Category: Associated Press

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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Expert says concussed players hide injuries out of fear

November 19th, 2013 in 2013, Associated Press, Centers & Institutes in the News, Chris Nowinski, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Chris Nowinski, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

A leading concussion expert from the United States says players in high-level contact sports still are often fearful of sitting out games after head injuries because they might lose their positions on their teams…

Expert quote:

“There still has to be a culture change with the players, they need to take that time off. They still have that impression that their job or role might be at risk. And I’m still not sure that players anywhere, even now, appreciate or understand the risk they are exposing themselves to.”
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Column: Goodell teaches moms to tackle ‘safely’

October 30th, 2013 in 2013, Associated Press, Centers & Institutes in the News, Newsmakers, Robert Cantu, School of Medicine 0 comments

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

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell came to town to teach mothers how to tackle safely…

Expert quote:

‘‘They haven’t understood the dangers their kids are being subjected to. Once they do — and it won’t happen in weeks, or months, maybe even years — they’ll demand changes.’’

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Norway snub shows sharp edge of Chinese diplomacy

October 28th, 2013 in 2013, Associated Press, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

Mainly associated with conflict resolution, foreign assistance and cozy Scandinavian prosperity, Norway makes an odd target for China’s ire..

Expert quote:

“I think China hurts its reputation. China needs to think more about providing the public goods that maintain the international system.”

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Saudi Arabia rejects Security Council seat, criticizes U.N. body

October 19th, 2013 in 2013, Associated Press, Charles Dunbar, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Charles Dunbar, College of Arts & Sciences

Just hours after winning a coveted place on the U.N. Security Council for the first time, Saudi Arabia did a stunning about-face Friday and rejected the seat, denouncing the body for failing to resolve world conflicts such as the Syrian civil war…

Expert quote:

“It is hard not to think that Riyadh’s decision reflects an overall cooling of the U.S.-Saudi relationship. Syria and Iran would seem to be the two most prominent reasons for the downturn in relations.”

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