Category: Public Health

Controlling Healthcare Costs: Your Money or Your Life

October 1st, 2010 in Campus Events, Health care, Public Health 0 comments


Today starting at 9AM ,  leading experts will debate heathcare ideas and others as part of the 2010 William J. Bicknell Lectureship in Public Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. This year’s topic is “Controlling Healthcare Costs: Your Money or Your Life?”  featuring lecturer David Cutler. Panelists include Alice Coombs, M.D. President of the Massachusetts Medical Society; William C. Van Faasen, CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; and Kate Walsh, M.P.H. President and CEO of the Boston Medical Center. The event will take place at 670 Albany Street on the Medical Campus.

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SED's Scott Seider discusses Shelter

September 1st, 2010 in Education Issues, Public Health, Social Work 0 comments

Seider’s new book Shelter: Where Harvard Meets the Homeless was released today.  Here is what he had to say:

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From Joan Salge Blake:

January 22nd, 2010 in advertising, Health, Media, Nutrition, Public Health 0 comments

In response to a recent article in AdAge magazine reporting that the Spanish government is planning to ban some diet and beauty TV Ads before 10 PM:


“This is a terrific first step in easing the constant visual reminders of the unrealistic, body weight often portrayed in the media and viewed by young, vulnerable individuals who feel pressured to be ‘thin at all health costs.’  Continued monitoring and viligence of these unhealthy media messages needs to continue to avoid a shift from television advertising to Internet advertising, especially on popular social media websites that are heavily used by this age group.”

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Health experts can't predict how dangerous swine flu might be

September 3rd, 2009 in Health, Public Health 0 comments

New York City  is well prepared for the potential outbreak of swine flu, even ahead of other major metropolitan centers. But that’s not enough said Al Ozonoff, School of Public Health associate professor of biostatistics.  

I believe that New York City has done a very good job of planning and preparation. That being said, nobody really knows  what to expect coming into this flu season. We don’t know exactly what to prepare for.

Contact Al Ozonoff, 617-638-5866,

Initial swine flu forecasts are "suspect"

August 26th, 2009 in Health, Public Health 0 comments

The first official forecast that the global swine flu pandemic, expected to return to the USA this fall,  could lead to two million people hospitalized and between 30,000 and 90,000 deaths are “suspect” and contribute to a “climate of scaremongering and shaky science,” claims Al Ozonoff.  He is a School of Public Health associate professor of biostatistics who has researched real-time survillance systems for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Contact Al Ozonoff,  (617) 638-5866,

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The escalating costs of treating obesity

July 27th, 2009 in Health, Health care, Public Health 0 comments

Medical spending for an obese person averages $1,400 more a year than an individual of normal weight  – a health-related expenditure that has doubled from nearly a decade ago and includes treating diabetes, heart disease and other ailments found  in those overweight, according to a recent study. Caroline Apovian, MD, Boston Medical Center Director of Clinical Research at the Obesity Research Center, can discuss ways of changing behavior and health outcomes to reduce obesity.

Contact Caroline Apovian, 617-414-1816,

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New obesity rate: 1 in 7 low-income preschoolers

July 24th, 2009 in Health, Nutrition, Public Health 0 comments

The latest report from the Centers  for Disease Control and Prevention estimates obesity rates have stablized to one in seven preschoolers from low-income families and the childhood obesity epidemic is leveling off  among youngsters in this group.  Caroline Apovian,MD, a BU associate professor of pediatrics and Boston Medical Center Director of Nutrition and Weight Management, can discuss the prevalence of obesity in preschoolers from low income families.

Contact Caroline Apovian (617) 414-1816,


For seniors, a few drinks cuts dementia risk

July 13th, 2009 in Health, Public Health 0 comments

Alcohol consumption — one to two drinks a day — lowers the risk of dementia, based on a six-year study of people aged 75 years or older.  Although there is no explanation why a moderate amount of alcohol is good for the brain, Robert Stern, Co-Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical & Research Programs, cited studies where the reverse — abstinence — lowers the risk of liver disease, breast cancer, colorectal disease, and diabetes.

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Hospitalizations of obese kids and teens nearly doubles

July 9th, 2009 in Health, Public Health 0 comments

Obese children hospitalized for such related conditions as asthma, diabetes, gallbladder disease, pneumonia and mental disorders soared dramatically, both in patient numbers and total costs. The published study prompted Caroline Apovian, MD, Boston Medical Center director of the Obesity Research Center, to call for a national health plan effort “to stave off a curtailed healthy future for our kids.”

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Widespread public support for greenhouse gas rules

June 25th, 2009 in Law, Public Health 0 comments

A Washington Post-ABC News survey shows that 75% of Americans back federal government regulations on the release of greenhouse gases from power plants, cars and factories to reduce global warming. Cutler Cleveland, Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, knows the issues as Congress prepares to vote on climate change legislation.

Cutler Cleveland, 617-353-3083,

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