News Makers 2014

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  • 06 - 30 - 14

    Timing knee and hip replacements

    New research data gathered from the FORCE-TJR database by Patricia D. Franklin, MD, MBA, MPH, professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and family medicine & community health, and David Ayers, MD, the Arthur M. Pappas, MD, Chair in Orthopedics and chair and professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, identifies optimal ages for joint replacement surgery.
    Boston Globe

  • 06 - 24 - 14

    Monarch butterflies use magnetic compass to migrate

    Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and distinguished professor of neurobiology has identified a new component of the complex navigational system that allows monarch butterflies to transverse the 2,000 miles to their overwintering habitat each year. 
    USA Today
    National Geographic
    WCVB Channel 5

  • 06 - 24 - 14

    UMass Medical School investigator named 2014 Pew Scholar

    Brian A. Kelch, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has been named a 2014 Pew Scholar by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides $240,000 in funding over four years to young investigators of outstanding promise who are doing biomedical research relevant to the advancement of human health. Dr. Kelch is one of 22 early career researchers named to this year’s class and the seventh UMMS faculty to receive the award.

  • 06 - 24 - 14

    UMMS scientist named 2014 Pew Latin American Fellow in the biomedical sciences

    Postdoctoral scholar Alejandro Vasquez-Rifo, PhD, was named one of nine 2014 Pew Latin American Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences today by The Pew Charitable Trusts.  The Pew Latin American Fellow program allows early-career scientists from Latin America to train in top U.S. laboratories and develop skills and connections that will help them become scientific leaders in their home countries.

  • 06 - 23 - 14

    First Wind Marks Start of Commercial Operations at Second Largest Solar Project in Massachusetts

    John Baker, associate vice chancellor of facilities, talks about the advantages of solar power and the 30-year agreements UMass Medical School recently signed with three solar farms in Western Massachusetts. Over the course of the agreements, UMMS is projected to save a third off its current energy costs—an equivalent of $715,000 annually at today’s rates. 
    Digital Journal

  • 06 - 23 - 14

    Knee Replacement and Revision Surgeries on the Rise

    Jacob Drew, MD, resident in orthopedics, talks about a recent study which found that the number of total knee replacements increased with the greatest increase among people younger than 65.
    Ortho Spine News

  • 06 - 23 - 14

    Medical Marijuana 101: Mass. Doctors Head To The Classroom

    Alan Ehrlich, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, offers recommendations to physicians at the Massachusetts Medical Society’s first continuing education course on the use of marijuana to treat medical issues. 
    WBUR's CommonHealth

  • 06 - 20 - 14

    Births of drug-addicted babies on the rise

    Alan Picarillo, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, comments on new federal research which shows that the number of babies born in Massachusetts with opiates in their system is more than triple the national rate.

  • 06 - 19 - 14

    More support for texting to help smokers quit

    Joseph R. Difranza, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, talks about a new support program that uses text-messages to help people quit smoking.
    The Star Online

  • 06 - 18 - 14

    Victor Ambros named co-recipient of 2014 Gruber Genetics Prize

    Victor R. Ambros, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, has been co-awarded the 2014 Gruber Genetics Prize for his pioneering discoveries of the existence and function of microRNAs and small interfering RNAs.
    Philanthropy News Digest 
    GoLocal Worcester

  • 06 - 17 - 14

    $4.4M health grant to help Union Hill improve lifestyles

    UMass Medical School’s Worcester Prevention Research Center has been awarded a $4.4 million from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to focus on reducing obesity and eliminating health disparities in the Union Hill neighborhood of Worcester.  Stephenie Lemon, PhD, associate professor of medicine and co-director of the center with Milagros Rosal, PhD, professor of medicine, spoke to the Telegram & Gazette about the grant and its goals.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 17 - 14

    5 over-the-counter meds you use that don’t really work

    In an article about the effectiveness of many over-the-counter drugs, Richard S. Irwin, MD, professor of medicine, said that the doses of the most commonly used and effective cough suppressants (codeine or dextromethorphan) found in over the counter cough medicines are too low to be effective. 

  • 06 - 17 - 14

    One episode of binge drinking is too much

    A new study on binge drinking by Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, found that a single episode of excessive drinking can have significant negative health effects resulting in bacteria leaking from the gut, leading to increased levels of toxins in the blood.

  • 06 - 17 - 14

    Using the Latest Psoriatic Arthritis Therapy

    Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, discusses the recent US Food and Drug Administration approval of apremilast for treating adults with psoriatic arthritis. 
    Medscape Rheumatology

  • 06 - 16 - 14

    Artificial pancreas offers hope to diabetes patients

    David M. Harlan, MD, the William and Doris Krupp Professor in Medicine and professor of medicine, talks to the Boston Globe about a new bionic pancreas device in clinical  trials at UMMS. The device consists of a smartphone hardwired to a continuous glucose monitor and two pumps that deliver doses of insulin or glucagon every five minutes to patients with type-1 diabetes.
    Boston Globe
    NBC News
    CBS News
    Medical Xpress
    WBUR's Common Health
    The Wall Street Journal

  • 06 - 16 - 14

    Measles outbreaks underscore need for vaccination

    With the number of measles cases in the United States hitting a 20-year high, pediatric infectious disease specialist Christina Hermos, MD, advocates for childhood vaccines that can prevent outbreaks of treatable diseases.
    Medical Xpress

  • 06 - 15 - 14

    From different sides of Tremont Street, two people forge a tie

    Charles “C.J.” Nessralla, SOM Class of 2017, develops a special bond with 17-year-old Manny “Alex” Peguero through the Big Brother Big Sister program.
    Boston Globe

  • 06 - 15 - 14

    New drug that may cure hepatitis C is costly

    Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, talks about Sovaldi, a controversial new drug that can cure hepatitis C for $1,000 a pill or about $84,000 for the 12-week treatment.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 12 - 14

    Health Watch Safety & Thinking Ahead

    Michael Hunter, deputy chief of Emergency Medical Services, offers summer safety tips for enjoying outdoor activities. 
    Charter TV3 Health Watch

  • 06 - 12 - 14

    Health Watch Summer Skin Protection

    Mary Maloney, MD, professor of medicine and director of dermatologic surgery, talks about protecting your skin from harmful sun exposure and what to do if you get a bad sunburn.
    Charter TV3 Health Watch

  • 06 - 12 - 14

    Risky teen behavior takes dive, survey says

    Joseph R. Difranza, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, explains why the number of teens smoking has declined.

  • 06 - 11 - 14

    Phase 3 Data Demonstrate Comparability of Epirus’ BOW015 to Remicade for Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, presented results from the third phase of a clinical trial on the effectiveness and safety of BOW015, a biosimilar infliximab, in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
    Business Wire
    Boston Business Journal
    Rheumatoid Arthritis News

  • 06 - 11 - 14

    Physician Focus: A Heightened Alert on Infectious Disease

    An op-ed by George Abraham, MD, MPH, clinical professor of medicine, takes a look at the resurgence of vaccine-preventable illnesses and the introduction of new infectious diseases to the United States from other countries.
    Community Advocate

  • 06 - 10 - 14

    Patrick Endorses Plan To Address Opiate Addiction ‘Public Health Emergency’

    New recommendations for curbing opioid prescription abuse have been released by Gov. Deval Patrick’s Opiate Emergency Task Force.  Paul L. Jeffrey, PharmD, pharmacy director at Commonwealth Medicine and an active participant on the task force, is quoted in the article.
    WBUR CommonHealth
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 10 - 14

    Worcester company receives $3 million grant for herpes vaccine research

    A federal research agency has awarded a $3 million grant to BioMedical Research Models Inc. for continued work on a vaccine to treat the virus linked to genital herpes. BMR was spun out from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1996.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 09 - 14

    As drug development grows, so do spectrometry sales

    Scott A. Shaffer, PhD, research professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, talks about the increasing role spectrometers play in scientific research.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 06 - 09 - 14

    Cardio Notes: Xarelto for Seniors, Carotid Stenting Death

    Jane E. Freedman, MD, professor of medicine, is quoted in a story about the use of prescription drug Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) in elderly patients.
    Medpage Today

  • 06 - 08 - 14

    Business People

    Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, has been named vice chair of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care board of directors. 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 08 - 14

    Educational session planned on prescribing opioids

    An educational session on prescribing opioids will take place at UMMS on June 14th
    San Francisco Chronicle

  • 06 - 05 - 14

    Booze in the dock as more indulge in binge drinking

    A new study on binge drinking by Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, found that a single episode of excessive drinking can have significant negative health effects resulting in bacteria leaking from the gut, leading to increased levels of toxins in the blood.
    MSN Healthy Living
    Wine Spectator
    Daily News

  • 06 - 05 - 14

    FDA adds new warnings to tanning beds

    Mary Maloney, MD, professor of medicine and director of dermatologic surgery, is quoted in an article about stricter regulations from the FDA on the use of tanning beds for anyone under the age of 18.
    The Canadian Press
    Huffington Post
    WRTV Indianapolis

  • 06 - 04 - 14

    Honoring Len and Cherylann Gengel

    Cherylann and Len Gengel were awarded honorary degrees at UMass Worcester’s Commencement for their extraordinary efforts to fulfill their daughter Britney’s last wish by building an orphanage in Haiti.
    Grays Medicine

  • 06 - 03 - 14

    Does pet therapy truly help? Hospitals aim to find out

    An article about a clinical study to document the positive effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) in helping pediatric cancer patients and their families references UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center, one of the study sites. 
    The Tennessean

  • 06 - 03 - 14

    EcoTarium receives national award

    The EcoTarium has been named a 2014 Promising Practice Award Reimagined recipient by the MetLife Foundation and Association of Children's Museums.  Working together with Worcester Public Schools, autism specialists from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and CTK colleagues at Boston Children's Museum, the EcoTarium is adjusting the CTK model to offer a range of accommodations that will enable more children and their families to successfully begin school with a positive experience.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 03 - 14

    Worcester News Tonight Obesity on the Rise

    Mitch Gitkind, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine and medical director of the UMass Memorial Weight Center, was interviewed last week by Worcester News Tonight for a report on a recent study that found nearly a third of the world’s population is overweight or obese.
    Worcester News Tonight

  • 06 - 02 - 14

    UMass Medical School graduates 227

    At UMass Worcester’s 41st Commencement exercises Chancellor Michael F. Collins congratulates the two hundred and twenty seven graduates who received their medical, doctoral and nursing degrees. U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern, who received a Chancellor’s Medal and delivered the Commencement address, used the opportunity to call for more National Institutes of Health funding to sustain the remarkable medical research happening at institutions such as UMMS.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 02 - 14

    Health Watch – Poison Ivy

    Carolyn Keiper, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, talks about how to identify poison ivy and treat it.
    Charter TV3

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