2013 Top Story

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UMMS primary care physician explains ACA changes in 2014

In this Expert’s Corner, primary care physician Ron Adler reviews improvements the Affordable Care Act is bringing to preventive care on New Year’s Day.

UMMS develops new technology to study stem cells

A new technology for manipulating gene expression in human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC) will allow researchers to dissect the underlying mechanisms governing cell differentiation and may lead to new avenues for directing development of cell types. This would enable researchers studying patient-specific disease models to advance development of new therapeutics for autoimmune diseases such as type-1 diabetes.

UMMS Sidekicks program a model for NYU

The UMMS Sidekicks program fosters long term relationships for medical students that teach valuable lessons in the personal side of medicine—and is the model NYU will follow.

Flu season expected to hit area within weeks

The seasonal flu season is expected to hit New England within the next few weeks, said UMass Medical School infectious disease expert Robert W. Finberg, MD.

Research piling up against use of multivitamins

The latest research on multivitamins shows what experts including UMass Medical School cardiologist Ira Ockene, MD, have long suspected: Daily multivitamins offer no help in preventing heart disease, nor do they prevent a decline in cognition in aging men. The new research was published Dec. 17 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Expert's Corner: Winter’s dark makes some especially SAD

Psychiatrist Kristina Deligiannidis, MD, talks about Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of major depression that affects 10 percent of the population.

Finberg: Antibacterial products no better against germs than basic soap

Antibacterial soap has never been shown to be more effective than ordinary soap and water, and may be contributing to antibiotic resistance, according to UMMS infectious disease expert Robert W. Finberg, MD.

Foreign Policy names Luzuriaga a ‘Leading Global Thinker of 2013’ for HIV research

UMass Medical School immunologist Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, has been named to the list of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013 for “bringing the world closer to a cure for HIV.”

Winter Ball fundraiser spotlights CANDO Clinic

Nathan Mehlhouse was diagnosed with autism at age 5 and has shown significant progress since his parents began taking him to UMass Medical School’s Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO) Clinic, which was the beneficiary of the Fund-A-Need auction at the 2013 Winter Ball on Dec. 6.

Jan Cellucci speaks of late husband Paul’s battle against ALS

In a rare public speech, Jan Cellucci said her late husband Paul, the former Massachusetts governor and U.S. ambassador to Canada, hoped his campaign to fund a cure for ALS wouldn’t end with his death from the disease.

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