Category: RESEARCH @ BU

Bionic Blood Sugar Control

February 3rd, 2015 in 2015, College of Engineering, Discovery News, Edward Damiano, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Edward Damiano, College of Engineering

For 14 years, ever since his son was an infant, Edward Damiano has worriedly checked on David as he slept…

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Researchers: Using an iPad or smartphone can harm a toddler’s learning and social skills

February 2nd, 2015 in 2015, Jenny Radesky, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Washington Post 0 comments

Washington Post
Jenny Radesky, School of Medicine

It wasn’t long before 2-year-old Kyle got his hands on his father’s iPad. He worked with it with an immediate – almost savant-like – fluency…

Expert quote:

“Mobile devices are everywhere and children are using them more frequently at young ages. The impact these mobile devices are having on the development and behavior of children is still relatively unknown.”

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The Dangers of Using Your Phone as a ‘Shut Up Toy’

February 2nd, 2015 in 2015, Jenny Radesky, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

Yahoo! Parenting
Jenny Radesky, School of Medicine

Handing your frustrated, about-to-melt-down toddler a smartphone or tablet to thwart disaster is something only the very rare modern parent has never tried…

Expert quote:

“I’m not judgmental, but coming at this from the perspective of a mother grappling with how to make decisions about all of this.”

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Using iPads to pacify children may harm their development, say scientists

February 1st, 2015 in 2015, Jenny Radesky, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine, The Daily Telegraph 0 comments

The Telegraph
Jenny Radesky, School of Medicine

Children throwing tantrums should be given time to calm down on their own rather than distracted with tablets or smartphones, say researchers…

Expert quote:

“Mobile devices are everywhere and children are using them frequently at young ages. The impact these mobile devices are having on the development and behaviour of children is still relatively unknown.”

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Mind Your Manners, Companies Are Rating You

January 30th, 2015 in 2015, Georgios Zervas, New York Times, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Management 0 comments

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Georgios Zervas, School of Management

People routinely use the Internet to review services from plumbers to hairdressers. Now the tables are turned. Companies are rating their customers, casting into darkness those who do not make the grade…

Expert quote:

“There are incentives that encourage the overreporting of positive experiences and the underreporting of negative experiences.”

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Study Of Former NFL Players Links Brain Problems To Youth Football

January 29th, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Robert Stern, School of Medicine, WBUR 0 comments

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Robert Stern, School of Medicine

Last week, on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka made a remarkable admission about the game he has devoted his life to: “If you had an 8-year-old kid now, would you tell him you want him to play football? No,” he said…

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The Next Big Thing to a Cure for Diabetes

January 29th, 2015 in 2015, College of Engineering, Edward Damiano, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Time 0 comments

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Edward Damiano, College of Engineering

Inspired by his son’s condition, a father has invented a bionic pancreas that could transform life with diabetes…

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Study of Retirees Links Youth Football to Brain Problems

January 29th, 2015 in 2015, New York Times, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Robert Stern, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Robert Stern, School of Medicine

A new study of N.F.L. retirees found that those who began playing tackle football when they were younger than 12 years old had a higher risk of developing memory and thinking problems later in life…

Expert quote:

“Being hit in the head repeatedly through tackle football during a critical time in brain development may be associated with later-life cognitive difficulties. The take-home message is, the earlier you start, the more issues you may have.”

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Former NFL players who started football young at more risk of memory problems: study

January 29th, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Reuters, Robert Stern, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Robert Stern, School of Medicine

Former NFL players who began playing tackle football before age 12 are more likely to suffer from memory and thinking problems than those who took up the game later, a new study has found…

Expert quote:

“Our study suggests that there may be a critical window of brain development during which repeated head impacts can lead to thinking and memory difficulties later in life. If larger studies confirm this association, there may be a need to consider safety changes in youth sports.”

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Urban policy making: Data from a survey of more than 70 U.S. mayors

January 26th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, David Glick, Initiative on Cities, Katherine Levine Einstein, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

Journalist’s Resource
David Glick, College of Arts & Sciences
Katherine Levine Einstein, College of Arts & Sciences

For a country that’s 3.8 million square miles in area, the United States is surprisingly urban: In 2010 it had 259 cities with populations over 150,000 and according to a McKinsey Global Institute report, together they generated almost 85% of the country’s GDP that year…

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