News Makers 2014

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  • 11 - 20 - 14

    Don't worry about Ebola—but be very worried about flu

    Robert W. Finberg, MD, chair and professor of medicine, compares the incidence and dangers of flu versus Ebola in the United States—and urges everyone to get flu vaccines.
    Medical Xpress

  • 11 - 20 - 14

    Worcester, scientific pioneer

    In his regular column, Albert B. Southwick credits UMass Medical School as a medical-science research powerhouse of national significance due in part to researchers like Victor R. Ambros, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, and  Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell and developmental biology. 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 11 - 19 - 14

    Parents invited to Suicide Prevention Program at Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham

    Barry N. Feldman, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the UMMS Psychiatry Programs in Public Safety, led the parent forum 'Is My Kid OK?', a Parent's Orientation to the Lifelines Suicide Prevention Program, last night at Minnechaug Regional High School. 
    Masslive.com

  • 11 - 19 - 14

    Protect doctor-patient speech

    An op-ed co-written by  Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, about a recent case where a  Federal Court of Appeals upheld the right of the State of Florida to prohibit physicians from exercising free speech.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 11 - 19 - 14

    TSRI Researchers Discover New Type of Neuron that Plays Key Role in Nicotine Addiction

    The findings published in the journal Nature Neuroscience show that in the core of the brain’s reward system are specific neurons that are active both with use of and withdrawal from nicotine.  The researchers believe the same neurons may be active in responses to many addictive drugs. Andrew R. Tapper, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, helped write the study.
    Health Canal

  • 11 - 18 - 14

    UMass Medical School receives $9.5M grant from NIH

    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.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Phys Org

  • 11 - 16 - 14

    High blood pressure? There’s an app for that

    Dennis M. Dimitri, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health and president-elect of the Massachusetts Medical Society, is quoted in an article about mobile apps being developed to help patients stick to treatment plans.
    BetaBoston

  • 11 - 15 - 14

    26 ways to avoid getting sick this winter

    Reason #10 – “Refuse the Booze” references a study on binge drinking by Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, vice chair of the Department of Medicine and associate dean for clinical and translational sciences, which shows that a single episode of binge drinking  can adversely affect your health.
    Today.com

  • 11 - 14 - 14

    Back from Liberia, UMass Memorial doctor will not treat patients for 21 days

    Steven C. Hatch, MD, assistant professor of medicine, talks to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette about his recent trip to Liberia to treat people with Ebola.  Robert W. Finberg, MD, chair and professor of medicine, is also quoted in the article.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    WBZ 4 Boston

  • 11 - 14 - 14

    Increased dietary fiber intake aided weight loss, other areas of diet

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks about dietary fiber intervention results in weight loss and improvements in multiple areas of diet.
    Healio Endocrine Today

  • 11 - 14 - 14

    Serving our heroes

    An editorial by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette about this week’s announcement of a new outpatient clinic for veterans care on the UMMS campus.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 11 - 13 - 14

    Ebola awareness and relief fundraising featured at Worcester's Union Station Friday

    “A Night of Education and Celebration of the West African Community" was held last Friday at Union Station to raise awareness about Ebola, and to fund humanitarian efforts in West Africa. The event was sponsored in part by UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care.
    Masslive.com

  • 11 - 13 - 14

    Together v. Ebola

    An editorial by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette encourages people to attend and donate to “A Night of Education and Celebration of the West African Community" being held on Nov. 15th at Union Station to raise awareness about Ebola, and to fund humanitarian efforts in West Africa. The event is being sponsored by UMass Medical School. 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 11 - 13 - 14

    UMass doctor heads back to Liberia to help rebuild broken health system

    As part of a $7.5 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Patricia A. McQuilkin, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics, will travel to Liberia and began the process of helping the country restore its health care infrastructure.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Masslive.com

  • 11 - 12 - 14

    UMass, VA team up for new Worcester clinic

    UMMS and the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare Center announced a joint proposal Tuesday afternoon to construct a new Worcester veterans clinic on medical school land that would quadruple the size of the existing Veterans Affairs clinic on Lincoln Street.  Chancellor Michael F. Collins is quoted in the article.
    Boston Business Journal
    Worcester Business Journal
    News 22 WWLP
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Masslive.com
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 11 - 11 - 14

    Five ways your home is making you fat

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in an article offering tips to restructure your home environment to aid in weight loss.
    The Age

  • 11 - 11 - 14

    Show of solidarity for Worcester's West African community

    Rick Sacra, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, to speak at "A Night of Education and Celebration of the West African Community," being held Friday night.  Dr. Sacra along with James Leary, Vice Chancellor for Community and Government Relations, are quoted in the article.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 11 - 10 - 14

    UMass Medical School Sending Team To Fight Ebola In Liberia

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Rick Sacra, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, talk to WBUR about UMMS’s  efforts to fight Ebola in Liberia.
    WBUR Common Health

  • 11 - 09 - 14

    Recipients Of The 2015 Breakthrough Prizes In Fundamental Physics And Life Sciences Announced

    Victor R. Ambros, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, has been awarded a 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his co-discovery of a new world of genetic regulation by microRNAs.
    Reuters
    New York Times
    Boston Globe
    The Guardian
    Reuters
    Daily Digest
    Forbes
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Worcester Business Journal
    Medical Xpress
    Masslive.com
    CBS 3 Springfield
    Valley News
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 11 - 05 - 14

    Preventing sudden infant death from unsafe sleep environments

    Linda Sagor, MD, MPH, clinical professor of pediatrics and a consultant to the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, talks about preventing sudden infant death from unsafe sleep environments.
    Medical Xpress

  • 11 - 05 - 14

    Study Finds Top Universities Offering Students Tanning Services

    Despite increasing the risk of skin cancer, tanning beds are available on-campus or in off-campus housing at nearly half of the nation’s top colleges and access is frequently discounted or entirely free of charge, according to a new study from Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine.
    Boston Magazine
    Huffington Post
    eWallstreeter
    WFPL Louisville
    Medical Daily
    Headlines & Global News
    University Herald

  • 11 - 05 - 14

    Will your brothers and sisters help care for your parents?

    Amy B. Wachholtz, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, offers advice on how siblings can coordinate care for their aging parents.
    Morningstar

  • 11 - 04 - 14

    Fear factor: Emotional reaction to Ebola outweighs actual risk

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, is quoted in an article about the public’s emotional response to Ebola.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 11 - 04 - 14

    US Ebola Research Priorities: Training, Training, Training

    Donna Gallagher, MSN, MA, instructor in family medicine & community health and nursing and co-director of the UMMS Office of Global Health, took part in a IOM workshop that addressed what research needs to be done to deal with the Ebola epidemic.
    Medscape

  • 11 - 03 - 14

    Addiction policy must be evidence-based

    An op-ed by Robin E. Clark, PhD, professor of family medicine and community health, calls for better, evidence-based treatments for opioid addiction.
    CommonWealth

  • 11 - 03 - 14

    Data Published in Human Gene Therapy Clinical Development Support Safety of AGTC's AAV Vector Manufacturing Process

    Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor in Medical Education, dean of the School of Medicine and provost and executive deputy chancellor, is quoted in an article about new data that  further validates the safety of the adeno-associated virus (AAV) used to deliver gene therapy treatments.
    CNN Money

  • 11 - 03 - 14

    Massachusetts Courts Partner With UMass Medical School

    The Worcester Trial Court has announced the creation of a Specialty Courts Center of Excellence at UMass Medical School.  The center will work with specialty courts that focus on defendants with substance abuse and mental health problems and will be run by Ira K. Packer, PhD, clinical professor of psychiatry.
    WGBH
    Fox Boston
    CBS Springfield

  • 11 - 03 - 14

    Patients With Advanced Dementia Continue Receiving Drugs of Questionable Benefit

    Nursing home residents with advanced dementia often receive medications of questionable benefit with costly consequences, according to a new study by Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE, associate professor of quantitative health sciences.
    Anesthesiology News

  • 11 - 01 - 14

    Commonwealth Announces Five Year Medicaid Waiver to Continue Massachusetts Health Reform Leadership

    Amy Weinstock, director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center, is quoted in an article about a five-year Medicaid agreement that brings $20 billion in federal money to Massachusetts in support of improved health care and delivery innovation, including autism services for young children. 
    Mass.gov
    WBUR Common Health