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The New England Newborn Screening Program: A dedicated team committed to saving lives

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.

The Weather Channel to air New England Newborn Screening lab technician's heroic act that helped save baby's life

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.

Boston Magazine: UMass Medical School study shows men with disabilities more likely to be victims of sexual violence

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 more likely to be sexual violence victims, according to study led by UMass Medical School

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.

The Weather Channel: New England Newborn Screening lab technician describes drive on snowy roads to deliver baby’s blood specimen

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 names UMass Medical School pharmacy director to serve on Opioid Drug Formulary Commission

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.

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