News Makers 2016

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  • 03 - 31 - 16

    Everything you thought you knew about the shape of DNA is wrong

    Job Dekker, PhD, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, co-director of the Program in Systems Biology, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, explains how the shape of our DNA helps to determine gene expression and influences health.

    STAT News

  • 03 - 31 - 16

    Study: Timing matters for hormone therapy

    A story about new research that shows hormone therapy might reduce the risk for heart attacks in women includes a comment from John F. Keaney Jr., MD,  the Mary C. DeFeudis Chair in Biomedical Research, professor of medicine, and chief of cardiovascular medicine, that current guidelines caution against using hormones to try to prevent heart attacks.

    Philadelphia Inquirer

    MedScape.com

  • 03 - 30 - 16

    One-third of Massachusetts' workforce is preparing to retire, UMass Medical is looking to train those who will care for them

    Leanne Winchester, project director, and Jennifer Rosinski, marketing manager, discuss a partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to improve direct care worker training and education.

    MassLive.com

  • 03 - 29 - 16

    “Snowball In A Blizzard:” UMass Doctor On Medical Uncertainty

    In his book, Snowball in a Blizzard: A Physician’s Notes on Uncertainty in Medicine, Steven C. Hatch, MD, assistant professor of medicine, explores medical questions for which definitive answers are not available.

    WBUR Radio Boston

  • 03 - 29 - 16

    Mediterranean diet reported to lower hip fracture risk

    A study by Wenjun Li, PhD, associate professor of medicine and director of the Health Statistics and Geography Lab in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, found that a Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of hip fractures in postmenopausal women.

    Examiner.com

  • 03 - 27 - 16

    M2D2 hosts fifth annual New Venture Competition

    M2D2 hosts 18 companies who pitched new medical innovations at the New Venture Competition. Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of molecular medicine, pediatrics and medicine, and associate provost for global health, was one of the judges for the competition.

    Lowell Sun

  • 03 - 25 - 16

    5 Ways Meditation Improves Your Life

    Judson A. Brewer, MD, PhD,  associate professor of medicine, explains that scientific evidence in randomized, controlled trials shows how mindfulness changes your brain. 

    Men's Journal

  • 03 - 25 - 16

    More Central Mass. schools starting to stock opioid overdose antidote

    Toxicologists Matthew K. Griswold, MD, instructor in emergency medicine, and Peter R. Chai, MD,  instructor of emergency medicine, explain how naloxone, which is used to counteract opioid overdoses, works.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 25 - 16

    Study indicates TB-diabetes link

    A study by Hardy Kornfeld, MD, professor of medicine, suggests that becoming sick with TB can push people from pre-diabetes into a diabetic range of high blood sugar.

    The Hindu

  • 03 - 25 - 16

    This wearable could help combat opioid addiction

    Stephanie Pepper Carreiro, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, explains how biosensors, such as those used on fitness trackers, can help patients in recovery track and predict relapses.

    Business Insider

    Tech Insider

    Hospital & Health Networks

  • 03 - 24 - 16

    Central Mass. health workers, experts optimistic about effect of new opioid legislation

    Matilde Castiel, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine; Dennis Dimitri, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health; and Harmony E. Stratton, MD, are quoted in a story about efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts. The story also references new training programs to educate future prescribers and health care workers about opioid addiction and risks.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 24 - 16

    One man’s desperate quest for a brutal surgery

    An article about using cytoreduction combined with heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy, or HIPEC, for short, to treat cancer tumors found in the abdominal cavity includes comments from Laura A. Lambert, MD, associate professor of surgery.

    STAT News

  • 03 - 23 - 16

    Do standing desks really make workers healthier?

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, said that standing desks might not be any better for your health than sitting and more research is needed.

    Boston.com

    Parent Herald

  • 03 - 23 - 16

    Mass. lawmakers consider single-payer health insurance system

    An article about the possibility that lawmakers may consider a single-payer health insurance system for Massachusetts references a report done by UMass Medical School that found 200,000 Massachusetts residents did not have health coverage in 2015. 

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 23 - 16

    This MGH patient gives birth every 30 minutes — and students take note

    An article about using simulation exercises to educate health care professionals references the Interprofessional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation at UMass Medical School. 

    Boston Business Journal

  • 03 - 23 - 16

    United in their fight against cystic fibrosis, ALS

    An article about ALS patient Kevin Gosnell, founder of ALS Knights and ALS One, references the work of Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, the Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology. 

    Boston Globe

  • 03 - 22 - 16

    Dr. Arthur Pappas, former Red Sox doctor and Auburn benefactor, dies at 84

    Arthur M. Pappas, MD, founding chair and professor of orthopedics, died at 84.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Boston Globe

    Boston Herald

  • 03 - 22 - 16

    JobWatch: Training the Next Generation of PhDs

    Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, talks about how career and professional development is central to successful doctoral training at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UMMS.

    Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News 

  • 03 - 22 - 16

    Mindfulness exercises help troubled teens cope with life

    Carl E. Fulwiler, MD, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, talks about how clinical studies have begun to confirm the benefits of practicing mindfulness for some people.

    San Angelo Standard Times

  • 03 - 19 - 16

    Match Day: UMass Medical School students learn their future

    On Match Day, the School of Medicine Class of 2016 learned where they will begin their careers as doctors, including 58 percent who have chosen primary care specialties.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    MassLive.com

    Worcester News Tonight

    Metro West Daily News

    MedPage Today

  • 03 - 19 - 16

    Researchers reveal link between necrotizing enterocolitis and uropathogenic E. coli

    A study by Doyle Ward, PhD, associate professor of microbiology & physiological systems, describes an association between necrotizing enterocolitis and a subset of E. coli bacteria, called uropathogenic E. coli, that colonize the infant gut.

    News Medical

    GenomeWeb

  • 03 - 19 - 16

    What does binge drinking do to your body?

    A study on binge drinking by Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD,  vice chair and professor of medicine, and associate dean for clinical and translational sciences, which shows that a single episode of binge drinking  can adversely affect your health, is referenced in the article.

    Irish Times

  • 03 - 19 - 16

    World’s First Fast-Acting Anti-Rabies Drug Will Be Launched in India This Year

    The Serum Institute of India and MassBiologics of UMass Medical School have developed a fast-acting monoclonal antibody (RMAb) for rabies that they plan to release this year.

    The Better India

  • 03 - 18 - 16

    Dogs Help Researchers Sniff Out Genetic Factors Of OCD

    Edward Ginns, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, has identified genetic pathways that exacerbate severity of canine compulsive disorder in Doberman pinschers, a discovery that could lead to better therapies for obsessive compulsive disorder in people.

    BioTechniques

  • 03 - 17 - 16

    For Mass. doctors, drug money has little sway

    An article about physicians who routinely received payments or meals from pharmaceutical makers references the UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center policy prohibiting physicians from accepting certain types of gifts from industry representatives.

    Boston Globe

  • 03 - 17 - 16

    Real as a heart attack, almost

    A story about the role of standardized patients in medical education notes that UMass Medical School provides standardized patient services for schools across New England.

    Harvard Gazette

  • 03 - 15 - 16

    Alcohol Behavioral Couple Therapy offered for military families

    David A. Smelson, PsyD, professor of psychiatry, and Elizabeth E. Epstein, PhD, professor of psychiatry, are developing an innovative program for service members and veterans with alcohol related concerns.

    Community Advocate

  • 03 - 15 - 16

    Post-Doc Advocates Issue Reform Agenda

    C. Robert Matthews, PhD, chair and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, and Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, are part of an effort by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to reform the system that trains and sustains recently graduated biomedical research professionals.

    Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

  • 03 - 14 - 16

    Fitbit for Addicts Could Predict Relapse

    Stephanie Pepper Carreiro, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, explains how biosensors, such as those used on fitness trackers, can help patients in recovery track and predict relapses.

    IEEE Spectrum

  • 03 - 12 - 16

    Dr. Steven Hatch investigates the ‘spectrum of certainty’ in ‘Snowball in a Blizzard’

    In his book, Snowball in a Blizzard: A Physician’s Notes on Uncertainty in MedicineSteven C. Hatch, MD, assistant profess or medicine, explores medical questions for which definitive answers are not available.

    Boston Globe

  • 03 - 12 - 16

    Expensive, but effective, asthma treatment not covered by most insurers

    Payam Aghassi, MD, assistant professor of medicine, explains how bronchial thermoplasty can help patients who suffer from asthma but don’t respond to standard treatment.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 11 - 16

    Mindfulness exercises help troubled teens cope with life

    Carl E. Fulwiler, MD, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, talks about how clinical studies have begun to confirm the benefits of practicing mindfulness for some people.

    Redding Record Searchlight

  • 03 - 07 - 16

    The enemy within

    Andrew Walter Zimmerman, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, explains how the immune system may play a role in cases of autism.

    Spectrum News

  • 03 - 06 - 16

    “Innovation Economy” boosts state's output and job growth

    An article about Massachusetts’ growing innovation economy talks about how Worcester benefits from UMass Medical School.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 06 - 16

    Mindfulness exercises from Sheppard Pratt help troubled teens cope with life

    Carl E. Fulwiler, MD, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, talks about how clinical studies have begun to confirm the benefits of practicing mindfulness for some people.

    Baltimore Sun

  • 03 - 06 - 16

    New UMass Medical study examines state's uninsured

    A UMass Medical School study done with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts found that most uninsured individuals in Massachusetts want health coverage, but affordability, eligibility and accessibility are barriers. Lead author Michael K. Chin, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, was quoted in the article.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 06 - 16

    NIH to fund trial of pill to treat lupus owned by Norwood's Corbus Pharmaceuticals

    Corbus Pharmaceuticals is beginning a phase 2 trial of Resunab, a drug discovered by Sumner H. Burstein, PhD, professor emeritus of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, to evaluate its effectiveness for treating patients with the autoimmune disease lupus.

    Boston Business Journal

  • 03 - 06 - 16

    Survey shows more than half of hospital orthopedic programs unprepared for new mandatory joint replacement program

    David Ayers, MD, chair and professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, said a new survey by Function and Outcomes Research for Comparative Effectiveness in Total Joint Replacement (FORCE-TJR) and Wellbe, Inc. revealed that half of hospital orthopedic programs nationwide have reported feeling unprepared for the new Medicare bundled payment model that goes into effect April 1, 2016, and less than 10 percent report being "fully" prepared.

    HealthCareBusiness

    Managed Care Magazine

  • 03 - 06 - 16

    To understand how Zika shrinks a baby’s brain, scientists look to other viruses

    Laura L. Gibson, MD, associate professor of medicine, and Sharone Green, MD, associate professor of medicine, discuss how cytomegalovirus (CMV), can cause microcephaly in babies, and how that may help researchers studying Zika.

    STAT News

  • 03 - 03 - 16

    Understanding How Drosophila’s Brain Maintains Histamine Levels

    Hong-Sheng Li, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology, identified an organic cation transporter, CarT, that is crucial to the recycling of histamine in the brain and the maintenance of healthy vision in fruit flies. Histamine is a neurotransmitter involved in chronic inflammation and pathogenesis in multiple sclerosis, and such a discovery could lead to new ways of stabilizing brain histamine levels and reducing the transmitter’s pathological influence.

    Sleep Review

  • 03 - 01 - 16

    ALS: 15 Crucial Things You Didn’t Know

    A look at amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) references patient services offered and research being done at UMass Medical School.

    PPCORN

  • 03 - 01 - 16

    Could Vibrating Mattress Help Premature Babies Breathe Easier?

    Led by David Paydarfar, MD, vice chair and professor of neurology, a team of scientists and clinicians at UMass Medical School, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, have shown in a clinical trial that a new vibration-based prevention technology reduces apneic events in prematurely born infants.

    KDKA-TV Pittsburgh

  • 03 - 01 - 16

    Hotline helps in postpartum depression battle

    An article about MCPAP for Moms, which provides consultation services for patients suffering from perinatal depression and their clinicians, includes comments from  Nancy Byatt, DO, MBA, assistant professor of psychiatry and obstetrics & gynecology;  Kristina Deligiannidis, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry; and  Tiffany A. Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology and pediatrics and director of the division of research in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 03 - 01 - 16

    Massachusetts uninsured want coverage but face key barriers

    A UMass Medical School study done with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts found that most uninsured individuals in Massachusetts want health coverage, but affordability, eligibility for subsidies and challenges with the application process are key barriers to obtaining a health plan. 

    Fierce Health Payer

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 03 - 01 - 16

    Not just an image: Radiologists boost communication skills

    Carolynn Michelle DeBenedectis, MD, assistant professor of radiology, talks about “Coming Out of the Dark,” a new simulation program that teaches first and fourth-year radiology residents effective communication skills through role-playing.

    SCOPE

  • 03 - 01 - 16

    Senate bill would ban sale of kratom herb to those under 18

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, is quoted in a story about a New Hampshire bill that would restrict the sale of kratom, a Southeast Asian leaf and natural painkiller sometimes used as a substitute for people coping with heroin addiction, which can be just as addictive as opioids.

    SeaCoastOnline

  • 03 - 01 - 16

    Therapeutic Target for Stabilizing Histamine, an Inflammatory Agent in MS, Identified in Fruit Fly Study

    Hong-Sheng Li, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology, identified an organic cation transporter, CarT, that is crucial to the recycling of histamine in the brain and the maintenance of healthy vision in fruit flies. Histamine is a neurotransmitter involved in chronic inflammation and pathogenesis in multiple sclerosis, and such a discovery could lead to new ways of stabilizing brain histamine levels and reducing the transmitter’s pathological influence. 

    Multiple Sclerosis News Today

  • 03 - 01 - 16

    Worcester conference seeks to spotlight prostate cancer risk among black men

    Mitchell Sokoloff, MD, chair and professor of urology, said at a recent community presentation that black men have a 125 percent higher incidence of prostate cancer. 

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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