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Boston Globe: Treatment study offers hope for alcoholics
Scientists at Boston Medical Center and 10 other hospitals are testing what they believe to be a "supertreatment" for alcoholics -- a combination of two addiction-fighting medications and two types of psychotherapy, reports the October 9 Boston Globe. Within the next three years, they hope to establish a single approach to treating alcoholism that could be used with equal effectiveness by the high-priced celebrity treatment center or the urban clinic. "This is the most important study in a generation," says Domenic Ciraulo, a MED professor and chairman of the psychiatry department and a lead researcher on the trial. "If it's successful, it will tell us what kinds of psychotherapies are helpful and which combinations of drugs are helpful, and the relative costs of delivering the treatment." Although the research is just a few months old, some patients say the treatment already is changing their lives.
New Republic: Do fundamentalists fear "girl power"?
Freedom of opportunity for women may help explain why Islamic societies find the West so culturally threatening, according to Richard Landes, a CAS associate professor of history, in an article he cowrote in the October 8 New Republic. "Israel -- where women don bikinis on the beach, attend university in large numbers, and are required to serve in the military -- represents a deeply subversive example for many of its Middle Eastern neighbors. Osama bin Laden, in particular, has voiced outrage at the presence of American women soldiers on Saudi soil. Might he be worried that the women of the Gulf are watching them and taking note? For bin Laden and his followers, these are not mere cultural differences. They are evidence of Islam's purity and the West's corruption, and part of an apocalyptic struggle for universal salvation through Muslim domination."
Boston Herald: Unified front is splintering by age group
While the nation came together in the hours and days following the September
attacks, sociologists, psychologists, clergy, and other observers of human
behavior say that even within that unity they see key differences, according
to an article in the Boston Herald on October 7. Reactions among seniors
have varied, says Elizabeth Markson, a MED professor, a CAS adjunct professor
of sociology, and acting director of BU's Gerontology Center. One man
in his 70s compared the terrorist attacks to the evil he saw as a child
escaping Nazi Germany during World War II. "He said to me, 'What
else is new? It's all very well to talk about stamping out evil, but we
have had 3,000 years to try and do it.'" Markson also says that most
of the seniors have expressed concern for their grandchildren's future.
"In The News" is compiled by Mark Toth in the Office of Public Relations.