Category: School of Public Health

E-cigarettes and vaping: Everything you need to know

August 28th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, USA Today 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

The American Heart Association issued its first official policy recommendation on electronic cigarettes this week, saying they were a last-resort method of quitting traditional cigarettes…

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Fishery mislabeling could mean more mercury than buyers bargain for

August 27th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, Reuters, Roberta White, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Roberta White, School of Public Health

That Chilean sea bass from the local grocery store could have twice the methylmercury that’s expected – if it comes from a region other than indicated on the label, a new study says…

Expert quote:

“What’s really disturbing is how do people choose to eat fish that are safe? Everybody wants people to eat fish because it is good for the brain and heart, but we also don’t want them to be poisoning their children because they’re pregnant.”

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E-cigarettes: The lingering questions

August 26th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, Nature, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

In the haze of incomplete data, scientists are divided over the risks and benefits of electronic cigarettes…

Expert quote:

“These devices have really polarized the tobacco-control community. You now have two completely opposite extremes with almost no common ground between them.”

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    Low Birth Weight, Higher Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes Link Found in African American Women

    August 25th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Boston Magazine, Centers & Institutes in the News, Edward A. Ruiz-Narváez, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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    Edward A. Ruiz-Narváez, School of Public Health, Slone Epidemiology Center

    A new study published in, Diabetes Care, found that African American women who are born with a low birth weight may be at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. And a much higher risk at that…

    Expert quote:

    “African American women are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and also have higher rates of low birth weight than white women. Our study shows a clear relationship between birth weight and diabetes that highlights the importance of further research for this at-risk group.”

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    Low Birth Weights May Put Black Women at Risk for Diabetes

    August 21st, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, Edward A. Ruiz-Narváez, HealthDay News, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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    Edward A. Ruiz-Narváez, School of Public Health, Slone Epidemiology Center

    Being born at a low birth weight puts black women at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests…

    Expert quote:

    “African-American women are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and also have higher rates of low birth weight than white women. Our study shows a clear relationship between birth weight and diabetes that highlights the importance of further research for this at-risk group.”

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    Big data: Benefits, drawbacks in addressing Ebola

    August 20th, 2014 in 2014, BU Today, Ebola, Laura Forsberg White, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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    Laura Forsberg White, School of Public Health

    The World Health Organization, along with several presidents of West African nations, announced an intensified response plan to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus on July 31

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    Travel with medications, medical devices can be daunting

    August 20th, 2014 in 2014, Natasha Hochberg, Newsmakers, Reuters, School of Medicine, School of Public Health 0 comments

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    Natasha Hochberg, School of Medicine, School of Public Health

    For international travelers who need to carry medical devices and medications with them, it’s not easy to find out the travel requirements at their destinations, and embassies in general aren’t much help, according to a new study…

    Expert quote:

    “Travelers bringing medication overseas should bring the medication in their carry-on luggage to prevent possible loss in checked baggage, keep it in the original bottle that the medication came in, take enough to last for their trip as well as some extra in case of changes to the itinerary, and have adequate documentation including the original prescription and possibly a signed letter on travel clinic letterhead.”

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    Harrington, Heywood hospitals join forces to manage contracts

    August 20th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Worcester Telegram & Gazette 0 comments

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    Alan Sager, School of Public Health

    Two community hospital systems in Worcester County are teaming up to tackle health insurers’ demands to keep patients healthy…

    Expert quote:

    “I think we have to make it as easy as possible for every needed hospital to remain open.”

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    For the healthiest weight, the past is as important as the present

    August 18th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Stokes, Centers & Institutes in the News, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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    Andrew Stokes, School of Public Health, Center for Global Health & Development

    Being overweight is bad for you, right? Except when it isn’t. A recent study by Katherine Flegal and colleagues in JAMA found that being a little bit overweight is actually the healthiest of all weight categories, and being mildly obese does not appear to raise your mortality risk…

    Expert quote:

    “Using BMI at the time of the survey to assess the mortality risks of overweight and obesity is problematic, especially in older populations, because slimness can be a marker of illness.”

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    HPV Vaccine Protects Against Infection 8 Years Out: Study

    August 18th, 2014 in 2014, HealthDay News, Newsmakers, Rebecca Perkins, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health 0 comments

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    Rebecca Perkins, School of Medicine

    A new long-term study shows that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine appears to protect against the sexually transmitted virus for at least eight years…

    Expert quote:

    “Almost everybody [parents and doctors] we talked to thought getting the vaccine was a good idea. They thought that preventing cancer is good and that all girls should get vaccinated. What was happening was a problem with timing.”

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