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Top Story: When it comes to diets, one simple change can be effective

Top Story: When it comes to diets, one simple change can be effective

A UMMS clinical trial found that a simple, high-fiber diet produced clinically significant weight loss, lowered blood pressure and improved insulin resistance—results comparable to those produced by the American Heart Association diet, according to results of the study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Top Story: Editing HIV out of our genome with CRISPR

Top Story: Editing HIV out of our genome with CRISPR

UMass Medical School researchers are using CRISPR/Cas9, a powerful gene editing tool, to develop a novel technology that can potentially cut the DNA of the latent HIV virus out of an infected cell.

Top Story: MassBiologics at UMMS developing pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent Lyme disease

Top Story: MassBiologics at UMMS developing pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent Lyme disease

Scientists at MassBiologics are developing a pre-exposure prophylaxis that prevents tick-transmitted infection of Lyme disease, a breakthrough that could lead to seasonal prevention against the most common tick-borne infection in North America. 

Trudy Morrison, PhD, and Read Pukkila-Worley, MD, awarded Hood Foundation grants

Trudy Morrison, PhD, and Read Pukkila-Worley, MD, awarded Hood Foundation grants

UMass Medical School scientists Trudy Morrison, PhD, and Read Pukkila-Worley, MD, have been awarded grants from the Charles H. Hood Foundation to further their research aimed at improving child health.

Perinatal depression expert urges calm on study linking antidepressant use to autism

Perinatal depression expert urges calm on study linking antidepressant use to autism

Perinatal depression expert Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA, is urging calm after the release of a large-scale study that found a link between increased incidence of autism spectrum disorder in children of women who use antidepressants while pregnant.

Pagoto: FDA proposes “bold” rules on use of indoor tanning

Pagoto: FDA proposes “bold” rules on use of indoor tanning

Sherry Pagoto, PhD, says the FDA’s proposed rules to prohibit anyone under 18 from using indoor tanning facilities and to require adults to sign risk acknowledgement forms are a positive step toward increasing public awareness of dangers associated with indoor tanning.

Scientists at UMMS, UMass Lowell collaborating on new technology to improve health care

Scientists at UMMS, UMass Lowell collaborating on new technology to improve health care

New technology being developed by computer scientists at UMass Lowell will be pilot tested by researchers at UMass Medical School in an effort to improve the lives of obese and overweight patients by helping them more accurately record caloric intake.

UMMS scientists reveal new phase of HIV infection

UMMS scientists reveal new phase of HIV infection

UMMS reseachers, led by principal investigator Abraham L. Brass, MD, PhD, have identified a new life cycle stage in HIV infection, thanks to a novel technique they developed to take images of intact infected cells.

Thoru Pederson honored with Award for Distinguished Service from American Society for Cell Biology

Thoru Pederson honored with Award for Distinguished Service from American Society for Cell Biology

Thoru Pederson, PhD, received the American Society for Cell Biology’s Award for Distinguished Service at the ASCB annual meeting. Also honored was Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD, who received the society’s 2015 Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education. 

Richter, Fitzgerald named to newly endowed chairs

Richter, Fitzgerald named to newly endowed chairs

UMass Medical School will invest two faculty members into newly endowed chairs next fall, Chancellor Michael F. Collins has announced. The chairs were approved by the University of Massachusetts Board at its December meeting.

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