Category: Health

SAR professor enhances lives of Parkinson’s patients

Sargent College Clinical Associate Professor Terry Ellis is working to further develop Every Victory Counts, in conjunction with the Davis Phinney Foundation, helping patients with Parkinson’s Disease live better for longer.  Terry’s research is focusing on observing Parkinson’s patients to better understand how their lives change as the disease progresses and what treatments sustain or […]

'Tis the Season (for Seasonal Affective Disorder that is)

It’s October and while that crisp autumn air is a refreshing change from the dog days of summer, fall also means the days are growing shorter and shorter. With decreased daylight, many people start to feel the effects of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). For more info about SAD and how to combat it, check out the […]

National Backpack Awareness Day

Today, September 15th, marks the 10th Anniversary of National Backpack Awareness Day sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) . Professor Karen Jacobs of Sargent College is commemorating this occasion with a family style initiative from 12:30-2 PM, at St. Mary of the Assumption Rectory School, in Brookline. There, along with 49 BU entry-level occupational […]

Joan Salge Blake and Hardin Coleman talk about health & nutrition education and healthy school lunches

Registered Dietitian and Sargent Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake and School of Education Dean Hardin Coleman joined us this morning on UStream for a live chat about the importance of healthy school lunches. They also talked about the importance of health and nutrition education. You can view the full chat below:

Summertime heat is on

The heat is certainly on in much of the country this summer.  For information about heat exhaustion and tips for staying healthy during hot, humid weather, BU Now spoke with Dr. Jonathan Olshaker, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center and Professor and Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.

The FDA and antibiotics for animals

In hopes of slowing the growing scourge of killer bacteria, the Food and Drug Administration has released a policy document that says agricultural uses of antibiotics should be limited to assuring animal health.  But the FDA again stopped short of banning antibiotics in feed given cattle, chickens and pigs — as European regulators already have.  School […]

I want to eat Scooby-Doo!

A new study from Yale University published in the journal Pediatrics has found that popular cartoon and other characters can influence children’s food choices, and even preference, for the taste of a food.  According to the research, “children significantly prefer the taste of junk foods branded with licensed cartoon characters on the packaging, compared with […]

Why some people live longer than others

BU researchers are exploring why certain families produce members who live well past their eighties. The Long Life Family Study, made up of investigators from other universities and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, will try to determine which environmental, behavioral and genetic factors contribute to longevity. Boston University Associate Professor Dr. Thomas Perls, […]