Heavier Drinking During Pandemic Means More Liver Disease to Come

Liver disease is projected to be one of those, with 8,000 additional deaths from alcohol-related liver disease, 18,700 cases of liver failure and 1,000 cases of liver cancer by 2040. The reason is the increase in alcohol sales and consumption during the early part of the pandemic, according to a new study. “Our findings highlight … Read more

One model projects a sobering outlook for rising COVID-19 cases in the US and Mass. as Omicron surges

An updated projection model shows COVID-19 infections fueled by the Omicron variant are expected to surge dramatically in the coming weeks in the United States and across the world, though it is less likely to result in severe outcomes like hospitalizations and deaths than the Delta variant. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at … Read more

CT Lung Cancer Screening No Cure-All for Smokers

RSNA News Release OAK BROOK, Ill. (June 10, 2008) — Screening for lung cancer with computed tomography (CT) may help reduce lung cancer deaths in current and former smokers, but it won’t protect them from other causes of death associated with smoking, according to a new study published in the July issue of the journal … Read more

Pandharipande named Radiology Chair at Ohio State

ITA Director Pari Pandharipande will become The Ohio State University College of Medicine Chair of Radiology.

G. Scott Gazelle, Director Emeritus of the ITA stated “Ohio State has recruited an incredible leader and person in Pari Pandharipande, who will be sincerely missed by all who know her at the MGH. Pari is an outstanding scientist and leader and is destined for great success in her new role.”

Study reveals trends in opioid overdose deaths in nine states during the COVID-19 pandemic

BOSTON – The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the social support and economic stability of many individuals, which experts have warned could lead to a rise in opioid overdoses and opioid-related deaths. In a recent study shared on medRxiv, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School characterized how the nature of such deaths have changed in nine9 U.S. states since the onset of the pandemic.

ITA Staff Honored at System Dynamics Society Conference

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At the 2021 System Dynamics Society conference, one paper authored by ITA researchers Erin Stringfellow, PhD, Celia Stafford, MPH, Catherine DiGennaro, BA, recent MIT graduate Tse Yang Lim, PhD, and others received two prestigious awards – the Lupina Young Researchers Award and the Dana Meadows Award. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sponsored the work: Reducing Opioid Use Disorder and Overdose in the United States: Model Development and Estimation