Author: Kevin Griffin

Clinical Assessment May Benefit Postpartum Women with Methadone Treatment Changes

For Immediate Release, Aug. 25, 2014 Contact: Jenny Eriksen Leary, 617-638-6841, jenny.eriksen@bmc.org A recent study led by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) found that women may not need significant methadone dose reductions in the first three months after pregnancy. Researchers reviewed the charts of 101 women who […]

Review of Clinical Treatment of Bronchiolitis in Infants Reveals Overreliance on One Test

EMBARGOED BY JAMA until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 Contact: Jenny Eriksen Leary, 617-638-6841, jenny.eriksen@bmc.org (Boston) – An editorial published in this week’s JAMA highlights the importance of physicians using all available clinical assessment tools when considering how to treat patients. Written by Robert Vinci, MD, chief of pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and […]

In-Utero Methadone or Subutex Exposure Could Alter Gene Expression, Cause Severe Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

For Immediate Release, Aug. 19, 2014 Contact: Jenny Eriksen Leary, 617-638-6841, jenny.eriksen@bmc.org (Boston) – Some infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) secondary to in-utero opioid exposure have a more difficult time going through withdrawal than others, but the underlying reasons are not well understood. While genetic and epigenetic (when genes are turned on or […]

BU Researchers Find Provider and Parental Assumptions About Teenage Sexual Activity Yield “Missed Opportunities” For HPV Vaccination

EMBARGOED by Pediatrics until Monday, August 18, 2014, 12:01 a.m., ET Contact: Jenny Eriksen Leary, 617-638-6841, jenny.eriksen@bmc.org (Boston)—Probing deeper into the complex decisions that parents and providers face regarding the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, researchers found that though both parties appreciated importance of the HPV vaccine, their personal assumptions surrounding timing of administration relative […]

Exercise Associated with Reduced Risk of Breast Cancer in African American Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 13, 2014 Contact: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, gina.digravio@bmc.org (Boston)—Regular exercise, including brisk walking, is associated with a decrease in the incidence of breast cancer in African American women. In a recently published study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, researchers from Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center found strong evidence linking physical exercise […]

Researchers Identify a Mechanism That Stops Progression of Abnormal Cells Into Cancer

Contact: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, gina.digravio@bmc.org (Boston)– Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) report that a tumor suppressor pathway, called the Hippo pathway, is responsible for sensing abnormal chromosome numbers in cells and triggering cell cycle arrest, thus preventing progression into cancer. Although the link between abnormal cells and tumor suppressor pathways—like that mediated […]

New Research from Boston and Duke Universities Offers New Hope for HIV Vaccine Development

BUSM Contact: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, gina.digravio@bmc.org Duke Contact: Sarah Avery, 919-660-1306, sarah.avery@duke.edu (Boston)- In a scientific discovery that has significant implications for HIV vaccine development, collaborators at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Duke University School of Medicine have uncovered novel properties of special HIV antibodies. The paper, published in Host Cell and […]

Common Chemical in Mothers May Negatively Affect the IQ of Their Unborn Children

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 5, 2014 Contact: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, gina.digravio@bmc.org (Boston)–In some women abnormally high levels of a common and pervasive chemical may lead to adverse effects in their offspring. The study, published recently in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, is the first of its kind to shed light on the possible […]

RESEARCHERS IDENTIFY POTENTIAL GENE THAT MAY INCREASE RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE IN AFRICAN AMERICANS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 4, 2014 Contact: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, gina.digravio@bmc.org    RESEARCHERS IDENTIFY POTENTIAL GENE THAT MAY INCREASE RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE IN AFRICAN AMERICANS   (Boston)– Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) report that two rare variants in the AKAP9 gene significantly increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in African-Americans. […]