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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.   

‘Near death, and overmedicated:’ New York Times columnist weighs in on UMMS study findings

‘Near death, and overmedicated:’ New York Times columnist weighs in on UMMS study findings

The new UMMS study led by Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE, that found nursing home residents with advanced dementia often receive medications of questionable benefit prompted a strong reaction from a New York Times columnist.  

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.

London to Globe: Single-payer transformation would be complex in Mass.

London to Globe: Single-payer transformation would be complex in Mass.

UMass Medical School health policy expert Katharine London, part of the team developing the Vermont single-payer financing model, talked to the Boston Globe about the complexities of bringing that reform to Massachusetts.

UMMS expert explains FSHD progression and researches the genetic basis

UMMS expert explains FSHD progression and researches the genetic basis

Charles P. Emerson Jr., PhD, director of the UMMS Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center, talks to WCVB about facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), one of the nine primary types of muscular dystrophy.

UMMS research featured as inaugural AAMC ‘Health Equity Research Virtual Site Visit’

UMMS research featured as inaugural AAMC ‘Health Equity Research Virtual Site Visit’

A new AAMC resource that highlights health equity research, called the “Health Equity Research Virtual Site Visit,” features UMass Medical School in its inaugural post.

Expanded newborn screening offers early diagnosis, treatment of infants with SCID

Expanded newborn screening offers early diagnosis, treatment of infants with SCID

Data from 11 newborn screening programs, including the New England Newborn Screening Program, showed that newborn screening for severe combined immunodeficiency can be successfully implemented across public health newborn screening programs, according to a new study published in the Aug. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

GSBS student receives HHMI International Student Research Fellowship

GSBS student receives HHMI International Student Research Fellowship

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences student Tsung-Han “Stanley” Hsieh is one of 46 international pre-doctoral students selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to receive International Student Research Fellowships that will support them as they complete their graduate studies at U.S. universities. The highly competitive award is funded at $43,000 per year for up to three years.

Video: Scientists at UMMS working toward ALS cure

Video: Scientists at UMMS working toward ALS cure

The viral video “Ice Bucket Challenge” campaign is making ALS a household word across the country and shining a light on the scientists around the world searching for a cure. At UMass Medical School, Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, one of the world’s foremost authorities on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, heads a multi-disciplinary team of scientists researching treatments and a cure for the disease. In this video, he and colleagues discuss the groundbreaking research taking place here.

Feldman, Doerfler to Telegram: there are ways to prevent suicide

Feldman, Doerfler to Telegram: there are ways to prevent suicide

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette turned to Barry Feldman, PhD, and Leonard Doerfler, PhD, both UMass Medical School suicide experts, for answers to questions about suicide raised by the death of actor Robin Williams. 

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