Category: Health & Medicine

RESEARCHERS IDENTIFY POTENTIAL GENE THAT MAY INCREASE RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE IN AFRICAN AMERICANS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 4, 2014 Contact: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, gina.digravio@bmc.org    RESEARCHERS IDENTIFY POTENTIAL GENE THAT MAY INCREASE RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE IN AFRICAN AMERICANS   (Boston)– Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) report that two rare variants in the AKAP9 gene significantly increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in African-Americans. […]

Patient Navigation May Aid in Breast Cancer Treatment in High-Risk Populations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 4, 2014 Contact: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, gina.digravio@bmc.org  (Boston)–Patient navigation, or the linking of a newly diagnosed cancer patient with a professional trained in assisting patients though the complex journey of cancer diagnosis and treatment, may lead to better breast cancer care in high risk and minority women. The findings, recently published […]

Researchers Identify Potential Biomarker for AD

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 28, 2014 Contact: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, gina.digravio@bmc.org (Boston)– Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) report variants in a new gene, PLXNA4, which may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The discovery of this novel genetic association may lead to new drug treatment options that target PLXNA4 specifically. […]

BU Researchers Discover that Klotho is Neuroprotective Against Alzheimer’s Disease Toxic Amyloid

Contact: Gina DiGravio, (617)-638-8480, gina.digravio@bmc.org (Boston)—Boston University School of Medicine researchers may have found a way to delay or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease (AD). They discovered that pre-treatment of neurons with the anti-aging protein Klotho can prevent neuron death in the presence of the toxic amyloid protein and glutamate. These findings currently appear in the Journal of Biological […]

BUSM’s Michael F. Holick Receives American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2014 Contact: Jenny Eriksen Leary, 617-638-6841, jenny.eriksen@bmc.org Boston—The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research awarded Michael F. Holick, PhD, MD, of Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), with the 2014 Louis V. Avioli Award. Holick, a professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics at BUSM, is internationally known for revolutionizing […]

Comfort Level of Emergency Responders Trained in Active Shootings Scenario Increases Following Instruction

For Immediate Release, July 10, 2014 Contact: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, gina.digravio@bmc.org (Boston) – Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responders felt better prepared to respond to an active shooter incident after receiving focused tactical training according to a new study in the journal Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. This is the first study to specifically examine the EMS […]

BU Researchers Relate Arrests with HIV Risk Environment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2014 Contact: Jenny Eriksen Leary, 617-638-6841, jenny.eriksen@bmc.org Boston—Practices used in policing injection drug users in Russia might contribute to HIV transmission and overdose mortality. A study, conducted by researchers from Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, in collaboration with St. Petersburg Pavlov State University, sought to discover the […]

Boston University Researchers and Collaborators Receive $12.6 Million NIH Grant to Study Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease

For Immediate Release, July 7, 2014 Contact: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, gina.digravio@bmc.org Boston – Researchers from the Biomedical Genetics division of the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) are part of a five-university collaboration receiving a $12.6 million, four-year grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to […]

Women Veterans Want Options and Follow up Support When Dealing with Intimate Partner Violence

Contact: Jenny Eriksen Leary, 617-638-6841, jenny.eriksen@bmc.org (Boston)–Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant health issue faced by women veterans, but little has been known up until now about their preferences for IPV-related care. A new study has found that most of these women support routine screening for IPV and want options, follow-up support, transparent documentation […]

BMC Study: Treat Patients with Addiction During, After Hospitalization

Contact: Jenny Eriksen Leary, 617-638-6841, jenny.eriksen@bmc.org BMC Study: Treat Patients with Addiction During, After Hospitalization (Boston) – The results of a new study demonstrate that starting hospitalized patients who have an opioid (heroin) addiction on buprenorphine treatment in the hospital and seamlessly connecting them with an outpatient office based treatment program can greatly reduce whether […]