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  • 10 - 29 - 15

    $29M given to Worcester institutions by industrialist who died 63 years ago

    UMass Memorial Medical Center receives $10 million from the estate of prominent local industrialist William Bins Smith, who passed away more than 60 years ago.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Masslive.com
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 10 - 28 - 15

    Battling ovarian cancer: The right doctors, aggressive form of chemo can extend lives

    A patient diagnosed with ovarian cancer credits her positive outcome to her the surgery and an aggressive form of chemotherapy treatment under the care of Susan Zweizig, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 28 - 15

    Blood clot breakthrough uses drug-device combo

    A new, highly effective drug-device combination for treating life-threatening blood clots in stroke patients is being developed by a team of researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute and the University of Massachusetts Medical School led by Ajay K. Wakhloo, MD, PhD, professor of radiology.
    Harvard Gazette

  • 10 - 28 - 15

    Massachusetts Legislature Hears From Both Sides On Doctor-Assisted Suicide Bill

    Laura A. Lambert, MD, associate professor of surgery, was among those who took part in doctor-assisted suicide testimony at the Massachusetts State House.
    NPR

  • 10 - 28 - 15

    UMass Scientists Lead Effort to Excise Latent HIV With CRISPR/Cas9

    Scientists from the University of Massachusetts Medical School have engineered a new way to do CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing by fusing a mutant Cas9 with earlier technologies used in the field, such as zinc finger proteins. Scot Wolfe, PhD, associate professor of molecular, cell & cancer biology and Jeremy Luban, MD, the David J. Freelander Professor in AIDS Research and professor of molecular medicine, are quoted in the article.
    GenomeWeb

  • 10 - 27 - 15

    7 Kiwi Fruit Benefits: From a Powerhouse of Antioxidants to Inducing Sleep

    An article on the health benefits of kiwi references the study by Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, and Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, which showed that a simple diet focused on increasing fiber consumption may be as effective as the multi-component American Heart Association diet.
    NDTV

  • 10 - 26 - 15

    WBJ awards the 2015 Outstanding Women in Business

    Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, has been named one of six Outstanding Women in Business by Worcester Business Journal.
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 10 - 25 - 15

    Concern mounts on opioid crisis’ toll on children

    Heather Campbell Forkey, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, talks about the growing number of cases where children of opioid addicted parents are admitted to the hospital as a result of abuse or neglect.
    Associated Press
    Boston Globe

  • 10 - 24 - 15

    UMass Med School takes fight to prevent Lyme disease to the ticks

    Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics and professor of medicine, explains how scientists at MassBiologics are developing a pre-exposure prophylaxis that prevents tick-transmitted infection of Lyme disease, a breakthrough that could lead to seasonal prevention against the most common tick-borne infection in North America.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 24 - 15

    Why Are There Tanning Beds on College Campuses?

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, talks about her research published in JAMA Dermatology which shows several million young adults have access to indoor tanning facilities on their college campuses or for free in their off-campus apartment buildings.
    Cosmopolitan

  • 10 - 23 - 15

    More vets in need of long term care services

    Janet F. Hale, PhD, RN, FNP, professor of nursing, talks about the growing number of veterans suffering from dementia and other disabilities at a younger age due combat related trauma.
    Milford Daily News
    Wicked Local Franklin

  • 10 - 23 - 15

    National Academy of Medicine Elects 80 New Members

    The National Academy of Medicine has announced the election of Michael R. Green, MD, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Lambi and Sarah Adams Chair in Genetic Research and professor of molecular medicine and biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, for his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Dr. Green was elected to the National Academy of Sciences earlier this year and is the first UMMS faculty member to be named to two national academies.
    The Cancer Letter

  • 10 - 23 - 15

    Rise of the Microglia

    An article about new research showing that  microglia, the resident immune cells of the brain, are involved in both development and disease. Dorothy P. Schafer, PhD, assistant professor of neurobiology, is quoted in the article.
    Scientific American

  • 10 - 22 - 15

    Mass. doctors offer mixed reactions to new breast cancer screening guidelines

    UMass Medical School radiologist Gopal R. Vijayaraghavan, MD, MPH, supports the American College of Radiology’s guidelines to start mammograms at age 40 and continue them annually, despite new American Cancer Society recommendations.
    Boston Business Journal

  • 10 - 22 - 15

    State received more than $46M in federal grants for HIV care

    UMass Medical School among recipients who received more than $46 million in federal Ryan White AIDS grants. 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 20 - 15

    Talk Therapy Found to Ease Schizophrenia

    Mary E. Olson, MSW, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, comments on the recent study which found that talk therapy benefits schizophrenia patients and reduces their need for heavy use of antipsychotic drugs.
    New York Times
    Boston Globe
    US News & World Report
    Morning Leger

  • 10 - 19 - 15

    A sun salutation a day may keep the doctor away

    Bei-Hung Chang, ScD, associate professor of quantitative health sciences, comments on a recent study which suggests that training patients to practice deep relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation may lead to fewer doctor’s visits.
    Periodic Post
    The Globe and Mail
    Reuters
    Newsmax

  • 10 - 19 - 15

    Sperm RNAs Transmit Stress

    Oliver J. Rando, MD, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, is quoted in an article about a new study showing that stress can be passed on to offspring via microRNAs found in mice sperm.
    The Scientist

  • 10 - 19 - 15

    UMass works toward new Lyme injection

    Scientists at MassBiologics are developing a pre-exposure prophylaxis that prevents tick-transmitted infection of Lyme disease, a breakthrough that could lead to seasonal prevention against the most common tick-borne infection in North America. The research was presented by Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics and professor of medicine last Friday at the annual meeting of the Infectious Disease Society of America in San Diego. Dr. Klempner was quoted in the article.
    The Herald News
    Taunton Daily Gazette
    Evening Standard
    Celeb Café 
    NBC News
    WBUR CommonHealth
    Boston Herald
    Boston Business Journal

  • 10 - 18 - 15

    New hope vs. AIDS virus

    In a pair of studies published in Nature by Jeremy Luban, MD, the David J. Freelander Professor in AIDS Research and professor of molecular medicine and Heinrich Gottlinger, MD, PhD, professor of molecular, cell & cancer biology, have identified genes that disable HIV-1, suggesting a promising new strategy for battling the virus that causes AIDS.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    WCVB Channel 5
    Boston Herald
    WBZ Radio
    WBUR Radio
    Worcester News Tonight
    Masslive
    News Medical
    Worcester Magazine
    MedExpress

  • 10 - 17 - 15

    November Project literally takes steps for fitness in Worcester

    UMass Med School students take part in the November Project at Fitton Field at the College of the Holy Cross. Medical students Ivan Zvonar, SOM ‘19 and Valerie Valant, SOM ’17 are quoted in the article. 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 15 - 15

    Bottle service: 5 ways to alleviate fussy feedings

    Jenifer R. Lightdale, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics, offers suggestions for a smoother feeding process for fussy babies.
    Las Vegas Review

  • 10 - 13 - 15

    Medical director appointed to oversee complex DCF cases

    The Department of Children and Families (DCF) announced a major milestone in its mission to keep kids safe and implement system-wide reforms by hiring the department’s first full-time Medical Director, Dr. Linda Sagor, as well as an Ombudsman and Director of Strategic Planning.
    Boston Globe
    WCVB
    WHDH
    WBZ
    Worcester Telegram
    Masslive

  • 10 - 09 - 15

    Researchers develop tattle-tale pills for medication compliance

    Researchers at UMass Medical School will soon begin a pilot study to explore how a new digital pill would allow doctors to monitor in real-time if patients are taking their medicine as prescribed—a major health care problem in the United States.  Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, was quoted in the story. 
    Boston Magazine
    World Magazine

  • 10 - 09 - 15

    Skin Cancer Rates Higher in Gay, Bisexual Men

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, co-authored an editorial about a new study in JAMA Dermatology that indicates gay and bisexual men are using tanning beds more frequently and reporting higher rates of skin cancer than heterosexual men.
    Cancer Network

  • 10 - 07 - 15

    Fertility ‘on/off switch’ may spark male birth control pill

    George B. Witman, PhD, professor of cell and development biology, is quoted in an article about the development of a male birth control pill.
    Boston Herald

  • 10 - 07 - 15

    How Do I Help a Loved One Lose Weight?

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, suggests ways to address a loved one’s weight issue.
    Yahoo News

  • 10 - 07 - 15

    Is Your Refrigerator Running? No, Really, You Won a Nobel Prize

    Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology, recalls receiving the phone call 8 years ago informing him he had won the Nobel Prize in Medicine.
    Wall Street Journal

  • 10 - 07 - 15

    'They Put a Price on My Life': Cost of Cystic Fibrosis Drugs Is Sky-High

    Brian P O'Sullivan MD, professor of pediatrics, talks to NBC news about the high cost of developmental drugs. 
    NBC News

  • 10 - 07 - 15

    UMass Med School to share $20M Ebola prevention grant

    UMass Medical School and its partners at Boston Children’s Hospital and other academic medical centers have been awarded $20 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand their efforts toward preventing another outbreak of Ebola or other highly contagious virus in Liberia. 
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 06 - 15

    UMass Medical School receives $20 million grant to help prevent another Ebola outbreak in Liberia

    UMass Medical School and its partners at Boston Children’s Hospital and other academic medical centers have been awarded $20 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand their efforts toward preventing another outbreak of Ebola or other highly contagious virus in Liberia.
    Masslive
    Worcester Business Journal

  • 10 - 04 - 15

    Super or not, lice make parents squirm

    Angela L. Beeler, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics, talks about alternative ways of getting rid of head-lice without using over-the-counter medications.
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 10 - 03 - 15

    For state’s Gateway Cities, a long-awaited rebound

    An article about Fall River’s economic recovery mentions the MassBiologics SouthCoast facility in the Life Science and Technology Park, which will be used to develop gene therapy drugs for Parkinson’s disease and other illnesses.
    Boston Globe

  • 10 - 01 - 15

    How to go from couch potato to sports spud

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in an article about making lifestyle changes to include more exercise.
    Chicago Tribune

  • 10 - 01 - 15

    UMass Medical School shares $29m grant to aid rural health care

    UMass Medical School, in partnership with UConn Health Center, created one of the 39 health care collaborative networks selected for funding in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, announced Sept. 29 by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.
    Worcester Business Journal
    Boston Globe
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette