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  • January 27, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    If you were diagnosed some years ago with hypertension – high blood pressure – you might just want to have another conversation with your doctor.

    If you have been told you are “pre-hypertensive,” you might also want to talk to your doctor.

    Not all that long ago, you were considered to be healthy or “normal” if your blood pressure measured 120/80 to 139/89 – nothing to worry about unless that last reading went higher. We may not have changed, but the standard way the medical world uses to evaluate us has. 

  • January 26, 2016 - CBSNews

     

    Stephen Bird, MD, Emergency Medicine, notes in the article that some epidemiological studies show people over 55 have a greater risk of heart attack than those under. But it probably has to do with conditioning. 

     

  • January 26, 2016 - CBSNews

     

    Stephen Bird, MD, Emergency Medicine, notes in the article that some epidemiological studies show people over 55 have a greater risk of heart attack than those under. But it probably has to do with conditioning. 

     

  • January 19, 2016 - Worcester Business Journal

    Worcester isn't one of those industrial cities that is dependent on one employer for a majority of its jobs, but, still, when the city's and the region's largest employer is trending in a positive direction, the city and the region stand to benefit.

    In early January, UMass Memorial Health Care got some very positive news from a couple of rating agencies – Fitch Ratings and Moody's – saying they were returning the No. 1 local employer, which has some 13,000 workers, to an investment-grade status. The upgrade is happening three years after UMass Memorial had been downgraded based on shaky financials, declining patient volumes and investor wariness about its operations.

  • January 11, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

    Two agencies released positive credit ratings for UMass Memorial Health Care Inc. this week, leaving the hospital system poised to save millions of dollars in borrowing costs as it prepares to sell $177 million in bonds.

    Fitch Ratings gave UMass Memorial an A- rating, and Moody’s Investors Service raised its rating on UMass Memorial to Baa3 from Ba1. Both new ratings are just above levels for highly speculative, or “junk,” investments.

  • January 11, 2016 - Sentinel & Enterprise

    Pat Read can't remember what it felt like when, at age 19, she suffered a fall that gave her a concussion, but she will never forget the ripple effect it had on the rest of her life. 

    Instant symptoms, like extreme fatigue, faded over time, but basic planning and organizational skills that had once seemed easy no longer did. 

    "I was in my late 30s when I read an article about post-concussive syndrome. As I went through it, I realized I was experiencing just about every single symptom," said the Ashby resident.

  • January 9, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the use of the narcotic painkiller OxyContin for children as young as 11 in August amid a national opioid crisis has been met with harsh criticism from lawmakers and public officials who allege the agency used “flawed methodology” to arrive at its decision.

    As a result, there is a call for the agency to reconsider its decision.

    Some addiction specialists say they are concerned the decision will encourage the expanded use of opioids among the young, a population at an even greater risk of addiction.