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Charlie Baker backs away from Hobby Lobby comments

July 11th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Charlie Baker has clearly mastered the first law of holes: when you’re in one, stop digging. Under biting attack from Democrats, the Republican gubernatorial candidate quickly backed away Thursday from remarks he made a day earlier that downplayed the significance of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on insurance coverage for contraceptives…

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“He had to do sort of a mea culpa and show that he is actually in step with Massachusetts thought.”

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Mississippi Child Thought Cured Of HIV Shows Signs Of Infection

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, George Annas, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

A baby who generated great excitement last year because it appeared she had been cured of HIV is infected with the virus after all, health officials say…

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“To the extent that the justification for doing the trial is this one HIV-free child, and now it turns out that the child does have HIV, the trial should be stopped. We can’t put them essentially in harm’s way without some very good reason to think that they’re going to benefit.”

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President Obama facing criticism over border crisis

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WFXT 0 comments

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Too much salt at restaurants

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Joan Salge Blake, Newsmakers, Sargent College, WFXT 0 comments

Joan Salge Blake, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

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Will Yelp Derail Google’s Antitrust Deal With EU? Legal Experts Weigh In

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, International Business Times, Keith Hylton, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Keith Hylton, School of Law

An antitrust complaint filed by online review service Yelp Inc. (NYSE:YELP) could sideline a pending settlement between Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and European Union regulators worried that the big U.S. search engine gives itself preferential treatment in search results. It could also force Google to respond to competitors’ complaints in court…

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“I’m not surprised that the complainants are still going at this issue. The deal that Google arraigned seemed to be an unusually, surprisingly nice deal for Google.”

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Why HIV Spreads Less Easily In Heterosexual Couples

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Manash Sager, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Medicine 0 comments

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HIV is sexist. A woman is twice as likely to catch the virus from an infected partner in a heterosexual relationship than a man is. And homosexual men are at even greater risk. They’re more than 20 times as likely to get infected from an HIV-positive partner than partners in a heterosexual relationship…

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“You could envision a vaccine that weakens the virus in chronically infected people and needed to be administered only once. Their disease isn’t weakened, but their virus is weakened. So when they have sexual contact, the chance of transmission is lowered.”

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Co-authors gone bad – how to avoid publishing conflicts

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Conservation biology and related areas of science are increasingly collaborative endeavors. For most of us, working in teams can improve the quality of our research by bringing together people with complementary areas of expertise, generating and refining ideas, and writing and revising manuscripts…

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Why We Need to Restructure the Big Bank Holding Companies

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, American Banker, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law, Tamar Frankel 0 comments

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Many contributors helped bring about the most recent financial crisis, bank holding companies among them. The problems with bank holding companies stem less from lax rules or weak enforcement than from the way they are structured…

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‘Superfood’ trend combines fresh foods, common-sense choices

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Joan Salge Blake, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, Sargent College 0 comments

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Joan Salge Blake, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Practically every celebrity, TV show and magazine related to food or health has come out with a list of “superfoods” we all should be eating. These lists began to appear a few years ago, highlighting common foods that pack a nutritional punch, like sweet potatoes and blueberries. Now, we’re told we should be buying things like beet juice, acai berries, kale, quinoa, and chia seeds…

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“All produce is good for you. To ask which one is the best and brightest is like asking a mother which one of her kids she loves the most.”

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Finger at Neymar effect and boos

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Adam Naylor, Newsmakers, School of Education 0 comments

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Adam Naylor, School of Education

A single missing star player and an increasingly restive home crowd could be among factors that might explain host Brazil’s shocking 7-1 loss to Germany in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final match, sports psychologists say…

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“It was clear that missing Neymar was emotional for the team. The effect on the team’s morale depends on how much players view themselves as Neymar’s followers or collaborators — the more the members of a team hero-worship one of their own players, the greater the impact on their psychology.”

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