News Makers 2016

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  • 08 - 22 - 16

    Smartwatch activity tracker aids mHealth researcher with run regimen

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks about using her fitbit activity tracker to monitor her exercise.

    TechTarget

  • 08 - 19 - 16

    BrainStorm announces positive results from ALS study

    Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, the Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, is quoted in a story about a phase 2 clinical trial for a stem-cell-derived ALS treatment development by BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. UMass Medical School is one of three sites enrolling patients in the trial.

    Crop Protection News

  • 08 - 19 - 16

    Study Looks at Barriers to Hepatitis C Treatment

    A retrospective study by Karen Clements, ScD, MPH, senior project director at Commonwealth Medicine, found patients with hepatitis C encounter barriers to obtaining sofosbuvir or simeprevir treatments, which are more effective than other therapeutics, beyond the high cost of the drug.

    MD Magazine

  • 08 - 18 - 16

    Wearable drug-use tracker is latest weapon in opioid fight

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, and Peter R. Chai, MD, instructor in emergency medicine, are testing wearable — and swallowable — devices that could help doctors learn more about how opioid addiction happens and how they can better prescribe the dangerous drugs.

    WCVB-TV Boston

    Worcester News Tonight

    KCCI-TV Des Moines

  • 08 - 17 - 16

    Are You Addicted to the Sun?

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, explains how and why people become addicted to indoor tanning.

    U.S. News & World Report

  • 08 - 17 - 16

    Hospitals are throwing out organs and denying transplants to meet federal standards

    A study co-authored by Adel Bozorgzadeh, MD, professor of surgery and chief of the division of organ transplantation, showed a sharp uptick in the number of people dropped from organ transplant waiting lists since the federal government set transplant standards in 2007 and that the increasing reluctance to perform transplants on the sickest patients is directly tied to the onset of the standards enforced by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

    PBS Newshour

    STAT

    Becker Hospital Review

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 08 - 16 - 16

    A New Therapy for Insomnia: No More Negative Thoughts

    Sleep expert Gregg D. Jacobs, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, talks about his conquering insomnia program, which uses cognitive behavioral therapy.

    New York TImes

    Globe Magazine

  • 08 - 16 - 16

    Monitors can track patients’ opioid use

    Stephanie Pepper Carreiro, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, and Peter R. Chai, MD, instructor in emergency medicine, are testing wearable — and swallowable — devices that could help doctors learn more about how opioid addiction happens and how they can better prescribe the dangerous drugs.

    Boston Herald

  • 08 - 15 - 16

    Advancing nursing education

    Joan Vitello, PhD, dean of the graduate school of nursing, is quoted in a story about colleges and universities in Worcester advancing nurse education.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 08 - 10 - 16

    ALS cure effort lives on after founder’s passing

    Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, the Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, remarks on the passing of Kevin Gosnell, founder of ALS ONE.

    Boston Herald

    WCVB-TV Boston

    Boston Globe

  • 08 - 10 - 16

    Quest Diagnostics Launches Digital Tool, CogniSense, to Assess Dementia

    Edward Ginns, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, comments on Quest Diagnostics’ new digital cognitive assessment tool to assist physicians in diagnosing, assessing and managing the care of people with cognitive dysfunction.

    Alzheimer's News Today

  • 08 - 08 - 16

    An Alternative Form of Mental Health Care Gains a Foothold

    Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychology, is referenced in a story about the growing number of alternative treatments for psychosis that focus on holistic approaches to healing.

    New York Times

  • 08 - 05 - 16

    Wearables a potential weapon for stemming opioid addiction [Q&A]

    A study by Stephanie Pepper Carreiro, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, found that wristbands monitoring skin temperature and movement can be used to track and predict opioid use with a fair degree of accuracy. The ability to identify instances of opioid use and opioid tolerance in real time could be helpful to manage pain or substance abuse treatment.

    FierceHealthcare

  • 08 - 03 - 16

    Dr. Mark Johnson to lead UMass Medical neurosurgery department — 6 highlights

    Mark D. Johnson, MD, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Neurosurgery.

    Becker's Spine Review

  • 08 - 03 - 16

    Editorial: UMass Medical School’s ALS Success

    John Landers, PhD, professor of neurology, led a team of more than 80 scientists who found that variations in a gene with multiple functions in neurons are present in approximately 3 percent of all cases of ALS in North American and European populations, both sporadic and familial. Funding for the work came from donations made as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge.

    Worcester Sun

  • 08 - 03 - 16

    New Numbers Show Opioid Epidemic Rages On In Massachusetts

    Toxicologist Kavita Babu, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, is quoted in a story about an increase in opioid-related deaths due to the use of fentanyl.

    WBUR CommonHealth

  • 08 - 03 - 16

    Students Seek to Protect Patients, Spotlight Rural Training Options

    Fourth-year medical student Carline Yang, SOM ’17, comments on the AAFP’s student delegates adopting resolutions that addressed protecting patient welfare and identifying programs that offer rural training opportunities.

    AAFP.org

  • 08 - 02 - 16

    I’ve Been a Pediatric Surgeon for 30 Years. I Know Firsthand What Bullets Do to Kids

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery and pediatrics, talks about the damage gunshot wounds can cause to children.

    The Trace

  • 08 - 02 - 16

    Kids With NAFLD and T2D Risk More Serious Liver Problems

    Benjamin Nwosu, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, comments on a new study which found that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in children is also associated with abnormal glucose metabolism characteristic of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.

    MedPage Today

  • 08 - 02 - 16

    Over doctors' objections, Legislature mandates coverage for long-term Lyme disease treatment

    Christina R. Hermos, MD, was quoted in a story about a new law that now requires insurers to cover long-term antibiotic treatment of Lyme disease.

    MassLive.com

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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