News Makers 2016

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  • 08 - 17 - 16

    Hospitals are throwing out organs and denying transplants to meet federal standards

    A study co-authored by Adel Bozorgzadeh, MD, professor of surgery and chief of the division of organ transplantation, showed a sharp uptick in the number of people dropped from organ transplant waiting lists since the federal government set transplant standards in 2007 and that the increasing reluctance to perform transplants on the sickest patients is directly tied to the onset of the standards enforced by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

    PBS Newshour


    Becker Hospital Review

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 16 - 16

    A New Therapy for Insomnia: No More Negative Thoughts

    Sleep expert Gregg D. Jacobs, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, talks about his conquering insomnia program, which uses cognitive behavioral therapy.

    New York TImes

    Globe Magazine

  • 08 - 16 - 16

    Monitors can track patients’ opioid use

    Stephanie Pepper Carreiro, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, and Peter R. Chai, MD, instructor in emergency medicine, are testing wearable — and swallowable — devices that could help doctors learn more about how opioid addiction happens and how they can better prescribe the dangerous drugs.

    Boston Herald

  • 08 - 15 - 16

    Advancing nursing education

    Joan Vitello, PhD, dean of the graduate school of nursing, is quoted in a story about colleges and universities in Worcester advancing nurse education.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 08 - 10 - 16

    ALS cure effort lives on after founder’s passing

    Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, the Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, remarks on the passing of Kevin Gosnell, founder of ALS ONE.

    Boston Herald

    WCVB-TV Boston

    Boston Globe

  • 08 - 10 - 16

    Quest Diagnostics Launches Digital Tool, CogniSense, to Assess Dementia

    Edward Ginns, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, comments on Quest Diagnostics’ new digital cognitive assessment tool to assist physicians in diagnosing, assessing and managing the care of people with cognitive dysfunction.

    Alzheimer's News Today

  • 08 - 08 - 16

    An Alternative Form of Mental Health Care Gains a Foothold

    Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychology, is referenced in a story about the growing number of alternative treatments for psychosis that focus on holistic approaches to healing.

    New York Times

  • 08 - 05 - 16

    Wearables a potential weapon for stemming opioid addiction [Q&A]

    A study by Stephanie Pepper Carreiro, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, found that wristbands monitoring skin temperature and movement can be used to track and predict opioid use with a fair degree of accuracy. The ability to identify instances of opioid use and opioid tolerance in real time could be helpful to manage pain or substance abuse treatment.


  • 08 - 03 - 16

    Dr. Mark Johnson to lead UMass Medical neurosurgery department — 6 highlights

    Mark D. Johnson, MD, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Neurosurgery.

    Becker's Spine Review

  • 08 - 03 - 16

    Editorial: UMass Medical School’s ALS Success

    John Landers, PhD, professor of neurology, led a team of more than 80 scientists who found that variations in a gene with multiple functions in neurons are present in approximately 3 percent of all cases of ALS in North American and European populations, both sporadic and familial. Funding for the work came from donations made as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge.

    Worcester Sun

  • 08 - 03 - 16

    New Numbers Show Opioid Epidemic Rages On In Massachusetts

    Toxicologist Kavita Babu, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, is quoted in a story about an increase in opioid-related deaths due to the use of fentanyl.

    WBUR CommonHealth

  • 08 - 03 - 16

    Students Seek to Protect Patients, Spotlight Rural Training Options

    Fourth-year medical student Carline Yang, SOM ’17, comments on the AAFP’s student delegates adopting resolutions that addressed protecting patient welfare and identifying programs that offer rural training opportunities.

  • 08 - 02 - 16

    I’ve Been a Pediatric Surgeon for 30 Years. I Know Firsthand What Bullets Do to Kids

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery and pediatrics, talks about the damage gunshot wounds can cause to children.

    The Trace

  • 08 - 02 - 16

    Kids With NAFLD and T2D Risk More Serious Liver Problems

    Benjamin Nwosu, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, comments on a new study which found that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in children is also associated with abnormal glucose metabolism characteristic of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.

    MedPage Today

  • 08 - 02 - 16

    Over doctors' objections, Legislature mandates coverage for long-term Lyme disease treatment

    Christina R. Hermos, MD, was quoted in a story about a new law that now requires insurers to cover long-term antibiotic treatment of Lyme disease.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 02 - 16

    Simulation, data tool Rx for safer opioid care

    UMass Medical School 2016 graduate Emily Yuan, MD, talks about a standardized patient program at UMass Medical School designed to teach safe pain prescribing techniques, which has become a model for other medical schools around the country.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 02 - 16

    Study Identifies RNA Molecule That Acts as Brake on Inflammation

    Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD, professor of medicine, has identified a long noncoding RNA that is responsible for controlling innate immune processes by making sure inflammatory genes in macrophages are switched off until needed.

    Lupus News Today

  • 07 - 31 - 16

    Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare elects UMass Medical School executive vice chancellor clerk of its board of directors

    Joyce A. Murphy, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, has been elected clerk of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare board of directors.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 07 - 28 - 16

    CDC Issues First-Ever Report on Prison Healthcare

    Warren J. Ferguson, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, comments on the first-ever CDC survey of state prison officials regarding health care services for inmates.

    MedPage Today

  • 07 - 28 - 16

    Poison control centers are getting a surge of calls about ‘natural’ painkiller kratom

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, explains how kratom, a Southeast Asian leaf and natural painkiller sometimes used as a substitute for people coping with heroin addiction, works by binding to opioid receptors.


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