News Makers 2014

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  • 01 - 30 - 14

    Monarch Butterfly Population Continues Alarming Drop

    An article about the alarming drop in monarch butterfly population cites the work of Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and professor of neurobiology, for his work on the mechanisms of monarch butterfly migration.

  • 01 - 27 - 14

    Connector-fix price tag unknown

    The Boston Herald reports that the Massachusetts Health Connector has incurred substantial costs for the Health Connector website development and implementation. State officials say they are holding CGI, the website developer, accountable.
    Boston Herald

  • 01 - 27 - 14

    How "good cholesterol" stops inflammation

    Eicke Latz, MD, assistant professor of medicine, talks about his recent study which identified a central switch by which HDL controls the inflammatory response. The results are presented in the current issue of Nature Immunology.
    Health Canal

  • 01 - 26 - 14

    Need relief? Layton class teaches stress reduction through 'mindfulness'

    Related stories credit the Center for Mindfulness at UMMS, and the effectiveness of mindfulness training in countering the pressures and effects of anxiety, stress, chronic pain, and illness on the body, mind, and brain.

    Providence Journal

  • 01 - 26 - 14

    The Science Of Mindfulness

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

  • 01 - 24 - 14

    Get trained to help smokers quit

    Denise Jolicoeur, MA, MPH, program director in preventive and behavioral medicine, talks about the training needed to become a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.

  • 01 - 24 - 14

    State knew about troubles with health site

    The Boston Globe details the events leading up to the problematic launch of the state’s Health Connector website including close monitoring of the performance of CGI, the website’s developer, by state officials.
    Boston Globe

  • 01 - 22 - 14

    6 proven ways to lose the weight for good

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks about how a cognitive-behavioral therapy can help you manage your diet.

  • 01 - 22 - 14

    Even More Addictive Cigarettes

    A study by UMass Medical School and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health finds that the amount of nicotine delivered via smoke, known as nicotine yield, increased sharply from 1998 to 2012 even as the total amount of nicotine in cigarettes has leveled off. Wenjun Li, PhD, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, was senior author of the study.
    New York Times
    Boston Globe
    Huffington Post 
    CBS Atlanta 

  • 01 - 21 - 14

    Bitter Winter Blast

    Worcester News Tonight recently interviewed Michael Hunter, deputy chief of EMS at UMass Memorial Health Care, who talked about the dangerously cold weather gripping the area and how to keep safe and warm.
    Worcester News Tonight

  • 01 - 19 - 14

    Community celebrates life of Martin Luther King Jr. at annual breakfast

    UMass Medical School co-sponsors the 29th annual Worcester County Community Breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 01 - 18 - 14

    People & ideas

    Jeanne B. Lawrence's, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology, discovery that the extra chromosome linked to Down syndrome could potentially be “switched off” makes the Boston Globe’s list of movers, shakers, and AHA! Moments for 2014.
    Boston Globe

  • 01 - 17 - 14

    Earbud users in danger of early hearing loss

    Peter Cy Weber, MD, professor of otolaryngology, talks about the increase of adolescents with hearing problems and the link to use of mobile devices with earbuds.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 01 - 15 - 14

    Heath Watch ACL Injuries

    Michael A. Brown, MD, assistant professor orthopedics and physical rehabilitation, discusses ACL injuries.
    Worcester News, Charter TV3

  • 01 - 15 - 14

    Wolf Prize in sciences and arts goes to 8 people from four countries

    Victor R. Ambros, PhD, the Silverman Chair in Natural Sciences and professor of molecular medicine, was awarded the 2014 Wolf Prize in medicine.
    The Jerusalem Post

  • 01 - 14 - 14

    Reading gets rolling

    Worcester's One City, One Library initiative introduced the city’s newest bookmobile, “Lilly,” last week at Lincoln Street Elementary School. The University of Massachusetts Medical School is providing support and funding for the One City, One Library program.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 01 - 14 - 14

    Voices of New England on ‘medical homes’ and natural gas

    Judith L. Steinberg, BA, MPH, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, co-authored an op-ed piece about how taking a look at homeless people and life in the shelters could help improve American health care.
    Boston Globe
    Boston Globe

  • 01 - 13 - 14

    American Humane Association and TGen launch study of obsessive-compulsive behavior in dogs

    Edward I. Ginns, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, teams up with colleagues to study the genetic basis of obsessive-compulsive disorder in dogs. The research could also lead to clues about the origins of such behavior in children, especially the growing number of those with autism.
    The Palladium Times

  • 01 - 13 - 14

    Biosimilars: Is It Safe to Switch?

    Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, blogs about the approval of biosimilar medications by the European Union and whether it’s safe to interchange or switch between a reference product and the biosimilar option.

  • 01 - 13 - 14

    Breathing In vs. Spacing Out

    An article about the science and evolution of mindfulness meditation talks about how the practice was pioneered at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
    New York Times

  • 01 - 13 - 14

    Smith & Nephew co-sponsors annual M2D2 competition for entrepreneurial medical device companies

    Smith & Nephew has announced it will co-sponsor the 2014 Massachusetts Medical Device Development (M2D2) Center's New Venture Competition, a joint UMass Lowell and UMass Medical School initiative designed to showcase innovative ideas coming out of early-stage medical device companies.
    Wall Street Journal

  • 01 - 12 - 14

    Can meditation top medication?

    An article about a recently published study which found that meditation may benefit patients with anxiety, depression and pain, talks about mindfulness meditation stress reduction programs which was pioneered at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
    Boston Globe

  • 01 - 12 - 14

    Erez Aiden Contains Multitudes

    A story about Erez Lieberman Aiden, a biologist and computer scientist who has made important forays into the humanities and science using data mining and analysis includes comments from Job Dekker, PhD, co-director of the Program in Systems Biology, professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology. Aiden collaborated with Dekker on the Hi-C technology in 2009.
    The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • 01 - 12 - 14

    UMMS researchers have been commissioned by Alpha-1 Project to develop PiZ antibody

    Researchers at UMass Medical School have been commissioned by the Alpha-1 Project to develop a PiZ antibody, an essential tool for testing potential therapies for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education and professor of pediatrics and microbiology & physiological systems, is quoted in the article.
    News Medical

  • 01 - 11 - 14

    Community paramedicine is prescription for saving costs

    EMS Deputy Chief Michael J. Hunter, and Life Flight/EMS Medical Director Marc C. Restuccia, MD, clinical associate professor, talk about the concept of community paramedicine, which hopes to bridge the gap between medical issues and emergency medical issues by providing patients immediate medical attention in their homes rather than bogging down emergency rooms with non-emergency issues.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 01 - 09 - 14

    Prospective Chromosome Therapy for Down Syndrome: Hopes, Fears, and Ethics

    An article about the ethical implications a potential treatment for Down syndrome may have for effected families references the recent discovery by Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD, professor of cell & developmental biology, that the extra chromosome linked to Down syndrome could potentially be “switched off.”
    The Catholic World Report

  • 01 - 08 - 14

    Advancing Gene Therapy

    Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education and professor of pediatrics and microbiology & physiological systems, talks about a new initiative to streamline clinical trials using gene therapy vectors for single gene disorders with shared biologics.
    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

  • 01 - 08 - 14

    Health Watch Kids In Cold Weather Safety

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, explains that dressing warm, wearing layers of clothing and remembering to cover up the face, are some ways to keep kids safe in the cold.
    Charter TV3

  • 01 - 08 - 14

    Promising Drug Trial Lifts Stock of Intercept

    Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, Professor of medicine, talks about a possible treatment for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, which affects millions of Americans and can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure.
    New York Times

  • 01 - 07 - 14

    Do Wrong to None: In This New Era of Value-Based Health Care, Radiologists Believe That Reporting Errors Will Bolster Patient Trust

    Sarwat Hussain, MD, professor of radiology, is quoted in an article about the importance of reporting medical errors to improve quality patient care.
    American College of Radiology

  • 01 - 07 - 14

    Neuroscience Study Uncovers New Player in Obesity

    A new study reveals how a protein in the brain helps regulate food intake and body weight. Miguel Sena-Esteves, PhD, associate professor of neurology, co-authored the study, which could lead to new treatments for obesity.

  • 01 - 07 - 14

    Robert Babineau, pioneer in family medicine mourned in Fitchburg and beyond

    Daniel Lasser, MD, MPH, chair and professor of family medicine and community health, and James J. Ledwith, MD, assistant professor of family medicine and community health, remember Robert Babineau, Sr., MD, a family physician in Fitchburg and former faculty member.
    Sentinel and Enterprise

  • 01 - 07 - 14

    UMass Medical School faculty recognized as one of nation's top young scientists

    Thomas G. Fazzio, PhD, assistant professor of molecular medicine, has been recognized as a rising scientific star by President Obama with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
    GoLocal Worcester
    News Medical

  • 01 - 07 - 14

    University of Massachusetts researchers discover natural way to fight Mtb

    Samuel M. Behar, MD, PhD, professor of microbiology and physiological systems, explains new research which shows that immune cells called “invariant natural killer T-cells” help fight mycobacterium tuberculosis.
    Vaccine News Daily
    Medical Xpress
    Science Daily

  • 01 - 06 - 14

    EndoType: Is Adiponectin Behind Statin, Diabetes Link?

    Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, MPH, is quoted in an article about the impact the hormone adiponectin may have on cholesterol-lowering statins, causing patients to be at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
    Medpage Today

  • 01 - 06 - 14

    Physician Focus: Smoking, Tobacco, and Health

    Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, chair and professor of psychiatry, appeared as a guest on an episode of Physician Focus to review the progress made against smoking and tobacco use since the Surgeon General’s first comprehensive report on the dangers of tobacco.
    Massachusetts Medical Society

  • 01 - 06 - 14

    Smoking Rates Still High Among the Mentally Ill

    Douglas Ziedonis, MD, professor and chair of psychiatry, is quoted in an article about the smoking rates among Americans with mental illnesses declining more slowly than in the general population.
    Medpage Today

  • 01 - 02 - 14

    10 slim-down strategies you can count on

    Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, MPH, says that trimming 10 points off your glycemic index can help you lose weight.
    Fox News

  • 01 - 01 - 14

    A Child Who Kills Is Still A Child

    An article about trying juveniles who commit first-degree murder as adults and their ability to comprehend their crimes cites research by Thomas Grisso, PhD, professor of psychiatry and director of the Law-Psychiatry Program at UMass Medical School.

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