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UMMS supports Veterans Inc. Holiday Harvest

UMMS supports Veterans Inc. Holiday Harvest

Chancellor Michael F. Collins, his wife, Maryellen, and a dozen UMass Medical School employees volunteered at the Veterans Inc. shelter in Worcester for the Annual Holiday Harvest, distributing Thanksgiving dinners to more than 400 veterans and their families.

UMMS family doctors say many take blood pressure meds not shown to help

UMMS family doctors say many take blood pressure meds not shown to help

Otherwise healthy patients who have mild hypertension are being overtreated, according to an analysis published in The BMJ by UMass Medical School family physicians Stephen Martin, MD, and Marcy Boucher, MD.

Elaine Martin and Stephen Colella receive Chancellor’s Awards

Elaine Martin and Stephen Colella receive Chancellor’s Awards

Elaine Martin received the Chancellor’s Award for Advancing the UMMS Mission, and Stephen Colella received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Community Service at the 2014 Employee Recognition Dinner.

Meyers Primary Care Institute at UMMS part of $30 million national falls study

Meyers Primary Care Institute at UMMS part of $30 million national falls study

The Meyers Primary Care Institute at UMass Medical School is one of 10 sites taking part in a $30 million, five-year intervention study to drastically reduce the number of falls in older adults funded by National Institutes of Health and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Expert’s Corner: Don’t worry about Ebola—but be very worried about flu

Expert’s Corner: Don’t worry about Ebola—but be very worried about flu

In this Expert’s Corner video, infectious disease specialist Robert Finberg, MD, compares the incidence and dangers of flu versus Ebola in the United States—and urges everyone to get flu vaccines. 

NIH awards Joel Richter $9.5 million for Fragile X research center

NIH awards Joel Richter $9.5 million for Fragile X research center

The Center for Collaborative Research in Fragile X at UMMS, with a $9.5 million NIH grant, will be led by Professor of Molecular Medicine Joel D. Richter, PhD. Fragile X is the most common form of inherited intellectual and developmental disability. It can affect one in about 4,000 males and one in about 6,000 females.  

Gov. Patrick, Chancellor Collins announce collaboration to improve outpatient VA services

Gov. Patrick, Chancellor Collins announce collaboration to improve outpatient VA services

UMass Medical School, the Patrick administration and the Veterans Administration announced plans for a new outpatient clinic for veterans care on the UMMS campus in Worcester.  

Victor Ambros awarded 2015 $3M Breakthrough Prize for co-discovery of microRNAs

Victor Ambros awarded 2015 $3M Breakthrough Prize for co-discovery of microRNAs

Victor R. Ambros, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, has been awarded a $3 million 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his co-discovery of a new world of genetic regulation by microRNAs.

Expert’s Corner: Keeping infants safe while they sleep

Expert’s Corner: Keeping infants safe while they sleep

The number of sudden, unexplained infant deaths that may be attributable to an unsafe sleep environment are persistent in Massachusetts. In this Expert’s Corner video, pediatrician Linda Sagor explains the dangers and how to keep babies sleeping safely.  

Virtual communities can help patients manage type 2 diabetes

Virtual communities can help patients manage type 2 diabetes

An innovative study by Milagros C. Rosal, PhD, found that it is feasible to deliver a group diabetes self-management intervention to patients with uncontrolled diabetes via an online "virtual community."

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