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The $400,000 Social Security Mistake

July 29th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Forbes, Laurence Kotlikoff, Newsmakers 0 comments

Laurence Kotlikoff, College of Arts & Sciences

Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) opened today’shearings on Social Security with grim statistics. Unless Congress acts, Americans receiving disability benefits won’t get full benefits starting in 2016, and when Americans who are 48 today reach full retirement age in 2033, they and everyone else receiving retirement and survivor benefits would see a 23% benefit cut…

Expert quote:

“We have a generational crisis of enormous proportions. This country is 58% underfinanced, Social Security is 33% underfinanced. Social Security has a $24.9 trillion unfunded liability over an infinite horizon.”

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Women Who Have Babies After 33 Live Longer, Study Says

July 7th, 2014 in 2014, Forbes, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine, Thomas Perls 0 comments

Thomas Perls, School of Medicine

Did you, or will you, have a baby after the age of 33? Then you might live much longer than the average woman, or so say researchers…

Expert quote:

“The natural ability to have a child at an older age likely indicates that a woman’s reproductive system is aging slowly, and therefore so is the rest of her body.”

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Finally, Some Help For Family Caregivers After Hospital Discharges

June 4th, 2014 in 2014, Brian Jack, Forbes, Newsmakers, Ramon Cancino, School of Medicine 0 comments

Brian Jack, School of Medicine
Ramon Cancino, School of Medicine

You are caring for a parent or spouse who is in the hospital…

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How To Fix Our Broken Online Customer Review System

May 26th, 2014 in 2014, Forbes, Georgios Zervas, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

Georgios Zervas, School of Management

One evening in December 2012 a party of nine visited a restaurant in New York City and ordered a house salad…

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6 Reasons GM Could Avoid Any Swoon In Car Sales

May 23rd, 2014 in 2014, Forbes, Newsmakers, School of Management, Shuba Srinivasan 0 comments

Shuba Srinivasan, School of Management

It looks like it’s shaping up to be a bad summer in GM showrooms, right? As General Motors’ recalls keep adding to its record number this year — with another four actions, covering 2.4 million vehicles, announced this week…

Expert quote:

“GM has been able to generate some foot traffic to showrooms through short-term incentives and employee pricing. This increased store traffic has led to sales conversions.”

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Will FDA Regulation Preserve Or Destroy The E-Cigarette Industry?

May 1st, 2014 in 2014, Forbes, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

The first time the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) moved to regulate electronic cigarettes, it tried to ban them. Last week it took a different approach that may ultimately have a similar effect. Much will depend on whether the FDA irrationally decides to treat e-cigarettes as a menace to public health or recognizes them as a lifesaving alternative to conventional cigarettes…

Expert quote:

“An electronic cigarette company cannot even inform consumers that the product does not produce smoke because such a claim would be considered a ‘reduced exposure’ claim.”

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Potential New Treatment for Alcoholism: Ezogabine

April 20th, 2014 in 2014, Clifford Knapp, Forbes, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

Clifford Knapp, School of Medicine

A relatively new anti-seizure drug may help alcoholics quit drinking, according to a new study. Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine found that ezogabine had the potential to reduce alcohol consumption amongst alcoholics by reducing the desire to drink…

Expert quote:

“Ezogabine acts by opening a particular type of potassium channel in the brain, called the Kv7 channel, which regulates activity in areas of the brain that are believed to regulate the rewarding effects of alcohol.”

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New Signup Numbers Show Why Obamacare May Be Impossible To Repeal

February 13th, 2014 in 2014, Austin Frakt, Forbes, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

For Republicans who want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, there is a major problem: many people may hate the law, but just as many like it…

Expert quote:

“The thing that bothers me is people constantly forget that all politics is local, and that there’s great variation in the extent to which the law is accepted or is going to work. It’s state by state. It’s not fair to say we’ll repeal the whole thing because there’s half the states that are cool with it.”

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Beyoncé At The Grammys: Brand Confusion Or Multivocality?

January 28th, 2014 in 2014, Forbes, Newsmakers, School of Management, Susan Fournier 0 comments

Susan Fournier, School of Management

At Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, Beyoncé took the stage barely covered in lingerie, dripping wet and enveloped in smoke. Her recently slimmed body was on full display, the product of the oxymoronic “vegan-fast” (if it’s a fast, does it matter that it’s vegan?)…

Expert quote:

“Brands are about trust and familiarity. You know what it is, that’s the essence of having strong brand. If you change that, what do you have left?”

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$10: One Perspective On What Bitcoin Will Be Worth In 2014

January 15th, 2014 in 2014, Bitcoin, Forbes, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

Mark Williams, School of Management

The Wild West has become a popular metaphor for the unregulated Bitcoin market…

Expert quote:

“When these million people stop buying at these high prices, that’s when the house of cards will start falling price wise.”

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