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06 - 29 - 17
Biogen's Push For Newborn Screening Aims To Boost Reach Of Drug For Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Anne Marie Comeau, PhD, deputy director of the New England Newborn Screening Program and professor of pediatrics, is quoted in a story about the Massachusetts Department of Public Health launching a pilot program to screen newborns for spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, a rare but often fatal disease.
06 - 29 - 17
C. Diff Infections Are Falling, Thanks To Better Cleaning And Fewer Antibiotics
John P. Haran, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, is quoted in a story about the declining cases of Clostridium difficile infections in health care facilities.
06 - 29 - 17
Communication between neighboring cells triggers autophagy
A study by Eric H. Baehrecke, PhD, professor of molecular, cell & cancer biology, found that an immune-related protein deployed between neighboring cells in Drosophila plays an essential role in the cell degradation process known as autophagy.
06 - 25 - 17
Wall & Main: UMass Medical School’s $1.6 billion economic contribution
James B. Leary, JD, vice chancellor for community & government relations, is quoted in an article about UMass Medical School’s contribution to the local and state economy.
06 - 23 - 17
Editorial: An eye to the future - Massachusetts should join the rest of the country in expanding scope of optometrist practice
Shlomit Schaal. MD, PhD, chair and professor of ophthalmology, is referenced in an editorial about new legislation over who can treat glaucoma as well as minor eye infections – optometrists or ophthalmologists.
06 - 21 - 17
CT report: Community health workers have positive ROI
A report by Katharine London, MS, principal consultant; Kelly Love, senior policy analyst; and Roosa Tikkanen, policy analyst, at the Center for Health Law and Economics for the Connecticut Health Foundation found Connecticut health care organizations that hire community health workers could improve the health of high-need patients with asthma, diabetes and other chronic conditions while also saving money, according to an analysis released by the Connecticut Health Foundation.
06 - 19 - 17
Baker to unveil $500 million life sciences initiative
UMass Medical School and the Sherman Center are referenced in a story about Gov. Baker’s proposed $500 million extension of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.
06 - 17 - 17
Combatting drug deaths: ‘Safer’ injection sites pushed
Dennis M. Dimitri, MD, vice chair and clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health, explains how supervised injection facilities could help get people with substance use disorders into treatment.
06 - 16 - 17
‘Positive comments’ on washers, dryers in Worcester schools
UMass Medical School will help finance the addition of clothes washers and dryers to select Worcester Public Schools.
06 - 12 - 17
Bitter taste receptors may help prevent preterm labour contractions
Research by Ronghua ZhuGe, PhD, associate professor of microbiology & physiological systems, found bitter taste receptors on the uterine wall, suggesting they may play a part in preterm labor.
06 - 12 - 17
New Autism Drug Shows Promising Results
Andrew Walter Zimmerman, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, comments on a promising new drug for ASD.
06 - 09 - 17
UMass won 58 patents in 2016, ranking 36th worldwide
UMass Medical School received 32 patents in 2016, leading the five-campus system.
06 - 07 - 17
Lyme Disease Prevention Drug In Development At UMass Medical School
Mark Klempner, MD, executive vice chancellor for MassBiologics of UMass Medical School and professor of medicine, explains how scientists at MassBiologics are developing a pre-exposure prophylaxis that prevents tick-transmitted Lyme disease infection, a breakthrough that could lead to seasonal prevention against the most common tick-borne infection in North America.
06 - 04 - 17
Doctor calls on UMass Med School grads to find contribution
UMMS awarded 253 degrees at its 44th annual commencement exercises. Chancellor Michael F. Collins and graduating School of Medicine students Kasey Hebert, MD; Joseph Young, MD; Tyler Mehegan, MD; Alexander Boardman, MD; Brian Quattrochi, MD, PhD; and Graduating School of Nursing students Naomi Pappas, MS, and Anthony Bueno, MS, were quoted in the story.
06 - 01 - 17
Worcester schools add laundry to its offerings
UMMS will help finance the addition of clothes washers and dryers to select Worcester Public Schools. Kola Akindele, senior director of community and government relations, was quoted in the story.
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