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  • 09 - 30 - 15

    Costly Massachusetts ekes out small physician practice gain

    Dennis Dimitri, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health; Stephen E. Tosi, MD, chair and associate professor of urology; and Jennifer Berryman, vice chancellor for communications, are quoted in an article about the shortage of primary care physicians and the challenges they face practicing in Massachusetts.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 09 - 28 - 15

    You’ve got a friend: UMass medical students help young patients

    The Globe republishes a video about UMass Medical School’s Sidekick program features Meg Preissler, SOM ‘15, who was paired with an eight-year old patient in need of a kidney transplant.  Ann Salerno, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, is also featured.
    Boston Globe

  • 09 - 25 - 15

    Medical school gets pediatric cancer research grant

    UMass Medical School cancer biologist Lucio Castilla, PhD, accepted a $250,000 grant from the Hyundai Motor America Hope on Wheels campaign for his research into targeted therapies for pediatric blood cancers.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 09 - 25 - 15

    Patients face sticker shock when doctors, hospitals fail to provide info

    Dennis Dimitri, MD, clinical associate professor and James W. Graves, senior director of patient financial services at UMMMC are quoted in a story about providing patients with pricing information so they can make informed decisions about medical treatment.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 24 - 15

    An Important Consideration in Ankylosing Spondylitis

    Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, discusses treatment for various forms of back pain.
    Medscape

  • 09 - 23 - 15

    A ‘niche business’: Mainstream doctors are wary of prescribing medical marijuana

    Dennis Dimitri, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health, is quoted in an article about prescribing medical marijuana.
    Boston.com

  • 09 - 22 - 15

    Central Mass. Autism Summit focuses on stress of working parents

    Jean A. Frazier, MD, director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at UMMS, was a speaker at the second annual Central Massachusetts Autism Summit.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 09 - 21 - 15

    Accessing autism treatment

    UMass Medical School’s new autism insurance tool is helping families access coverage, according to a column in Worcester Business Journal’s Health magazine written by Amy Weinstock, director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center.
    Central Massachusetts Health

  • 09 - 21 - 15

    Monoclonal antibody to treat C. difficile shows promise in clinical trial

    An important new therapeutic based on discoveries at UMass Medical School’s MassBiologics will be submitted for regulatory approval, based on the results of clinical studies conducted by the international pharmaceutical company Merck.
    Medical Xpress
    Financial
    Northern Californian

  • 09 - 21 - 15

    Researchers identify new pathway to regenerate insulin-producing cells

    Laura Alonso, MD, the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation Term Chair in Diabetes and associate professor of medicine, and Rohit Sharma, PhD, a postdoctoral associate, have discovered a new pathway that triggers regeneration of beta cells in the pancreas, a key development that may aid in the development of diabetes treatments.
    Medical Xpress

  • 09 - 20 - 15

    A look at some places training lay people in mental health

    Daniel Z. Fisher MD, PhD, clinical professor of medicine, talks about Emotion CPR, which deploys trainers who have recovered from mental health problems themselves, and it focuses on meeting crises on emotional terms.
    Washington Post

  • 09 - 18 - 15

    Forum: Equal-wage mandate falls short in state

    Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, was a panelist at  MA Treasurer Deborah Goldberg's Greater Worcester Regional Roundtable on Wage Equality Best Practices.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 17 - 15

    Health Connect 'Customer Satisfaction' Survey Yields Mixed Results

    A survey of Vermont Health Connect customers, conducted by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, shows that one-third of people buying private plans from the exchange had higher out-of-pocket costs than they anticipated.
    Vermont Public Radio

  • 09 - 17 - 15

    Weight and Age Drive Knee Replacements

    David Ayers, MD, chair and professor of orthopedics and physical rehabilitation, explains that more Americans are opting for total knee replacements as they get older.
    Orthopedics

  • 09 - 16 - 15

    The Shocking College Campus Danger You Didn't Know About

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about off-campus college housing facilities that provide students free access to tanning.
    Allure Magazine

  • 09 - 16 - 15

    UMass sets record for annual fund-raising

    UMass President Marty Meehan announces a record-breaking fundraising year in fiscal year 2015, of which UMass Medical School generated $45.5 million.
    Boston Globe

  • 09 - 15 - 15

    Gender gap is wide in research funds, study shows

    The Journal of the American Medical Association published a review which says male scientists beginning careers as faculty researchers received a median of $889,000 in startup funding from their employers, while women received just $350,000.
    Boston Globe

  • 09 - 15 - 15

    Some youngsters, adults drinking hand sanitizer for the alcohol

    Alicia G. Lydecker, MD, instructor in emergency medicine, talks about the growing number of children getting drunk by drinking alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 14 - 15

    Gluten-Free Diet Has No Benefit for Children With Autism, Study Finds

    Linda Bandini, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics is quoted in an article about new research showing Gluten-Free diets do not benefit kids with autism.
    Wall Street Journal

  • 09 - 14 - 15

    Life sciences deserves continued state commitment

    An editorial about the current state of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and the importance for the state to remain committed to the investment in life sciences innovation, research and development.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 09 - 11 - 15

    What You Should Know Before Trying New Sleeping Pill Belsomra

    Gregg Jacobs, PhD, an insomnia specialist at UMass Medical School, is quoted in an article about a new insomnia treatment, Belsomra.
    Huffington Post

  • 09 - 10 - 15

    Suicide Prevention

    Barry Feldman, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of Psychiatry Services in Public Safety, discusses the importance of recognizing the warning signs of suicide and getting help to those in need.
    Worcester News Tonight

  • 09 - 10 - 15

    UMass Med School to begin accepting out-of-state students

    Chancellor Michael F. Collins announced at yesterday’s Convocation Ceremony that starting next year the medical school will begin admitting out-of-state students, increasing the number of medical students it enrolls from 125 to 150.
    University Herald
    Inside Higher Ed
    Boston Globe
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    WBUR
    WCVB Channel 5
    San Francisco Chronicle

  • 09 - 09 - 15

    Changing behavior through synaptic engineering

    Mark Alkema, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology, and colleagues are the first to show that it’s possible to reverse the behavior of an animal by flipping a switch in neuronal communication. This development provides a new approach for studying the neural circuits that govern behavior and has important implications for how scientists think about neural connectomes. 
    Medical News Today
    Red Orbit
    WBZ Radio
    BBC Radio
    News Medical

  • 09 - 09 - 15

    Preparing new doctors to battle the opioid crisis

    Michele Pugnaire, MD, senior associate dean of educational affairs and professor of family medicine & community health, and Dennis Dimitri, MD, clinical associate professor, discuss the role the medical school and training medical students how to safely prescribing opioids plays in curbing the potential for abuse. 
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 09 - 09 - 15

    Spotlight on Faculty Positions

    Dori P. Schafer, PhD, assistant professor of neurobiology, was featured in Nature’s Spotlight on Faculty Positions.
    Nature

  • 09 - 08 - 15

    During meditation, more relaxed neurons

    Judson A. Brewer, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks about recent findings on how meditation affects the human brain. 
    Yale Daily News

  • 09 - 07 - 15

    Should Medical Schools Do More in Teaching Chronic Pain?

    An article about the need for improved training for medical students for treating pain references the recent meeting Gov. Charlie Baker had with several of the state’s medical school deans to ask them to help teach future doctors how to manage patients’ pain and prescribe opiates safely in an effort to help curb the opioid epidemic. 
    National Pain Report

  • 09 - 06 - 15

    Docs to develop digital pill

    Instructor of emergency medicine and toxicologist Peter R. Chai, MD, is working to develop a radio transmitter that can be used in pills to monitor prescription compliance.
    Boston Herald

  • 09 - 06 - 15

    Hayes, Stewart join UMass development team

    John R. Hayes Jr. has been appointed vice chancellor for development for UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care. Prescott D. Stewart has been appointed executive director of advancement for UMass Medical School.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 06 - 15

    Mindfulness

    Judson A. Brewer, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks about mindfulness with 60 Minutes correspondent Anderson Cooper. The segment also features interviews with Center for Mindfulness founder Jon Kabat-Zinn, and mindfulness practitioner and neuroscientist Jean King, PhD, professor of psychiatry and associate provost for biomedical science research. 
    60 Minutes

  • 09 - 06 - 15

    Older, Heavier Americans Fuel a $4 Billion Knee Replacement Market

    David Ayers, MD, chair and professor of orthopedics and physical rehabilitation, explains that more Americans are opting for total knee replacements as they get older.
    IOL Business Report
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Bloomberg News

  • 09 - 04 - 15

    10 natural ways to treat hot flashes during menopause

    An article which offers natural ways to help relieve menopausal symptoms includes research by UMMS suggesting that mindful meditation can help to reduce the incidences of hot flashes. 
    The Health Site

  • 09 - 04 - 15

    Three Ways Smart Glasses Improve Healthcare Services

    An article about mobile and wearable technologies references UMass Medical School research using Google Glass in the emergency room to potentially extend toxicology consults to rural and community hospitals. 
    mHealth Intelligence

  • 09 - 03 - 15

    Social Interaction May Regulate Circadian Clocks

    William J. Schwartz, MD, professor of neurology, co-authored a study which found that social interaction could be the mechanism that allows animals living in groups to synchronize their activities, whether it's huddling for warmth or offering protection from predators.
    Sleep Review

  • 09 - 03 - 15

    UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael Collins on ALS Research

    Chancellor Michael Collins, MD, talks about ALS research being done at UMMS and the significance of financial support for research.
    Boston.com Morning Show
    State House News Service
    Lowell Sun
    Worcester Business Journal
    Eagle Tribune
    Gloucester Times

  • 09 - 02 - 15

    Becoming More “Mindful”

    Judson A. Brewer, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, explains how being mindful can help reduce stress and offers simple techniques to help you relax naturally.
    WCVB

  • 09 - 02 - 15

    Med schools to improve training on how opioids are prescribed

    Gov. Charlie Baker met with several of the state’s medical school deans yesterday, including Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, to ask them to help teach future doctors how to manage patients’ pain and prescribe opiates safely in an effort to help curb the opioid epidemic.
    WCVB
    Boston Business Journal
    Masslive
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    WBUR's CommonHealth
    Fox Boston
    Mass.gov
    State House News Service

  • 09 - 02 - 15

    Shriver Center awarded Pa. contract

    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has awarded the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at UMass Medical School a contract to design and implement a system to manage all online training offered through the Department of Human Services’ Office of Developmental Programs. 
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 09 - 02 - 15

    U.S. Ebola survivors: Where are they now?

    Rick Sacra, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, and others, talk about their recovery from Ebola and what they’ve been doing since regaining their health. 
    CNN
    WPTZ News Channel 5

  • 09 - 01 - 15

    Gene therapy restores visual function in mouse model of LCA1

    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 quoted in an article on an experimental gene therapy technique has demonstrated great promise in reversing blindness
    News Medical
    Newmax