The life-saving work of the New England Newborn Screening Program, operated by UMass Medical School, does not stop, even when severe weather strikes. Program staff showed unwavering dedication the day after a January blizzard, when they endured challenging road conditions and delayed public transportation to venture into work and then volunteer to collect blood samples from 25 hospitals in Eastern Massachusetts.
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The Weather Channel will air the story of Melody Rush, a lab technician in UMass Medical School’s New England Newborn Screening Program who braved a blizzard to pick up a newborn baby’s blood sample and helped save her life, in an episode of the “So You think You’d Survive?” series at 10 p.m. Nov. 19.
A national study led by UMass Medical School shows that men with disabilities are more likely to report being victims of sexual violence over their lifetimes than men without disabilities, according to Boston Magazine’s Hub Health. Researchers concluded that sexual assault prevention needs to include the disabled community.
Men with disabilities are more likely than men without disabilities to be the victims of sexual violence, according to a national study co-authored by UMass Medical School, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Researchers conclude that sexual assault screening, prevention, and response efforts need to be inclusive of all people with disabilities.
Paul L. Jeffrey, PharmD, a pharmacy director in UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, is the 2015 recipient of the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association (MPhA) Bowl of Hygeia Award.
Melody Rush, a lab technician in UMass Medical School’s New England Newborn Screening Program, was honored as an Unsung Heroine in a packed Statehouse ceremony June 17 for braving a blizzard to pick up a newborn baby’s blood sample and helping save her life.
Melody Rush, a lab technician in UMass Medical School’s New England Newborn Screening Program, said during an episode on The Weather Channel that she didn’t expect to feel so much fear when she ventured out in a blizzard to pick up a newborn baby’s blood sample, which helped save the infant’s life.
Gov. Charlie Baker named Paul L. Jeffrey, PharmD, a pharmacy director in UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, to serve on the Massachusetts Opioid Drug Formulary Commission. Its members are charged with assessing the safety of powerful prescription pain medications amid a national abuse and overdose epidemic.
To Juliana Salvi’s parents, it’s fitting that her first birthday follows a snowstorm. The little girl was born during the January 2015 blizzard. Staff from UMass Medical School's New England Newborn Screening Program, who did not let the historic snowfall delay testing, have been credited with saving her life.