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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.
October 3, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette
The chairs were so heavy they were basically immobile, there were no bags in the trash bins, and there was not a sharp edge to be found in the lounge of the 8 East inpatient psychiatric unit at UMass Memorial Medical Center — all part of a concerted plan to marry safety with comfort.
September 12, 2019 - The Trace
Following this summer’s spate of high-profile mass shootings, lawmakers in Washington are again debating if and how they should regulate assault weapons. Republicans have staked out a familiar position, resisting any new restrictions with warnings about a breach of constitutional rights. But a dozen Democratic presidential candidates have endorsed an idea unprecedented for the federal government: an assault weapons buyback. And several prominent candidates think it should be mandatory.
September 11, 2019 - Mass LiveIn second Year at Helm of UMass Memorial Medical Center, Michael Gustafson Wants to Learn More About Worcester
Getting into his second year as the president of UMass Memorial Medical Center, Michael Gustafson wants to learn more about Worcester.
Gustafson was named president of the medical center last year after the retirement of Patrick Muldoon.
Gustafson said a big focus for him in the first year as president was to work with the hospital’s leadership team and improve relationships with unions.
August 30, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette
There were 2,032 purple flags planted Thursday morning on the quadrangle at UMass Memorial Medical Center and University of Massachusetts Medical School, one for each person who died from an opioid overdose in the state in 2018. That’s 50 fewer than the previous year, but still far too many, according to organizers and family members of victims.
August 30, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal
Doctors at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester are the first in New England to use a newly approved device that has been used in only 3,000 procedures to treat aneurysms.
The device, Comaneci, was approved for U.S. use by the Food & Drug Administration in May.
August 23, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal
Outpatient surgery centers benefit patients by having lower costs and avoiding a trip to a hospital campus – enough of a lure for health providers who otherwise could be seen as close competitors to join together to create one such center in Shrewsbury.
August 20, 2019 - CBSBoston
It’s the latest generation of robotic surgery, but don’t worry there’s a doctor controlling its every move. And that means increased precision and shorter recovery times.
WBZ got a surgeon’s eye view of how it works. “What’s important about the robot for me is that this is the way technology is going to go for the next generation,” said Dr. John Kelly, the chief of general surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
August 17, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette
It can be hard for children and teens to turn down sugary drinks in favor of something more healthy when supersized sweetened beverages are all around. Sodas, fruit drinks, even wholesome-sounding sports drinks and smoothies can pack a few hundred calories of largely sugar into a child’s diet, increasing obesity risk.
August 15, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal
Overcrowding of hospital emergency departments has become a major factor in safety problems or potential ones, according to a new Massachusetts government report.
A report released Tuesday by the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety, a state agency aiming to reduce patient harm, estimates between roughly half and four-fifths of what it calls adverse incidents in emergency departments are largely avoidable.
August 14, 2019 - Boston Globe
Six-year-old Cameron Williams bounded down the steep steps of the outdoor bleachers at Boston’s English High School on a sweltering evening. He paused, wide-eyed, to watch an adult kickboxing class on his way to a youth track and field program.
“Be careful, it’s hot,” called his attentive grandmother, Gail Williams, 68, of Roxbury. “Don’t go over there, Cam. . . . Hey, young man, your program’s about to start.”
August 2, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal
UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester landed sixth in Massachusetts in the new U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best hospitals.
UMass Memorial was the only hospital in Central Massachusetts to reach what the report said were high enough standards for a numbered ranking in the annual review released this week. Nine hospitals in the state made the designation, topped by Massachusetts General Hospital, which landed second nationally.