News Makers 2013

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  • 10 - 30 - 13

    Doctor offers some advice on maximizing physician visits

    George Abraham, MD, MPH, clinical associate professor of medicine, offers advice to listeners at the Senior Spectacular health fair on how to make the most of doctor visits.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 28 - 13

    Central Mass. Firms Feel Sting Of Federal Budget Cuts

    Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor in Medicine, executive deputy chancellor, provost, dean of the School of Medicine and professor of pediatrics and microbiology & physiological systems, is quoted in an article about the effects of federal spending cuts related to sequestration.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 10 - 28 - 13

    Rural Scholars Raise Issue of Aging Vineyard Population

    Students from the University of Massachusetts Medical School are working with on a project funded by grants from the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and the Mass in Motion programs to provide a more aging-friendly environment for the elderly population on Martha’s Vineyard.
    Vineyard Gazette

  • 10 - 28 - 13

    Scientist talks about long road for research into potential Down syndrome treatment

    Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology, talks to reporters at the American Society of Human Genetics about how her discovery of a way to switch off the extra chromosome linked to Down syndrome in human cells is yielding new insights into the disease.
    Boston Globe
    Boston.com
    Bio-IT World

  • 10 - 26 - 13

    Child ‘cured’ of HIV still virus free, doctors say

    A 3-year-old Mississippi child born with HIV and treated with a combination of antiviral drugs shortly after birth remains free of active infection 18 months after all treatment ceased, according to an updated case report in The New England Journal of Medicine. Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of molecular medicine, pediatrics and medicine, is senior author on the report.
    Science Recorder
    WBUR
    ABC News
    CBS News
    CNN
    Medical News Today
    Health 24
    Red Orbit
    NBC News
    WBUR
    Fox News
    NPR
    Washington Times
    LA Times
    UPI.com
    WebMD
    Science Daily
    Philly.com

  • 10 - 26 - 13

    Coexisting pain tied to worse knee replacement outcomes

    David Ayers, MD, the Arthur M. Pappas, MD, Chair in Orthopedics and chair and professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, is quoted in an article about the effects of total knee replacement on post-operative physical function.
    Medical Xpress

  • 10 - 25 - 13

    Symposium discusses tobacco ban on college campuses

    A symposium on banning tobacco products on college and university campuses in Massachusetts was held at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In the article, Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, talks about how UMMS became tobacco free back in 2008.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 24 - 13

    EUREKA grant to fund development of new 'optogenetic' technique for mapping neural networks at UMMS

    Gang Han, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, has received a $1.3 million EUREKA (Exceptional Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration) grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop light activated nanoparticles that can be used to image live brain tissue.
    Phys.org
    News Medical

  • 10 - 24 - 13

    UMass Med To Help Mich. Control Medicaid Costs

    The State of Michigan has awarded UMass Medical School’s Center for Health Care Financing (CHCF) a three-year, $3 million contract to assist with cost control of Michigan’s Medicaid program by helping the state maximize access to federal Medicare benefits for eligible residents.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 10 - 23 - 13

    Red Sox beards inspire UMass Memorial Medical Center to raise money for cleft palate database

    Jorge Lujan-Hernandez, M.D., postdoctoral research fellow; Joseph Charpentier, DO, gastroenterology fellow; Oksana Babchenko, School of Medicine class of 2015;, Jeff Hughes, physician’s assistant;., Janice Lalikos, M.D., associate professor of surgery and pediatrics; Cornelius Tyrrell, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics; Mark Albert, M.D., plastic surgery resident; Craig Rowin, MD, plastic surgery resident; and Jim McGowan, surgical technician are participants in UMass Memorial Medical Center’s "Grow a Beard, Get a Smile," campaign to raise money for a cleft palate database. Dr. Lalikos was quoted in the article.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 21 - 13

    When the ‘baby blues’ are something more

    In an article about postpartum depression, Nicole Caligiuri, a clinical trial patient enrolled in a study for postpartum depression at UMass Medical School, talks about her struggles with the condition.
    Boston Globe

  • 10 - 20 - 13

    Conference on health care costs

    A conference on price and information transparency in health care will be held at UMass Medical School on October 22nd.Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, will be among the opening speakers.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 20 - 13

    UMass Medical School scientists find new approach in brain function studies

    Research by Joel Richter, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, showed that correcting one genetic mutation with another resulted in normal brain function in mice with Fragile X Syndrome.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Medical Xpress
    R&D

  • 10 - 18 - 13

    Obesity rate decreases for Mass. Children

    According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health the percentage of overweight or obese students dropped 3.7 percentage points, to 30.6 percent. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School participated in the study.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Boston Globe

  • 10 - 17 - 13

    From darkness to light: Dance lifts young woman from depression

    Barry N. Feldman, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is quoted in an article about mental health issues among children and adolescents.
    Worcester Magazine

  • 10 - 17 - 13

    Health Watch In-Depth Breast Cancer

    The first episode of “Health Watch In Depth” focuses on the risk, diagnosis, treatment and survival rates of breast cancer. Panelists include: Jilliane Sotelo, MS, LCGC, genetic counselor at UMass Memorial Medical Center; Gopal Vijayaraghavan, MD, assistant professor of radiology; Kathryn Edmiston, MD, associate professor of Medicine; Ashling O’Connor, MD, assistant professor of Surgery; Moni Janaki, MD, clinical associate professor of radiation oncology; and Rebecca Soulliere, patient and breast cancer survivor.
    Worcester News Tonight

  • 10 - 17 - 13

    Mindfulness over matters

    Jon Kabat-Zinn, professor emeritus of medicine and founder of the Center for Mindfulness at UMMS, addressed the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) about the effectiveness of mindfulness training in countering the pressures and effects of anxiety, stress, chronic pain, and illness on the body, mind, and brain.
    Harvard Gazette

  • 10 - 17 - 13

    Weight Watchers Tech Combo Beats Self-help for Weight Loss

    An article about the success rate of the Weight Watcher’s program includes comments from Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, about how counseling and face-to-face meetings were the most important predictors of a successful outcome.
    Medscape

  • 10 - 15 - 13

    Docs say sex after 60 enhances life, despite the obstacles

    UMMS scientists have shown that diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) may be susceptible to treatment by re-activating the normal aging program in tumor cells so they can no longer divide. Hong Zhang, PhD, assistant professor of cell & developmental biology, was the senior author on the study.
    WFCR, New England Public Radio
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    New England Public Radio
    Science Codex
    Drug Discovery & Development
    Medical Xpress
    Springfield Republican
    Bio-IT World

  • 10 - 15 - 13

    First responders still in grip of Marathon’s horror

    Christina H. Hernon, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, is interviewed for a story about how Marathon bombings victims and first responders are coping with the effects of the event after six months.
    Boston Globe

  • 10 - 15 - 13

    Promising Cancer Research from UMass Medical School

  • 10 - 13 - 13

    Harr Challenge raises $53,747 for cancer walk

    Harr Motor Group raised $53,747 in support of the UMass Medicine Cancer Walk. The money raised goes directly to research and patient care at the UMass Medicine Cancer Center of Excellence to improve treatment and work towards a cure.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 13 - 13

    Picking a career path

    The Oct. 13 Boston Globe Magazine features a photo essay on nine, fourth-year medical students from UMass Medical School. In the introduction to the photo essay Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, addresses the virtues of primary care and what makes UMMS different from other medical schools. Featured students include Nicholas Avgerinos, Odette Taha, Paula Hercule, Daniel Wemple, Andrea Posa, Courtney Sullivan, Kathleen Goble, Dimas Espinola and Soana Laguerre.
    Boston Globe

  • 10 - 11 - 13

    UMass Medical School ranks high in study of policies on conflict of interest

    The University of Massachusetts Medical School ranked highly in a study of medical schools' policies regarding conflicts of interest.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 10 - 13

    A focus on coordinated care

    An op-ed by Patrick Hughes, president and CEO of Fallon Community Health Plan, references a study by UMass Medical School which found that patients are satisfied with Senior Care Options, an insurance program that provides all-inclusive care to seniors who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 10 - 13

    How the Aging Population Is Changing the Healthcare System

    An article about the effects the aging population has on the healthcare system includes comments from Sarah McGee, MD, MPH, clinical associate professor of medicine.
    Everyday Health

  • 10 - 10 - 13

    UMass Medical School Clinical Services Director Sworn in as President of the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association

    James Gagnon, PharmD, director of Clinical Services for UMass Medical School Clinical Pharmacy Services, has been named president of the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association (MPhA).
    Enhanced Online News
    Wakefield Patch

  • 10 - 10 - 13

    Weight Loss Apps Lack Key Ingredients for Success

    A new study by Sherry Pagoto, PhD, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine which evaluates mobile weight-loss apps for their use of evidence-based behavioral strategies.
    Newswise
    News Medical
    NBC News
    Huffington Post
    ABC Chicago
    Examiner.com
    Live Science
    Fox News
    Science Daily
    Medical Xpress
    NECN
    Huffington Post UK
    Health 24
    Herald Scotland
    Daily Mail
    CBC News
    Science Codex

  • 10 - 09 - 13

    Awakening genes that suppress tumors

    A study by Michael R. Green, MD, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, identifies a new pathway of tumor suppressor genes which could have implications for treatment of certain cancers. The study appears online in the journal Genes and Development.
    Health Canal

  • 10 - 09 - 13

    Multivitamins with Minerals May Protect Older Women With Invasive Breast Cancer

    A recent study published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, found that the risk of postmenopausal women dying from invasive breast cancer was 30 percent lower among multivitamin/mineral users compared with non-users. Researches at UMass Medical School collaborated on the study.
    The Sacramento Bee

  • 10 - 09 - 13

    No fad: Attitude keeps pounds away

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about her call for an end to the “diet debates,” a commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
    Herald Tribune

  • 10 - 09 - 13

    Russia's Terrifying Form Of 'Homemade Heroin' Seems To Be Spreading Across The US

    Matthew Zuckerman, MD, instructor in emergency medicine, talks about the dangers of krokodil; a homemade, intravenous drug from Russia which is highly addictive.
    Business Insider
    The Washington Post
    Lehigh Valley Live.com

  • 10 - 09 - 13

    University of Massachusetts Medical School Albert Sherman Center Wins Fourth Award

    The Albert Sherman Center wins the Engineering News-Record New England’s 2013 “Best Projects” award.
    Boston Citybiz

  • 10 - 07 - 13

    Budnik gets EUREKA grant to study communication between nucleus and cytoplasm

    UMass Medical School Professor and Vice Chair of Neurobiology Vivian Budnik, PhD, has received a $1.3 million EUREKA grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to explore nuclear envelope budding, a mechanism that may lead to a new understanding of various tissue dystrophies and aging disorders.
    Phys.org
    News Medical

  • 10 - 07 - 13

    Deans of Massachusetts’ Medical Schools Inducted into Gold Humanism Honor Society by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

    Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor in Medicine and professor of pediatrics and microbiology & physiological systems, was recently inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
    Newswise

  • 10 - 07 - 13

    Doctors question high drug prices for rare diseases

    Brian P. O’Sullivan, a professor of pediatrics, voices concern in the latest issue of JAMA about the unsustainable pricing model pharmaceutical companies are using to develop and market personalized therapeutics and drugs targeting rare diseases.
    Boston Globe
    Boston.com

  • 10 - 07 - 13

    Early RA: Fish Oil Reduces Risk for Triple-DMARD Failure

    Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, is quoted in an article on a study about the benefits of fish oil in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis. The study was published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
    Medscape.com

  • 10 - 07 - 13

    Victor Ambros of University of Massachusetts Medical School wins 2013 Keio Medical Science Prize

    Victor Ambros of University of Massachusetts Medical School wins 2013 Keio Medical Science Prize

  • 10 - 06 - 13

    Westborough's Congregation B'nai Shalom to discuss gun violence

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, will be part of a panel discussing gun violence in Westborough on October 13.
    Wicked Local Westborough

  • 10 - 02 - 13

    No Verdict on Behavioral Strategies to Prevent Kids' Drug Use

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks about the need for more research in ways to treat illicit drug use in children and adolescents younger than 18 years.
    Medscape

  • 10 - 01 - 13

    Mass. health care costs grow more slowly

    An article about Massachusetts health care costs includes quotes from Eric W. Dickson, MD, MHCM, FACEP, senior associate dean, professor of emergency medicine and president and chief executive officer of UMass Memorial Health Care.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette