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January 13, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette
As the city schools make a push to increase vaccination rates, a new measure before the Legislature could help eliminate a controversial exemption used by families to avoid getting their child inoculated.
The bill, H3999, which has garnered support from health care officials in the state, specifically would prevent parents from claiming religious objections as a reason to skip vaccinations, which are otherwise a requirement for students to attend school.
January 9, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette
Four years after the pilot program launched in the city, state treasurer Deborah Goldberg visited Worcester Thursday to promote the rollout of the now-statewide BabySteps college savings program.
The new initiative, which began on Jan. 1, provides a $50 contribution to a college savings plan for every new child born or adopted in the state. Parents just have to check a box on a form provided shortly after the baby’s birth or adoption.
January 2, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette
The first Worcester baby of the 2020s arrived 11 minutes into the decade — and he isn’t the first in his family born on a holiday.
Aaron Jared Jimenez came into the world at 7 pounds, 15 ounces at 12:11 a.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Campus of UMass Memorial Medical Center — the same building his older brother, Argenis, was born on Thanksgiving Day in 2015.
January 2, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette
The American Academy of Dermatology honored UMass Memorial Health Care physician Karen Wiss as a Patient Care Hero for her role in treating Jonathan Gionfriddo, a patient born with an extremely rare skin disease caused by a genetic mutation. Wiss is the director of pediatric dermatology at UMass, where she has worked since 1992, shortly after going to medical school at the University of Texas. Wiss, who is also a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, co-founded the Connecticut location of Camp Discovery, a sleep-away camp for children with chronic skin diseases.
November 26, 2019 - Boston Globe
When Senator Elizabeth Warren released her detailed Medicare for All plan this month, a coalition of insurers, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies denounced it as an unaffordable government takeover that would force Americans to pay more and wait longer for medical care.
But Dr. Eric W. Dickson thought it was the best health care plan he had seen all year.
November 26, 2019 - Boston 25 News
With packed roads and clogged interstates, emergencies can be extra challenging for first responders this week. But there is one way to fly above the traffic and get patients the lifesaving care they need.
Life Flight can cover over a million miles. From the helipad at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Life Flight can be in a place like Cape Cod in 30 minutes.
November 25, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal
As the population in and around Worcester has diversified in recent years, with more newcomers not so fluent in English, the medical community has taken what was once almost an afterthought – interpreter assistance – and made it an essential service.
At UMass Memorial Medical Center’s three Worcester campuses, the number of patients who don’t speak English fluently has rose 22% in the past five years.
Around a third of them, or about 50,000, arrive in the emergency department, when the need to quickly explain symptoms or a course of treatment may be most critical.
November 24, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette
Gregory Alger is not your typical nursing home patient. He’s 36. He hopes to go back to work. And he’s in recovery from substance use disorder, for which he takes buprenorphine, or Suboxone, daily.
Alger was admitted to Worcester Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in May, a skilled nursing facility on Vernon Hill, after a month-and-a-half-long stay at Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital and a hospital admission at UMass Memorial Medical Center.
November 22, 2019 - BiospaceBrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Announces Publication of NurOwn® ALS Phase 2 Randomized Clinical Trial Data in Neurology
BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: BCLI), a leader in the development of innovative autologous cellular therapies for highly debilitating neurodegenerative diseases, today announced publication of “NurOwn Phase 2 Randomized Clinical Trial in ALS: Safety, Clinical and BioMarker Results,” in the international, peer-reviewed journal Neurology:Volume 93, Number 24 (Published ahead of print.)
November 21, 2019 - Mass Live‘Resilience Gives’ Visits UMass Memorial in Sock-covered Airstream to Sell Socks to Benefit Kids Battling Cancer
A sock-covered Airstream trailer pulled onto the UMass Memorial Medical Center university campus in Worcester Thursday morning with one goal – to sell socks to help benefit children battling cancer.
“Resilience Gives,” an organization that raises funds through custom socks, has been touring the country in an Airstream, hitting up different hospitals to both sell socks and give them away to patients.
November 20, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal
Massachusetts tops the country in screening high-risk patients for lung cancer and leads all states in how many lung cancer cases undergo surgery, according to a new report by the American Lung Association.
In Massachusetts, 12.3% of at-risk residents — those who smoke or have smoked, for example — are screened for lung cancer, the association's Nov. 13 report said. That nearly triples the national average of 4.3% and puts Massachusetts among only four states over 10%.
November 11, 2019 - Boston Globe
Since recreational marijuana became legal in Massachusetts three years ago, hospitals have noticed more cases of a rare illness afflicting a small portion of heavy cannabis consumers.
The condition, called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, can be horrific for patients, causing intense abdominal pain, nausea, and days-long vomiting episodes that are strangely relieved by hot showers or baths. The illness can be cured by quitting pot.
November 5, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette
Acknowledging that social, economic, environmental, and behavioral factors account for 80% of health outcomes a community experiences, a group of hospitals, including UMass Memorial Health Care, is pledging more than $700 million to address the root causes of those issues.
UMass is part of the Healthcare Anchor Network, a group of national and regional health care systems, which made the announcement of the funding commitment Tuesday.
November 5, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette
Having given birth to her oldest daughter by natural childbirth, Karen Anderson thought she knew something about pain, but a shingles attack on the right side of her face and scalp was far, far worse than anything she had ever experienced.
“The pain was a throbbing pain like someone had punched me in the face; a burning pain like someone had held a hot flatiron against my face and a stabbing pain like someone was randomly throwing needles at me,” explained the 66-year-old, retired attorney whose second attack of shingles occurred last March.
October 22, 2019 - Mass Live
Trish Jonason gently places a stethoscope against a child’s chest.
She’s recording the soft, steady thumping of a heartbeat to create a song, so very different from the doctors and nurses who frequent the room with medical equipment.
That song, she hopes, will help quell some heartbreak for families who have to endure the gutwrenching loss of a child.
October 18, 2019 - Mass Live`
Trish Jonason is the music therapist at the child life program at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. She treats patients from infancy to early 20s, teaching some how to play instruments. She also records heartbeats to make music for families of dying patients.
October 16, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal
A year after UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester installed a drop-box to safely dispose of opioids, more than 530 pounds of medications have been safely discarded.
Now, the hospital has added a box at its Memorial Campus to go with the first box at its University Campus, the hospital's Opioid Crisis Task Force said in a new annual report.
October 12, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette
Prostate cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer. These are the diseases most men think about when talking to their doctors about preventive screening. But breast cancer?
Unless there’s a symptom, typically, “They don’t check and we don’t look,” said Dr. Anne C. Larkin, a surgical oncologist at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester and senior associate dean of educational affairs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
October 9, 2019 - Leominster Champion
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives says UMass Memorial Health has earned 2019 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired recognition as a certified level 7.
The Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively health care organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.
October 7, 2019 - WCVB Channel 5
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced the state’s first death from a vaping-associated lung injury, the department announced Monday.
The victim was identified as a woman in her 60s from Hampshire County, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
The woman was among the 121 suspected cases that have been reported to DPH since Sept. 11, when Massachusetts began mandating that clinicians immediately report any unexplained vaping-associated lung injury to the department.