‘Bionic pancreas’ astonishes diabetes researchers 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 […]

Brain changes, memory problems seen with minor head bumps 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 […]

Why Washington is failing at ‘too big to fail’ regulations 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.” View full article

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

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

Boston braces for economic impact from bomb blasts 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 […]

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