Category: Futurity News

Does ‘subfertility’ account for some in vitro risk?

March 20th, 2015 in 2015, Eugene Declercq, Futurity News, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Eugene Declercq, School of Public Health

The growth of assisted reproductive technology (ART) has raised concerns about a range of issues, including an excess of preterm births, low birth weight, and newborn deaths…

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Bullies who were bullied at risk for suicide

March 19th, 2015 in 2015, Futurity News, Melissa Holt, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Education 0 comments

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Melissa Holt, School of Education

Being bullied can put youth at risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, but so can being a bully. And those who have been both bullies and bullied are at the highest risk of all, a new analysis shows…

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Big drinks like Four Loko cause trouble for teens

March 11th, 2015 in 2015, Alison Albers, Futurity News, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alison Albers, School of Public Health

New research links supersized alcoholic beverages, such as Four Loko or Joose, to a higher rate of alcohol-related injuries among some underage drinkers.

Expert quote:

“These findings raise important concerns about the popularity and use of flavored alcoholic beverages among young people, particularly for the supersized varieties.”

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No major health risks from trans hormone therapy

March 4th, 2015 in 2015, Futurity News, Joshua Safer, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Joshua Safer, School of Medicine

Hormone therapy is safe for transgender adults, according to the most comprehensive review on the subject to date.

Expert quote:

“Although many of the studies identified were small and will need to be replicated with larger numbers of patients involved, the overall trend of the findings is reassuring.”

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Familiar ‘smoke and mirrors’ promote e-cigs

February 25th, 2015 in 2015, Futurity News, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Management 0 comments

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Stine Grodal, School of Management

A new study investigates how the tobacco industry managed to raise the levels of tar and nicotine in “light” cigarettes for decades without a regulatory crackdown—despite mounting proof of health hazards…

Expert quote:

“For example, as labels such as ‘low fat’ and ‘low sugar’ became increasingly taken-for-granted shortcuts for the notion of ‘healthy’ food, there is some evidence that companies increasingly manipulated underlying product characteristics to make them more palatable, such as adding more sugar or fat and adjusting the serving size to mask the increase.”

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Is it bad to use iPads to calm little kids?

February 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Futurity News, Jenny Radesky, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Jenny Radesky, School of Medicine

It’s not uncommon to see young children using mobile devices, but their effects on development and behavior are relatively unknown…

Expert quote:

“It has been well studied that increased television time decreases a child’s development of language and social skills. Mobile media use similarly replaces the amount of time spent engaging in direct human-human interaction.”

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Adding peptide to brain could shrink meals

February 16th, 2015 in 2015, Futurity News, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Valentina Sabino, School of Medicine

Scientists have discovered that administering a peptide and hormone to a specific area of the brain may reduce the desire for food.

Expert quote:

“We found that amygdalar PACAP reduces the amount of food eaten within meals, but not how many meals are consumed. In addition, we found that PACAP reduced the rate of intake of food. This means that, following administration of PACAP, models were eating more slowly.”

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Breast cancer: How to predict risk for African Americans

February 3rd, 2015 in 2015, Centers & Institutes in the News, Futurity News, Julie Palmer, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Julie Palmer, School of Public Health, Slone Epidemiology Center

A new way to predict breast cancer risk may lead to more African-American women taking part in breast cancer prevention trials.

Expert quote:

“The model was well calibrated in that it predicted 486 cases in comparison to an observed 506 cases during the additional five years of follow-up.”

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How does working nights raise diabetes risk?

February 2nd, 2015 in 2015, Futurity News, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine, Varsha Vimalananda 0 comments

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Varsha Vimalananda, School of Medicine

African American women who work night shifts are significantly more likely to develop diabetes than those who have never worked nights.

Expert quote:

“For most shift workers, simply quitting their jobs is not likely to be a feasible option for prevention.”

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Is this kid too young for football?

January 30th, 2015 in 2015, Futurity News, Julie Stamm, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Julie Stamm, School of Medicine

As the 100 million viewers tuning in to this Sunday’s Super Bowl can attest, Americans adore football. And for many, the love affair begins in childhood…

Expert quote:

“Sports offer huge benefits to kids, as far as work ethic, leadership, and fitness, and we think kids should participate.But there’s increasing evidence that children respond differently to head trauma than adults. Kids who are hitting their heads over and over during this important time of brain development may have consequences later in life.”

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