Category: NBCNews.com

‘Bionic pancreas’ astonishes diabetes researchers

June 16th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Edward Damiano, NBCNews.com, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Edward Damiano, College of Arts & Sciences

A “bionic pancreas” that uses a smart phone, glucose monitor and insulin pump to automatically control blood sugar levels helped more than two dozen people live free of finger pricks and other troublesome reminders of diabetes, researchers reported Sunday…

Expert quote:

“I was astonished at how well it worked in a real-world setting.”

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Heroin Overdose ‘Cure’ Exists, But Can Users Find It?

February 20th, 2014 in 2014, Alexander Walley, NBCNews.com, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Alexander Walley, School of Medicine

Tracey Helton’s descent into the world of opiates began at 17, when she had her wisdom teeth pulled and was prescribed Vicodin. Not long after, she began shooting heroin. Then came a fateful move to San Francisco, periods of homelessness, a featured role in an HBO documentary about heroin addicts and an overdose that nearly killed her…

Expert quote:

“It’s important to be creative and think about where you are going to find high-risk people and engage and empower them.”

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Brain changes, memory problems seen with minor head bumps

December 11th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, NBCNews.com, Newsmakers, Robert Cantu, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Robert Cantu, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

Young athletes playing contact sports may experience learning and memory deficits as well as brain changes even when jolts to the head don’t trigger a concussion, a study shows…

Expert quote:

“I think this is the next big bomb to drop. This study shows that you can have brain injury without a recognized concussion. What we don’t know yet is whether the effects are transient or not.”

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Why Washington is failing at ‘too big to fail’ regulations

October 31st, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, NBCNews.com, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy

Obamacare isn’t the only piece of landmark legislation that some members of Congress have been diligently working to delay…

Expert quote:

“The legislation completely missed the target. “‘Too big to fail’ has not been eliminated.”

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Blue or white: What color is your city’s collar? As local work forces evolve, civic identities stick

September 2nd, 2013 in 2013, College of General Studies, NBCNews.com, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

In a city still packing a wicked-hard edge, an old maxim lives on: “Boston is about sports, politics and revenge.” From the clout of its labor unions to the grit of its Red Sox, Beantown remains synonymous with working class…

Expert quote:

“Whatever your ethnic tribe, race or class, people here embrace the notion that Boston is a tough town. It has a certain romanticism. You hear it when the (Boston) Celtics meet the (Los Angles) Lakers (in the NBA). Boston revels in the fact that we’re not like the people in ‘La La Land,’ that our team is blue collar.”

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As Congress debates food stamp cuts, moms fret about feeding kids

July 13th, 2013 in 2013, Deborah Frank, NBCNews.com, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Deborah Frank, School of Medicine

For one in seven Americans, the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps, is all that stands between them and too little food…

Expert quote:

“As finances get worse, the dietary quality also gets worse. Poor nutrition isn’t obvious to the lay person,” she said. “This is a health problem. I think that’s the connection that people miss.”

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Hoarding a ‘grave problem’ in Bucks County

June 17th, 2013 in 2013, Gail Steketee, NBCNews.com, Newsmakers, School of Social Work 0 comments

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Gail Steketee, School of Social Work

He who dies with the most toys wins… unless trapped under all those toys during a fire when rescue workers can’t get to you…

Expert quote:

“We know people who have filled one house, bought another, started to fill that house, and bought a third. So, these are people who have money and can just move from home to home.”

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Boston braces for economic impact from bomb blasts

April 17th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Laurence Kotlikoff, NBCNews.com, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Laurence Kotlikoff, College of Arts & Sciences

At La Voile restaurant on Boston’s upscale Newbury Street, where the filet de boeuf goes for $47, dinner traffic has fallen off sharply since a pair of deadly bomb blasts two blocks away left the city badly shaken…

Expert quote:

“I think it’s going to depend very much on whether they find these guys quickly. If they don’t it will put a bigger damper (on confidence.) It still feels at this point like it’s an isolated incident.”

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Money men: Top donors traditionally cash-in with plum diplomatic posts

April 8th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Erik Goldstein, NBCNews.com, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences

When the phone rang at the bar of a Brussels restaurant in 1991, it was extraordinary — not just because the president of the United States was on the other end, but because the message being delivered by George H.W. Bush flouted more than 200 years of tradition when it comes to how Washington doles out ambassadorships…

Expert quote:

“They just shake their heads. But they understand the American system and know this is a political reward. This is the price of doing business with the U.S., and you have to deal with the No. 2.”

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Even a drink a day boosts cancer death risk, alcohol study finds

February 15th, 2013 in 2013, NBCNews.com, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Timothy Naimi, School of Medicine, School of Public Health

The first update of alcohol-linked cancer deaths in the U.S. in three decades shows that booze can be blamed for nearly 20,000 deaths a year — and it’s not just the heavy drinkers…

Expert quote:

“For non-drinkers, it’s another reason to feel happy they don’t drink. For drinkers, it shows that when it comes to cancer, the less you drink, the better.”

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