News Makers 2014

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  • 04 - 30 - 14

    Let's Go! program brings positive approach to fighting childhood obesity

    Jennifer Bram, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, discusses the innovative Let's Go! 5-2-1-0 Healthy Habits program which encourages families to make healthier eating choices and exercise more.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 29 - 14

    UMass backing literacy project

    In an op-ed, University of Massachusetts Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins said the medical school has invested $700,000 in Worcester's One City–One Library initiative to help Worcester students achieve academic success and prepare for future career opportunities in the increasingly demanding life sciences and health care-driven economy. “By ensuring elementary students and neighborhood residents across Worcester have easy access to books, computers and the latest technology to improve reading proficiency, we can open children's eyes to the amazing world of possibilities that education creates,” said Dr. Collins. 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 28 - 14

    UMass Medical School course offers help for parents in learning about autism

    Maura Buckley, MPA, product manager for UHealth Solutions, talks to Fox News about courses, tools and services developed by the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Shriver Center to help families and professionals touched by or working in the fields of autism.
    WFXT-Fox 25 Boston

  • 04 - 28 - 14

    In Rhode Island, getting help to quit smoking

    Ronnesia Gaskins, PhD, MSPH, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about smoking cessation programs.
    Providence Journal

  • 04 - 28 - 14

    UMass Medical Using ‘Virtual Anatomy’ To Teach Students

    Anne Gilroy, MA, associate professor of cell and developmental biology, demonstrates Anatomage. A life-size interactive virtual dissection tool, the new technology can be used to augment traditional anatomy lab experiences using preloaded images as well actual CT or MRI images from the clinical setting. Medical students Scott Pascal, SOM ’15 and Pamela Lu, SOM ’15, are also quoted in the story.
    WBZ-TV Boston
    Yahoo
    Boston City Press

  • 04 - 27 - 14

    Addiction research looks toward opiate blockers

    A series about opiate addiction and treatment contains quotes from Gerardo Gonzalez-Haddad, MD, associate professor of psychiatry.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 27 - 14

    College Town – UMass Medical School

    U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern will receive a Chancellor's Medal and deliver an address at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s 41st  Commencement exercises on June 1.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 27 - 14

    FDA okays start of BrainStorm stem cell trial in ALS patients

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the start of a mid-stage clinical trial of BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics’ adult stem cell treatment for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).  The Phase 2 trial will be launched initially at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
    Reuters
    Market Watch
    MedCity News

  • 04 - 27 - 14

    TEDx speakers share stories of courage, controversy at UMass

    Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and medicine, spoke at the second annual TEDxUMassAmherst.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 27 - 14

    Turning 'blue' into golden opportunities

    UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits program teams up with Blu2Green and the Seven Hills Foundation in Worcester to create tote bags from recycled “blue wrap” collected at Hahnemann’s day surgery unit. Blue wrap is a material made from a petroleum-based plastic that is used in health care to cover sterilized surgical instruments. The material, when discarded, does not degrade and can last for hundreds of years in the environment. Blu2Green works to recycle the material into useful products. Quoted in the article is Kathy Petkauskos, director of Work Without Limits and Kathleen Mondor, director of the day surgery unit at UMass Memorial Medical Center – Hahnemann campus.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 25 - 14

    FDA Moves to Regulate E-cigarettes

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, talks about the FDA’s push to regulate e-cigarettes and the growing concern regarding claims of health benefits.
    WFXT-Fox 25 Boston (link unavailable)

  • 04 - 25 - 14

    Jon Kabat-Zinn: Meditation Is 'The Simplest Thing In The World'

    Jon Kabat-Zinn, professor emeritus of medicine and creator of the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School, explains what meditation is.
    Huffington Post

  • 04 - 25 - 14

    When Shrinks Put Mindfulness On The Couch

    An article about a recent conference held at UMass Medical School examines whether mindfulness should be practiced along with the prescription of psychiatric drugs in treating patients with mental illness.
    WBUR CommonHealth

  • 04 - 24 - 14

    Recurrent violence linked to substantially higher rates of mental disorders in post-conflict communities

    Madelyn Hsiao-Rei Hicks, MD, MA, MRCPsych, associate professor of psychiatry, comments about recent research studying post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental disorders in areas that had experienced conflict.
    Medical Xpress

  • 04 - 23 - 14

    'CRISPR' Technology 'Edits' DNA And Corrects Adult Genes, Successfully Curing Disease

    Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, is quoted in an article about a revolutionary genome-editing technique called CRISPR that may some day be used to cure genetic disease.
    Medical Daily

  • 04 - 23 - 14

    Medical school to buy solar power

    UMass Medical School has reached a 30-year agreement to pay for up to 12 megawatts of solar power generated from arrays being developed by First Wind, Major Energy, Greenhouse Solar and Hecate Solar in Massachusetts. Over the course of the 30-year 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

  • 04 - 22 - 14

    Report: Disabled Mass. Residents Face Major Health Disparities

    A new report by UMass Medical School’s Disability, Health and Employment Unit and the Health and Disability Program at the state Department of Public Health, highlights the many ways in which Massachusetts residents with disabilities “fare worse” than those without disabilities when it comes to their own physical and mental health as well as access to quality medical care from doctors sensitive to their needs.  Monika Mitra, PhD, assistant professor of family medicine and community health, is quoted in the story.
    CommonHealth, WBUR

  • 04 - 22 - 14

    Revealed: Scientists ‘edit’ DNA to correct adult genes and cure diseases

    Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, is quoted in an article about a revolutionary genome-editing technique called CRISPR, that may some day be used to cure genetic disease.
    Times of India

  • 04 - 22 - 14

    UMass Medical School marks Earth Day with green convention

    UMass Medical School celebrated Earth Day on Tuesday. The event featured locally grown foods, energy efficient products and services. Melissa Lucas, energy and sustainability manager was interviewed for the segment. The event also featured Blu2Green, a start-up company that recycles the blue wrap at UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Hahnemann campus. Blu2Green has partnered with Commonwealth Medicine’s WorkWithoutLimits to employ people with disabilities to turn the blue wrap into usable products such as tote bags and neck ties.
    NECN
    Worcester News Tonight

  • 04 - 22 - 14

    Worcester doc: New study proves pot can make you a stoner

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, comments on a recent study published in the Journal of Neuroscience that found abnormalities in the brains of young adults who regularly smoked marijuana.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 21 - 14

    Boston Marathon medical volunteer: 'If they're coming back to run, there is no reason that I can't come back to help'

    ER resident Maurine Williams, MD, recalls volunteering in the medical tent alongside her colleagues from UMass Medical School at the 2013 Marathon.
    Masslive.com

  • 04 - 21 - 14

    BOSTON MARATHON NOTES – Doctor on the run

    Resident Neel Tarneja, MD, participated in yesterday’s Boston Marathon.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 21 - 14

    Menopause symptoms reconsidered

    Sybil L. Crawford, PhD, co-investigator on a recent study of women’s menstrual periods during menopause, talks to The Boston Globe.
    Boston Globe
    Boston Globe

  • 04 - 20 - 14

    Boston Marathon runner Hannah Wiberg: Proud to be part of something greater than just a road race

    Hannah Wiberg, RN, ran the Boston Marathon as part of the University of Massachusetts system’s team that honored Krystle Campbell.  Funds raised went to the Krystle Campbell Scholarship Fund.
    Masslive.com

  • 04 - 20 - 14

    UMass honors volunteers

    UMass Memorial Medical Center honored many of its volunteers April 8, in observance of National Volunteer Week, during a special luncheon held at the Beechwood Hotel, Worcester.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 19 - 14

    Usability and Feasibility of a Twitter Social Network for Weight Loss

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks about the support that social media can offer.
    Digital Journal
    Fox News
    ABC News

  • 04 - 18 - 14

    7 Secret Reasons You're Still Hungry

    In an article about what causes hunger Ira S. Ockene, MD, the David J. and Barbara D. Milliken Professor of Preventive Cardiology and professor of medicine, talks about why appetites vary from season to season.
    Huffington Post

  • 04 - 18 - 14

    For Resetting Circadian Rhythms, Neural Cooperation Is Key

    Patrick Emery, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology, talks about a cluster of brain cells in fruit flies responsible for driving their internal clock.
    RedOrbit

  • 04 - 18 - 14

    Will Recent Findings Change Sepsis Guidelines?

    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.
    Medpage Today

  • 04 - 17 - 14

    Diet Plans: How To Truly Lose Weight Without the 'D-Word' In 4 Steps

    In an article about losing weight Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, offers suggestions for healthy snacks.
    Beauty World News

  • 04 - 17 - 14

    Health Watch Kids Sports Injuries Extended

    “Play in moderation, have fun, but your sports shouldn’t hurt,” said Glen Gaebe, MD, pediatric orthopedic surgeon, during a recent Charter TV3 Health Watch segment.
    Charter TV3

  • 04 - 17 - 14

    MS: What role does vitamin D play?

    Peter N. Riskind, MD, PhD, clinical professor of neurology, is part of an expert panel discussing the possible role vitamin D plays in multiple sclerosis.
    Medpage Today

  • 04 - 17 - 14

    Mustering up the courage to have a conversation about end-of-life healthcare decisions

    April 23rd is National Healthcare Decisions Day, a day meant to educate patients on end-of-life care.  Suzana Makowski, MD, assistant professor of medicine, emphasizes the importance discussing your wishes with your doctor and family.
    Masslive.com
    Charter TV3

  • 04 - 16 - 14

    Prolonged and heavy bleeding during menopause is common

    Sybil L. Crawford, PhD, is a co-investigator on a recent study of women’s menstrual periods during menopause.
    Health Canal

  • 04 - 15 - 14

    Congressional Report: Regulate E-Cigs

    Joseph R. Difranza, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, is quoted in an article about tobacco companies marketing e-cigarettes to children and the need to regulate the nicotine containing product.
    KTRH News Radio 
    Utah People's Post

  • 04 - 15 - 14

    Drugs KO Devices for Prevention of Clots in ICU

    A new study by Craig M. Lilly, MD, professor of medicine, shows that treating ICU patients with prophylactic anticoagulation for protection against venous thromboembolism (VTE) is more effective than using mechanical devices as an intervention.
    Medpage Today

  • 04 - 15 - 14

    Electronic Cigarettes May Be Gateway to Tobacco Smoking

    Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychiatry, explains how e-cigarettes are being marketed to young people even as the product remains unregulated despite questions about the long-term health effects.
    Psychiatric News

  • 04 - 15 - 14

    Marathon volunteers return with memories of a tragedy

    Boston Marathon volunteer Jim Asaiante, RN, an emergency room nurse at UMass Memorial Medical Center, recalls the efforts to help the victims injured at the scene of two explosions at the Boston Marathon last year.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 14 - 14

    Federal Judge To Hear Drug Maker Bid To Block Mass. Zohydro Ban

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, talks about the dangers of Zohydro, a powerful new painkiller that Gov. Patrick has banned in Massachusetts.
    WBZ-TV Boston (video unavailable)

  • 04 - 14 - 14

    Pregnant women who took antidepressants linked to higher autism risk in boys

    Andrew Zimmerman, MD, clinical professor in pediatrics, co-authored a study that showed boys whose mothers took antidepressants such as Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac or Zoloft while pregnant, were almost three times more likely to be on the autism disorder spectrum.
    United Press International, Inc.

  • 04 - 13 - 14

    Medical school services honored

    The University of Massachusetts Medical School's Disability Evaluation Services was honored for its role in helping people with mental illness re-enter the workforce at the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition's 15th annual Employer Awards Celebration.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 13 - 14

    Scientist-runner fights to defeat rare cancer

    Cancer survivor Corrie Painter, PhD, postdoctoral associate in molecular medicine and the co-founder of the Angiosarcoma Awareness organization, talks about the fourth annual Angiosarcoma Awareness 5K Race and her efforts to raise money for  angiosarcoma research.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 11 - 14

    ALS research fund renamed to honor Cellucci

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins talks about renaming the UMass ALS Champion Fund, which the late Gov. Paul Cellucci helped establish, to the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund. The fund is a movement to drive awareness of and funding for the ALS breakthroughs happening at UMMS and in the laboratory of Robert H. Brown, Jr., DPhil, MD, one of the world’s leading ALS researchers.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 04 - 11 - 14

    Ethan's story, Part 3: 'Addiction never stops and I will live with this for the rest of my life, but there are ways to maintain control'

    The conclusion of a three part series on a local family’s struggle with drug addiction contains quotes from Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychiatry.
    Masslive.com

  • 04 - 11 - 14

    Stories of Compassionate Care Featuring Robin Young

    Joyce A. Murphy, executive vice chancellor for University of Massachusetts Medical School's Commonwealth Medicine, is scheduled to take part in a program featuring stories on compassionate healthcare at Tufts Health Plan  on May 8th.
    WBUR

  • 04 - 10 - 14

    UMass ‘Sidekicks’ Program Matches Medical Students With Sick Children

    The innovative UMass Medical School program “Sidekicks,” which pairs medical students with chronically ill pediatric patients for friendship and emotional support, was featured on WBZ-TV’s Health Watch. Naheed Usmani, MD, co-founder and faculty adviser for the Sidekicks program, Walter Palmer, SOM ‘16 and Julie Tabroff, SOM ’14, were interviewed for the story.
    WBZ-TV Boston
    Boston City and Press
    Grays Medicine
    Yahoo

  • 04 - 10 - 14

    Library rollout hits hurdle at 4th school

    The University of Massachusetts Medical School has donated $700,000 to help the Worcester Public Library open four new branches in elementary schools.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 10 - 14

    Researchers show fruit flies have latent bioluminescence

    A synthetic luciferin developed by Stephen C. Miller, PhD, shows that fruit flies are secretly harboring the biochemistry needed to glow in the dark—otherwise known as bioluminescence. This discovery expands the scope of bioluminescence imaging for research, and adds new tools for the noninvasive studying of ongoing biological processes.
    Nanowerk 
    Science 2.0

  • 04 - 09 - 14

    Opiate overdoses and death renew push for first responders to carry Narcan

    Marc C. Restuccia, MD, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine and Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychiatry, talk about whether first responders should be equipped with Naloxone, a drug used to counter the effects of opiate overdose.
    Masslive.com

  • 04 - 09 - 14

    Teens hear firsthand the tragedy driving while drinking or distracted can cause

    Mariann M. Manno, MD, professor of pediatrics, spoke to students at Wachusett Regional High School about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.
    The Holden Landmark

  • 04 - 09 - 14

    Women’s Club fundraiser sprouting Pancreatic Cancer awareness

    Giles Whalen, MD, professor of surgery, is quoted in an article about the Sixth Annual Pansies for Progress Fundraiser which raises money for pancreatic cancer research.
    The MIllbury-Sutton Chronicle

  • 04 - 08 - 14

    Recognizing the signs of addiction

    Part two of a three part series on a local family’s struggle with drug addiction contains quotes from Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychiatry.
    Masslive.com

  • 04 - 08 - 14

    UMass ALS Cellucci Fund

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins talks about renaming the UMass ALS Champion Fund, which the late Gov. Paul Cellucci helped establish, to the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund. The fund is a movement to drive awareness of and funding for the ALS breakthroughs happening at UMMS and in the laboratory of Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, one of the world’s leading ALS researchers.
    Charter TV3 (begins at marker 6:27)
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 08 - 14

    With Massachusetts opiate prescription rates at 40 percent, officials caution against over prescribing

    Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychiatry, explains that the misuse of prescription pills is more common than that of heroin.
    Masslive.com

  • 04 - 07 - 14

    Ethan's story, Part 1: The slide from drug experimentation to full-blown heroin addiction

    An article about a local family’s struggle with drug addiction contains quotes from Marc C. Restuccia, MD, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine and Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychiatry.
    Masslive.com

  • 04 - 07 - 14

    New CDC study finds dramatic increase in e-cigarette-related calls to poison centers

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, discusses the dangers posed by e-cigarettes and children who accidently consume the liquid nicotine used in them.
    Fox 25 Boston (video unavailable)

  • 04 - 07 - 14

    UMass Medical career event draws 240 students

    The fifth annual conference of students in HOSA-Future Health Professionals, a vocational organization for young people sponsored by the Massachusetts Area Health Education Center Network, brought 240 students, many from area public high schools, to the University of Massachusetts Medical School to learn about careers in human health professions. Sharon A. Grundel, workforce development manager for the MassAHEC Network at UMMS, is quoted in the story.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Telegram.com
    Worcester News Tonight (marker 7:21)

  • 04 - 03 - 14

    For children, exposure to violence may lead to violence

    An editorial by the Springfield Republican refers to a recent talk Heather Campbell Forkey, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, gave about toxic stress and addressing the needs of youths exposed to violence.
    Masslive.com

  • 04 - 03 - 14

    UMass Medical turns blue as Autism Awareness Month begins

    UMass Medical School was lit blue Wednesday night in honor of International Autism Awareness Day during an event that allowed parents of children on the autism spectrum to meet other parents and learn about different services available. Jean A. Frazier, MD, the Robert M. and Shirley S. Siff Chair in Autism and professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, talks about the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO) Clinic during the interview. The article also includes quotes from Celia Brown, Community Liaison for the Child and Adolescent Neuro Development Initiative.
    MassLive.com
    Charter TV3
    MassLive.com

  • 04 - 02 - 14

    Healthy Bodies, Health Minds

    Barry Feldman, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of Psychiatry Services in Public Safety, discusses youth suicide prevention and Lifelines, an evidence-based, comprehensive suicide prevention program for schools.
    WCCA TV13

  • 04 - 02 - 14

    Johns Hopkins Scientists Identify Third Critical Hormone in Type 2 Diabetes

    Scientists at UMass Medical School and Johns Hopkins Children’s Center have discovered a third critical player in the development of type 2 diabetes--a hormone called kisspeptitn-1. Laura Cristina Alonso, MD, associate professor of medicine, took part in the study.
    HealthCanal

  • 04 - 02 - 14

    McGovern to speak at UMass Med graduation

    U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern will receive a Chancellor’s Medal and deliver the address at the 41st Commencement Exercises on Sunday, June 1. Cherylann and Len Gengel, founders of the Be Like Brit Foundation and the Be Like Brit Orphanage in Grand Goâve, Haiti; and H. Brownell Wheeler, MD, the Harry M. Haidak Distinguished Professor emeritus and founding chair of the department of surgery at UMass Medical School will also be recognized with honorary degrees.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Milford Daily News
    GoLocal Worcester
    Masslive.com

  • 04 - 02 - 14

    Why not say 'yes' to gift of life?

    Stephen O. Heard, MD, chair and professor of anesthesiology, writes about the importance of organ donation in an op-ed for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 04 - 01 - 14

    8 million people take prescription sleep aids, but these drugs have risks

    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.
    The Randloph Guide

  • 04 - 01 - 14

    State agency gives $5M for biologic drug manufacturing center in Boston

    UMass Medical School’s MassBiologics received a $5 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to support construction of a viral vector manufacturing facility, the first of its kind in Massachusetts. Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics, is quoted in the story.
    Boston Business Journal