2004 News Makers 

The following News Makers are listed by month in reverse chronological order. 

December 

A Dec. 28 Newhouse News Service story, discussing the number of patients who don’t show up for scheduled appointments, referenced a study conducted by Suzanne Cashman, ScD,  associate professor of family medicine & community health. The report noted Dr. Cashman’s findings that people who suffer from certain psychological conditions, including depression or panic/anxiety disorder, are less likely to keep such appointments. 

In telling the story of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, The Boston Globe, the New Jersey Star-Ledger, WTAG-AM and New England Cable News “Worcester News Tonight” all interviewed Richard Aghababian, MD,  professor and chair of emergency medicine, during the week of Dec. 27. Dr. Aghababian specifically discussed the major challenges and public health threats posed by contaminated water supplies and the disruption of sanitary systems in the affected zone in the wake of the natural disaster. 

A Dec. 21 Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise story regarding the safety of Celebrex and Vioxx quoted Judith A. Stebulis, MD, assistant professor of medicine, who spoke about alternative pain medication options for individuals who suffer from arthritis.

Richard T. Ellison, MD, professor of medicine, was interviewed for a Dec. 14 Clinton Item article discussing a recommendation by the regional Archdiocese for parishioners who don’t feel well to help stem the spread of flu by refraining from drinking wine from the communal cup during Communion and shaking hands during the Sign of Peace. 

UMMS Chancellor and Dean  Aaron Lazare, MD, was interviewed on Dec. 7 by BBC Radio for “All In the Mind,” a half-hour broadcast that focuses on psychological and emotional issues. Dr. Lazare and the BBC host discussed apology and its impact and Dr. Lazare provided insight into two recent public political apologies. 

November 

The Nov. 30 edition of The Boston Globe quoted Milagros C. Rosal, PhD , assistant professor of medicine, in a story exploring the issue of nutrition for poor, urban populations. Dr. Rosal spoke about the challenges certain groups face in accessing fresh, nutritious foods that are affordable and the behavioral issues involved when trying to help such populations incorporate better foods into their diets. 

UMMS Chancellor and Dean Aaron Lazare was featured in the Nov. 19 edition of the Montana Missoulian regarding a talk he gave on apology to doctors, nurses and staff members of a local hospital. The paper also touted Dr. Lazare’s new book, On Apology, which sold 8,000 copies in its first month and earned a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. 

Joseph DiFranza, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, was interviewed by WTAG-AM radio about smoking prevention and cessation in recognition of the annual Great American Smokeout on Nov. 18. Dr. DiFranza, an expert on adolescent tobacco utilization, has been recognized nationally for his contribution to efforts to prevent the illegal sale of tobacco to children. 

Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD,  associate vice chancellor for school services, was a guest on the Jordan Levy Show on WTAG-AM Nov. 16.  Dr. Hines spoke at length about the Medical School’s learning contract and how it has channeled many physicians to practice primary care in 

Massachusetts or offer medical specialty services in underserved areas of the Commonwealth.

The Nov. 15 issue of the Worcester Business Journal quoted Graduate School of Nursing Dean Doreen C. Harper, PhD, in a story exploring the shortage of clinical nurses and the challenges of recruiting qualified nurse educators to train new nurses. 

A November 15 Worcester Business Journal story, which explored the issue of obesity and how some employers are considering programs to help workers lose weight, featured Mitchell J. Gitkind, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine and medical director of the Weight Center at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Gitkind spoke about the scope of the problem and the challenges people face when trying to lose weight and keep it off long term. 

On November 14 the Worcester Telegram & Gazette featured Michael P. Czech, PhD, professor and chair of molecular medicine, in a story regarding research and development projects in Central Massachusetts . Dr. Czech specifically credited RNAi technology, which was developed at UMMS, for helping to create jobs in the region and help generate revenue for the Medical School .

Ashok Saluja, MSc, PhD,  professor of surgery, was interviewed for a Nov. 9 WCVB-TV Channel 5 Health segment on pancreatic cancer that focused on his work investigating heat shock proteins and their role in pancreatic cancer. The segment also included information about a Nov. 10 symposium hosted by the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance and UMMS that featured Dana K. Andersen, MD  , professor of surgery. 

H. Scott Gonzalez, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, was quoted in the Nov. 8 edition of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette discussing facts about depression in older adults. Dr. Gonzalez specifically noted that age itself is not a risk factor for depression; instead, it appears to be tied predominantly to the amount of loss one experiences as one grows older.  

Michael D. Wertheimer, MD, professor of surgery and director of UMass Memorial’s Comprehensive Breast Center, was interviewed for a Nov. 6 Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise article in which he discussed the latest techniques for breast cancer detection and treatment. 

James G. Dobson, PhD, professor of physiology, and Michael F. Ethier, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, were interviewed for a Nov. 1 Worcester Telegram & Gazette Health Page regarding their serendipitous heart study that inevitably led to the creation of an anti-aging skin cream. The key ingredient the two were investigating is adenosine, a naturally occuring molecule in the body that helps both heart muscle and blood vessel walls contract and relax and, per Drs. Dobson and Ethier's studies, also promotes skin health and the reduction of wrinkles that come with aging. 

Peter Westervelt, MD, PhD, assistant professor of cell biology, was quoted in a Nov. 1 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article that covered the 10-year anniversary of the UMass Memorial Bone Marrow Transplant Program. Dr. Westervelt, who is also program director, noted that the program is well established -- recently completing its 450th transplant -- but is also forging ahead with cutting-edge research and treatments. 

October 

Robert A. Klugman, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, was recognized in the Oct. 29 edition of the Westborough News following his receipt of the Westborough Good Scout Award from the Knox Trail Council and Tri River District of the Boy Scouts of America.  

John P. Gusha, DMD, instructor in family medicine & community health, was quoted in an Oct. 26 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article describing two, multi-year projects that the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts recently funded to address the continuing oral health crisis in the region. 

In the Boston Globe’s Oct. 23 “Sound Body” column, which addressed the shortage of flu vaccine available and the impact of the virus on the aged and infirm, Professor of Medicine Jennifer S. Daly, MD, stated that otherwise healthy individuals who had the flu last year are unlikely to get it again if the particular virus strain doesn’t deviate too much this year. 

Robert J. Carey, PhD,  assistant professor of psychiatry and captain of the Red Psyx softball team, provided insight into the mind of a typical Red Sox fan in an October 23 Sentinel and Enterprise story, discussing the anxiety felt by people throughout the region now that the Sox have made it to through the playoffs and are within reach of the first World Series title since 1918.  

Faculty members Michael P. Hirsh, MD , professor of pediatrics and surgery; Mariann M. Manno, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics; Erin M. McMaster, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics; Brian D. Busconi, MD, associate professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation; Richard A. Moriarty, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, all contributed to an eight-page supplement in the Oct. 20 Worcester Telegram & Gazette that focused on children's health and safety. 

In response to the removal of the popular arthritis pain reliever Vioxx from the market, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette published an Oct. 18 Health page that discussed various medicinal and therapeutic ways to control pain. Quoted in the article were Department of Medicine faculty members Patricia N. Soscia, MD, associate professor, and Elaine A. Borgen, MD, assistant professor. 

On Oct. 18, NECN’s “Worcester News Tonight” featured William H. O'Brien, MSW , instructor in psychiatry, in a report on the emotional and psychological elements affecting Red Sox fans during the playoffs. Mr. O’Brien related that the association between fan and professional sports team can be personal and intense, in particular for Red Sox fans who have felt great hope and profound disappointment over the team’s decades-long quest for a World Series championship. 

Edward W. Boyer, MD, PhD, associate professor of emergency medicine, was quoted in an Oct. 18 

Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise article discussing teen use of over-the-counter medications to “get high” and the steps some pharmacies are taking to stop this abuse.

Celia A. Schiffer, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, was quoted in an Oct. 16 online article by NewScientist.com discussing research she co-authored which targets the structure of an HIV enzyme and further elucidates why the virus can become resistant to protease inhibitors. The article also contended that this work could help investigators design better drugs to which HIV would struggle to develop resistance. 

An Oct. 14 story in The Boston Globe quoted William F. Corbett, MD,  assistant professor of medicine and vice president of community practices atUMass Memorial Medical Center, regarding the shortage of flu vaccine this year. The story detailed a state Department of Public Health order requiring all healthcare providers to adhere to CDC guidelines when administering flu vaccine.

Stephen N. Jones, PhD, associate professor of cell biology, provided information about stem cells and their use in research for an Oct. 11 Sentinel & Enterprise article about the presidential candidates’ views on stem cells. 

Jerry  H. Gurwitz, MD,  the Dr. John Meyers Professor of Primary Care Medicine, was interviewed for an Oct. 11 Reuters Health article which focused on a University of North Carolina study that found a majority of elderly people in assisted-living or residential care facilities are not receiving all of the medications they need.  According to Dr. Gurwitz, who is a nationally recognized expert in geriatric medicine and the use of drug therapy for seniors, doctors often hesitate to prescribe medications to the elderly because there is little information about drug safety in older populations or they are concerned that a new prescription could interfere with the senior’s often complicated drug regiment. 

Richard T. Ellison, MD,  professor of medicine, was interviewed for an Oct. 7 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article following on the heels of the FDA’s announcement that, due to a problem with contamination during production, the major provider of vaccine would be shipping 50 million doses instead of 100 million. The article focused on the vaccine supply and who should/should not get vaccinated. 

Francis J. Bednarek, MD,    professor of pediatrics, was interviewed for an Oct. 4 WorcesterTelegram & Gazette article describing the 30th anniversary celebration for the UMass Memorial Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Bednarek, who is chief of neonatology, was also quoted discussing the changes he’s experienced in the unit since he joined the staff in 1975.

Azra Raza, MD, professor of medicine, spoke to WTAG-AM radio about UMMS’ participation in The Estée Lauder Companies' Global Landmarks Illumination Initiative in support of breast cancer awareness. Beginning October 1, the  Aaron Lazare Medical Research Building became the first Massachusetts structure to be lit in a hue of pink for five nights, reflecting, as Dr. Raza explained, the UMass Memorial Cancer Center ’s commitment to translational cancer research.

Mark I. Furman, MD,  associate professor of medicine, was quoted in the October Hospital News regarding typical medical regimen cardiac care in an article focused on what to do in your 50s to best maintain cardiac health in your 60s, 70s, and beyond. 

The October edition of Hospital News featured coverage of a UMMS research team, led by Aldo A. Rossini, MD, the William and Doris Krupp Professor of Medicine, that is planning to test a new protocol for islet cell transplantation. The transplant program, which uses a novel protocol for therapy that may help the patients live lives free of insulin dependence, will transplant insulin-producing cells into two people who suffer from type 1 diabetes. 

September 

Paul S. Appelbaum, MD, the Arnold F. Zeleznik Professor and chair of Psychiatry, was interviewed in a Chicago Sun Times article Sept. 27 about whether people suffering psychotic illnesses such as schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia are more likely to commit violent crimes. The story was pegged to a recent shooting by a young Chicago man with bipolar disorder.

Jeffrey Cukor, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, and Andrew L. Garrett, MD,  instructor in pediatrics, were interviewed Sept. 23 by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, NECN’s “Worcester News Tonight” and WFXT-TV Channel 25 as they and their colleagues on UMass Memorial’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team prepared for deployment to Florida . The team was called upon to provide assistance in the wake of several hurricanes that have battered the coast; a number of hospitals in the area remained without power or water days after the storms.

Chancellor and Dean Aaron Lazare, MD, spoke with Paul Bruno, host of "Worcester Academically Speaking," for a two-part interview about apology as well as his new book On Apology, which aired Sept. 19 and 26 on WTAG-AM radio. Dr. Lazare also discussed the book on WTAG-AM's  "Jordan Levy Show" on Sept. 22, as well as in a number of additional local and national radio, television, and print outlets, including the  Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Miami Herald.

In the Sept. 13 issue of the Chicago Sun Times ,  Mark I. Furman, MD,  associate professor of medicine, discussed the dramatic increase seen in the number of cardiac catheterization procedures performed at UMass Memorial following former President Bill Clinton’s heart surgery. Another article that also sprang from Mr. Clinton’s procedure – published in the September 12 edition of the Fitchburg  Sentinel & Enterprise – quoted Dr. Furman with regard to calcium score scans and their use as a potential marker for gauging heart attack risk. 

Stephen J. Doxsey, PhD,  associate professor of molecular medicine, was featured in a Sept. 13 Worcester Telegram & Gazette Health page article discussing the link between centrosome abnormalities and cancer.    Dr. Doxsey was also named in a Sept. 10 Telegram piece, which reported on a licensing agreement between UMMS and Cytyc Corporation to develop a test that would predict whether precancerous cells will progress to become aggressive cancer.     

Richard Aghababian, MD,  chair of emergency medicine, was interviewed for a Sept. 17 Boston Globe article about the use of automated external defibrillators to assist heart attack victims. Dr. Aghababian was also interviewed for the Globe’s Aug. 31 “Sound Body” column on defibrillators. 

William T. Garrison, PhD,  professor of pediatrics, was interviewed for a Sept. 16  Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise article about the stresses and social pressures teens experience as they begin dating. 

In response to a recent accident on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), Marc A. Gautreau, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, was interviewed Sept. 16 by WTAG-AM regarding the type and severity of injuries that emergency medical staff see as a result of such incidents. 

Patricia Soscia, MD, associate professor of medicine, was interviewed by NECN's "Worcester News Tonight" on September 14 for a story that previewed the Sept. 19 Worcester Joint Walk. Coverage showcased UMass Memorial’s involvement in the Walk as well as its services for arthritis sufferers. 

Mark I. Furman, MD,  associate professor of medicine, was interviewed by the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise Sept. 10 for an article on newer blood tests used to assess a cardiac patient’s particular risk factors. Dr. Furman was also quoted in an  Associated Press article Sept. 7 following former president Clinton’s quadruple bypass. News of Clinton ’s surgery spurred a nationwide increase in the number of patients seeking cardiac evaluation and care. 

In a Sept. 6 Worcester Telegram & Gazette Health Page article, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Robin H. Adair, MD,  stressed the importance of early intervention in improving outcomes for children with autism.

John P. Gusha, DMD,  instructor in family medicine & community health, was named in a Sept. 3 WorcesterTelegram & Gazette article as the force behind a new, in-house dental treatment and screening program slated to begin in four Worcester elementary schools.

Daniel Y. Kim, MD , clinical associate professor of otolaryngology, was interviewed for the “Cutting Edge” column in the September Hospital News; the article focused on minimally invasive surgery for patients suffering chronic sinus problems. 

AUGUST 

On Aug. 21, the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise profiled a family from Leominster with a 3-year-old boy recently diagnosed with leukemia. The story included an interview with G. Naheed Usmani, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics, and a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center who treats the child. When news broke on Sept. 3 that former President Bill Clinton was hospitalized with chest pain and faced bypass surgery, The Boston Globe and NECN’s "Worcester News Tonight" sought UMMS faculty to comment on heart disease and treatment options.  

An Aug. 24 story in The Boston Globe explored the case of a pregnant woman who presented at a Boston hospital saying she was having her child, but was sent home by a physician only to have the child hours later in her apartment. For perspective on when a pregnant woman should be admitted, the Globe quoted Ellen M. Delpapa, MD, clinical associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology and medical director of labor and delivery at UMass Memorial Medical Center. 

Walter H. Ettinger Jr., MD, MBA, professor of medicine and president of the UMass Memorial Medical Center University campus, was interviewed by the Boston Globe for an Aug. 23 article about a Medicare proposal to allot funds to hospitals that provide emergency care to undocumented immigrants. Advocated are concerned that the proposal will deter immigrants from seeking health care because it requires hospitals to collect information on patients’ immigration status. 

Paul S. Appelbaum, MD, the Arnold F. Zeleznik Professor and chair of Psychiatry, was interviewed by ABC News.com for an Aug. 19 article about a proposal gaining support in the UK to vaccinate children against  drug abuse. The vaccine prevents the euphoria experienced by users, thereby making the drugs-cocaine, heroin-unappealing; Dr. Appelbaum commented on the ethics of such mass vaccination for substance abuse. 

Jeffrey L. Geller, MD, MPH,   professor of psychiatry, was featured in Psychiatric News on Aug. 6 for being presented with the Arnold L. van Ameringen Award in Psychiatric Rehabilitation for his contributions to the field of psychiatric rehabilitation.  

On Aug. 5, a Worcester Telegram & Gazette story quoted John J. Kelly, MD,  assistant professor of surgery, concerning the state Department of Public Health report examining weight-loss surgery in the Commonwealth. Dr. Kelly, who served on the review panel, commented on the importance of the recommendations made by the report that the surgery be performed in multi-disciplinary centers with the resources to handle the cases properly. 

Alan P. Farwell, MD,  associate professor of medicine, was interviewed Aug. 3 by The Boston Globe for an article regarding the FDA’s approval of a generic equivalent of a drug used to treat hypothyroidism.   Dr. Farwell and others voiced concern that the generic preparation of the drug levothyroxine would not match the dosage in the brand-name preparation, posing a danger for patients. 

Janice F. Lalikos, MD, FACS,   associate professor of surgery, was the topic of a lengthy article published in the August Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons that discussed the melding of her artistic talents as a medical illustrator and surgeon. 

 JULY 

The UMass Memorial-sponsored MA-2 Disaster Medical Assistance Team  (DMAT) was featured on NECN's "Worcester News Tonight" July 27 during its coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Boston. The federal government's National Disaster Medical System deployed the DMAT team to the convention. 

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Edward Peskin, MD, provided an update for the July 25 Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise on the latest birth control methods. Dr. Peskin, who is chief of the Division of Obstetrics & Gynecology at UMass Memorial Medical Center, lectures widely on contraception management. 

Elizabeth A. Jackson, MD,  assistant professor of medicine, was interviewed by the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise for a July 24 article about new, lower cholesterol guidelines and what they mean for patients.  

Mitchell J. Gitkind, MD,  clinical associate professor of medicine and director of the UMass Memorial Comprehensive Weight Center, was interviewed in the July 21 Fitcburg Sentinel & Enterprise for an article focusing on Medicare's new policy to provide assistance for the treatment of obesity.  Dr. Gitkind is optimistic that coverage of obesity procedures and prevention could alleviate a financial burden for many patients. 

Mark I. Furman, MD,  associate professor of medicine and director of interventional cardiology for UMass Memorial Medical Center, was interviewed for The Boston Globe on July 21 regarding how patient care will be affected in the wake of the FDA’s recall of medication-eluting stents for cardiac catheterization. 

Mark M. Wilson, MD,  clinical associate professor of medicine, was interviewed by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette for a July 21 article about Park View Specialty Hospital, a newly opened long-term acute care facility for which Dr. Wilson serves as medical director. The facility provides care for patients who aren’t well enough to go to a nursing home but don’t need the services of an intensive care unit. 

Marc E. Uknis, MD,  associate professor of surgery, was a live guest on the June 30 interactive broadcast of the Diabetes Station, an international Internet site that serves as a popular on-line source and portal for current information about living with diabetes, pancreas and islet transplantations, immunology and other topics, discussing options for living life insulin free. 

James G. Nairus, MD,  assistant professor of surgery, was interviewed for a July 19 Worcester Telegram & Gazette Health Page article about the benefits of regular exercise for adults with arthritis. UMass Memorial Medical Center has partnered with the Arthritis Foundation to promote the People with Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE) program. 

Mary M. Lee, MD,  professor of pediatrics, was interviewed on July 14 by the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise for a report on the timing of puberty. Some recent studies have suggested the average age of onset of puberty is dropping, and Dr. Lee commented on the strengths and weaknesses of those findings. 

Daniel J. Lee, MD,  assistant professor of otolaryngology, was quoted in a July 9 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article focused on a five-year-old girl from Mexico who came to Massachusetts for a cochlear implant. 

A July 9 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article about multiple chemical sensitivity includes quotes from Edward W. Boyer, MD, PhD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, who discussed the frustration patients often feel when their illness is difficult to diagnose and treat. 

Marc C. Restuccia, MD,  assistant professor of emergency medicine, was interview July 7 by New England Cable News “Worcester News Tonight” regarding an information-sharing project underway among UMass Memorial, Fallon Community Health Plan and Fallon Clinic that would provide institutions with online access to patient medical records in emergency situations. 

Robert J. Goldberg, PhD,  professor of medicine, was featured July 6 in The Boston Globe concerning the difficulty in educating people who have symptoms of heart attack to seek treatment immediately. As principal investigator of the Worcester Heart Attack Study, Dr. Goldberg discussed how nearly every element of heart attack care has improved over the past 25 years except the timeframe of when patients seek treatment following the of symptoms. 

On July 6, the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise interviewed Richard T. Ellison, MD,  professor of medicine, regarding the recent wave of hepatitis A cases in Massachusetts. Dr. Ellison discussed the nature of the disease, how it can be spread and commented on the incidence of the disease in the Worcester area. 

Nancy Kowal, MS, ANP,  an affiliate faculty member in the Graduate School of Nursing, was interviewed by NurseZone.com the week of July 5 regarding her experience this past February at the Nursing In Washington Internship (NIWI). Kowal was honored with a scholarship to the conference, where she joined other nurse leaders from around the country to learn how to influence health care through the legislative and regulatory processes. 

During the week of July 5, several media outlets featured Mary E. Costanza, MD, professor of medicine, who was selected by her colleagues as the “Local Hero” to be honored in a national BMW event to raise money for breast cancer treatment and research.  The goal of the 8th annual BMW Ultimate Drive for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was to raise $ 1 million. To promote the event, Dr. Costanza was featured in the Newton Tab, The Record in Shrewsbury and Westborough, and on New England Cable New's "Worcester News Tonight." 

Andrew Garrett, MD,  a fellow in emergency medical services, was interview July 1 by the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise concerning the use of electric stun guns or tasers by police. With a bill pending in the state legislature to allow police in Massachusetts to use these weapons, Dr. Garrett discussed the medical effects of the devices. 

Stephenie C. Lemon, PhD,   assistant professor of medicine, was quoted in a July 1 Medical News Today article indicating that adults who do not receive regular medical checkups were less likely to receive flu vaccinations. 

Marc C. Restuccia, MD,  assistant professor of emergency medicine, was interviewed for two stories in July in the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise. Dr. Restuccia discussed state- of-the-art urgent care for stroke victims and the health risks associated with summer heat waves. 

The July issue of Bay State Parent included a feature article about childhood vaccinations—pros, cons, what parents worry about and how pediatricians can ease their fears—and included insight from Mark A. Vining, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics.                    

Professor of Pediatrics William T. Garrison , PhD, shared his expertise on violence amongst children for an article in the July online and print publication Infectious Disease in Children. 

JUNE 

Bruce A. Meyer, MD, MBA,  professor and chair of obstetrics & gynecology, was interviewed June 27 by the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise for a story exploring the current trends in natural childbirth versus children born by Caesarian section. 

Dianne S. Elfenbein , MD,  associate professor of pediatrics, provided tips for parents in a June 23 WCVB-TV Channel 5 news segment on anorexia, in light of a popular teen celebrity’s announcement that she is seeking treatment for her illness. 

UMass Memorial emergency physician and toxicologist  Ivan R. Liang, MD, was interviewed for the June 23 Hampshire Daily Gazette regarding the anti-venom treatment protocol for venomous snakebites. Dr. Liang treated a patient from Western Massachusetts who was Lifeflighted to the University Campus after being bitten by a poisonous snake. 

The June 21 Worcester Telegram & Gazette Health Page featured an article on the molecular mechanisms of drug and alcohol addiction and included an interview with Steven N. Treistman, PhD, professor of neurobiology. 

Joseph Difranza, MD,  professor of family medicine & community health, was quoted in the June 18 Chicago Tribune about a report from the Centers for Disease Control that found a decline in the number of teens who smoke, thanks to aggressive tobacco control measures. 

Richard A. Perugini, MD,  assistant professor of surgery, was interviewed June 17 by the Daily Hampshire Gazette for a story that featured a patient who underwent gastric bypass surgery at UMass Memorial in 2000 and continues to do well after achieving significant weight loss. 

Bruce A. Meyer, MD, MBA,  professor and chair of obstetrics & gynecology, was interviewed June 17 by the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise for a story exploring the current trends in natural childbirth versus children born by Caesarian section. 

Ira S. Ockene, MD,  the David J. and Barbara D. Milliken Professor of Preventive Cardiology, was quoted in The Boston Globe on June 15 about a study done at Brigham and Women’s Hospital which found that the effectiveness of statin drugs in lowering cholesterol levels vary greatly depending upon a person’s genetic profile. 

The June 15 Worcester Telegram & Gazette carried a front page story about prostate cancer screening research in the laboratory of Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD, professor of surgery. Dr. Ho was quoted extensively about the screening technology, and the results her lab published in The Journal of Urology that showed the process yielded at 94% success rate when screening blood samples. 

Mary E. Maloney, MD,  professor of medicine, was interviewed by the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise for a June 13 story on the growing incidence of skin cancer among younger people. 

Katherine F. Ruiz de Luzuriaga, MD,  professor of pediatrics and John L. Sullivan, MD,  professor of pediatrics and molecular medicine, published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine which found that HIV-infected infants who started a multi-drug treatment before they were three months old were twice as likely to have low levels of the AIDS virus in their blood after nearly four years, compared to babies who began later. The news was carried by the Associated Press June 9 and by numerous print and electronic media outlets nationwide. 

H. Maurice Goodman, PhD,  professor and chair of physiology, was quoted in a June 7 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article featuring the life and works of Eugenia Rosemberg, MD, formerly of the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology and an early pioneer of fertility research, who died in April at age 85. 

Gary M. Fudem, MD,  associate professor of surgery, was interviewed for a June 1 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article about a young boy’s battle with meningococcemia, a severe infection that is fatal in 40 percent of cases and leads to loss of fingers or limbs in 90 percent of cases. 

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