News Makers 2015

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  • 12 - 31 - 15

    Worcester, Boston tie for 2016 first-born baby honors

    The first baby of 2016, Carmelita Skaza, was born at 12:02 a.m. to Vanessa Skaza and RJ Skazaat at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    MassLive

    WCVB-TV

    Worcester Magazine

    WBZ-TV

    Boston Herald

  • 12 - 30 - 15

    Can Meditation Gadgets Help You Reduce Your Stress—and Find Happiness?

    Judson A. Brewer, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, weighs in on the recent development of consumer electronic devices being marketed to help people mediate and how they differ from the devices used in clinical research.

    Wall Street Journal

  • 12 - 30 - 15

    It's official: ​What a man eats affects the quality of his sperm

    A new study by Oliver J. Rando, MD, PhD, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, shows that a high fat or low protein die can affect levels of tRNAs fragments in sperm that can regulate expression of gene transcriptions.

    Western Daily Press

  • 12 - 30 - 15

    People of the Year: The Fight Against the Drug Epidemic

    A look at how area organizations such as UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care are working to solve the opioid crisis includes comments from Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, as well as Michael Hunter, deputy chief of EMS at UMass Memorial Health Care.

    Worcester Magazine

  • 12 - 29 - 15

    NSF Grant Funds Infrastructure to Store Sensitive Health Data

    New technology being developed by computer scientists at UMass Lowell will be pilot tested by researchers at UMass Medical School in an effort to improve the lives of obese and overweight patients by helping them more accurately record caloric intake. Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is the principal investigator on the project at the medical school. Barbara Olendzki, RD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine, will act as a clinical collaborator with the team from UMass Lowell.

    Health Data Management

    Information Management

  • 12 - 29 - 15

    Patient-Reported Outcomes: The Impact on Research and Engagement

    David Ayers, MD, chair and professor of orthopedics and physical rehabilitation, explains how patient reported outcomes, such as the Function and Outcomes Research for Comparative Effectiveness in Total Joint Replacement (FORCE-TJR), are being used to improve patient outcome.

    Health Leaders Media

  • 12 - 29 - 15

    UMass sites partner to create cyberinfrastructure, pilot diet tracking tool

    New technology being developed by computer scientists at UMass Lowell will be pilot tested by researchers at UMass Medical School in an effort to improve the lives of obese and overweight patients by helping them more accurately record caloric intake. Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is the principal investigator on the project at the medical school. Barbara Olendzki, RD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine, will act as a clinical collaborator with the team from UMass Lowell.

    CMIO

  • 12 - 26 - 15

    Top business stories in 2015 include mergers, health care costs, management changes, new development

    A look back on the top business stories in 2015 includes comments from Eric W. Dickson, MD, MHCM, FACEP, senior associate dean, professor of emergency medicine and president and chief executive officer at UMass Memorial Health Care, about the health care system’s partnership with Carewell Urgent Care Centers of Massachusetts.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 12 - 26 - 15

    Williams named to Elder Services Worcester board

    Karen Williams, MSW, senior director of disability and community Services, has been named to the Elder Services of Worcester Area Inc. board of directors.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 12 - 22 - 15

    New program targets growing problem of newborns exposed to drugs

    UMass Memorial Medical Center is one of three hospitals participating in a Department of Public Health program to treat infants exposed to opioids in utero and to improve addiction treatment for pregnant and postpartum women.

    WWLP-TV 22 Springfield

  • 12 - 22 - 15

    Prison Study to Focus on Substance Use and Hepatitis C Treatments

    UMass Memorial Medical Center is one of three hospitals participating in a Department of Public Health program to treat infants exposed to opioids in utero and to improve addiction treatment for pregnant and postpartum women.

    WWLP-TV 22 Springfield

  • 12 - 20 - 15

    ViewHIV reveals new phase of HIV infection

    Abraham L. Brass, MD, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology & physiological systems, has identified a new life cycle stage in HIV infection, thanks to a novel technique he developed to take images of intact infected cells.

    International Business Times

    HCPLive

    Drug Discovery & Development

  • 12 - 19 - 15

    Four ways to reduce hospital readmissions

    Anita Morris, director of practice transformation in the Office of Healthcare Innovation and Quality at Commonwealth Medicine, explains that medical and social complexities can lead some patients to have higher rates of hospital readmissions.

    Managed Healthcare

  • 12 - 17 - 15

    A New, Effective Approach to Giant Cell Arteritis

    Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, reports from the 2015 American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting about new research on giant cell arteritis.

    Medscape

  • 12 - 17 - 15

    Gun buyback sees large number of weapons

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, praises the impact of the Goods for Guns buyback program, which is in its 14th year.

    Worcester Magazine

  • 12 - 17 - 15

    Holyoke Health Center, Berkshire Medical among state grant recipients

    UMass Memorial Medical Center received two grants from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to study patient utilization of emergency room services.

    MassLive

  • 12 - 17 - 15

    More patients, sicker patients give UMass Memorial Health's bottom line a boost

    Eric W. Dickson, MD, MHCM, FACEP, senior associate dean, professor of emergency medicine and president and chief executive officer at UMass Memorial Health Care, and Sergio Melgar, executive vice president and chief financial officer at UMass Memorial Health Care, discuss the health system’s improving financial status.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 12 - 17 - 15

    Obsessing About Your Diet During the Holidays? Stop

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, advices people not to forgo holiday eating just to strictly adhere to a diet.

    Yahoo News

  • 12 - 16 - 15

    HIV: Scientists Discover New Stage In Its Life Cycle

    Researchers at UMass Medical School have identified a new life cycle stage in HIV infection, thanks to a novel technique they developed to take images of intact infected cells. They've shown that this phase of infection, dubbed intra-nuclear migration, by principal investigator Abraham L. Brass, MD, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology & physiological systems, relies on the human protein CPSF6 to guide the virus through the host cell's nucleus and position it at active genes where it prefers to make its home.

    Headlines & Global News

    News-Medical

    Science World Report

    UMassMedNow

  • 12 - 16 - 15

    Official visit to Worcester spurs hope for UMass-VA clinic

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials met with Chancellor Michael F. Collins and U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern this week, as the VA and UMMS work toward expanding services to veterans in the area.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Worcester Business Journal

    UMassMedNow

  • 12 - 16 - 15

    Teaching medical students to help patients manage their weight, quit smoking

    With a new five-year, $4 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, Judith K. Ockene, PhD, MEd, MA, the Barbara Helen Smith Chair in Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, and co-principal investigator Rashelle Hayes, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, along with colleagues at UMass Medical School, will conduct a randomized controlled trial with 10 medical schools to compare the effectiveness of an enhanced curriculum, called MSWeight, to traditional education for weight management counseling skills.

    UMassMedNow

  • 12 - 15 - 15

    A growing gun buyback effort

    A Worcester Telegram & Gazette editorial praises the Goods for Guns buyback program for reducing gun-related violent crimes in the city.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 12 - 11 - 15

    Hospitals, countries vary widely on optimal C-section rates

    Ellen H. Delpapa, MD, clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, comments on the historical use of C-sections to deliver babies and the factors physicians consider when opting for the surgery.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 12 - 10 - 15

    Chamber keynote: UMass president touts strength of system for Worcester

    University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan called UMass Medical School the “crown jewel” of the system during his keynote address at the 140th annual meeting of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    MassLive

  • 12 - 10 - 15

    Downtown Worcester apartment complex gets $40M-plus loan

    A story about the development of a new apartment complex in downtown Worcester references UMass Memorial Health Care’s desire to move 500 IT employees downtown.

    Worcester Magazine

  • 12 - 10 - 15

    Officials prepare for gun buyback program tomorrow

    Michael P. Hirsh, MD, professor of pediatric surgery, chief of pediatric surgery & trauma and Worcester’s interim commissioner of public health, praises the impact of the Goods for Guns buyback program, which is in its 14th year.

    Worcester Magazine

    MassLive

  • 12 - 09 - 15

    Gov. Charlie Baker to deliver commencement address at UMass Medical School

    Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver the 43rd commencement address at UMass Medical School on Sunday, June 5, 2016.

    Worcester Magazine

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 12 - 09 - 15

    William Campbell loves worms. And they won him a Nobel Prize

    Heidi L. Smith, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, explains how working with William Campbell as an undergrad convinced her to become an infectious disease investigator.

    STAT

  • 12 - 08 - 15

    FDA Recommendations on Fibroid Surgical Tool Are 'Irresponsible,' Leading Physicians Say

    Leslie S. Bradford, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, comments on the appropriate use of power morcellators to treat uterine fibroids.

    Newsweek

  • 12 - 08 - 15

    Relying on psychiatric testimony, Chism defense rests its case

    Yael Dvir, MD, assistant professor psychiatry, testifies as an expert witness at the trial of Philip Chism, 16, who is accused of killing Danvers High School math teacher Colleen Ritzer.

    Gloucester Times

  • 12 - 07 - 15

    ADHD Diagnoses On the Rise, Especially Among Girls and Hispanics

    Eric Mick, ScD, associate professor of quantitative health sciences, comments on the increased rates of diagnosis for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in kids.  

    Newsweek

  • 12 - 07 - 15

    An Update on Biosimilars

    Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, reports from the 2015 American College of Rheumatology annual scientific meeting on the development of new biosimilar agents—copies of adalimumab, etanercept, and infliximab—that are getting ready for marketing approval by regulatory agencies.

    MedScape

  • 12 - 07 - 15

    Matters Of The Mind: Support Program Helps Siblings Of Mental Health Patients

    Emily Rubin, MA, a lecturer in psychiatry, talks about the Sibling Support Program at the medical school’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, which she developed to provide support to the siblings of children who receive in-patient psychiatric care.

    WBZ-TV

  • 12 - 07 - 15

    Private Twitter Weight Loss Groups Works for Dieters

    Research by Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, shows that private Twitter weight-loss groups are a feasible, effective and acceptable way to provide an alternative means of weight-loss counseling to people who are social media users.

    eMaxHealth

  • 12 - 06 - 15

    New Treatment Data for Inflammatory Arthritis

    Jonathan Kay, MD, professor of medicine, highlights new research about therapies for inflammatory arthritis presented at the 2015 American College of Rheumatology annual scientific meeting.

    MedScape

  • 12 - 05 - 15

    UMass Memorial wrestles with federal tasks to reduce spending, improve health care

    UMass Memorial Health Care is expanding part of its “population health” effort by extending the reach of UMass Memorial Accountable Care Organization, a network of hospitals, doctors and other providers established to care for certain Medicare patients. Under an agreement with the federal government, if UMass Memorial can reduce spending on the Medicare patients by about $6 million this year, it will get to keep about half, or $3 million, of the money.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 12 - 02 - 15

    New discovery could hold key to HIV cure

    In a pair of studies published in Nature 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.

    World Magazine

  • 12 - 01 - 15

    Boston is on the verge of remarkable breakthroughs for our toughest medical conditions

    David D. McManus, MD, associate professor of medicine, talks about developing and testing wearable devices capable of monitoring heart patients for disease-related complications.

    Boston Globe

  • 12 - 01 - 15

    Epigenetics: The genome unwrapped

    A story on the difficulty of decoding epigenetic mechanisms references a recent study by René Maehr, PhD, assistant professor of molecular medicine, that uses a CRISPR/Cas9 system to interrogate epigenetic regulations. 

    Nature

  • 12 - 01 - 15

    Why Dogs Are Some Scientists’ New Best Friends

    A new study by Elinor Karlsson, PhD, assistant professor of molecular medicine and a member of the Program in Bioinformatics & Integrative Biology, is examining the DNA of a wide range of dog breeds in hopes of eventually improving medical treatments for humans.

    The Wall Street Journal

    New England Public Radio

    Health Aim

    Fox News

    GenomeWeb

    Huffington Post

    LocalNews7.com

    UMassMedNow

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