Category: 2014

2014 Diet Trends to Ditch in the New Year

December 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Blogs,, Joan Salge Blake, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Sargent College 0 comments “Nutrition & You Blog”
By Joan Salge Blake, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Over the past year, trendy diets touting unique health benefits seemed to be the “hot diet” until someone came out with a “better” one the next month. Unfortunately, many of these diet trends won’t pass the test of time…

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For Heroin Users, Less May Reduce Immune Cells

December 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Jeffrey Samet, New York Times, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Jeffrey Samet, School of Medicine

Occasional heroin use may be worse for the immune system than continual heroin use, according to a new study…

Expert quote:

“That was a surprise, and we don’t know why it happened. Chance?”

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A Social Media President?

December 22nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, James Katz, Newsmakers, PBS 0 comments

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James Katz, College of Communication

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Bay State in the cross hairs of flu

December 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, NEIDL, Newsmakers, Ronald Corley, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Ronald Corley, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Massachusetts could get hit with a particularly brutal flu season if it spreads here with the same ferocity as it has in many southern and Midwestern states, local doctors say…

Expert quote:

“Most reporting regions are experiencing elevated levels. The current evidence indicates that it’ll be a bad season.”

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Syria’s ancient sites were already damaged by war. Now they’re being looted.

December 20th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Michael Danti, Newsmakers, Washington Post 0 comments

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Michael Danti, College of Arts & Sciences

Syria’s vast archaeological sites have suffered extensive damage because of bombing by government warplanes and the demolition of religious shrines by Islamic State militants…

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Range of ways to hit back at North Korea

December 20th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, William Keylor 0 comments

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William Keylor, College of Arts & Sciences

Possible retaliation against North Korea for hacking Sony Pictures could include re-listing it as a state sponsor of terror, going after the country’s trading partners, launching a counter-cyber attack or simply screening the film to the widest possible audience, analysts told the Herald…

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Wars’ Cost to U.S. Since Sept. 11: $1.6 Trillion

December 19th, 2014 in 2014, Bloomberg, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Neta Crawford, Newsmakers 0 comments

Neta Crawford, College of Arts & Sciences

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and counterterrorism operations have cost the U.S. a combined $1.6 trillion since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a new Congressional Research Service analysis…

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In dealings with the West, Erdogan holds all the cards

December 19th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jenny White, Newsmakers, Reuters 0 comments

Jenny White, College of Arts & Sciences

President Tayyip Erdogan’s tightening grip on power is likely to meet little more than symbolic resistance from the West next year, as Turkey’s G20 presidency and the fight against Islamic State trump concerns about a slide towards authoritarianism…

Expert quote:

“Erdogan (presents himself as) the patriarchal father protecting the honor of his national family and keeping the dangerous chaos of liberalism at bay.”

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Making New Year’s Resolutions with Your Child

December 18th, 2014 in 2014, Benjamin Siegel, Newsmakers, PBS, School of Medicine 0 comments

Benjamin Siegel, School of Medicine

For many of us, the New Year means it’s time to take stock of our lives and fix what we don’t like…

Expert quote:

“Each one of us is going to state a few things that we want to continue to do and things we’d like to change that would make us feel better about ourselves and how our family works.”

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Historic agreement expands visiting rights and more

December 18th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Paul Webster Hare 0 comments

Paul Webster Hare, College of Arts & Sciences

In a historic move, President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17 that the United States will begin talks with Cuba on normalizing relations after five decades and re-open an embassy in Havana…

Expert quote:

“The Administration is signaling that it wants more of these visits approved. But , that said, the prices of these visits are still high, and the control of where people stay and what they see will still be in place. … But permission for the use of U.S. credit cards and U.S. bank arrangements in Cuba will make it much easier for NGOs (nongovernmental organizations), universities, etc. to run fuller programs in Cuba and for visitors to spend more beyond the cost of their formal visit arrangements.”

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