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  • 03 - 31 - 15

    My Q and A With Insomnia Expert Gregg Jacobs

    Gregg Jacobs, PhD, an insomnia specialist at UMass Medical School, suggests alternatives to sleeping pills and advise on how to reverse poor sleep habits and behaviors.
    Huffington Post

  • 03 - 30 - 15

    Terry Flotte, MD Appointed New Editor-in-Chief of Human Gene Therapy

    Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, is the new editor-in-chief of the journal Human Gene Therapy and its associated periodicals Human Gene Therapy Methods and Human Gene Therapy Clinical Development, effective July 1. Dr. Flotte is currently an associate editor of the journal.
    AlphaGalileo

  • 03 - 29 - 15

    Local parents, medical experts spar on immunizations

    An article about the need to vaccinate children includes comments from Angela Leigh Beeler, MD,  clinical associate professor of pediatrics. 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 29 - 15

    Worcester doctors lead push to target gun 'gag laws'

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health;  Frederic Baker, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and physiological systems, and medical student Patrick P. Lowe, SOM ’16, are quoted in an article about  the right of physicians to discuss gun safety with their patients. Medical student Patrick Alvarado is also mentioned in the article.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    WAMC Northeast Public Radio

  • 03 - 27 - 15

    Grants help level the playing field for young moms in science

    Luanne E. Thorndyke, MD, professor of medicine; Susanne Muehlschlegel, MD, MPH, assistant professor of neurology; and Sean P. Ryder, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, talk about the Faculty Scholar Award at UMMS. The goal of the award is to support faculty to continue research and scholarly activities while they address periods of increased family care responsibilities.
    Reuters

  • 03 - 27 - 15

    Silencing genes — to understand them

    Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, explains how RNAi interference works.
    Student Science

  • 03 - 24 - 15

    Tuesday, March 24: UMass Medical

    UMMS was featured on WCVB-TV Channel 5 Boston’s Chronicle last night.  The show profiled UMass Medical School fourth-year medical students and Match Day 2015.
    WCVB Chronicle
    Segment #1: Mass Anxiety at Med School
    Segment #2: Artificial Patients for Anthony Everett
    Segment #3: Healers Come Home
    Segment #4: Match Day Madness

  • 03 - 24 - 15

    14 Emotional Dispatches From Key Ebola Fighters

    Rick Sacra, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, shares his story as one of TIME’s Ebola Fighters.
    TIME

  • 03 - 24 - 15

    Color-coding gene sequences in human cells

    Thoru Pederson, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, and Hanhui Ma, PhD, research specialist, report on the development of multicolor CRISPR systems for sequence-specific labeling of genomic DNA in live cells.
    Genome Web
    Science Codex
    Science Newsline
    Science
    PhysOrg

  • 03 - 24 - 15

    More Whole Grains May Boost Life Span

    A simple diet focused on increasing fiber consumption may be as effective as the multi-component American Heart Association diet, according to a new study by Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, and Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine.
    Health Day

  • 03 - 24 - 15

    Muzzling docs bad medicine

    Richard Pieters, MD, clinical associate professor of radiation oncology and current president of the Massachusetts  Medical Society, Frederic Baker, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and physiological systems, and Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, write an op-ed piece about the right of physicians to discuss gun safety with their patients.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 24 - 15

    Why a long night's sleep may be bad for you

    Gregg Jacobs, PhD, an insomnia specialist at UMass Medical School, is quoted in an article about how much sleep is too much.
    The Telegraph
    BBC News

  • 03 - 23 - 15

    A new award for junior faculty

    An article about the new Faculty Scholars Program, announced by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Simons Foundation, contains quotes from Thomas G. Fazzio, PhD, assistant professor of molecular medicine.
    Science

  • 03 - 23 - 15

    Cafe in Worcester helps recovering heroin addicts

    The recently opened Café Reyes, the vision of Matilde Castiel, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, is staffed by residents of Hector Reyes House, a residential program for Latino men recovering from substance abuse.
    Boston Globe
    WBZ Radio
    Fox 25 Boston

  • 03 - 23 - 15

    Central Massachusetts Health Spring 2015 Edition

    Featured articles by Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, and  Michele P. Pugnaire, MD, professor of family medicine & community health and medicine and senior associate dean for educational affairs.  The articles, “Building models for better care” and “How to say ‘sorry’ to a patient” are located on pages 22 and 23 respectively.  Chris Mueller, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted in “Can Gene Therapy Be Profitable?” on page 16.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 03 - 23 - 15

    Research identifies novel steps in dementia progression

    UMMS researchers work with researchers at the University of York to help identify new mechanisms potentially driving progression of an aggressive form of dementia.
    Medical Xpress
    Science World Report

  • 03 - 23 - 15

    UMass Medical School’s Dr. Collins to Receive MassBio’s Leading Impact Award

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, will be honored with the 2015 MassBio Leading Impact Award on Thursday, March 26th
    BioSpace
    Massachusetts Biotechnology Council

  • 03 - 20 - 15

    Lab technician braves blizzard for results that save newborn's life

    Melody Rush, a lab technician at UMass Medical School’s Newborn Screening Program braved a January blizzard to save the life of a newborn with a rare genetic disorder. Inderneel Sahai, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, is also quoted in the story.
    ABC News
    Women's Day
    WPTZ Channel 5 Burlington
    AOL
    Yahoo News
    WHDH Channel 7
    WCVB Channel 5

  • 03 - 20 - 15

    Mass. infant exposure to drugs is rising

    Alan Picarillo, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted in an article about the increase in newborns addicted to drugs and the challenges they face once they go home.
    Boston Globe

  • 03 - 20 - 15

    Match Day at UMass Medical

    On Match Day, the School of Medicine Class of 2015 learned where they will begin their careers as doctors, including 66 percent who have chosen primary care specialties.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Masslive
    Worcester News Tonight
    MetroWest Daily News
    Milford Daily News
    University of Pennsylvania Topix

  • 03 - 20 - 15

    Tuesday, March 24: UMass Medical

    Tune in to Chronicle on WCVB-TV Channel 5 Boston on Tuesday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. as the show will be profiling UMass Medical School fourth-year medical students, and Match Day 2015.
    Chronicle

  • 03 - 18 - 15

    Holden Dr. Rick Sacra, Ebola survivor, named Mass physician of year

    Rick Sacra, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, is being honored with the 2015 Family Physician of the Year award by the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians (MassAFP) for his "exemplary service and his engagement in the well being of his patients and community." 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    The Landmark
    Worcester Magazine

  • 03 - 18 - 15

    Report: Thousands could lose coverage due to Husky drops

    Rachel Gershon, senior research policy analyst at the Center for Health, Law, and Economics, was interviewed about proposed changes to the Connecticut Medicaid program. 
    CTPost
    Hartford Business
    New Haven Register
    WNPR

  • 03 - 18 - 15

    Spencer Students Rally Behind Teacher In Middle Of Health Insurance Fight

    A story about high school teacher John Waage’s battle with colon cancer and his attempts to get his insurance company to pay for treatment includes comments from  Laura Lambert, MD, assistant professor of surgery and director of the Peritoneal Carcinoma Center. 
    WBZ-TV Channel 4
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 17 - 15

    St Patrick’s Day Science Medal ‘a major honour’ for professor

    Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD, professor of medicine, was awarded the St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal by the Science Foundation of Ireland for her contribution to the research ecosystem in Ireland.
    The Irish Times
    Wexford Echo

  • 03 - 17 - 15

    UMass Medical School Smoking Study

    Lori Pbert, PhD, professor of medicine, talks about her new study that looks at practical strategies pediatricians can use to integrate tobacco prevention and treatment into their clinical practice. 
    Worcester News Tonight
    Fox News Boston
    WBZ Radio

  • 03 - 16 - 15

    PEGASUS Trial Results Provide Promising Data

    John F. Keaney Jr., MD, the Mary C. DeFeudis Chair in Biomedical Research, professor of medicine and chief of the division of cardiovascular medicine, comments on new research which found that long-term use of ticagrelor (Brilinta) with aspirin after a myocardial infarction (MI) can reduce the risk of a recurrence, stroke, or death from cardiovascular disease, though at the expense of major bleeding risk.
    Diabetes Insider
    The Market Business

  • 03 - 15 - 15

    Longer-Term Dual Antiplatelet Benefit with Ticagrelor

    John F. Keaney Jr., MD, the Mary C. DeFeudis Chair in Biomedical Research, professor of medicine and chief of the division of cardiovascular medicine, comments on new research which found that long-term use of ticagrelor (Brilinta) with aspirin after a myocardial infarction (MI) can reduce the risk of a recurrence, stroke, or death from cardiovascular disease, though at the expense of major bleeding risk. 
    Medpage Today
    Reuters
    Standard Daily

  • 03 - 13 - 15

    UMass Medical School working to improve oral health for people with intellectual disabilities

    UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center is working to educate dental professionals and students about making dental visits easier for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
    Smiles Again Now
    Drbicuspid.com

  • 03 - 12 - 15

    Human Genome's Spirals, Loops and Globules Come into 4-D View [Video]

    Job Dekker, PhD, co-director of the Program in Systems Biology and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, is quoted in an article about understanding the architectural structure of the human genome. 
    Scientific American

  • 03 - 11 - 15

    Want to Lose Weight? Add This One Thing to Your Diet

    A simple diet focused on increasing fiber consumption may be as effective as the multi-component American Heart Association diet, according to a new study by Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, and Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine.
    AARP

  • 03 - 10 - 15

    Will the Apple Watch Make People Healthier?

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, comments on the new Apple Watch.
    Live Science

  • 03 - 09 - 15

    How did toddler survive car crash in Utah river?

    Barbara Walsh, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics, explains how cold temperatures may have helped save a baby who was trapped inside a submerged car following an accident.
    CNN
    TIME
    Fox 13 Salt Lake City
    Yahoo Parenting

  • 03 - 09 - 15

    Rare Genetic Disease May Lead to New Bipolar Disorder Treatment

    Edward Ginns, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, has identified what is likely a key genetic pathway underlying bipolar disorder, a breakthrough that could lead to better drugs for treating bipolar affective disorder, as well as depression and other related mood disorders.
    Empowher.com

  • 03 - 07 - 15

    Only Long-Term NSAIDs Improve OA Stiffness, Function

    New research led by Kate L. Lapane, PhD, professor of quantitative health sciences, shows that long-term use of prescription, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) by patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) is associated with clinically important but not statistically significant improvement in patient-reported stiffness and function and joint-space width. 
    Doctors Lounge
    Medpage Today

  • 03 - 05 - 15

    The lost generation? Stagnating NIH funding hits less-experienced researchers

    The Boston Business Journal talks with Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, and Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, about declines in NIH funding.
    Boston Business Journal

  • 03 - 04 - 15

    If you come from a family with relatives who have lived long lives, you will too?

    A new study by UMMS researchers finds that severe mortality-associated diseases are less prevalent in families of long-lived individuals than in the general population.
    Science Daily

  • 03 - 03 - 15

    A National campaign to end the use of the “R” word has come to Central Massachusetts

    First year medical students Katelyn Soares, SOM ’18, and Liz Li, SOM ’18, talk to Worcester News Tonight about the Best Buddies campaign to end the incorrect use of the words “retard,” or “retarded” to describe something in a negative way. Best Buddies is an international organization that fosters friendships between individuals with disabilities and those without.
    Worcester News Tonight
    My Fox Boston

  • 03 - 03 - 15

    Health careers highlighted at Leicester High School

    Robert Layne, director of outreach programs, spoke to local high school students about the High School Health Careers Program scheduled to be held in June at UMMS.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 03 - 15

    MassHealth program helping families protect children with asthma

    Health policy expert Katharine London, MS, principal in the Center for Health Law and Economics, is quoted in an article about a new pilot program which focuses on proper care/treatment for children with asthma.  Ted M. Kremer, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics, is also quoted in the article.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 02 - 15

    Be vigilant with heart health

    An op-ed piece written by Ira S. Ockene, MD, professor of medicine, on how education can help reduce cardiac-related deaths.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 02 - 15

    Diabetes risk: Know your numbers

    An article about preventing Type 2 diabetes references a recent study at UMass Medical School which found that, on average, women of childbearing age in the U.S. have poor diets. 
    ABC Channel 6

  • 03 - 02 - 15

    UMass Medical researchers unravel hookworm genome, could deal blow to parasite

    In a development that could lead to new treatments for parasitic hookworms, Raffi V. Aroian, PhD, professor of molecular medicine, has sequenced the genome of the hookworm Ancylostoma ceylanicum, which infects as many as 400 million people worldwide.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Medical Xpress
    Genome Web
    News Medical
    Cornell Chronicle

  • 03 - 01 - 15

    Leominster Credit Union, Grinnell Enterprises honored by Job 1 Youth Employment Coalition

    Vice Chancellor for Community and Government Relations Jim Leary, JD, attended last week’s GROW Awards ceremony highlighting employers going above and beyond d to provide workplace experience for local youth.
    Sentinel & Enterprise

  • 03 - 01 - 15

    Oncologist's petition is latest salvo, as drug-pricing issue rises to new prominence

    An article about the pricing of medications contains quotes from Brian Sullivan, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health.
    Medical Marketing & Media

  • 03 - 01 - 15

    Out of Detention: How to Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline

    Thomas Grisso, PhD, professor of psychiatry and director of the Law-Psychiatry Program at UMass Medical School, explains why young people struggling with mental health should be treated in a community setting instead of the juvenile justice system. 
    Harvard Political Review

  • 03 - 01 - 15

    Vaccination rates high in local schools

    Christina R. Hermos, MD, MS, assistant professor of pediatrics, explains why children need to receive their measles and other vaccinations.
    South Coast Today