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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.

High school standouts get a taste of medicine

The High School Health Careers summer program at UMass Medical School is giving high-achieving local teens a firsthand education in what health and science careers entail.

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.

Shriver Center autism experts explain new insurance legislation to TV3’s Worcester News Tonight

Amy Weinstock and Maura Buckley of UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center talked to Charter TV3’s Worcester News Tonight about why they believe a new bill to extend coverage of autism treatment services under public health insurance plans is important for families across Massachusetts.

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.

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.

First-of-its-kind tobacco treatment training program launched

A new UMass Medical School program trains health care providers how to teach their colleagues to help patients quit smoking.

Expert’s Corner: Marcus Cooper on science of brown fat

UMass Medical School cardiologist and obesity researcher Marcus Cooper, MD, explains the science behind brown fat.

Inspired by Gov. Cellucci, Riccios give $1M for ALS research at UMMS

A grateful alumna and her husband, who were touched by the late former Gov. Paul Cellucci’s struggle with ALS, have pledged $1 million to the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund to support ALS research at UMass Medical School. The gift by Diane M. Riccio, PhD ’03, and her husband Dan is the largest alumni donation ever to UMass Medical School.

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