endowed chairs were approved by the university’s Board of Trustees, according to Chancellor Michael F. Collins. Katherine F. Ruiz de Luzuriaga, MD, was named the inaugural recipient of the UMass Memorial Health Care Chair in Biomedical Research. Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, was named the inaugural recipient of the second Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research Chair.

Can a genetic test help predict which antidepressant will be most effective?

Can a genetic test help predict which antidepressant will be most effective?

Renowned depression treatment and psychopharmacology expert Anthony Rothschild, MD, is an investigator for a new clinical trial to determine if a test of an individual patient’s genes will improve antidepressant prescribing decisions and patient outcomes. 

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.   

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