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Our mission is to advance the health and well-being of the people of the commonwealth and the world through pioneering education, research and health care delivery with clinical partner UMass Memorial Health Care, the largest health care provider in Central Massachusetts.

UMMS was founded in 1962 to provide affordable, high-quality medical education to state residents and to increase the number of primary care physicians practicing in underserved areas of the state. The three UMMS graduate schools are the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate School of Nursing.


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Todas las pruebas de COVID-19 comienzan con una muestra, pero los procesos científicos varían mucho después de ese punto. Morsa Images/Digital Vision via Getty Images

¿Pruebas COVID de PCR o antígenos? Conoce cuáles son las diferencias

Los dos tipos de pruebas de COVID-19 – antígeno y PCR – funcionan de formas muy diferentes, por lo cual una es rápida pero menos certera y la otra lenta y precisa.
Sometimes facts and statistics aren’t enough to convince someone to get the COVID-19 vaccine. PeopleImages/E+ via Getty Images

A direct recommendation from a doctor may be the final push someone needs to get vaccinated

There are a variety of reasons why people do or don’t want to be vaccinated. Depending on how they frame their messaging around vaccination, doctors can often be the deciding factor.
No se puede medir la eficacia de la vacuna en el organismo basándose en lo que se puede detectar desde el exterior. Luis Alvarez/DigitalVision via Getty Images

No, los efectos secundarios de las vacunas no son una señal de que tu sistema inmunitario te protegerá mejor

Cada persona tiene una respuesta inmunitaria más o menos fuerte a una vacuna, pero los efectos secundarios posteriores a la vacunación no le indicarán cuál es su caso.
Medical students’ backgrounds often reflect the diversity of local communities, which can allow them more access and trust for vaccination efforts. Bryan Goodchild/UMass Medical School

We’re building a vaccine corps of medical and nursing students – they could transform how we reach underserved areas

One university is showing how the vaccine corps concept can speed up vaccination rates, including launching a large-scale vaccination site staffed by hundreds of students and volunteers.
Former President Jimmy Carter pictured at an Atlanta Braves-Toronto Blue Jays game in Atlanta on Sept. 17, 2015, shortly after being treated for melanoma. AP Photo/John Bazemore

Cancer deaths decline in US, with advances in prevention, detection and treatment

Cancer mortality has dropped in the US, due largely to lower smoking rates, as well as early detection and better treatments. These advances often do not extend to people in developing nations.
The everyday stressors of life can lead to worrisome thoughts. PR Image Factory

Why we are hard-wired to worry, and what we can do to calm down

Are you a worry wart? Not to worry. Turns out you were born that way, to some degree. Humans have a default mode in their brains that lead them to worry, but there are many ways to switch gears.
The U.S. incarcerates more people than any other place in the world. Warehousing people in prison is costly and unsustainable. Shutterstock

Prisons are not the answer to preventing crime

Putting more people in prison is not the answer to reducing crime. New fair and bias free assessment tools may help.


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