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16 Things You Need to Know About Taking Antidepressants During Pregnancy
Here's what every woman of baby-making age needs to know about taking antidepressants during pregnancy, according to existing data and Nancy Byatt, DO, a physician and associate professor of psychiatry, obstetrics, and gynecology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Read the article in the November 16 Cosmopolitan.
UMMS raises flags for National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Week
On Wednesday, September 7th, four hundred flags representing the more than 40,000 deaths from suicide annually in the United States were raised at UMass Medical School. Read the story in the September 8 UMassMed Now.
New York Times tests online sleep training program developed by UMMS sleep expert
An online cognitive behavioral therapy program for insomnia co-developed by UMass Medical School sleep medicine specialist Gregg Jacobs, PhD, was put to the test by a New York Times Well columnist, who reported on her experience in an Aug. 16 story. Read about it in the August 17 UMassMed Now.
Alan Brown MD City Hall forum in Worcester discusses opioid crisis
Dr. Alan P. Brown, clinical professor of psychiatry at UMass Medical School, participates in a panel discussion regarding the successes, but also the remaining gaps, in the state's battle against opioid abuse at a forum at City Hall. Read the story in the Worcester Telegram.
Dr. Barry Feldman Dr. Barry Feldman, Director of Psychiatry Programs in Public Safety at UMass Medical School, speaks to a local cable news channel about how first responders cope with tragedies, and the resources available to help them deal with PTSD. See the interview here.
Kristina Deligiannidis MD Kristina Deligiannidis talks to WBZ-TV about new international peripartum depression study
UMass Medical School neuroscientist Kristina Deligiannidis, MD, talked with Dr. Mallika Marshall of WBZ-TV for a health segment about a new international study aimed at determining whether a woman's DNA impacts her risk for peripartum depression, a condition that affects one in eight women. Watch the full segment here.

Symposium addresses Syrian refugee crisis
Hussam Jefee-Bahloul, MD, UMass Medical School assistant professor of psychiatry, took to the podium to address the effects of armed conflict on mental health in Syrian refugees at the University of Buffalo's "Syrian Refugees: Buffalo Responds" public symposium. He noted that the majority of mental health manifestations in Syrian refugees are related to either exacerbations of pre-existing mental disorders, or prompted by conflict-related violence and displacement. Read more.
UMMS tobacco prevention experts encouraged by FDA regulations on e-cigarettes
Tobacco prevention and treatment experts at UMass Medical School are applauding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's historic decision to extend its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. The rule prohibits sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18. Read more in UMassMedNow.

New grant to help teens with psychiatric disabilities become successful adults
The transition from teenage years to adulthood is challenging for many young people, but it is far more difficult for people with psychiatric disabilities. Read more on this story in UMassMedNow.
UMMS perinatal expert explains why all mothers should be screened for depression during, after pregnancy
UMass Medical School perinatal depression expert Nancy Byatt, DO, MBA, fully supports the new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation that pregnant and postpartum women be screened for depression. Read the story in UMassMedNow.
Federal grant bolsters Barnstable Drug Court program
David A. Smelson
, PsyD, professor of psychiatry, said a new $1 million grant will provide substance use and mental health services, including dual mental health and addiction therapy, peer support groups, trauma care and vocational and educational support, to about 30 participants who are Cape Cod residents each year. The program is a partnership between the Barnstable Drug Court with UMass Medical School and AdCare Criminal Justice Services. Read the story in Cape Cod Times.