News Makers 2013

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  • 08 - 31 - 13

    Study finds controversial court-ordered mental health programs can reduce treatment costs

    Jeffrey L. Geller, MD, MPH, professor of psychiatry, is quoted in a story about how state-run programs that compel people with serious mental illness to get treatment may help reduce health care costs.
    MidCity News
    Chicago Tribune

  • 08 - 27 - 13

    Experts Weigh in on Restaurant Inspections and Foodborne Illness

    Jennifer S. Daly, MD, professor of medicine, talks about foodborne illness in an article about restaurant food inspections.
    GoLocal Worcester

  • 08 - 26 - 13

    Career Planning Tool Wins AAMC Award

    myIDP has won an award from the Association of American Medical Colleges for its innovative and increasingly vital outreach to doctoral and postdoctoral scientists and engineers. Cynthia Nichole Fuhrmann-Kelch, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, helped to create the online career-planning tool.
    American Association for the Advancement of Science

  • 08 - 26 - 13

    Permanently changing eating and exercise habits

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is calling for an end to the “diet debates” in a new commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
    Boston Globe
    ABC News
    Boston Globe
    NPR's Here and Now
    New York Daily News
    Fox News
    WABC TV New York
    ABC News Radio
    AARP
    Huffington Post
    WBUR CommonHealth
    Medpage Today
    ABC Health News
    Livescience.com
    WTMA 1250
    The Journal of the American Medical Association

  • 08 - 24 - 13

    A wide divide across New England on health overhaul

    Jay S. Himmelstein, MD, MPH, professor of family medicine & community health and medicine, is quoted in an article about how options for healthcare will differ within the New England states.
    Boston Globe

  • 08 - 24 - 13

    Lyme Disease: small tick leaves large footprint

    In an article about the growing number of Lyme disease cases, Jennifer S. Daly, MD, professor of medicine, talks about revised treatment guidelines from the Infectious Disease Society of America.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 20 - 13

    Philbin named VP at UMass Memorial Health Care

    Christopher Philbin has been named vice president of government relations at of UMass Memorial Health Care.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 20 - 13

    Research targets preventing postpartum depression in new moms

    WCVB-TV featured new mother Nicole Caligiuri and UMass Medical School psychiatrist Kristina Deligiannidis, MD, in a story about post-partum depression and the National Institutes of Health-funded study Dr. Deligiannidis is conducting to find out why women might be susceptible to the disorder.
    WCVB Channel 5

  • 08 - 20 - 13

    Unemployment Restricts Access To Kidney Transplants

    UMMS took part in collaborative research which found that patients in end-stage kidney failure in need of a kidney transplant are much less likely to be placed on a waiting list for a new kidney or to actually receive a new kidney once on the list if they are unemployed or work part time.
    Red Orbit
    HealthCanal

  • 08 - 20 - 13

    Worcester’s UMass Medical Researchers Get Grant for ALS Research

    Fen-Biao Gao, PhD, professor of neurology, Lawrence Hayward, MD, PhD, professor of neurology, John Landers, PhD, associate professor of neurology, and Zuoshang Xu, MD, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, have been granted a portion of $4.3 million of new research funding from the national ALS Association.
    GoLocal Worcester

  • 08 - 19 - 13

    Lipitor Lawsuit Motion to Consolidate Denied

    An article about a recent ruling in a Lipitor lawsuit references research by Yunsheng Ma, PhD, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine, which found that women who take Lipitor are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
    PRWeb

  • 08 - 19 - 13

    Mobile Lab Brings Research Studies to Schools

    A new federal grant from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development allows the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center can take their research on the road in a new mobile laboratory.
    Autism Daily News

  • 08 - 19 - 13

    New models advance the study of deadly human prion diseases

    A team of investigators at several institutions, including the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, the Howard Hughes Institute, MIT, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, have developed novel mouse models for two fatal human prion protein (PrP) diseases, fatal familial insomnia (FFI) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).
    Health Canal
    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

  • 08 - 19 - 13

    Swallowable imaging capsule keeps improving but still not routine: Here’s why

    David R. Cave, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, explains how imaging capsules are used to capture pictures of the intestines and colon without the need to sedate the patient.
    Boston Globe
    Boston.com

  • 08 - 19 - 13

    The Dangers of Lyme Disease in New England

    Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for Mass Biologics at UMass Medical School, is interviewed for an article about Lyme disease in New England.
    Boston Magazine

  • 08 - 18 - 13

    Fairlawn Rehab names new director

    Marshall Katzen, MD, clinical assistant professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, named director of orthopedic rehabilitation at Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 18 - 13

    Latin American Festival attracts crowd

    UMass Memorial Health Care took part in the Latin American Festival on Saturday by inflating a replica of a human colon to raise awareness about colonoscopies.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 18 - 13

    Massachusetts hospitals to lose billions

    An article about the potential loss in funding due to penalties imposed by the federal Medicare program includes comments from Robert A. Klugman, MD, chief quality officer and senior vice president at UMass Memorial Medical Center and associate professor of medicine.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 18 - 13

    New Compound Prevents First Steps of Fungal Infection

    Paul D. Kaufman, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, helps lead a team of researchers at WPI and UMass Medical School to discover a chemical compound that prevents fungal cells from adhering to surfaces, typically the first step of the infection process by C. albicans.
    Scope
    GoLocalWorcester
    Health Canal
    Science Codex
    Orthopedic Design & Technology

  • 08 - 15 - 13

    Health Watch Skin Care

    Jeffrey D. Mailhot, MD, assistant professor of medicine, explains how much sunscreen is enough, what SPF really means, and the importance of protecting your skin as summer winds down.
    Charter TV3

  • 08 - 15 - 13

    Study: Despite Risk, OB’s Urge Ovary Removal With Hysterectomy

    Machelle M. Seibel, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics & gynecology, comments on a recent study which shows that contrary to recommendations from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologist one-third of gynecologists are still recommending the removing of healthy ovaries from women undergoing hysterectomies prior to menopause.
    WBUR CommonHealth

  • 08 - 14 - 13

    2 HCV Drugs Work Well Without Interferon

    Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, comments on results of a study which uses two investigational drugs, faldaprevir and deleobuvir to treat patients with hepatitis C without the use of pegylated interferon.
    MedPage Today

  • 08 - 11 - 13

    Could it be a 'cure'? Breakthrough prompts Down syndrome soul-searching

    Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology, is quoted in an article about ethical questions raised by her recent discovery that the extra chromosome linked to Down syndrome could potentially be “switched off.”
    NBC News
    Deseret News
    Center for Genetics and Society
    WRCB

  • 08 - 10 - 13

    Med students show respect, almost reverence, for donated cadavers

    Dianne Person, associate director of the anatomical gift program, is quoted in an article about people who make the decision to donate their bodies to science.
    The Gainesville Sun
    Ocala StarBanner

  • 08 - 09 - 13

    How Much Do You Know About Kids' Health?

    Darshak M. Sanghavi, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, identifies common kids’ health facts parents should know.
    Parents.com

  • 08 - 08 - 13

    First images of DNA mix-ups linked to cancer

    In an article about severed DNA strands and what can go wrong when they repair and reconnect includes comments from Job Dekker, PhD, co-director of the Program in Systems Biology and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology.
    New Scientist

  • 08 - 08 - 13

    Health Watch: Kidney Stones

    Jennifer K. Yates, MD, assistant professor of urology, discusses kidney stone risk factors, prevention and potential treatments.
    Charter TV3

  • 08 - 08 - 13

    Worcester County Obesity Levels Going Up

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, talks to GoLocalWorcester about recent results which show that obesity levels for Worcester County women are increasing despite the fact that they’re living longer and exercising more.
    GoLocalWorcester

  • 08 - 07 - 13

    130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know

    Eric W. Dickson, MD, MHCM, FACEP, senior associate dean, professor of emergency medicine and president and chief executive officer of UMass Memorial Health Care, is listed in Becker’s Hospital Review’s "130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know."
    Becker’s Hospital Review

  • 08 - 07 - 13

    Doctor criticizes George W. Bush use of stent

    John F. Keaney, MD, professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about former President George W. Bush’s decision to have a stent implanted after discovering a blockage in his heart artery.
    Boston Herald

  • 08 - 07 - 13

    Tinea versicolor looks more like pasta primavera

    An article about recent labeling changes for oral ketoconazole, used for invasive fungal infections, includes quotes from Nikki A. Levin, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine.
    Skin & Allergy News

  • 08 - 06 - 13

    UMass Memorial Hires Key McGovern Aide

    UMass Memorial Health Care Inc. has hired Christopher R. Philbin, a longtime aide of U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Worcester, as vice president of government relations.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 08 - 05 - 13

    Addicted to Sugar?

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about sugar addiction.
    Athens News

  • 08 - 05 - 13

    Drugs in athletics 'cheating' system

    Lee A. Mancini, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, is quoted in a story about the illegal use of anabolic steroids by professional athletes.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 05 - 13

    Kidney transplant survivor Jameson Laliberte, 9, shows his toughness

    Jameson P. Laliberte, 9, of Gardner, underwent the first pediatric kidney transplant to be performed at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. Adel Bozorgzadeh, MD, professor of surgery, was quoted in the story.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 05 - 13

    Parent to Parent by Mary Kiely: Does Down syndrome need a cure?

    An op-ed by Mary Kiely explores the ethical questions raised by the recent discovery by Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology, that the extra chromosome linked to Down syndrome could potentially be “switched off.”
    Gazettenet.com

  • 08 - 05 - 13

    Pharmacists Feeling Pain Over AMA Resolution

    Richard S. Pieters, MD, clinical associate professor of radiation oncology and president-elect of the Massachusetts Medical Society, is quoted in an article about an American Medical Association (AMA) resolution intended to curb a barrage of retail pharmacy phone calls to physicians requesting additional information about pain medication prescriptions. Dr. Pieters wrote the original draft for the AMA resolution.
    Pharmacy Practice News

  • 08 - 05 - 13

    Sharon Timlin Races Raises $128,000 for ALS Research

    The 10th annual Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K raised $128,000 to benefit the Angel Fund, which supports the research of Robert H. Brown, Jr., DPhil, MD, chair and professor of neurology, and the Cecil B. Day Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at UMass Medical School.
    Holliston-Hopkinton Patch

  • 08 - 05 - 13

    We Need to Talk About Urinary Incontinence

    Catherine E. DuBeau, MD, professor of medicine, is interviewed for an article about urinary incontinence.
    Huffington Post

  • 08 - 04 - 13

    Westboro startup helps save lives

    Reflectance Medical, a company founded by Babs Soller, PhD, professor of anesthesiology and surgery, has developed a device that uses light to noninvasively read a patients’ blood chemistry. On July 19, Reflectance received Food and Drug Administration clearance to sell its device, the Mobile CareGuide 3100.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 04 - 13

    Would a ‘cure’ change the love?

    An op-ed piece written by the Boston Globe’s Beverly Beckham, the grandmother of a child with Down syndrome, references the recent discovery by Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology, of a way to switch off the extra chromosome linked to Down syndrome in human cells.
    Boston Globe

  • 08 - 02 - 13

    Charlton, Mass. couple starts foundation in daughter’s name

    The Sydney Meaghan Memorial Foundation held its first fundraising event on Saturday, August 3, to benefit the UMass Memorial Medical Center NICU. Stuart A. Weisberger, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, spoke at the event. The event also honored Francis J. Bednarek, MD, chief of neonatology at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center, and director of the perinatal fellowship program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
    NECN

  • 08 - 02 - 13

    Scientists show proof-of-principal for silencing extra chromosome responsible for Down syndrome

    Scientists at UMass Medical School are the first to establish that a naturally occurring X chromosome “off switch” can be rerouted to neutralize the extra chromosome responsible for trisomy 21, also known as Down syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by cognitive impairment. Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology, explains.
    Doctor Tipster
    Digital Journal

  • 08 - 02 - 13

    Statins may protect cirrhotic patients from infection

    Christine Motzkus-Feagans, MPH, SOM 2016, is quoted in an article about a recent retrospective study which found a link in veterans with cirrhosis between statin use and a reduced risk for developing severe infection.
    Healio.com

  • 08 - 01 - 13

    A Sense of Mystery

    Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and chair and professor of neurobiology, is quoted in an article about the mechanics of magnetoreception, the ability to sense magnetic fields which some animals use to navigate the globe.
    The Scientist

  • 08 - 01 - 13

    Gene Silencing Is Golden

    An article about using RNA interference (RNAi) to find out which genes are important for specific cellular processes contains quotes from Abraham Louis Brass, MD, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology & physiological systems.
    The Scientist

  • 08 - 01 - 13

    Health Watch Pediatric Health Myths Part 2

    Cornelius Tyrrell, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, debunks or confirms a number of pediatric health myths, such as sugar’s effect on hyperactivity in kids, for Worcester News Tonight’s Health Watch segment.
    Charter TV3

  • 08 - 01 - 13

    New president named to UMass Memorial Medical Center

    Patrick Muldoon, president and CEO of Central New England HealthAlliance Hospital, has been named the new president of UMass Memorial Medical Center.
    Community Advocate