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February 28, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal
UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester has set up a task force to oversee preparations related to the coronavirus outbreak.
The task force is aimed at monitoring the outbreak worldwide, staying current with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates, working closely with the Worcester Department of Public Health and other health officials, and finalizing readiness measures, including distribution of protective equipment.
February 27, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette
Dr. Mark D. Johnson remembers April 4, 1968, when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while standing on the second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, less than 10 miles from where Johnson lived with his family.
The 39-year-old civil rights leader and other members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference were in town to support a sanitation workers strike before heading to Washington to lobby Congress on behalf of the disadvantaged.
February 25, 2020 - Boston 25 News
The use of robotic assistance in the operating room has surged in recent years, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
So Massachusetts-based surgeons took Boston 25 News into their hospitals to heap praise on the technological advancements.
February 19, 2020 - Boston 25 News
Once again, health officials have collected data that shows the number of STDs has been on the rise, particularly among young people.
Overall, between 2010 and 2018, cases of chlamydia have increased by 42%, syphilis is up by 150% and gonorrhea has spiked 209%.
February 19, 2020 - The Springfield Student
Her long, blond braided hair was always pulled back with a colorful scrunchie. She wore a smile so contagious that it lit up any room she was in. But soon enough, her smile started to disappear. The spark in her eyes vanished. The sun would rise every morning, yet she found it impossible to find the energy to get out of bed and go to school or practice.
Meet Arielle Johnson – a first year student at Springfield College studying Occupational Therapy and a member of the women’s lacrosse team.
February 18, 2020 - WBZ 4 Boston
Many patients who have blockages in their coronary arteries undergo special CAT scans to evaluate the problems. Now UMass Memorial Medical Center is using new 3D imaging to get a more detailed look.
February 17, 2020 - Becker's Healthcare Review
John Berry-Candelario, MD, is director of spine and spine oncology at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester and medical director of the hospital's spine center.
Here, he discusses advancements in augmented reality and artificial intelligence as well as innovations in spinal oncology.
February 10, 2020 - The Hastings Center
Tinslee Lewis, a critically ill 1-year-old girl born with a rare heart defect and severe lung disease, has spent her entire life in the intensive care unit at Cook Children’s Hospital in Texas and undergone multiple surgeries in attempts to save her life. Tinslee’s care team has determined that she has no chance for any meaningful survival and that ongoing intensive care is harmful and causing her undue suffering. They recommend withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment, against the parent’s wishes.
February 3, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette
Emily Gilbreath works with dialysis patients awaiting kidney transplants, so when Keith Rutkiewicz, her best friend’s husband, needed a new kidney, she knew what she had to do. She donated one of her kidneys.
Four weeks after the Jan. 7 transplant surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus in Worcester, Gilbreath and Rutkiewicz are on the mend. They proudly wear their matching “Kidney Buddies for life” T-shirts, with two red kidneys holding hands, that Rutkiewicz’s wife, Sarah, gave them for Christmas.
February 2, 2020 - Mass Live
Onetime Worcester Police Chief Gary J. Gemme received the gift of life from his son and it came on Valentine’s Day.
On Feb. 14 Gemme will celebrate his recovery from Leukemia. It was on that day, a year ago, that he had a bone marrow transplant.
Gemme’s youngest son, Matthew, was the donor.
January 30, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette
Beacon Hill lawmakers and advocates seeking to end the practice of female genital mutilation or cutting were anxiously awaiting the Joint Committee on the Judiciary’s imminent report of proposed legislation on Thursday, which would indicate if bills targeting the practice would move forward in this legislative session.
The deadline for all bills to be reported under Joint Rule 10 is Feb. 5, but some at the Statehouse said this proposed legislation might come out sooner.
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.)