Category: Associated Press

Online MD reviews: cars, movie sites more popular

February 18th, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, Newsmakers, Roberta Clarke, School of Management 0 comments

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Roberta Clarke, School of Management

Doctor ratings are less popular than those of toasters, cars and movies when it comes to online consumer sites. That’s according to a survey that found most adults hadn’t checked online physician reviews – and most said a conveniently located office and accepting patients’ health insurance was more important…

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Comcast strikes deal to buy Time Warner Cable

February 13th, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, Keith Hylton, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Keith Hylton, School of Law

With a single behemoth purchase, Comcast is creating a dominant force in American entertainment and presenting federal regulators with an equally outsized quandary: How should they handle a conglomerate that promises to improve cable TV and Internet service to millions of homes but also consolidates unprecedented control of what viewers watch and download?…

Expert quote:

“If there’s no claim of consumer gain at all, they’ll have trouble gaining the Justice Department’s approval. They tend to demand efficiency gains in the form of lower prices to consumers.”

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7 chosen to run marathon in honor of BU student

February 13th, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, BU in the News, BU Today, Feature, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Seven people with Boston University connections have been picked to run the Boston Marathon in honor of a student killed in the bombings last year. Lu Lingzi was a 23-year-old graduate student from China. Her parents were given 15 bibs for runners who want to participate in the April 21 marathon and they made seven available to members of the BU community…

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5 Things to know about Tuesday’s state dinner

February 11th, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Erik Goldstein, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences

President Barack Obama welcomes French President Francois Hollande to the White House on Tuesday for an awkwardly timed state dinner, coming on the heels of Hollande’s recent and very public split from Valerie Trierweiler, his longtime partner and de facto first lady. Here are five things to know about the dinner:…

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Ex-players fear dementia based on unproven tests

January 27th, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, Centers & Institutes in the News, Newsmakers, Robert Stern, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Robert Stern, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

After thousands of hits to his head and confronted with troubling symptoms, NFL Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure is sure he has the devastating brain disease CTE _ even though the strongest scientific evidence says it can only be diagnosed in the dead…

Expert quote:

“This is a very complex issue, because, No. 1, we don’t truly know what many of the tests might mean. No. 2, this is a very vulnerable group of people who are scared to death about seeing their brothers have such significant cognitive and behavioral and mood changes. There has been so much hype about this issue. The awareness and the attention to CTE has grown so tremendously in the last three to four years, but it has grown much, much faster than the science could possibly grow. We’re still in the early infancy of our scientific knowledge of this disease.”

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Doctors say cutting food stamps could backfire

January 10th, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, Deborah Frank, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Deborah Frank, School of Medicine

Doctors are warning that if Congress cuts food stamps, the federal government could be socked with bigger health bills. Maybe not immediately, they say, but over time if the poor wind up in doctors’ offices or hospitals as a result…

Expert quote:

“If you’re interested in saving health care costs, the dumbest thing you can do is cut nutrition. People don’t make the hunger-health connection.”

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Navy Investigator Pleads Guilty in Bribery Case

December 17th, 2013 in 2013, Associated Press, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Michael Corgan, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Michael Corgan, College of Arts & Sciences

A senior U.S. Navy criminal investigator pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery charges stemming from a multimillion-dollar fraud probe targeting an Asian defense contractor…

Expert quote:

“This isn’t only bad news for Leonard Glenn Francis, but I suspect there are a number of yet unnamed Navy people who are (and should be) worried. Something of the scope that this scandal embraces didn’t happen without a reasonably widespread acceptance of bad practice.”

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In Mass. governor’s race, 2 independent candidates eschew spoiler label, vow strong campaigns

December 14th, 2013 in 2013, Associated Press, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Politics, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

The two independent candidates running for Massachusetts governor have little name recognition but could still play a critical role in next year’s election…

Expert quote:

“Certainly Falchuk has a pretty progressive stance. If he gets any kind of traction politically, it could eat into the margins of whoever is the Democratic nominee and throw the race to the Republican.”

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How Volcker Rule would limit banks’ risky bets

December 11th, 2013 in 2013, Associated Press, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy

The rule that U.S. regulators approved Tuesday, after years of wrestling over its language, is designed to defuse the kind of risk-taking on Wall Street that helped trigger the 2008 financial crisis…

Expert quote:

“Their lobbyists are”hugely influential in crafting regulations. But they don’t win every battle.”

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New York Times media columnist David Carr joins Boston University communications faculty

December 10th, 2013 in 2013, Associated Press, College of Communication, David Carr, Newsmakers 0 comments

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College of Communication

Boston University has landed New York Times media columnist David Carr to fill a new endowed chair dedicated to exploring creative business models to support digital journalism…

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