News Makers 2015

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  • 01 - 22 - 15

    Doctor's notes: American Ebola survivor is back in Liberia

    Rick Sacra, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, blogs for CNN from Liberia. 
    CNN

  • 01 - 22 - 15

    With name change, new tenants, biomanufacturing center at life science park on track to open

    Voyager Therapeutics in Cambridge, which develops treatments for fatal and debilitating diseases of the central nervous system, entered into a collaboration with MassBiologics to open a new facility in the MassBiologics SouthCoast Vector Manufacturing Center, now operated by UMMS in the Southcoast Lifescience and Technology Park in Fall River.
    New Bedford Standard Times
    Taunton Daily Gazette
    The Herald News

  • 01 - 20 - 15

    A Longer Life Isn't Always A Healthier One

    New research by UMass Medical School suggests genes that extend lifespan won’t necessarily improve health in advanced age. Heidi A. Tissenbaum, PhD, professor of molecular, cellular & cancer biology and molecular medicine, is quoted.
    Science World Report
    Science Daily
    Phys Org
    News Medical

  • 01 - 20 - 15

    End-of-Life Medications Draw More Attention, Greater Scrutiny

    An article about end of life medications references the study led by Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE, associate professor of quantitative health sciences, which found that nursing home residents with advanced dementia often receive medications of questionable benefit.
    JAMA

  • 01 - 20 - 15

    Fitness apps lack evidence-based tools

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks about health-related apps in comparison to what is used in clinical practice.
    Reuters
    Huffington Post
    Fox News
    Health 24

  • 01 - 18 - 15

    Chilling reaction to the cold: Urticaria can be deadly

    Stephen J. Krinzman, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, discusses cold urticaria, a skin reaction to cold that resembles, and is related to, hives. It causes a patch of reddened, bumpy skin that can be itchy and painful, but it can also be far more serious and cause an anaphylactic reaction. 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 01 - 17 - 15

    Growing tax-exempt bite scrutinized anew in Worcester

    James B. Leary, vice chancellor for community and government relations, details how the University of Massachusetts Medical School paid the City of Worcester for support of the One Library initiative as well as municipal services such as water and sewer.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 01 - 17 - 15

    Philip Chism told details of attack, police say

    At the trial of Philip D. Chism in the killing of Danvers teacher Colleen Ritzer, Thomas Grisso, PhD, professor emeritus of psychiatry, provided expert testimony citing his studies on Miranda warnings which found that some adults and “quite a number” of adolescents do not understand the right to remain silent.
    Boston Globe

  • 01 - 16 - 15

    I-Team: State Now Tracking ‘Substance Exposed Newborns’

    Alan P. Picarillo, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, has been named co-chair of a state wide collaborative examining the problem of opioid exposed infants. Dr. Picarillo explains that the group is now tracking substance exposed newborns in order to get a better hold of the problem. 
    WBZ-TV

  • 01 - 16 - 15

    Ludlow police participating in statewide program to help locate missing family members with dementia

    UMass Medical School has partnered with the state Executive Office of Elder Affairs to launch the Silver Alert Emergency Response Program in 12 Massachusetts communities. The program helps local police collect information from caregivers that can help them locate family members with dementia should they become confused and lost. 
    Springfield Republican

  • 01 - 15 - 15

    Study Finds That Opioids Administered in the ER Don't Influence Patient Satisfaction

    A new study co-authored by Kavita Babu, MD, associate professor, found that there is no correlation between opioids administered in the emergency room setting and Press Ganey ED patient satisfaction scores, one of the most commonly used metrics for measuring patient satisfaction.
    Science Blog
    Science Newsline
    News Medical
    Medical Xpress

  • 01 - 15 - 15

    US doctor to return to Liberia after Ebola recovery: 'I need to give something back'

    In a recent interview, Assistant Professor Rick Sacra, MD, who contracted Ebola while serving in Liberia and underwent successful treatment in the U.S., talks about his decision to return to West Africa.
    The Guardian

  • 01 - 14 - 15

    Caseloads still key for state child protection agency

    The Department of Children and Families is collaborating with the University of Massachusetts Medical School to hire a medical director who will oversee evaluations of all children entering foster care and ensure that all children under the watch of DCF receive immunizations. 
    Masslive.com

  • 01 - 14 - 15

    Ebola: What you need to know!

    Infectious disease specialist Robert Finberg, MD, chair and professor of medicine, explains the difference between Ebola and the flu.
    KSAT Channel 12 San Antonio

  • 01 - 14 - 15

    The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: : Because getting pregnant in MA shouldn't mean losing your job

    Tiffany A. Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, FACOG, associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology and pediatrics and director of the Division of Research in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, is quoted in an article about the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which would combat discrimination by ensuring that pregnant workers are not forced out of their jobs unnecessarily, or denied reasonable job modifications that would allow them to continue working and supporting their families.
    Huffington Post

  • 01 - 13 - 15

    Health Matters #154 UMass Medical School

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, was the featured guest on the latest Health Matters, a program from the Worcester District Medical Society hosted by Dr. Bruce Karlin, to discuss ongoing projects at UMass Medical School such as the Allen Foundation grant to help restore the health infrastructure in Liberia.
    WCCA TV13

  • 01 - 13 - 15

    Warren: U.S. research fund cuts could be 'real problem'

    In an article about potential federal funding cuts, Senator Elizabeth Warren makes the case for medical research. The article references the $131 million in NIH funding awarded to UMass Medical School annually.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 01 - 12 - 15

    American Ebola Survivor Dr. Rick Sacra Returning to Africa

    SIM Missionary and UMass Mass Medical School Assistant Professor Rick Sacra, MD, who contracted Ebola while serving in Liberia and underwent successful treatment in the U.S., talks about his decision to return to West Africa. Also interviewed for the story for their work in Liberia as part of a $7.5 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to begin the process of restoring the country’s health care infrastructure were Patricia A. McQuilkin, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics and Jeffrey Bailey, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine.
    ABC News
    Worcester News Tonight
    WBUR CommonHealth
    WBUR Radio Boston
    NBC News
    WBZ TV4 Boston
    Boston Globe
    WCVB Channel 5
    NECN
    WGBH
    WHDH Channel 7 Boston
    New England Public Radio
    Masslive.com
    Boston.com
    Worcester Telegam & Gazette
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    US News Health Day
    Fox Boston
    Boston Herald
    Huffington Post
    WWLP 22 News
    LA Times
    New York Daily News
    The Detriot News

  • 01 - 12 - 15

    Launching a vital link in the Ebola-response effort

    As part of UMass Medical School’s Ebola relief efforts in Liberia a $1.7 million shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers was flown to Monrovia, Liberia. Funding for the aid came from a $7.5 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. 
    MIT News
    Supply Chain Management Review
    Health Canal

  • 01 - 11 - 15

    Money from the sun: Solar developer links financing, buyers

    Suzanne E. Wood, sustainability and energy manager, is quoted in an article about the demand for renewable energy.  The article explains that UMMS has a 30-year agreement with First Wind and two other solar companies to purchase up to 12 megawatts of power. Over the course of the agreement UMMS is projected to save a third off its current energy costs—an equivalent of $715,000 annually at today’s rates. 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 01 - 11 - 15

    UMass Medical sends supplies, shares expertise to help Liberians fight Ebola

    As part of UMass Medical School’s Ebola relief efforts in Liberia a $1.7 million shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers was flown to Monrovia, Liberia. Funding for the aid came from a $7.5 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 01 - 10 - 15

    As demand rises, so does price of overdose reversal drug

    Marc A. Gautreau, MD, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine, is quoted in an article about the rising cost of Narcan, which reverses the lethal effects of an opioid overdose and has been used to save the lives of over 300 people in Worcester County over the past three years. 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 01 - 10 - 15

    Warning: That Tan Could Be Hazardous

    An article about the cancer risks posed by indoor tanning references a recent study from Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, which showed that about half of the country’s top 125 colleges have tanning beds on campus or in off-campus housing.
    New York Times
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Miami Herald

  • 01 - 10 - 15

    WPI to Develop New Technologies for Mobile Treatment Tents to Help in the Fight Against Ebola

    Two teams of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) recently received Rapid Response Research awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop new technologies to help protect workers caring for patients with Ebola and other infectious diseases. Jeffrey A. Bailey, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and collaborator on the project, is quoted in the article. 
    PressZoom

  • 01 - 08 - 15

    The science of funny: ‘You’re the Expert’ to tape at EcoTarium

    The EcoTarium will be hosting a taping of WBUR's “You’re the Expert” radio program on Jan. 15.  The show features comedians who try to guess what the guest scientist studies all day. Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell and developmental biology, will be the featured scientist. 
    Worcester Magazine

  • 01 - 07 - 15

    Team to develop a model for predicting gene expression in dendritic cells

    Jeremy Luban, MD, the David J. Freelander Professor in AIDS Research and professor of molecular medicine, and Manuel Garber, PhD, director of the Bioinformatics Core and associate professor of molecular medicine, will be principal investigators on a three-year, $6.1 million grant to develop a model in dendritic cells for predicting whether a given gene will be turned on or off under specific conditions.
    Pharmabiz
    PhysOrg
    GenomeWeb

  • 01 - 07 - 15

    UMass Medical School receives renewed Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

    UMass Medical School has been selected to receive a renewed Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, and Jim Leary, JD, vice chancellor for community and government relations, are quoted in the article. 
    Worcester News Tonight
    Worcester Magazine

  • 01 - 07 - 15

    Why D is the must-take vitamin all year long

    An article about the benefits of taking vitamin D supplements references a study at UMass Medical School which found that taking the supplement for 8 to 16 weeks reduced blood sugar levels by 10 percent. 
    Delicious Living

  • 01 - 06 - 15

    How One Woman Used Meditation to Quit Smoking

    Judson A. Brewer, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, explains how mindfulness techniques can help patients to quit smoking.
    ABC News
    KMBZ Business Channel
    East Idaho News

  • 01 - 05 - 15

    Officials see many benefits in planned VA health care site

    UMMS Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, is quoted in an article about the recently announced collaboration between federal and state partners and UMass Medical School to improve and expand health services for veterans in Central Massachusetts.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 01 - 05 - 15

    Weight Loss 2015: How To Get A Little Help From Your (New) Friends

    Using social media can help you maintain a new fitness regimen according to Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine. 
    CommonHealth

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