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Expert’s Corner: Infertility common but diagnosis, treatments have improved

In this Expert’s Corner video, obstetrician/gynecologist and reproductive medicine pioneer Julia Johnson, MD, gives an update on infertility incidence, causes and diagnosis, and talks about improved success rates for today’s infertility treatments.

UMass Cancer Avatar Institute, Center for Microbiome Research backed by UMass president

The UMass Cancer Avatar Institute and the Center for Microbiome Research, two promising research projects at UMass Medical School, were supported in the latest round of University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret’s Science and Technology Initiatives Fund.

Expert’s Corner: Sharone Green on threat of chikungunya virus

In our Expert's Corner video, infectious disease expert Sharone Green, MD, says local residents do not have to worry about contracting chikungunya virus at home, but must take the threat seriously if they plan to travel to the Caribbean or other places where it is endemic.

Expert’s Corner: Marcus Cooper on science of brown fat

UMass Medical School cardiologist and obesity researcher Marcus Cooper, MD, explains the science behind brown fat.

Expert's Corner video: Are annual pelvic exams for healthy women necessary?

Dawn Tasillo, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, weighs in on new guidelines from the American College of Physicians that say healthy women do not need annual pelvic exams.

Expert’s Corner: Maria Garcia on opioid addiction

As Massachusetts confronts an opioid abuse crisis, Maria Garcia, MD, associate professor of medicine, says clinicians need to assist patients addicted to the powerful drugs by supporting both their physical and mental health needs.

Chancellor Collins: Basic science research key to sustaining Massachusetts biotech industry

The thriving life sciences industry in Massachusetts is hailed as a national model, but declining funds for basic research is jeopardizing that success, Chancellor Michael F. Collins told lawmakers at the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council caucus at the State House.

Key role for pharmacists in stemming opioid abuse crisis

New recommendations on how pharmacists should manage opioid prescriptions are expected to be released by Gov. Deval Patrick’s Opiate Emergency Task Force this month, and Paul L. Jeffrey, PharmD, pharmacy director at Commonwealth Medicine and an active participant on the task force, said pharmacists will embrace the suggestions.
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Class speakers honored to represent classmates at Commencement

Among the highlights of the UMass Worcester Commencement on Sunday, June 1, will be the personal reflections of the three class speakers who were chosen by their classmates, academic leaders and faculty. In reflecting on their academic journey, they will represent more than 200 graduates who will cross the stage at the 41st Commencement.

Klempner on how to prevent Lyme disease

Spring is here, and with warmer weather comes increased risk for contracting Lyme disease from a deer tick bite. In this Expert’s Corner video, Mark Klempner, MD, discusses the rising incidence of Lyme disease and how individuals can protect themselves.

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