News Makers 2015

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  • 06 - 30 - 15

    Ghanaian Catholic Community In Worcester Operates Free Clinic

    Volunteers from UMMS will help staff a free medical clinic operated by the Ghanaian Catholic Community in Worcester in collaboration with the African Catholic Ministry in the Diocese of Worcester.
    GhanaWeb

  • 06 - 30 - 15

    Pet ownership may improve diabetes self-care in adolescents

    Louise Maranda, PhD, assistant professor of quantitative health sciences, is mentioned in an article about research which found patients with diabetes can benefit from pet ownership.
    Healio

  • 06 - 29 - 15

    12 Ways to Meditate During the Day

    Judson A. Brewer, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, offers easy ways to incorporate mindfulness into your day. 
    Mens Journal

  • 06 - 29 - 15

    Dilemma of STATINS

    An article about the use of statins cites research by Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine.
    The Sunday Leader

  • 06 - 29 - 15

    MassHealth OKs postpartum depression screening

    An article about MassHealth covering screening for postpartum depression mentions the MCPAP for Moms program which is run by UMass Medical School.
    CommonWealth Magazine

  • 06 - 29 - 15

    UMass researchers awarded $300K grants

    The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation and The Glass Charitable Foundation are establishing five-year term chairs for three junior faculty members in diabetes research at UMass Medical School. Laura Alonso, MD, Michael Brehm, PhD, and Rene Maehr, PhD, will each receive $300,000 over five years.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Worcester News Tonight

  • 06 - 28 - 15

    Hospitals adapt as opioid epidemic hits infant victims

    Alan Picarillo, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted in an article about the growing number of newborns being treated for drug addiction and the need for setting policies and standards for treatment.
    Boston Globe

  • 06 - 26 - 15

    Mass. campaign launches to end workplace mental illness stigma

    Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, is one of the first 25 CEOS in Massachusetts to sign a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) pledge to end the stigma of mental illness in the workplace.
    Worcester Business Journal
    Boston Business Journal

  • 06 - 24 - 15

    Gun buyback on target

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, talks about the success of the gun buyback program, which he started in 1994 in memory of a fellow surgeon. 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 24 - 15

    Healing powers of placenta help prevent limb loss

    An article about how placentas are recovered, modified and used to enhance re-growth and healing on damaged tissue of diabetic patients. Samir Malkani, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine,  Louis M. Messina, MD, professor of surgery, and  Lorraine Loretz, a nurse practitioner/podiatrist are quoted in the article. 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 23 - 15

    Partnership raises local health capability: Editorial

    An editorial by The Springfield Republican Editorials calls the collaboration of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Baystate Health and Springfield a win-win-win.
    Springfield Republican

  • 06 - 23 - 15

    What Makes Each of Us Unique?

    Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, is scheduled to give a talk at UC Riverside on evolution, genetics and immortality.
    UCR Today

  • 06 - 22 - 15

    UMass Medical School to expand to Springfield

    UMass Medical School, Baystate Health and the University of Massachusetts Amherst will open a regional clinical campus of the medical school in Springfield, to be known as UMMS-Baystate Health. Students will begin enrolling in this track in the 2017-18 academic year, and will complete their basic science courses at the Worcester campus while completing their clinical requirements at the UMMS-Baystate campus.
    WNPR
    Boston Globe
    Worcester Business Journal
    Masslive
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    WWLP-22 News

  • 06 - 22 - 15

    Why Can Some People Quit Smoking Cold Turkey? And Why You Probably Shouldn't Try It Yourself

    Joseph R. DiFranza, MD, professor of family medicine & community health, talks about nicotine addiction and how people are able to quit smoking.
    Medical Daily

  • 06 - 14 - 15

    UMass Medical School teaches new physicians to prevent opioid abuse

    A look at opioid addiction in Worcester includes comments from Jeffrey D. Baxter, MD, associate professor of family medicine & community health, about how medical students at UMass Medical School are taught to be aware of opioid addiction in patients and how to minimize prescription abuse.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 12 - 15

    Nancy Pelosi to join Jim McGovern in Grafton to discuss hunger in America

    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman James McGovern toured the Community Harvest Project over the weekend.  After the tour, a round table discussion was held about The Farm-to-Health-Center Initiative. The UMass Medical School Farm-to-Health-Center Initiative provides fresh fruit and vegetables to families who are patients at the Family Health Center of Worcester who have been identified as being food insecure.
    Masslive
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 12 - 15

    Norwood biotech gets first of three potential orphan drug designations

    Corbus Pharmaceuticals receives orphan drug status for Resunab, a drug discovered by Sumner H. Burstein, PhD, professor emeritus biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, to potentially treat systemic sclerosis.
    Boston Business Journal

  • 06 - 11 - 15

    Spencer woman angry as co-pay subsidies run dry for some leukemia patients

    Alan G. Rosmarin, MD, professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about the high cost of medications for cancer patients.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 11 - 15

    UMass making the hard sciences a little softer

    Two staff members in UMass Medical School’s development office were chosen specifically to help faculty researchers better explain their highly scientific work to potential donors—an innovative way to fundraise as government funding continues to decline.
    Boston Globe

  • 06 - 10 - 15

    UMass Memorial to spend millions more on virtual doctors

    UMass Memorial is doubling its annual investment in virtual medicine with a program to increase access to virtual visits to outpatient visits, various inpatient consultations and genetic counseling. Eric W. Dickson, MD, MHCM, FACEP, senior associate dean, professor of emergency medicine and president and chief executive, is quoted in the article.
    Boston Business Journal

  • 06 - 10 - 15

    UMass on track to approve new $250 information technology fee

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, talks about the approval by the UMass Board of Trustees of a technology fee of up to $250 that would be used for technology infrastructure needs on the individual campuses.
    Masslive

  • 06 - 09 - 15

    Worcester's school and library partnership is recognized for excellence

    Worcester's One City, One Library initiative program was awarded the 2015 Nonprofit Excellence Award for Excellence in Collaboration by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. The University of Massachusetts Medical School is providing support and funding for the One City, One Library program.
    Masslive

  • 06 - 08 - 15

    ‘Text4Baby’ message service connects new moms to health help

    A technological partnership between UMass Medical School and MassHealth aims to help new moms meet the challenges of infant care and improve their postpartum care through text messages. Rossana Valencia-Hoang, MPH, a project director at UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division is quoted in the article.
    Beta Boston

  • 06 - 08 - 15

    Trauma to ear difficult to spot

    John H. Stevenson, MD, associate professor of family medicine & community health, is quoted in an article about how a perilymph fistula, a small tear or defect in the thin membrane that separate the air-filled middle ear from the inner ear, can have similar symptoms to, and be misdiagnosed as, post-concussion syndrome.
    The Journal Gazette

  • 06 - 06 - 15

    The limits of stress-management apps

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about apps used for stress management.
    Boston Globe

  • 06 - 03 - 15

    Concussion expert: No kidding around when it comes to youth sports injuries

    Constance M. Moore, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, was part of a panel of experts that discussed concussion prevention, treatment and awareness.
    Lowell Sun

  • 06 - 03 - 15

    IMPROVE-IT: Can It Improve Heart Guidelines?

    John F. Keaney, MD, professor of medicine, talks about the Improved Reduction of Outcomes: Vytorin Efficacy International Trial (IMPROVE-IT).
    Medpage Today

  • 06 - 03 - 15

    Legal age limit for tanning beds?

    An article about Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, describes a campaign to encourage colleges to reduce easy access to tanning beds on or near campus.
    WWMT-TV
    WKRC Cincinnati
    CNN
    Fox 13 Salt Lake City
    WWLP New York

  • 06 - 03 - 15

    Parents, doctors debate merits of mandatory vaccination

    Richard Moriarty, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, is quoted in an article about legislation considering “philosophical exemptions” for vaccinations.
    Glouster Times
    Boston Herald
    WWLP New York

  • 06 - 03 - 15

    UMass President Robert Caret announces $1.7 million in grants to UMass faculty

    University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret announced more than one million dollars in grants to UMass faculty under the auspices of his Science and Technology fund. 
    Masslive

  • 06 - 02 - 15

    Link between antidepressants and newborn disorder may not be as strong as scientists thought

    Nancy Byatt, DO, MBA, MSCI, assistant professor of psychiatry, is quoted in an article about a recent study published in JAMA suggesting that newborns whose mothers used antidepressant medication during the late stages of pregnancy may be at greater risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension. 
    Psych Congress Network 
    Consultant 360 
    The Verge

  • 06 - 02 - 15

    Worcester schools' chronic absentee rates decline

    Worcester Public Schools team up with UMass Memorial Health Care on pilot programs for students with asthma in an effort to improve student attendance.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 06 - 01 - 15

    Tanning beds under fire again

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks about the link between indoor tanning and cancer.
    WBUR
    The Journal Gazette
    Worcester News Tonight
    Fosters.com

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