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  • November 8, 2021 - Bloomberg Baystate Business

    Dr. Robert Klugman, medical director of employee health at UMass Memorial Health in Worcester, on the vaccine mandate for their employees (1:02:19)

  • November 8, 2021 - CommonWealth Magazine

    In her victory speech after cruising to a landslide win in the Boston mayor’s race, Michelle Wu spoke of the urgency of “bold” change to “meet the moment” the city is facing, a theme she sounded throughout her campaign. But she also talked about the importance of basic city services, saying her administration can pay attention to both. 

  • November 6, 2021 - Boston Herald

    Demand for monoclonal antibodies to treat coronavirus has surged at Massachusetts hospitals in recent months as awareness about the once-little-known drug and its incredible effects is increasing, bringing patients in from a dozen different states.

  • November 6, 2021 - MassLive

    Though kids ages 5 to 11 are starting to get vaccinated against COVID-19, one Central Massachusetts physician said a big drop-off in case counts isn’t expected.

  • November 6, 2021 - Boston Business Journal

    The state’s largest health systems are terminating hundreds of health care workers for failing to meet vaccine mandate deadlines. 

  • November 5, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER – Kevin Moore was skeptical.  

    He wasn’t sure he should get an infusion of monoclonal antibodies to fight off early symptoms from his COVID-19 infection. 

  • November 4, 2021 - CommonWealth Magazine

    THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE will consider a health care bill that would impose increased scrutiny on hospital expansions, House Speaker Ron Mariano said Thursday. 

  • November 4, 2021 - WBUR

    Now that children ages five to 11 are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, some epidemiologists are holding out hope that it might be possible to achieve “herd immunity,” which happens when enough people are immune to a virus to make spreading it unlikely.

  • November 3, 2021 - Spectrum News

    MASS. - Jacqueline Fitzpatrick has her 5-year-old son’s COVID-19 vacation appointment booked. She says he has asthma and is immunocompromised.

    “I’ve been worried about him this whole time. I mean, if he gets a common cold, he could end up in the ER with complications," Fitzpatrick said. "So I am nervous, but I’m really excited." 

  • November 1, 2021 - MassLive

    One of the myriad negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a trend of people missing out on regular cancer screenings.

    And while patients are starting to head back to hospitals for services like mammograms more regularly compared to the onset of the pandemic in 2020, one UMass Memorial Health doctor said, there has been a slight decline in the number of people coming in for screenings.

  • October 29, 2021 - Boston 25 News

    WORCESTER, Mass. — Throughout the pandemic, one of the challenges for the medical community has been finding ways to treat a new disease.

    Hope is now emerging as some promising new drugs become available.

  • October 29, 2021 - Boston 25 News

    WORCESTER, Mass. — Throughout the pandemic, one of the challenges for the medical community has been finding ways to treat a new disease.

    Hope is now emerging as some promising new drugs become available.

  • October 28, 2021 - Boston Globe

    Human connection is essential for all of us. In fact, social isolation can be as dangerous as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and can lead to other serious health problems. COVID-19 restrictions and quarantine measures over the past year and a half have impacted everyone: individuals had to decrease social gatherings, limit visits with loved ones, and adjust to an overall lack of connectivity. Although the drastic changes were difficult for everyone, they were especially hard hitting for older adults, and exacerbated the already existing social isolation crisis they face. 

  • October 26, 2021 - MassLive

    The number of cases of COVID-19 among vaccinated individuals went down last week along with overall infections, according to data released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

    The percentage of breakthrough cases also decreased from the previous week.

  • October 26, 2021 - Becker's ASC Review

    The Shrewsbury (Mass.) Surgery Center performed its first outpatient spine procedure, the center said Oct. 25. 

    UMass Memorial Health neurological surgeon Arno Sungarian, MD, performed the outpatient discectomy, which took less than one hour. 

  • October 25, 2021 - Boston Globe

    Millions of people still can’t get a COVID-19 vaccination booster, remaining ineligible because they fall outside the new guidelines approved by federal regulators. But experts say if you find yourself in that position, don’t worry too much about getting that extra shot.

  • October 22, 2021 - Health IT Security

     - Hospitals and health systems continue to face an overwhelming amount of cyberattacks, spoofing and phishing incidents, and breaches resulting from unauthorized email access.

  • October 22, 2021 - MassLive

    With people younger than 12 possibly becoming eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks, Worcester-based UMass Memorial Health has started ordering doses.

    The system ordered 1,500 doses on Wednesday for the medical center, officials said, 1,200 of which will go to the university campus and the other 300 to the memorial campus. Community sites do not plan to order at this time, according to officials.

  • October 22, 2021 - Boston 25 News

    BOSTON — Late October and it’s still 70+ degrees in central Massachusetts. At Worcester’s Elm Park, it was a scene out of the ‘Before Times.’ Residents fed ducks, pushed strollers and relaxed on benches. What they didn’t do was don masks.

    But across the street at the Price Chopper, the continuing reality. With Worcester entering the second month of an indoor mask mandate, shoppers had no choice but to cover mouths and noses.

  • October 21, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER - UMass Memorial Health is donating $1 million to the city to help establish the Worcester Health Equity Fund, supporting a range of health initiatives.

    The city will disburse $200,000 annually into the fund over the next five years.