April 17, 2014

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Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive latest McCormack Executive-in-Residence -

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UMass researcher seeks to prevent diabetes in mothers

Lisa Chasan-Taber, a UMass epidemiology professor, has been awarded a five-year, $2.56 million grant to asses with studying the prevention of diabetes after pregnancy.

Dealing with Diabetes at UMass

Almost 3 million Americans have type 1 Diabetes, but only one of them started The College Diabetes Network.
University of Massachusetts student Christina Roth started the organization at UMass in the 2010 spring semester and now it has grown to include Harvard University, Pennsylvania State University, Trinity College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and soon Loyola.

New funding for MA diabetes research

Dr. Alan Schneyer, a senior faculty member at the Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has been awarded a $737,000 research grant. The “Physiologic Roles of Activin and Myostatin Antagonists” grant will provide Schneyer with funds to research diabetes over the next three years.

Groups raise awareness of diabetes

Yesterday the nursing, nutrition, and exercise science departments came together to raise awareness for diabetes, a disease that is growing in frequency, especially among children and young adults. “It used to be just an adult onset disease, but now we’re seeing Type II diabetes in elementary-aged children” says Emily Rice, a Nutrition major. “What we wanted to do is bring about awareness, specifically about Type II Diabetes, to the UMass campus,” said Carrie Sharoff, a graduate student in the Nursing program. The event consisted of various tables in the Campus Center concourse, set up by each department, each with different…

Music legend Johnny Cash dies of complications from diabetes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Johnny Cash, a towering musical figure whose rough, unsteady voice championed the downtrodden and reached across generations with songs like “Ring of Fire,” “I Walk the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues,” died Friday. He was 71. Cash, known as “The Man in Black,” died at 2 a.m. in Baptist Hospital of complications from diabetes that resulted in respiratory failure, said his manager, Lou Robin. The funeral service will be private, but a public memorial is being planned and the date will be announced later. In his songs, Cash crafted a persona as a dignified, resilient voice…

A global case to be more healthy

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David Blake offers a solution to America’s poor relationship with food.

Healthy eating is more important than exercise

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Elise Martorano explains why nutritious eating is more important than exercise when it comes to a healthy mind and body.

Twenty years later, memories of Calipari-Chaney feud live on

Twenty years have passed since the famous postgame confrontation between John Calipari and John Chaney, the result of one of the most heated rivalries in college basketball history.

Martha Coakley visits Amherst

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Massachusetts Attorney General meets with members of the community on Sunday as part of her campaign for the Democratic candidate for governor.

The pros and cons of coffee

Americans love their coffee, but while it has its benefits, it does have some downfalls.

UMass professor receives $3.2M research grant

Professor Lisa Chasan-Taber received a $3.2 million grant to help Hispanic women in western Mass. maintain a healthy weight during and after pregnancy.

Out cold: homelessness during winter

During the winter season, the cost of homelessness becomes higher for individuals as well as the organizations that provide them aid.

UMass study reveals genetic links with disease

Biostatisticians at UMass have developed a method of identifying genetic links with various diseases.

UMass professor Hankinson researches breast cancer

UMass professor Susan Hankinson is making revolutionary strides in researching the developmental pattern of breast cancer cells in women.

The sneaky ingredient that’s making you fat

Making several minor dietary changes can limit this fat-causing ingredient from packing on the winter pounds.

Want to shed pounds? Shed the sugar

Lauren Anderson explains the health problems associated with sugar, and what sugary products are best to cut out for a healthy lifestyle,

Eating outside the box

Modernity has blessed us with many conveniences, but Collegian columnist Alexa Jones questions whether or not it has actually made us any healthier.

Obesity as a ‘social problem’

Collegian columnist Nikhil Rao talks about the correlation between national obesity and the Gini coefficient.

2011 seniors set to blast off into real world

This year’s graduating seniors will take to McGuirk Alumni Stadium May 13 for Undergraduate Commencement. NASA astronaut Catherine “Cady” Coleman will deliver this year’s undergraduate commencement from outer space.

Kinesiology doctoral students receive research grants

Two kinesiology doctoral students have received grants to further study the effects of exercise – or lack thereof.

PVLSI opens new Breast Cancer Research Center

The Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute (PVLSI) announced Monday that it has received a grant of $1.5 million from a cancer research organization.

Researchers developing technology to ‘print’ replicated human skin to heal wounds

A group of researchers, backed by a government-funded grant, are developing technology that could revolutionize the way those wounded would be treated.

Faculty members awarded public service grants

Three University of Massachusetts faculty members were recently awarded Public Service Endowment Grants by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement.

Joseph Jerry tabbed to lead PVLSI

University of Massachusetts professor Joseph Jerry was recently named the new scientific director of the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute (PVLSI).

PCP: Look no further than man’s best friend

Dogs have been man’s best friend for more than five thousand years. Collegian columnist Dave Coffey says that their life saving tendencies, aid to those in need and loyalty for their owners is enduring and worthwhile – you’d have to be smoking catnip to own a cat.

Potty talk “What’s My Pee Telling Me?”

With the five-and-under demographic monopolizing what little open conversation exists today regarding urine, feces and flatulence, there has been no opportunity for adults to just … let it out. Authors Josh Richman and Dr. Anish Sheth of “What’s My Pee Telling Me?,” the much anticipated sequel to “What’s Your Poo Telling You?,” are hoping to open up a new line of communication between medical experts and those of us who are looking for information outside of the doctor’s office about what’s happening inside our bathrooms.

Think before you sip

What would you do if a harmful chemical was all around you, a chemical scientists have linked to breast cancer, diabetes and reproductive issues? According to many researchers, chemical presense is the norm in the United States, thanks to the nation’s dependence on plastics.

Redistribute opportunity, not wealth

Chris Russell believes that opportunities are not equal for those of different races.

Letters to the Editor: December, 10, 2009

Daily Collegian readers voice their opinions and respond to columns and other stories.

Food or medicine: our choice

Chris Russell has seen the personal side of the healthcare debate and wants us to transcend politics and remember that real people are involved.

Amherst Survival Center director receives honor for community leadership

As the nation grapples with issues concerning health care reform, Dr. Susan Lowery is taking the lead in a local grassroots effort through the Amherst Survival Center on North Pleasant Street to address the health care needs of the town”s homeless and uninsured population.

Fight for your right to sleep

After failing to get enough sleep while on campus, Matthew M. Robare says that we, as humans, have the natural right to sleep and, with the hectic schedule of college, it’s just not plausible.

Propaganda surrounding Obama’s ‘czars’

Meghan Boesch says that Obama has been struck with some problems that were not his fault and that blaming his use of “czars” is not valid. Health insurance is an issue where he has provided a plausible solution for a big problem.

Letters to the editor: September 23, 2009

Daily Collegian readers respond to columns and other stories.

Paying the price for an obsese nation

Dan Rahrig considers the implications of a “sin tax” that would affect the soda consuming habits of Americans, the reasons why it’s being considered in the first place.

Federal funds for stem cell research

University of Massachusetts campuses, specifically the UMass Medical School at Worcester, hope to use newly granted federal funds to make big leaps in human stem cell research.

Primary care: more special than specialized

Ebad Rahman is exhaling his frustration with the lack of primary care physicians, and is thankful Barak Obama has noticed the dire need to revitalize the system.

The beverage of champions

Have a Coke with Matt Robare and toast to it’s deliciously cancer causing goodness and to the beverage of champions/Americans.

Stem cell bill marks future of medicine

With Barack Obama reversing the Bush administration’s policy on stem cell research, Matt Kushi sees the potential to restore the lives of countless people inflicted with incurable diseases.

Psych department looking for subjects

By: Emily Reynolds   Have you ever noticed the colorful papers that litter every table in the dining commons? They’re advertisements requesting students to e-mail or call the psychology department to provide them with subjects to collect data from. On the bulletin boards in each building, there are ads for eye-tracking testing to study how people read material.  Online, the kinesiology department has posted bulletins to look for people to participate in a diabetes experiment. Even in the advertisements of newspapers like The Daily Collegian, there are requests for students to participate in studies and experiments.   College professors all…

UMass student reaction: Could curves save your life?

Students from the University of Massachusetts react to a recent Harvard study by professor C. Ronald Kahn which claims lower body fat, including a voluptuous buttocks, could be good for people’s health.

Animation Domination returns to Fox

This Sunday night, Sept. 28 from 8 to 10 p.m., Fox’s Animation Domination is back. The four shows include “The Simpson’s,” “King of the Hill,” “Family Guy” and “American Dad.” The night kicks off with “The Simpsons’” premiere of the 20th season. “The Simpsons,” which has been on since late 1989, has become one of America’s favorite animated families.

Mixed-up culinary conclusions

There’s a reason for the infamous “Freshman 15″- in fact, there’s an entire food pyramid of reasons. Coffee. Without late night trips to the Procrastination Station for a cup of Rao’s, we would doze off in the Learning Commons atop textbook pillows.

Sports drinks’ effects investigated

A scientific study conducted at the University of Massachusetts is aiming to prove that designer energy drinks and sports bars may do more harm then good. “I’m not trying to say all sports drinks are evil,” laughs Barry S. Braun, an associate professor of kinesiology and the director of the energy metabolism laboratory at the University of Massachusetts.

Legislature approves $1 billion for life sciences

The state senate recently passed a $1 billion bill that could help the University of Massachusetts Medical School cure everything from cancer to diabetes. The bill, which according to the Worcester Telegram ‘ Gazette allocates $500 million for infrastructure and new state research facilities, will allow for the new life science research center at UMass Medical.

Addicted to incarceration

You could hear them before they turned the corner. The clang of metal on metal. The trudging of dozens of feet down the corridor. The urging of two voices to make them move quicker. Then the prisoners in bright orange jumpsuits barged through the door and into the hallway.

UM hosts healthcare hearing

Challenges recruiting and retaining health care professionals in rural Massachusetts was the focus of an informal state legislature hearing held on Nov. 27 at the University of Massachusetts. “Rural areas of our state are facing increasing difficulties attracting and keeping physicians and other health-care professionals,” said state representative Stephen Kulik of Worthington, vice chairman of the Committee on Health Care Finance.

UMass Med School to go tobacco free

The campuses of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and UMass Memorial Medical Center will be tobacco-free next May. Beginning on Tuesday, May 27, the institutions will launch a six-month education and health effort that aims to eliminate the use of all tobacco products on school and medical center property, even including parking facilities.

Dangers of soda and Junior Mints

Imagine this Halloween you and your friends are going to see a scary movie. You stop at the refreshment stand and get soda (a small is seven cups) and a box of Junior Mints (4.75 oz). Even scarier than the movie you’re there to see is the snack you choose.

Bright skies for a dark horse

With a remarkably unpopular president, an increasingly hated war and discombobulation within the Republican Party, it appears the Democratic presidential nominee should be a lock to win next November. A token warning, however: it’s never over ’til it’s over.

The World Beyond Amherst: Ukraine offers an authentic taste of Eastern Europe

How one drives on these roads, reads a dusty sign along a highway, “is the true reflection of one’s soul.” A mere 15-minute drive down a Ukrainian street is enough to conclude that most drivers in the country, assuming the sign tells the truth, have rotten souls.

UMass Med. school chancellor steps down

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – After 16 years as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Aaron Lazare stepped down from the job Thursday because of health issues. Lazare, 71, said he will continue to teach at the medical school after taking a year sabbatical to address his heart problems and write a book.

Teaching Hope: UMass instructor shares his experience with overcoming cancer

Last May, Robert Childs, an instructor in the Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences department at the University of Massachusetts, was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of pancreatic cancer. When he received the phone call from his doctor, telling him the biopsy of his tumor was malignant, Childs was about to teach a workshop in Martha’s Vineyard.

Trends in high-risk pregnancies increase

High-risk pregnancies are on the rise in the United States and may be more common now than at any other time since modern obstetric care became available. Why? More fortysomething moms are having babies, and epidemics of diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure are causing pregnancy and birth complications.

FDA approves first nonprescription diet pill

WASHINGTON – Dieters got a new tool Wednesday to help them take off the extra pounds – the first government-approved nonprescription diet pill. The Food and Drug Administration said the fat-blocking weight-loss pill orlistat, which has been available by prescription, can be sold in a reduced-strength version over the counter.

More teenagers turn to gastric band procedure

NEW YORK-As the popularity of stomach surgery has skyrocketed among obese adults, a growing number of doctors are asking, “Why not children, too?” For decades, the number of kids trying weight-loss surgery has been tiny. The operations themselves were risky, with a death rate of about 1 in 50.

Binge eating declared nation’s most prevalent eating disorder

BOSTON – Frequent and unrestrained binge eating is the country’s most common eating disorder, far outpacing the better-known weight control diseases anorexia and bulimia, according to a national survey conducted by researchers at Harvard University Medical School.

N.Y. eateries face fines under trans-fat ban

By Frank Vitale Collegian Staff When you go to New York City, you can find the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Times Square, as well as over 8 million residents. What you can’t find, however, is any form of trans fat, or at least that’s what the NYC Board of Health is hoping for.

Eating disorders

The average woman is 5’4″ tall, weighing about 145 pounds, and wears a dress size of 11 to 14. So why then, do so many young women aspire to obtain the unrealistic 6’0″ tall, 101 pound, size four body of the widely know Barbie doll? In an attempt to achieve what they perceive to be the perfect body, many women turn to dieting and exercise.

Making headway on migraines

A new study finds a better way to treat migraines.

Spice up Disease-fighting Ability; Some Seasonings Carry Loads of Antioxidants

A tasty way to improve your health may be as near as your spice rack. Besides adding signature flavor and color to dishes, certain herbs and spices are chock-full of beneficial compounds that may help protect against cancer, heart disease, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s.

Behind the music: the story of ‘Motown Bennie’

It’s 12:55 a.m. on a Saturday night – last call in the college bars in downtown Amherst. Hundreds of inebriated students crowd the sidewalks, screaming, laughing and gobbling slices of pizza. Dressed in a faded black sweatshirt and a sparkly blue cape, Bennie Johnson, known to most of the college town as Motown Bennie, leans against a tree outside Judie’s Restaurant.

Straight to the heart: aerobic advice

If you want to be fit, three things are critical to your success: eat well, tone your muscles and do cardiovascular workouts. “If you’re missing any one of these three things, your body will not reach the full potential that it could,” said fitness trainer Stephanie Granzow.

UMass Idol vs. American Idol

Oddly enough, I sing everywhere “but” the shower. When I say sing it’s not just a light serenading; I belt out songs. I even do the Mariah/Christina hand motion (up and down seizure-like finger twitching included). I sing in my dorm room, while running, on my way to class, in the dining halls and my favorite: in my car.

New type of charity gives money to schools

A new Yahoo!-powered Internet search engine called GoodSearch.com donates about a penny for every Web search to the charity or school of the user’s choice. The donated money for the search engine comes from ads, not users. Users can select an organization from the Web site’s list, or add one that’s not already available.

UMass receives grant for nutrition scholarship

The department of nutrition at UMass has received a $90,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund the Nutrition Multicultural Scholarship Program. The program, which provides $6,000 scholarships for five undergraduate students for three years of study leading to a bachelor’s of science degree in nutrition, is designed to recruit, retain and provide mentors and train high-quality undergraduate multicultural scholars in nutrition.

More kids taking Anti-Psychotic drugs

CHICAGO – Soaring numbers of American children are being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs – in many cases, for attention deficit disorder or other behavioral problems for which these medications have not been proven to work, a study found. The annual number of children prescribed anti-psychotic drugs jumped fivefold between 1995 and 2002, to an estimated 2.

Dieters look for high-taste, low-carb snacks

In the new diet age, snackers are looking for their favorite treats, but with a new healthy kick.

Food scientist receives grant to research obesity

The American Heart Association has given a University of Massachusetts food scientist $260,000 to research a compound that could possibly help to prevent or treat obesity and obesity-related health conditions. Yeonhwa Park, the grant’s recipient, along with her colleague Deborah Good, will be studying the effect of conjugated nonadecadienoic acid (CNA) on the ability of fat to be used by muscle as opposed to being absorbed or deposited.

Morrison not focued on Redick

FORT WORTH, Texas – Adam Morrison takes all kinds of shots. Three-pointers, mid-range pull-up jumpers, dunks, free throws, fallaways. Trash talk from fans aimed at his barely-there moustache, his floppy ’70s style haircut, his junior-high gym class socks.

Worries about killer bird flu dominated news in 2005

(AP) – What a difference a year makes … or not. We head into 2006 the same way we began 2005: Worried about flu and not enough vaccine. Last year, the concern was ordinary flu because the United States had only half its usual supply of flu shots. Bird flu creeping across Asia was a vague and distant threat. This year, bird flu extended its reach, spawning fears that it might mutate into a worldwide super-flu that kills people, not just avians. Countries scrambled to order an experimental bird flu vaccine and Tamiflu, the lone drug known to work against…

Many attend bone marrow drive at Hampshire College

A steady flow of students, faculty, and community members filled the second floor of the Robert Crown Center at Hampshire College yesterday afternoon, engaging in light conversation, enjoying refreshments and listening to live music. However, despite the festive atmosphere of the event, these people were there for a serious reason: to potentially save someone’s life. Many people came to show their support for Hampshire College Professor Eric Schocket, who was diagnosed with acute leukemia in September 2005, by registering to be a bone marrow donor. Potential donors undergo a simple test, just a q-tip swab of the inside of both…

Flu shots more than necessary

After reading Allison Edles’s column on the University Health Services Flu Shot Clinic, I was outraged at the attitudes she exhibited. As one of those “generally healthy college students” she so lovingly wrote about, I too believe there is too much emphasis put on getting annual flu shots. However, as the daughter of a woman whose multiple sclerosis is so advanced that she is wheelchair-bound at 49, I have been choosing to get flu shots since I was 15, regardless of my personal doubts as to their usefulness. Who is to know whether or not the one year I decide…

Student victim speaks out against drunk driver who hit her

When University of Massachusetts student Ciara Tran woke up at Bay State Medical Center after being in and out of consciousness for four days, she asked a nurse why she was there. When she was told that a car had hit her, she laughed. Heather Winchester, a UMass student, hit Tran on Sept. 24, 2004 at 2:30 a.m. while driving drunk on Commonwealth Ave. near the Mullins Center. Winchester, now 22, was recently sentenced to three months in jail at the finish of the fall 2005 semester for drunken driving. Tran, now 20, had spent the night of Sept. 24,…

Dr. Andrew Weil speaks on ‘Healthy Aging’

Dr. Andrew Weil, author of four New York Times #1 best sellers and founder of University of Arizona’s Health Sciences Program in Integrative Medicine, will be gracing the Chapin Auditorium at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley on Friday. Weil started the integrative medicine movement (defined as an approach to medicine that recognizes the body’s self-healing ability, power of holistic medicine and concept of wellness in mind, body and spirit) mainly to promote the acceptance of aging in a wholesome manner and to abolish the stigma usually associated with it. In other words, be prepared to hear not only about…

Chocolate could improve health

MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss. – Baron Justus von Liebig, a German chemist in the 1800s, once said, “Chocolate is a perfect food, as wholesome as it is delicious, a beneficent restorer of exhausted power.” Although these words were spoken 200 years ago, they are surprisingly accurate. Again and again, recent studies are proving the many and varied health benefits of chocolate. Hundreds of years ago, Europeans may not have had scientific proof of chocolate’s nutrients, but they realized its health value. As early as the late 16th century, people began using chocolate medicinally. Many people believed it cured illnesses such as…

ICEing one’s phone an emergency necessity

Cell phones have proven to be the lifeblood of our society. During Sept. 11, they were the only source of contact many frightened people had. After Hurricane Katrina, victims turned to cell phones to alert their loved ones they were safe. Regardless of whether or not those phones were able to get reception, the numbers were there to call. In case of emergency, numbers and information are things that save social workers and emergency medical personnel a lot of time and effort. For people with medical conditions like diabetes, heart conditions and any major allergies, MedicAlert tags provide EMTs and…

Study says blacks die earlier than whites due to unequal health care

WASHINGTON Middle-age black men are dying at nearly twice the rate of white men of a similar age, reflecting lower incomes and poorer access to health care, a study says. But mortality among black infants is dropping. While overall longevity for both black and whites has improved over the past 40 years, the gap between the races has narrowed little, former Surgeon General David Satcher said in a paper published Wednesday in the journal Health Affairs. Satcher’s paper was one of several in the journal, which is devoting most of its March/April issue to the topic of health care discrepancies…

State House leaders hope to pass stem cell bill

BOSTON (AP) – Democratic leaders in the House and Senate said Wednesday they expect to pass a bill by the end of March legalizing embryonic stem cell research, and predicted they will have the votes to override an expected veto by Republican Gov. Mitt Romney. “It’s an absolute necessity that we do this,” House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, D-Boston, told supporters of the legislation. “By the end of this month I’d like to have this bill on the governor’s desk.” The bill would clarify existing state law, making it legal to conduct research using embryonic stem cells in Massachusetts. It would…

Load up on pasta an bread, carbs are ok

AKRON, Ohio – Go ahead, have some pasta. Atkins is out. Carbs are in. America’s fling with high-protein diets is finally waning, according to a Mintel market research report that found introductions of low-carbohydrate foods had slowed to a trickle by the end of 2004. The coup de gras was delivered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Jan. 12, when it released new dietary guidelines confirming the importance of high-carbohydrate grains and debunking the idea that a particular combination of nutrients can make people thin. The only way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more. The…

UMass signs five year deal with Coca-Cola

According to campus opponents of Coca-Cola, the company has retained pouring rights to the University of Massachusetts campus for five more years, through a process that keeps student involvement to a minimum. Recently, opponents claim, the company has battled allegations of worker abuse and murder abroad. Coca-Cola denies the charges of abuse and murder. Under its renewed UMass contract the company will have exclusive beverage sales rights everywhere on campus with few exceptions. Emma Lang, a member of the Radical Student Union who opposed Coke’s UMass contract and helped to organize the “Stop Killer Coke” campaign to end what it…

LIVESTRONG bracelets gaining popularity

CHICAGO – Jennifer Longley wears her yellow bracelet in honor of her many relatives who have had cancer, including a grandfather who lost his tongue and voice box and an aunt who died of ovarian cancer. “I also wear it for me, because I know that this is something that I will continue to deal with in my future,” says Longley, a 24-year-old who works for the Cornell University Press in Ithaca, N.Y. Jason “Jazz” Skipworth, a 26-year-old scientist at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, says his bracelet gives him “the extra motivation to work that much harder.”…

WHO says pharmaceutical companies not helping inevitable flu epidemic

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – The world is unprepared for an inevitable flu pandemic that could kill tens of millions of people, but profit-driven pharmaceutical companies are putting too little research into the development of vaccines, the World Health Organization said Thursday. Developing flu vaccines was high on a priority list released by the U.N. agency, which recommended policies to encourage the production of drugs to treat diseases that have been overlooked because of poor sales potential or because research has been inadequate. WHO listed 17 illnesses, ranging from Alzheimer’s to tuberculosis to alcoholic liver disease, which need urgent attention….

Implantable chip provides medical info and privacy issues

WASHINGTON – Medical milestone or privacy invasion? A tiny computer chip approved Wednesday for implantation in a patient’s arm can speed vital information about a patient’s medical history to doctors and hospitals. But critics warn that it could open new ways to imperil the confidentiality of medical records. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that Applied Digital Solutions of Delray Beach, Fla., could market the VeriChip, an implantable computer chip about the size of a grain of rice, for medical purposes. With the pinch of a syringe, the microchip is inserted under the skin in a procedure that takes…

Massachusetts imposes restrictions on flu vaccine

BOSTON – The state Department of Public Health on Wednesday issued an order limiting distribution of the scarce influenza vaccine to people considered “high risk” for the virus. Public Health Commissioner Christine Ferguson said the state, facing an unparalleled shortage of flu shots, had to direct vaccinations to people most likely to die from the illness, such as very young children, seniors over 65 and people with chronic medical conditions. “It’s not rationing,” she said. “It’s being rational about how to reduce the number of deaths that could result from a serious flu season.” The order also requires health care…

New program chages face of Med Schools

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Carolyn Casey’s pager jolted her awake in wee hours of the morning: One of the Harvard medical student’s patients had checked into the hospital and needed a Caesarean section. Casey rushed off, arriving just in time to help deliver her first baby. Later, Casey visited the mother, Camila Santans, newborn Matthew and other family members in their room at The Cambridge Hospital, talking with them about breastfeeding and the gestational diabetes that had complicated the pregnancy. In the coming weeks, Casey will accompany Santans to follow-up appointments and checkups with Matthew’s pediatrician. It’s all the kind of…

Student receives national award

University of Massachusetts’ student Jennifer Griffin, a 20-year-old junior microbiology major, was recently awarded The Endocrine Society Summer Research Fellowship, a prestigious award received by only 20 to 25 students nationwide. The Endocrine Society is the world’s leading source for hormone research. Griffin had been waiting since January to find out whether or not she had won. She received the call during the last days of spring break. “My boyfriend called [to tell me I had won] when I was on my way home from Virginia,” Griffin said. “I had him checking my emails while I was gone.” Griffin, a…

New study on cancer

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Getting modest amounts of exercise, even just an easy half-hour walk a day, appears to substantially improve women’s chances of surviving breast cancer. Staying active has long been thought to lower the risk of getting cancer, but a new report says it may also be an important prescription for recovery. The study, released yesterday, found that women who exercised after breast cancer reduced their chance of dying from the disease by one-quarter to one-half, depending on how active they were. “We know that physical activity has been shown to improve the quality of life for women…

Expert to lecture on health issue and weight management today

Dr. Deborah Riebe from the University of Rhode Island addresses “Healthy-Lifestyle Approach to Weight Management” today at 4 p.m. in the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center, room 1001. Dr. Riebe has conducted research on the role of exercise in disease prevention, as well as methods of weight control. Learning about effective ways to manage one’s weight is important because obesity is a major crisis in the United States, said Dr. Priscilla M. Clarkson, UMass professor of exercise science and associate dean for the school of public health and health sciences, or SPHHS. “There’s no doubt that people in the…

Harvard to aquire new stem cell research center

CAMBRIDGE (AP) – Harvard University plans to launch a multimillion-dollar center to grow and study human embryonic stem cells, the school said Sunday. The center, to be announced April 23 at a scientific conference, could be the largest privately funded American stem cell research project to date, the Boston Sunday Globe reported. President Bush, citing ethical considerations, has limited federal funding for embryonic stem cell research to existing lines of cells. Harvard issued a statement Sunday confirming its plans, saying the school is “proceeding in the direction of establishing a stem cell institute.” Final details are not complete, it said….

Losing sleep can be a nightmare

Many college students pull all-nighters or run on little sleep due to demanding course workloads. But deprive yourself of sleep, and a bad test grade or late assignment will be the least of your worries. As I write this column, a quick glance at the clock tells me it is already one in the morning. My first class requires me to get up at 8:30 a.m., reminding me I will not be getting the recommended eight hours of shut-eye tonight. Yet, as I continue to work through my sleep debt, I do not think twice of the time ticking away….

The price to pay for freedom

He spent the last three years in a dark, hidden jail cell. He was suffering from skin cancer and diabetes, yet he was denied the medication that his family had sent him. Frequently tortured, he was not allowed to talk with his family nor receive letters delivered via the Red Cross. He was kept in complete isolation. Israel’s newspaper Haaretz reports that he was kept so isolated that he had no idea of such news events as 9-11, or of the 1,000 Israelis that have been victims of terror over the past three years. This person is Elhanan Tennenbaum, who…

Lack of facilities makes it hard for students to keep in shape

It can be difficult to stick to New Year’s resolutions, especially when the goal is to be healthy. But when fitness facilities are limited, getting in shape becomes an even harder task. On Jan. 1, I vowed to change my lifestyle. I promised myself my diet would become well balanced. I also decided to increase my physical activity by joining a fitness center. Starting Jan. 2, my gym membership was renewed and my eating habits changed. Not surprisingly, almost one month later and after working out every day, I felt and saw improvements. But upon returning to the University of…

obesity surgery: a growing trend

BOSTON (AP) – Ken Powers knew the potential dangers of having his stomach stapled, but to a man who had tipped the scales at 475 pounds, those risks didn’t much matter. “I had this thought: If I die on the operating table, having the surgery to try to better my life, I thought it was a better thing to do than to live the way I was living, which, in my opinion, I was kind of waiting to die anyway,” he said. By the tens of thousands, morbidly obese people who have failed at diets, support groups and exercise programs…

A need to fight the fat

It is simple: We Americans love food and are eating ourselves to death. Obesity is increasing dramatically nation wide. Besides the food consumption, the average American doesn’t get his lazy butt up off the couch to exert even the slightest bit of energy. The calories are high and feelin’ the burn is very low. There is a plethora of excuses one could make to justify our lack of physical movement. However, what it basically boils down to is a skewed idea of what a balanced diet is. In addition, Americans should get a minimum of 30 minutes of cumulative moderate…

New Cash tracks ‘Unearthed’

By David Bauder Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) – Fans of the late Johnny Cash have a lot to keep them occupied: A box set being released Tuesday contains a staggering 64 never-heard-before recordings. The five-disc box, “Unearthed,” is all material recorded during the last decade, during Cash’s fruitful partnership with Rick Rubin, who had been known best as a rap and rock producer. Cash died Sept. 12 at age 71 of complications from diabetes. “It seems like a nice punctuation,” Rubin said. “It seems like a bookend with the beginning of his career and the Sun (Records) work. It’s…

country music awards honor johnny cash

By John Gerome Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Johnny Cash wasn’t wild about the video for his rendition of the song “Hurt” the first time he saw it, said his daughter, Kathy Cash. “He wasn’t sure he liked it at first, then he kept watching it and he said, ‘You know, that is a good video,’ ” she said of her late father. Cash won the Country Music Association’s video of the year award Wednesday night for “Hurt.” He also won single of the year for the song and album of the year – giving him his first CMA…

Gooding’s performance is the only good transmission coming from ‘Radio”

‘Radio’ Directed by Mike Tollin Starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris Columbia Rated PG 120 mins. Grade: D- It’s part of the job of a movie critic to offer counseling for stars in need of guidance, and no one needs it more right now than Cuba Gooding Jr. The actor who became a star after his jubilant acceptance speech for his “Jerry Maguire” Oscar has exhibited the kind of taste in scripts that would make John Travolta jealous. Hopefully, Gooding was shown the money – and lots of it – because his post-”Maguire” output leaves a lot to be desired….

Sex-iversity

To Sex-iversity: There is something I’d like to talk about and feel is important for all women to know about, so they can avoid thinking they are some sort of freak. For the past 10 years, I have just had these mild female physical abnormalities. I just brushed them off, thinking it was no big deal. Things such as having irregular and inconsistent periods since I began menstruating, having unprotected sex as a teenager and never getting pregnant, fluids secreting from my breasts even though I was not pregnant, having acne and being overweight as a pre-teen. Since I was…

Drowsy musings, or writing while tired

I think I’m turning into a vampire. Aside from my classes (well, some of them), I’ve spent most of my daylight hours for the past few days asleep and the night hours awake. At this point, when I go to get my car outside of the Bat Cave at night, I half expect to see Sara Michelle Gellar from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” jump out of a corner, stake in hand. I think most of the Collegian staff is also turning into the living dead. There are no windows in the Collegian office and thus hours, even days could pass…

Read this now to lose weight now: Energy intake vs. energy expenditure

According to 1999 statistics, about 61 percent of adults in the United States were overweight or obese. Obesity is one of the main contributing factors associated with heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, psychological disorders like depression, and some forms of cancer. Obesity is no longer an adult disease; its prevalence has nearly tripled among adolescents within the past two decades. There are a number of factors associated with maintaining a healthy body weight. These include genetics, body composition, environment, and physical activity and its relationship to metabolism, as well as excessive calorie intake. GENETICS AND METABOLISM…

Starting the Week on a Healthy Note

Coming to college and remaining healthy and shapely can be a challenge. Year after year, people enter college to enhance their minds but seemingly neglect their bodies. The onslaught of new responsibilities, options and time constraints often cause healthy habits placed on the back burner. Everyone has heard the stories about gaining the “Freshman 15,” whether fact or fiction. Few studies have been conducted to determine if students actually put on weight during their first year of college. However, a study published in Addictive Behavior in 1985 found that women attending college gained weight 36 times faster than those of…

AHA recommendations for college students’ health

A recent article in the journal Circulation (2002 Jul 16;106(3):388-91 Volume 106 #3) insists that physicians begin assessing their patients’ risk for cardiovascular disease beginning at age 20. The recommendations are part of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) strategy to increase awareness early, thereby decreasing the risk of a first heart attack or stroke later in life. “The imperative to prevent the first episode of coronary disease or stroke remains strong because many first-ever heart attacks or strokes are fatal or disabling,” said Thomas Pearson, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the consensus panel that updated the recommendations. New research findings and…

The soul behind the sounds

Wade Fernandez (Wiciwen Apis-Mahwaew) is as real as it gets. Soaring beyond the invisible culture of the corporate music industry, Fernandez’s eclectic style, lyrical prose, superb musicianship and spirit make him an artist to remember. “Music is a very powerful gift,” Fernandez said. “We should share that gift in a good way. Not just for entertainment, but more importantly in a way that heals, builds and has a conscience.” Of European/Menominee/Mexican descent, Fernandez is a registered member of the Menominee Nation and was raised on a reservation in northern Wisconsin. He recently released a six-song CD EP as a follow-up…

Children are Becoming Obese at an Alarming Rate

A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association showed that children are becoming obese at an alarming rate. A study was conducted between 1986 to 1998 measuring the prevalence of obesity in children aged four to 12 years old in the U.S. Results revealed that within that time period the number of overweight children significantly increased. Hispanic children had the highest prevalence of obesity with 21.8 percent meeting the obesity classification status used. African American children followed reaching 21.5 percent and non-Hispanic whites were at 12.3 percent. It was also found that children were fatter in…

Stem cell research discussed at UMass

The heavily debated issue of stem cell research will be discussed at the University of Massachusetts in an informational hearing with the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Health Care. The event will be held on Friday, September 14 in room 168C of the Campus Center and is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m. Panelists include doctors, researchers, and ethicists, all of who will provide their opinions about the future of medicine with the inclusion of stem cell technology. The talk is free and open to the public. “Stem cell research is more than just an…

Stem cell research: back to square one?

A report out of Washington D.C. yesterday acknowledged that less than half of the stem cell lines previously approved for federal funding are not, in fact, ready to shift into the hands of researchers. Not just yet, anyways. The announcement came as a surprise to few, though, as most experts have been questioning the number of developed cell lines since President Bush decided to move ahead with restricted exploration on August 9th of this year. On that date, Bush announced that there were “more than 60 genetically diverse stem cell lines” in existence, taken from embryos that had already been…