2014 RESEARCH

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NEJM study on robotic bladder surgery may surprise surgeons, Yates tells Reuters

Jennifer K. Yates, MD, comments on the surprising results of a new study comparing robotic bladder surgery to traditional open surgery.

UMMS to serve as host institution of international assistive technology research program

UMass Medical School is one of two American universities to serve as a host institution in a European Union funded research program focused on developing new technologies to help individuals with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability.

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.

Older adults who walk out of necessity are at highest risk for outdoor falls

Older adults are at a greater danger of falling when walking for utilitarian purposes such as shopping and appointments than when walking for recreation, according to a study from UMass Medical School.

UMass Cancer Avatar Institute, Center for Microbiome Research backed by UMass president

The UMass Cancer Avatar Institute and the Center for Microbiome Research, two promising research projects at UMass Medical School, were supported in the latest round of University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret’s Science and Technology Initiatives Fund.

Expert’s Corner: Sharone Green on threat of chikungunya virus

In our Expert's Corner video, infectious disease expert Sharone Green, MD, says local residents do not have to worry about contracting chikungunya virus at home, but must take the threat seriously if they plan to travel to the Caribbean or other places where it is endemic.

Brewer on WBUR: Mindfulness helps smokers quit

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, explained the striking impact of mindfulness on people trying to quit smoking in an interview on WBUR’s Radio Boston. The July 10 interview was a follow-up to a WBUR story that explored addiction neuroscience research underway by Dr. Brewer and other scientists at UMass Medical School.

‘Mississippi Baby’ now has detectable HIV: UMMS immunologist among researchers studying case

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.

Three UMMS scientists named in 2014 Thomson Reuters Report on most influential scientific minds

Publishing and media company Thomson Reuters names UMMS professors Phillip D. Zamore, PhD; Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD; and Eric O. Mick, ScD, among the world’s most influential and highly cited scientists.

Addiction’s impact on the brain: WBUR reports on neuroscience research at UMMS

Scientists at UMass Medical School are discovering that addiction permanently affects the connections between areas of the brain, making it a complex and hard-to treat disease, according to a new report on WBUR public radio.

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