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.
According to Leslie R. Harrold, MD, MPH, associate professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, of 667 patients enrolled in the Corrona RA Registry who had failed at least one tumor necrosis factor inhibitor and were subsequently given rituximab, nearly 50 percent showed clinically meaningful improvements.
Miguel Sena-Esteves, PhD, associate professor of neurology, said he is seeking approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to test a gene therapy treatment for Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff diseases, genetic disorders in a category known as lysosomal storage diseases.
UMass Medical School and UMass Medicine Science Park are referenced in an article about the Worcester manufacturing economy and its biotechnology industry.
Patricia Franklin, MD, MBA, MPH, professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, explains that obese patients who underwent knee or hip replacement surgery reported virtually the same pain relief and improved function as normal-weight joint replacement patients six months after surgery.
Kavita M. Babu, MD, professor of emergency medicine and chief of the toxicology, said that among adult patients who came to the emergency room after being revived from a heroin overdose, nearly all had fentanyl in their urine. When asked, roughly half of the patients did not know they had taken fentanyl, according to her study.
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.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for childhood cancers, awarded Jie Song, PhD, associate professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation, an innovation grant for $250,000 over two years. Dr. Song is working on 3-D printed bone grafts for pediatric skeletal reconstruction.
Robert Layne, director of outreach programs, is quoted in a story about the High School Health Careers Program held every summer at the medical school.
Missouri's largest retirement system for government workers is partnering with Commonwealth Medicine to enhance the disability certification process for about 60,000 former and current government employees.
Christina R. Hermos, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, was quoted in a story about parents concerned about lyme disease who are asking pediatricians for antibiotic treatments that may not be necessary.
A story about the biological impact of storytelling references research by Thomas Houston II, MD, MPH, professor of quantitative health sciences and medicine, which found that videos of hypertension patients talking about their medical histories helped another group of patients with high blood pressure to control their condition over several months.
A team led by Gang Han, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, has designed a human protein-based, tumor-targeting magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast that can be easily cleared by the body.
A mouse model developed by Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, the Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair and professor of neurology, was referenced in an article about new ALS research.
Gregory Orlowski, MD/PhD student, is quoted in an article about a new study that found a potential drug target for particle-driven diseases like gout.
Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Tasmina Hydery, PharmD, MBA, CGP, clinical consulting pharmacist, are quoted in a story about a $3 million gift from the Remillard Family to establish a community service fund at the medical school.
A letter to the editor by Jeffrey L. Geller, MD, MPH, professor of psychiatry, argues that addiction should be considered and treated like a brain disease, like other mental illnesses.
David S. Hatem, MD, professor of medicine, was one of five outstanding University of Massachusetts faculty members awarded the 2017 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching for exemplary dedication to students and the university.