An op-ed by Heather C. Forkey, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, calls for supporting federal legislation that would require mental health residential programs for adolescents to meet common-sense standards for licensed clinical and nursing staff.
An article about a federal bill to combat the prescription painkiller and heroin epidemic includes a photo of GSN student Morgan Brescia as she participates in a simulation of treatment for a patient coping with addiction.
A study by Vladimir Litvak, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology & physiological systems, shows that the immune system plays a role in social interactions in mice.
Oliver J. Rando, MD, PhD, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, comments on a new study that links parental diet with inherited epigenetic modifications in offspring.
Mary Maloney, MD, professor of medicine, and Thomas J. Scornavacca, Jr., DO, instructor in family medicine & community health, are quoted in an article about a new teledermatology system being developed by 3Derm.
An article about UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management raising private funds for a 70,000-square-foot expansion mentions that UMass Medical School topped $26 million in private donations for the Lazare Research Building, the largest private fund raising for a building in the system’s history.
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.
Erik J. Garcia, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, explains that a "low-barrier" to syringe services among drug addicts can help reduce transmission of diseases such as hepatitis and HIV.
An article about the Group Insurance Commission, the body that oversees health insurance for the state’s 430,000 state and municipal workers, retirees and their family members, includes comments from Joseph L. Bouchard, MD, assistant professor of medicine.
Graduate School of Nursing alum Sean T. Collins, PhD, was promoted to brigadier general in the Air National Guard and will serve at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A veteran of more than 20 years with the Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing, the Southwick native will serve as the assistant for mobilization and reserve affairs in the office of the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs.
Mireya Wessolossky, MD, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in a story about food and nutrition nonprofit Community Servings, which just delivered its 100,000th meal in Worcester, becoming a template for a national movement to deliver quality food to sick and medically needy citizens.
Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery and pediatrics, talks about the importance of preventing injuries and the uncertain science around e-cigarettes.
Darwin’s Dogs, a project by Elinor Karlsson, PhD, assistant professor of molecular medicine, collects canine DNA with the hope of using the information as a basis for studies of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and behavioral conditions.
Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery and pediatrics, talks about the dangers of driving while distracted at UMass Memorial Medical Center during the kick-off of a new publicity campaign aimed at steering motorists toward safe driving habits this summer.
Louis M. Messina, MD, professor of surgery, reunites with 21-year-old Katy Drennan to perform a second bypass for a rare aortic condition he first repaired while at UC San Francisco 18 years ago in the then 3 year old.
Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, explains how biobanks that collect samples of serum, plasma, DNA, and RNA from patients with a variety of diseases can facilitate clinical research into new disease therapeutics.
In response to the opioid crisis, Michele Pugnaire, MD, senior associate dean for educational affairs and professor of family medicine & community health, explains how UMass Medical School is using advanced medical simulation programs to teach medical students and health care providers how to be safely prescribe the highly addictive medications.
Ann Marshak-Rothstein, PhD, professor of medicine, received the 2016 Lupus Insight Prize for promising research to improve the treatment of the lupus-related skin disease called cutaneous lupus.
An article about finding the exercise that suits your personal needs includes comments from Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine.