Category: Metro

How to get that vitamin D in the winter

January 28th, 2014 in 2014, Metro, Michael Holick, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Michael Holick, School of Medicine

You know vitamin D is important for your health, and you’ve likely read that hardly anyone gets enough of it…

Expert quote:

“Ninety to 95 per cent of the vitamin D in your body comes from sensible sun exposure.”

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Are you getting enough vitamin D?

January 20th, 2014 in 2014, Metro, Michael Holick, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Michael Holick, School of Medicine

The list of illnesses you might help prevent by getting enough vitamin D seems to grow every day…

Expert quote:

“People tend to think that if a little is good, a lot is better, so some have raised concerns about the risk of toxicity. But vitamin D toxicity is one of the rarest medical conditions; you would need to take thousands of IUs every day for months for your body to take in enough to be harmful.”

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Boston smoking ban: What it means for public health, enforcement and the 2014 Freedom Rally

January 14th, 2014 in 2014, Metro, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

Two weeks ago the city made it illegal for anyone to smoke tobacco, marijuana and vaporized substances in its 251 parks, squares, cemeteries and beaches, but questions linger as to how the city plans on keeping people from publicly puffing, and whether the ban is even warranted…

Expert quote:

“Undeniably non smokers have the right to not have to be exposed to significant health hazards that they don’t have control over. However, I think that banning smoking in these wide-open places doesn’t make a lot of sense. It really goes beyond the health justification… I’m not aware of any data that shows that fleeting exposure to smoke in a park represents a significant health hazard, or poses a public health problem.”

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Is ‘Elf On The Shelf’ bad for kids?

December 24th, 2013 in 2013, Benjamin Siegel, Metro, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Benjamin Siegel, School of Medicine

For most parents, “Elf On The Shelf,” serves as an extension of Santa, entertaining kids and a way to get them to behave until Christmas…

Expert quote:

“Kids up to four, five, six and seven live in what we call fantasy magic life years. If the myths are good and talk about sharing and helping your neighbor, then that’s really nice!”

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What is the anti-inflammation diet, and why should you try it?

December 19th, 2013 in 2013, Joan Salge Blake, Metro, Newsmakers, Sargent College 0 comments

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Joan Salge Blake, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Why try the anti-inflammation diet?…

Expert quote:

“We’re not sure exactly why, but we do know that being in an inflammatory state is unhealthy. Eating foods that reduce the inflammatory response in the body and get your weight under control help keep blood pressure and blood glucose in check, cutting your risk of disease.”

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Mayor’s race: High turnout not expected despite ‘important’ vote

November 4th, 2013 in 2013, College of General Studies, Metro, Newsmakers, Politics, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Voters in Boston will elect a new leader of the Hub for the first time in 20 years, but don’t expect a record-breaking turnout at the polls on Tuesday, political experts and election officials said…

Expert quote:

“In the past, the World Series ended a lot earlier. Now, we’re talking just a few days between the end of the World Series and parade and the mayor’s race. I think a lot of people are just tired out and can’t distinguish between the two candidates.”

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The skinny on three fad diets

June 11th, 2013 in 2013, Joan Salge Blake, Metro, Newsmakers, Sargent College 0 comments

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Joan Salge Blake, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Just about every day, our inboxes are flooded with news about the latest way to drop those extra pounds…

Expert quote:

“The first red flag whenever you hear about any fad diet is if it purports a quick fix. There’s no way you can safely lose a tremendous amount of weight in a short amount of time.”

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Race for mayor: Candidates should be meeting, not tweeting voters

April 29th, 2013 in 2013, College of General Studies, Metro, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

The race to replace Mayor Thomas Menino is well underway in Boston – and on Twitter…

Expert quote:

“Boston’s kind of different from the rest of the country. It’s kind of a small big city and you still have to use a lot of shoe leather to be successful. Mayor Tom Menino has proved that.”

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Who will run for Mayor Menino’s seat?

March 28th, 2013 in 2013, College of General Studies, Metro, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Even before Mayor Thomas Menino announced his decision not to run for re-election this fall, there were already several people lining up to take his place…

Expert quote:

“There’s no one on the bench that can easily transition into that role. It’s strange given the political tradition and history in this state that the coffers are relatively bare when it comes to strong political leaders.”

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Metropolitik: The endless campaign ends

November 8th, 2012 in 2012, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Graham Wilson, Metro, Newsmakers 0 comments

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By Graham Wilson, College of Arts & Sciences

Asking a political scientist to write about an election campaign before the results come in is like asking the theater critic to file a review of a play at intermission…

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