Category: Health & Medicine

Researchers Develop Tool to Predict Need for Life Support

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 14, 2015 CONTACT: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu Researchers Develop Tool to Predict Need for Life Support (Boston)—It is now possible to determine which patients have an increased chance of one day needing life support with mechanical ventilation. Researchers have developed a simple tool to predict an individual’s five-year risk of requiring this […]

High Dose Chemotherapy and Stem Cell Transplantation Results in Long-Term Survival for Many Patients with AL Amyloidosis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 8, 2015 CONTACT: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu High Dose Chemotherapy and Stem Cell Transplantation Results in Long-Term Survival for Many Patients with AL Amyloidosis (Boston)—Patients with Light-chain (AL) amyloidosis who are treated with high-dose chemotherapy (melphalan) and autologous (one’s own) stem cell transplantation (HDM/SCT) have the greatest success for long-term survival. These […]

Researchers Discover Role of Microglia during Early Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 5, 2015 CONTACT: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu Researchers Discover Role of Microglia during Early Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease (Boston)–For the first time, researchers have determined how toxic tau fibrils spread by the help of brain immune cells called microglia during the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The discovery of this new […]

New Classification System Developed for Gout

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 14, 2015 CONTACT: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu New Classification System Developed for Gout (Boston)—A panel of experts and researchers have developed a new classification system for gout, the most common form of inflammatory arthritis. This new system standardizes the classification of this condition using a variety of evidence-based criteria. Led by a […]

Midlife High Blood Pressure May Negatively Impact the Brain Years Later

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 16, 2015 CONTACT: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu Midlife High Blood Pressure May Negatively Impact the Brain Years Later (Boston)–Having high blood pressure in your 50’s may impact your ability to keep track or plan ahead in your 80’s. This study reports a connection between high blood pressure at a younger age […]

Rapid Skin Improvement Seen after Treating Systemic Sclerosis Patients with Fresolimumab

EMBARGOED by the Journal of Clinical Investigation until June 22, 2015, 4 pm ET CONTACT: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu Rapid Skin Improvement Seen after Treating Systemic Sclerosis Patients with Fresolimumab (Boston)— A major treatment breakthrough for total body scarring of the skin that occurs in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), also known as scleroderma, may soon be […]

BUSM Researcher Receives $1.6 million NIH grant for Pneumonia Research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 19, 2015 CONTACT: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu BUSM Researcher Receives $1.6 million NIH grant for Pneumonia Research (Boston)—Joseph Mizgerd, ScD, professor of medicine, microbiology and biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), and director of the University’s Pulmonary Center, recently was awarded $1.6 million from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) […]

Researchers Find NAS Treatment Needs Standardization

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2014 CONTACT: Jenny Eriksen Leary, 617-638-6841, jenny.eriksen@bmc.org Researchers Find NAS Treatment Needs Standardization  (Boston) – When it comes to treating infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) believe the care for these infants should be consistent and objective, with standardized assessment tools and evidence to […]

Lactation Linked to Reduced Risk of Estrogen Receptor-Negative and Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2014 CONTACT: Jenny Eriksen Leary, 617-638-6841, jenny.eriksen@bmc.org Lactation Linked to Reduced Risk of Estrogen Receptor-Negative and Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (Boston) — Women who have had children (parous women) appear to have an increased risk of developing estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer, the subtype that carries a higher mortality rate and is […]

Dr. Belinda Borrelli Appointed Professor and Director of Behavioral Science Research in the Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2014 Contact:  Mary Becotte Director, Communications & External Relations Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine 617-638-5147, becottem@bu.edu Dr. Belinda Borrelli Appointed Professor and Director of Behavioral Science Research in the Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research (Boston) – The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School […]