News Makers 2014

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  • 03 - 30 - 14

    Startups pitch ideas at competition

    Fifteen teams of entrepreneurs pitched their innovative ideas for new medical-device and biotechnology products at the M2D2 New Venture Competition last week.M2D2 is a cooperative effort between the University of Massachusetts Lowell and UMass Medical School that supports Massachusetts-based medical device technology startups and entrepreneurs.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 29 - 14

    State grants fuel Lowell biotech growth

    University of Massachusetts Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences and UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins spoke at an event announcing a $4 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center for new medical-device and biotechnology incubator space at UMass to be known as the Big Company/Little Company Innovation Hub. Speaking at the event, Dr. Collins said support from the state has allowed for "a new day of collaboration" at UMass.
    Lowell Sun

  • 03 - 29 - 14

    State plans for dual-eligibles face tough challenges

    In an article about the challenges of integrating care for patients eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare benefits, Judith L. Steinberg, BA, MPH, MD, says that coordinated medical and social care is the best way to keep these patients stable and out of the hospital and emergency department.
    Modern Healthcare

  • 03 - 27 - 14

    Health Watch – When Elderly Need Emergency Care

    Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Clinton Hospital Emergency Department Medical Director Marc Gautreau, MD, explains that the elderly are more susceptible to infections, such as pneumonia, which can sometimes manifest as cognitive impairment or behavioral issues. 
    Charter TV3

  • 03 - 26 - 14

    Brain Structure Disrupted in Autistic Kids

    Curtis Deutsch, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, comments on a recent study which found brain structure in children with autism differs in organization from non-autistic children.
    Medpage Today

  • 03 - 26 - 14

    UMass Medical School students win 2014 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award

    Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences students Emma Watson and Colin Conine received the 2014 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award for research into the mechanisms governing epigenetic inheritance and the complex interactions between diet, gene expression and physiology.
    News Medical
    PhysOrg

  • 03 - 24 - 14

    Oncologists differ widely on offering cancer gene testing, study finds

    Medical student Katherine Hicks-Courant, BA, SOM ’15, co-authored a study which surveyed oncologists for their views about offering cancer gene testing to patients.
    Science Codex

  • 03 - 24 - 14

    Trouble falling asleep? Prescription sleeping pills are popular, tempting — and risky.

    Gregg Jacobs, PhD, an insomnia specialist at UMass Medical School, warns patients about the dangers of prescription sleep medications and provides alternatives for dealing with insomnia.
    Washington Post

  • 03 - 22 - 14

    Down syndrome conference touts 'champions'

    Errol Mortimer, MD, assistant professor of orthopedics and physical rehabilitation, and Beverly Hay, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, participated in the 30th annual Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress at the DCU Center.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 21 - 14

    UMass Med students matched to residencies

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, talks about the thrill and excitement of Match Day. Matching medical students Khanh-Van Tran, SOM ’14; Michael Richardson, SOM ’14; Kristin Gerson, SOM ’14; Alessandra Moore, SOM ’14; Soana LaGuerre, SOM ’14; Alicia Allerio, SOM ’14; and Peter Brancale, SOM ’14, talk about the experience and their future plans.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Masslive.com
    Worcester News Tonight
    NECN

  • 03 - 20 - 14

    New data shows spike in smokeless tobacco sales

    The number of smokeless tobacco products sold in Massachusetts is soaring, as are the levels of nicotine packed into many of them, according to a new analysis from UMass Medical School and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
    Medical Xpress

  • 03 - 20 - 14

    'Rebound' Obesity Seen After ADHD Treatment

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks about the association between ADHD and childhood obesity.
    Medpage Today

  • 03 - 20 - 14

    The hidden dangers of going under

    Jane Saczynski, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in a story about the lingering side effects anesthesia can have on the brain.
    Salon
    Scientific America

  • 03 - 18 - 14

    Are E-Cigarettes A Safe Alternative?

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, talks about the growing concern regarding teens using e-cigarettes and whether they’re safe.
    WBZ-TV

  • 03 - 18 - 14

    Study Questions Benefit of Widely Used Septic-Shock Treatment

    New research on patients with deadly septic shock shows that early goal-directed therapy (EGDT), a widely accepted treatment using a catheter to monitor blood-oxygen levels was no better at saving lives than an older, simpler form of therapy. Craig M. Lilly, MD, professor of medicine, is quoted in the article. 
    Wall Street Journal
    Medpage Today

  • 03 - 17 - 14

    M2D2 hosts Innovator contest on March 26

    Fifteen teams of entrepreneurs from early-stage companies will pitch their innovative ideas for new products at the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) during its New Venture Competition on March 26th.  M2D2 is a cooperative effort between the University of Massachusetts Lowell and UMass Medical School that supports Massachusetts-based medical device technology startups and entrepreneurs.
    Lowell Sun

  • 03 - 16 - 14

    College Town

    UMass Medical School ranked fifth in primary care education among the 128 accredited medical schools and 25 schools of osteopathic medicine surveyed by the weekly news magazine.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 14 - 14

    Number of people with new joints tops 7 million

    A story about the increasing number of people living with new joints includes comments from David Ayers, MD, the Arthur M. Pappas, MD, Chair in Orthopedics, chair and professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and director of the Musculoskeletal Center of Excellence, about what is causing people to seek the surgery.
    USA Today
    Detroit Free Press

  • 03 - 14 - 14

    Why This Congressman Is Fighting To Bring Mindfulness To Veterans

    Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) has sponsored the Veterans and Armed Forces’ Health Promotion Act of 2013 to include mindfulness-based programs as part of the treatment available to veterans with combat-related PTSD. Ryan was introduced to the benefits of mindfulness after attending a five-day retreat with Jon Kabat-Zinn, professor emeritus of medicine and founder of the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School. 
    Huffington Post

  • 03 - 13 - 14

    'Crash' course for teen drivers

    Esther Borer, coordinator of the injury prevention center at UMass Memorial Medical Center, talks about Teen DRIVE - Distracted Reality and Interactive Virtual Education – an educational program designed to influence how teens make decisions while operating a motor vehicle and raise awareness about the importance of making safe driving choices. 
    The Foxboro Reporter

  • 03 - 13 - 14

    Health Watch Sudden Cardiac Arrest Extended

    Lawrence S. Rosenthal, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, discusses health, genetic and lifestyle factors that might contribute to sudden cardiac arrest.
    Charter TV3

  • 03 - 12 - 14

    Sale of pansies benefits pancreatic cancer fight

    The Pancreatic Cancer Alliance will hold the ninth annual Pansies For Progress campaign on March 28. The event is held to promote awareness of pancreatic cancer and raise funds for research and clinical drug trials at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 12 - 14

    Why is my baby’s poop this color?

    Jenifer R. Lightdale, MD, MPH, instructor in pediatrics and a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, discusses the different stool colors babies might experience, which are normal and which might indicate injury or disease.
    PBS Newshour

  • 03 - 11 - 14

    U.S. News releases 2015 Best Graduate Schools rankings

    U.S. News & World Report ranked UMass Medical School fifth in primary care education among the 128 accredited medical schools and 25 schools of osteopathic medicine surveyed by the weekly news magazine.
    NY Daily News
    GoLocal Worcester

  • 03 - 11 - 14

    More Children With Autism Are Going To College Than Ever Before (And 5 Other Key Findings)

    Carol Curtin, MSW, research assistant professor of family medicine and community health, offers insight on potential risk factors associated with autism spectrum disorders, including weight gain. 
    Huffington Post

  • 03 - 11 - 14

    Telemonitoring Cuts ICU Time, Boosts Outcomes

    A study conducted by Craig M. Lilly, MD, professor of medicine, and published online in the journal CHEST, shows that using a virtual ICU with one specialist doctor and three critical care nurses serving 150 patients can improve survival by 26 percent over a traditional ICU.
    Medpage Today

  • 03 - 10 - 14

    Teens’ brains make them more vulnerable to suicide

    Barry Feldman, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of Psychiatry Services in Public Safety, explains risk factors that may lead to teen suicide and steps to take to prevent it.
    Boston Globe
    Boston Globe

  • 03 - 10 - 14

    What's new in autism spectrum disorder? Harvard Review of Psychiatry presents research update

    Jean A. Frazier, MD, the Robert M. and Shirley S. Siff Chair in Autism and professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, is quoted in an article reviewing recent progress and advancements in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) research. Dr. Frazier was guest editor of a special issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry focused on ASD. 
    Medical Xpress

  • 03 - 09 - 14

    Device aids weight loss

    UMass Medical School is one of three clinical trial sites for the EndoBarrier, a tube-shaped liner placed through the mouth to help patients with Type 2 diabetes or obesity reduce blood sugar levels and lose weight.
    Boston Herald

  • 03 - 09 - 14

    UMass Medical School, UMass Lowell collaborate to build startups

    An op-ed in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette explores the work being done by the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) which is a cooperative effort between the University of Massachusetts Lowell and UMass Medical School that supports Massachusetts-based medical device technology startups and entrepreneurs.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 08 - 14

    Sen. Warren at Fitchburg State, says $1.2T debt is crushing students

    U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren visits UMass Medical School to talk with researchers and school officials about federal research funding and to tour the Sherman Center. A photo by the Worcester Telegram and Gazette shows her speaking with Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, and Christopher M. Sassetti, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and physiological systems during the visit.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 08 - 14

    Time to reset internal, and external clocks

    Stacia Sailer, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, offers practical advice to those who might be suffering from sleep disorders or may have trouble falling asleep due to daylight savings.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 07 - 14

    Charlton farm to produce blood-clotting medicine in rabbits' milk

    Doreen Brettler, MD, professor in medicine, is quoted in an article about a biotechnical company that hopes to develop a new factor VIIa product as a treatment for hemophilia A and B patients.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 07 - 14

    Data Shows National "Norms" for Timing of Hip and Knee Replacements

    Using data from the UMMS-led FORCE-TJR joined replacement registry, David Ayers, MD, the Arthur M. Pappas, MD, Chair in Orthopedics, chair and professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and director of the Musculoskeletal Center of Excellence, has identified national norms for timing of hip and knee replacements.
    Yahoo Finance
    Digital Journal

  • 03 - 06 - 14

    Doctors hope for cure in a 2nd baby born with HIV

    Doctors hope a 2nd baby has been cleared of an HIV infection, after receiving treatment  4 hours after birth. Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and medicine, and a team of researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and the University of Mississippi Medical Center were among the researchers involved.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Clarion Ledger
    Think Progress

  • 03 - 06 - 14

    The Military is Leaving the Missing Behind

    Mark D. Leney, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about soldiers who become prisoners of war. 
    ProPublica
    Salon
    Moneylife

  • 03 - 06 - 14

    Worcester is putting the emphasis on literacy to make it the city that reads

    UMMS helps support “Worcester: the City that Reads” by collecting books for their program to promote literacy in the community.
    Masslive.com

  • 03 - 05 - 14

    Does the Medical Home Make a Difference?

    Kenneth S. Peterson, PhD, FNP, assistant professor of nursing, director of the family nurse practitioner track program and interim director of the  doctorate in nursing practice program, is quoted in an article about patient centered medical homes.
    NurseZone.com

  • 03 - 05 - 14

    Opiate deaths spur push for first responders to carry Narcan

    Marc C. Restuccia, MD, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine, talks about making Narcan, a nasal spray used to reverse opiate overdoses, available to first responders.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 04 - 14

    Research Reveals Human/Chimp Genetic Disparities, Undermines Evolutionary Theory

    A new study by Manuel Garber, PhD, assistant professor of molecular medicine, found that at least 35 percent of human lincRNAs show orthologous transcripts across mammals, and 20 percent are not conserved beyond chimp and undetectable even in rhesus.
    Christian News

  • 03 - 04 - 14

    Time for colorectal cancer awareness

    Justin A. Maykel, MD, assistant professor of surgery, wrote an op-ed piece about the importance of screening for colorectal cancer.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 04 - 14

    Zen and the art of bedtime: How we turned to meditation to stop the children's evening tantrums

    Jon Kabat-Zinn, professor emeritus of medicine and founder of the Center for Mindfulness at UMMS, talks about the importance of calming oneslef before bedtime.
    The Independent

  • 03 - 03 - 14

    A Powerful New Way to Edit DNA

    Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, explains how the ability of Crispr  to make precise changes to the DNA of humans provide scientists with unprecedented power to rewrite the code of life.
    New York Times
    News-Journal.com

  • 03 - 03 - 14

    New research finds positive health technique for stressed nurses

    An article about how mindfulness programs can reduce employee stress credits Jon Kabat-Zinn, professor emeritus of medicine and founder of the Center for Mindfulness at UMMS.
    Medical Xpress

  • 03 - 03 - 14

    Tune in: Being mindful of the now can lead to good health

    Jon Kabat-Zinn, professor emeritus of medicine and founder of the Center for Mindfulness at UMMS, talks about the benefits of practicing mindfulness.
    The Vancouver Sun

  • 03 - 01 - 14

    Health News: A New Trick for Dieting Dessert Lovers, Forgive Your Forgetfulness, And More

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, looks at weight-loss apps study that could help people dieting.
    Good Housekeeping