News Makers 2016

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  • 09 - 30 - 16

    Researchers Reveal How Dangerous Intestinal Toxin Enters Cells

    Abraham Brass, MD, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology & physiological systems, is part of a team of scientists using CRISPR/Cas9 to identify new genetic targets to treat Clostridium difficile.

    Bioscience Technology

  • 09 - 29 - 16

    Protecting athletes

    An editorial about youth athletes suffering injuries from the repetitive strain of focusing on one sport or not taking time off to rest properly includes comments from  Brian D. Busconi, MD, associate professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation.

    Cape Cod Times

  • 09 - 29 - 16

    UMass Researchers Studying use of Drones in Mass Casualty Events

    John Broach, MD, MPH, assistant professor of emergency medicine and director of disaster medicine and emergency management, comments on a planned city-wide disaster drill.

    Inside Unmanned Systems

  • 09 - 27 - 16

    Kratom Drug Ban May Cripple Promising Painkiller Research

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, and Kavita Babu, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, explain how kratom is being studied by researchers to treat opioid addiction.

    Scientific American

  • 09 - 26 - 16

    Here’s how you can get the first-ever Mass. license plate to help ALS research and care

    A new  specialty license plate in Massachusetts will benefit ALS ONE, a nonprofit partnership between experts at UMass Medical School, Mass. General Hospital, and Compassionate Care ALS.

    MassLive.com

  • 09 - 25 - 16

    UMass biotech park gets renovations, new tenants

    James B. Leary, JD, vice chancellor for community and government relations, and Paulette M. Nicoliello, director of property services, talk about investments the medical school has made to the UMass Medicine Science Park since its purchase in 2013.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 23 - 16

    UMass invites pediatric cancer survivor to award ceremony

    Wen Xue, PhD, assistant professor in the RNA Therapeutics Institute, accepted a $250,000 grant on Friday, Sept. 23, from the Hyundai Motor America Hope on Wheels campaign to continue his work toward improving care and treatment options for children and adults with liver cancer.

    MassLive.com

  • 09 - 22 - 16

    Editorial: Should Jimmy Play? Or Jane? - It's a question that goes far beyond just the Patriots quarterback

    An editorial about youth athletes suffering injuries from the repetitive strain of focusing on one sport or not taking time off to rest properly includes comments from Brian D. Busconi, MD, associate professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 21 - 16

    Songs for Hope benefit looks to raise awareness about suicide prevention

    Barry Feldman, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, comments in a story about Songs For Hope, a concert in Worcester to benefit the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.

    MassLive.com

  • 09 - 20 - 16

    This is just a drill; Simulated disaster training at DCU Center on Tuesday

    John Broach, MD, MPH, assistant professor of emergency medicine and director of disaster medicine and emergency management, comments on a planned city-wide disaster drill.

    MassLive.com

    WBZ-TV

    Worcester Magazine

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Boston Globe

  • 09 - 19 - 16

    Brain’s immune cells may only play bit part in Rett syndrome

    A new study by Dorothy P. Schafer, PhD, assistant professor of neurobiology, suggest microglia may not play a role in onset of Rett syndrome.

    Spectrum News

  • 09 - 19 - 16

    Fitness trackers can backfire when it comes to weight loss

    Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, comments on the appropriate use of fitness trackers to manage and lose weight.

    The Verge

  • 09 - 19 - 16

    Health profile: Dr. Judson Brewer

    Judson A. Brewer, MD, PhD,  associate professor of medicine, talks about his research on mindfulness and health.

    Worcester Business Journal

  • 09 - 19 - 16

    Why banning the opiate-like plant kratom might do more harm than good

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, explains how kratom is being studied by researchers to treat opioid addiction.

    The Verge

  • 09 - 17 - 16

    Program keeps a parent at home, saves the government money

    Sarah McGee, MD, MPH, clinical associate professor of medicine, is quoted in a story about a state program that helps family members keep elders and the disabled living in the home.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 17 - 16

    Rejecting opioids, pain patients find relief with marijuana

    Alan Ehrlich, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, comments in a story about using medical marijuana to treat chronic pain.

    Boston Globe

  • 09 - 16 - 16

    Myth vs. Fact: Not always a straight path when treating depression

    An op-ed co-written by Jeffrey Geller, MD MPH, professor of psychiatry, tackles the issue of treating major depression.

    Brattleboro Reformer

  • 09 - 15 - 16

    Mindful eating app, program helps curb snacking

    Judson A. Brewer, MD, PhD,  associate professor of medicine, explains how a new mindfulness app he developed can help patients curb stress eating.

    WCVB-TV

  • 09 - 15 - 16

    This is only a test; DCU Center to host simulated disaster training

    John Broach, MD, MPH, assistant professor of emergency medicine and director of disaster medicine and emergency management, comments on a planned city-wide disaster drill.

    MassLive.com

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 15 - 16

    UMass Medical School kicks off $250M fundraising campaign

    UMass Medical School launches Pathways to Promise, a $250 million fundraising campaign to support teaching and research at the medical school.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 14 - 16

    Alcohol's Toll on the Heart: Bigger, Not Better

    A study by David D. McManus, MD, associate professor of medicine, found that drinking alcohol, even in moderate amounts, may increase the size of the heart's left atrium and is linked to atrial fibrillation.

    LiveScience.com

    Cardiovascular Business

  • 09 - 14 - 16

    Reducing the Painkiller Supply Could Make America's Opioid Problem Even Deadlier

    Stephen Martin, MD, associate professor of family medicine & community health, comments on new CDC guidelines for safe opioid prescribing.

    VICE

  • 09 - 13 - 16

    Banning a Promising Cure for Opioid Addiction Is a Bad Idea

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, explains how kratom is being studied by researchers to treat opioid addiction.

    Wired

  • 09 - 11 - 16

    Will a device approach to obesity work

    Kanishka Bhattacharya, MD, assistant professor of medicine, talks about treating obesity with lifestyle modification and an exercise regimen, in addition to surgery.

    MedCity News

  • 09 - 08 - 16

    Raising an alarm, doctors fight to yank hospital ICUs into the modern era

    Craig M. Lilly, MD, professor of medicine, says that telemedicine and new technologies can help improve and coordinate care in intensive care units.

    STAT News

    PBS Newshour

  • 09 - 08 - 16

    What to consider when you’re thinking about jobs

    Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD,  assistant dean of career and professional development and assistant professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, talks about career and professional development for PhD students in the biomedical field.

    Science

  • 09 - 08 - 16

    Woman dedicates 30 years to helping people with disabilities find jobs

    Kathy Petkauskos, senior program director for Work Without Limits, is featured on NewsCenter 5's latest "5 For Good” for her efforts with  Work Without Limits and her mentoring of 31-year-old Megan Northup.

    WCVB-TV Boston

  • 09 - 06 - 16

    WPI student from Longmeadow takes on cancer research at UMass Medical School

    April Solon, who spent 10 weeks at the Castilla Lab researching the effects and interaction of different drugs used to treat acute myeloid leukemia, has received a grant from Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.

    MassLive

  • 09 - 04 - 16

    CRISPR and the capitalists

    Erik J. Sontheimer, PhD, professor of the RNA Therapeutics Institute, is quoted in an op-ed about the clinical potential of CRISPR.

    Boston Globe

  • 09 - 04 - 16

    Schools an 'untapped resource' in childhood obesity battle

    Wenjun Li, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is quoted in a story about childhood obesity.

    Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  • 09 - 03 - 16

    Taking Multiple Meds Can Trigger Dangerous Drug Interactions

    Jerry H. Gurwitz, MD, professor of medicine, talks about the “prescribing cascade” and how to prevent it.

    Consumer Reports

  • 09 - 01 - 16

    6 Types of Applicants Who Would Benefit from a Postbaccalaureate Program

    UMass Medical School is mentioned in a story about how applicants who struggle on the MCAT may want to consider a postbac program.

    U.S. News & World Report

  • 09 - 01 - 16

    Ketum growing plans face US shears

    Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, describes the active ingredient in ketum or kratom, a sedative that produces opioid-like effects.

    FMT News

    Digital Journal

    STAT News

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