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  • September 15, 2015 - Telegram & Gazette

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    Instead of using it to rid their hands of germs, some children are drinking ethanol hand sanitizer to get a buzz. Through Aug. 31 of this year there have been 227 calls in Massachusetts – 34 in Central Massachusetts - to the Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention regarding ingestion of ethanol-based hand sanitizer by people under the age of 20. Some hand sanitizers contain an ammonium compound instead of ethanol.

  • September 2, 2015 - Telegram & Gazette

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    Americans are getting older and heavier - and both trends are trouble for the country's knees.

    The rate of total knee replacements almost doubled from 2000 to 2010 for Americans over 45, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control, while the average age of patients decreased by more than two years, to 66.2.

  • August 21, 2015 - Telegram & Gazette

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    Even before Wanda Boone was handed the brochure that described the minimally invasive procedure that would circumvent the bulge — an aneurysm — in her thoracic and abdominal aorta as well as the risks involved, she knew she would go ahead with it. The 55-year-old Springfield resident already knew that the odds strongly favored her dying if that aneurysm should burst.

  • July 27, 2015 - The Boston Globe

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    UMass Memorial Health Care will spend $700 million over the next decade to upgrade its patient records and information technology systems, its chief executive, Dr. Eric W. Dickson, said Monday.

    Central Massachusetts’ largest health network has agreed to buy clinical and billing software programs from Epic Systems Corp. of Verona, Wis., the country’s biggest vendor of electronic health record systems, Dickson told the Globe.

  • July 25, 2015 - Telegram & Gazette

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    WORCESTER - Dr. Roula N. Choueiri, chief of the Division of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center, doesn't want toddlers to wait. Getting a diagnosis of autism confirmed and starting intervention as soon as possible can significantly reduce the severity of the disorder and improve a child's chances for healthy development.

    But it can take months to get an appointment for an in-depth evaluation in the Worcester area and up to a year or more in Boston, Dr. Choueiri said. Parents and health care providers are more aware of autism now and there's less stigma associated with it, so more children than before are being referred.

  • July 22, 2015 - Health Affairs Blog

    Mary (not her real name) is an elementary school student with moderate to severe asthma. She struggles to manage her condition and uses her rescue inhaler frequently. Mary’s mother is concerned about several problems in their apartment, including an unresolved pest infestation and bedbugs. As Mary’s pediatrician learned during a recent appointment, the family faces eviction for non-payment of rent.

    Stories like Mary’s are common in Worcester, Massachusetts, where more than one in ten children suffer from asthma. Kids with uncontrolled asthma have poor health and development, and they miss a large number of school days. Many of these children live in low-income neighborhoods where substandard housing conditions—such as mold, pests, and lack of heat—often exacerbate asthma symptoms.

  • July 20, 2015 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health Care is entering the growing field of virtual doctors' visits, agreeing to a deal with a Minneapolis-based company to provide online diagnosis and treatment, the company, Zipnosis, said Monday.

    The system will focus on common medical conditions, such as sinus infections, colds, flu, female bladder infections and pink eye, according to a statement from privately-held Zipnosis.