50 U.S. health care workers to fight Ebola in West Africa

August 5th, 2014 in 2014,, Ebola, Nahid Bhadelia, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments
Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine

No one is immune to the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, including the health care workers trying to stop its spread. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 100 health care workers have been infected so far, about half of whom have died…

Expert quote:

“I think Ebola occupies this special cultural stress in us because we’ve seen it in movies and such, you know, but it is another infection, and we’ve done a wonderful job of dealing with other highly communicable infections, and we will take care of this one, safely.”

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Avid cyclists could have higher prostrate cancer risk

July 19th, 2014 in 2014,, Centers & Institutes in the News, Lauren Wise, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments
Lauren Wise, School of Public Health, Slone Epidemiology Center

A new study fuels the ongoing debate over the health risks of bicycle riding for men: Researchers found that cyclists who bike more may face a higher risk of prostate cancer, but not a greater chance of infertility or erectile dysfunction…

Expert quote:

“Regular bikers who volunteered for this study are probably less likely to have a history of infertility or erectile dysfunction because if they had experienced those events they would be less likely to continue biking.”

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“Bionic pancreas” shows promise for diabetes management

June 16th, 2014 in 2014,, College of Engineering, Edward Damiano, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments
Edward Damiano, College of Engineering

A cure for Type 1 diabetes is still far from sight, but new research suggests an artificial “bionic pancreas” holds promise for making it much more easily manageable…

Expert quote:

“The bionic pancreas completely takes over your blood sugar control.”

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Electronic cigarettes won’t help smokers quit, study claims

March 24th, 2014 in 2014,, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments
Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

Using an electronic cigarette won’t make you any more likely to quit smoking actual cigarettes, according to a new study…

Expert quote:

“We need solid data that’s based on solid science before we make decisions. I hope no one would take this research letter and make any conclusion based on it.”

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NIH back to work but faces research backlog

October 19th, 2013 in 2013,, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Robinson Fulweiler 0 comments
Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler, College of Arts & Sciences

The National Institutes of Health is back in business now that the partial government shutdown has ended, but the agency has a long road ahead of before things get back to normal…

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Vitamin D deficiency may lead to physical problems in older age

July 18th, 2013 in 2013,, Michael Holick, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments
Michael Holick, School of Medicine

Not getting enough vitamin D may lead to problems with completing everyday tasks later on in life…

Expert quote:

“It would be very nice to have a vitamin D intervention study so that you could actually demonstrate that those that were vitamin D deficient, if you made their blood level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D above 30 ng/mL, which is what is in fact recommended by the Endocrine Society practice guidelines, … that you could improve neurocognitive function, as well as muscle function, and improve overall health and welfare of people as they’re aging.”

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Women in tech fight for tipping point in sexism debate

March 30th, 2013 in 2013,, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Laurel Smith-Doerr, Newsmakers 0 comments
Laurel Smith-Doerr, College of Arts & Sciences

A string of events centered on women and the technology field this month have led to a blaze of online dialog…

Expert quote:

“Despite the high growth in Internet-related information technology (IT) occupations, women were disappearing from computing. When new occupations open up in high tech fields, women enter. But gender integration can be disrupted by stereotypes and bias becoming part of the gatekeeping process in the occupation, such as the experience of college student majors.”

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Behind the capture of Whitey Bulger

March 4th, 2013 in 2013,, College of Communication, Dick Lehr, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Dick Lehr, College of Communication

After being on the run for 16 years, Whitey Bulger was captured by the FBI…

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Cognitive behavioral therapy may help when antidepressants don’t

December 7th, 2012 in 2012,, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Michael Otto, Newsmakers 0 comments
Michael Otto, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

A new study lends more support that therapy could effectively treat depression when medication isn’t doing the job…

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Researchers discover optimism may lead to longevity

May 30th, 2012 in 2012,, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Thomas Perls 0 comments
Thomas Perls, School of Medicine

The secret to a long life may be something as simple as a sunny disposition…

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