Category: RESEARCH @ BU

New fears over e-cigarettes after study finds they affect the lungs in a similar way to tobacco

April 12th, 2014 in 2014, Avrum Spira, Daily Mail, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Avrum Spira, School of Medicine

E-cigarettes have been touted as a ‘safer’ alternative for smokers, but a new study indicates that this may not be the case…

Expert quote:

‘[E-cigarettes] may be safer, but our preliminary studies suggest that they may not be benign.”

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Overeating can lead to brown fat “dysfunction”

April 11th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, Futurity News, Kenneth Walsh, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Kenneth Walsh, School of Medicine, Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute

Overeating high-calories foods not only leads to an increase in white fat cell production, but it also leads to the dysfunction of brown fat cells…

Expert quote:

“If we go back to when humans were hunter-gatherers, days could pass between when they could eat, so it was a survival advantage to be able to store excess energy in white fat cells.”

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Study: E-cigarettes affect cells similarly to regular tobacco

April 10th, 2014 in 2014, Avrum Spira, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine, United Press International 0 comments

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Avrum Spira, School of Medicine

A new study shows that the vapor from e-cigarettes damages human cells similarly to smoke from traditional cigarettes…

Expert quote:

“They may be safer [than tobacco], but our preliminary studies suggest that they may not be benign.”

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Are you smarter than a 5-year-old? New research shows kindergarteners can learn more

April 10th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Deborah Kelemen, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Deborah Kelemen, College of Arts & Sciences

George Brown Elementary in San Bernadino is a glossy new school: Construction finished just two years ago. And what’s going on in the classrooms is just as cutting edge…

Expert quote:

“I think that we are generally underestimating, really, their capacity to understand some very, very abstract things.”

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Depression linked to asthma risk for black women

April 9th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, Futurity News, Newsmakers, Patricia Coogan, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Patricia Coogan, School of Public Health, Slone Epidemiology Center

New research has uncovered a possible link between depression brought on by stress and adult-onset asthma in African-American women…

Expert quote:

“The hypothesized mechanism linking depressive symptoms to asthma incidence is stress and its physiological consequences—particularly, effects on the immune system and the airways.”

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Eye On Education: BU Studies Effects Of Marathon Bombings On Children

April 7th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jonathan Comer, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Jonathan Comer, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

Dealing with a tragedy is tough for everyone, but it is particularly challenging for children who are trying to find their way in the world. Psychologists say many of the effects of a traumatic event like the Boston Marathon bombings emerge between six months to a year after a person is exposed…

Expert quote:

“Here was an opportunity to study a high profile terrorist attack that intentionally targeted a child and family event. This was not an office building.”

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Support ‘helpers’ on crisis duty

April 6th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jennifer Greif Green, Jonathan Comer, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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By Jennifer Greif Green, School of Education and
Jonathan Comer,College of Arts & Sciences

In the days following the Boston Marathon bombing, this quote by Fred Rogers circulated on websites and through social media: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ ”…

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Study Shows Sharks Combine All Their Senses to Hunt

April 3rd, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jelle Atema, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Jelle Atema, College of Arts & Sciences

A first-of-its-kind study of how sharks hunt has found the long-feared fish are truly complete predators, using all of their senses in an array of different combinations and ways…

Expert quote:

“This is landmark work. Back in 1985, world experts in underwater animal senses met at Mote, and at that time we emphasized that sensory studies were focusing on one animal at a time, one sense at a time, and we needed to start combining this information. Now we have.”

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Scientists amazed by how sharks use senses to hunt

April 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Feature, Futurity News, Jelle Atema, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Jelle Atema, College of Arts & Sciences

The most detailed ever play-by-play of how sharks hunt prey shows their senses work together from start to finish to get the job done. The research suggests that sharks with different lifestyles may favor different senses, and they can sometimes switch when their preferred senses are blocked. That’s hopeful news for sharks trying to find food in changing, sometimes degraded environments…

Expert quote:

“This is landmark work. Back in 1985, world experts in underwater animal senses met at Mote, and at that time we emphasized that sensory studies were focusing on one animal at a time, one sense at a time, and we needed to start combining this information. Now we have.”

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BU study: health insurance coverage does not reduce hospital readmissions

April 1st, 2014 in 2014, Boston Business Journal, Karen Lasser, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Karen Lasser, School of Medicine

Hospitals are desperate to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions, in part because the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services is penalizing hospitals with rates the government agency deems are too high…

Expert quote:

“Among African-Americans and Hispanics, we found the odds of readmission did not decrease in Massachusetts relative to control states, and there was no change in the magnitude of the white-black and white-Hispanic difference in readmission rates.”

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