Category: School of Public Health

Barriers Remain Despite Health Law’s Push To Expand Access To Substance Abuse Treatment

April 10th, 2014 in 2014, David Rosenbloom, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Washington Post 0 comments

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David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health

The nation’s health law has promised sweeping changes to help millions of people with drug or alcohol addiction get treatment. Many unable to afford services in the past now can receive them without first landing in jail or an emergency room, health officials say…

Expert quote:

“This is disease in which continued treatment is essential. If the new law is implemented by managed care companies with short leashes, they will undo its potential efficacy.”

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Plan would keep beaches open

April 10th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, Harold Cox, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Harold Cox, School of Public Health

Sun-starved beachgoers could be able to spend more time taking a dip this summer under a proposal Wednesday from health regulators that aims to close beaches less often because of contamination fears…

Expert quote:

“Our job is to protect the public, and this presentation sounds like, ‘Let’s make it easier for the businesses.’ ”

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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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UMass Memorial system goes from profits to losses

April 6th, 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

Just five years ago, UMass Memorial Health Care posted an operating surplus of $83 million. The nonprofit operator of five hospitals in Central Massachusetts generated $68 million of that cash at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where doctors and nurses treated everyone from premature infants in a neonatal intensive care unit to accident survivors at Worcester’s only trauma center…

Expert quote:

“If volume drops, revenue drops much faster than costs. Hospital profitability, to a considerable degree, is volume driven.”

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LETTERS: Closing of North Adams hospital raises alarm

April 4th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Public Health 0 comments

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By Alan Sager, School of Public Health

The closing of North Adams Regional Hospital highlights a big challenge facing health care in our state…

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Parents of ailing boys go over FDA

April 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, Centers & Institutes in the News, Christopher Gill, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Christopher Gill, School of Public Health, Center for Global Health & Development

Parents desperate to give their children a fighting chance against a deadly, muscle-destroying disease are doing an end run around the FDA and pleading directly with the White House to push regulators to approve a breakthrough drug that could transform the kids’ lives…

Expert quote:

“I can see why the FDA considers this premature. Sarepta has data that seems promising … but no long-term data to show whether it really affects outcomes meaningfully or whether it is safe.”

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Do e-cigarettes help smokers quit?

March 31st, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

Electronic cigarettes are certainly trendy — look no further than the Vapefest in the nation’s capital last week — but whether inhaling nicotine vapors actually helps smokers quit traditional cigarettes remains a subject of fierce debate…

Expert quote:

“This means that we actually know for a fact that the majority of e-cigarette users in this study were not using these products as part of a quit attempt. Rather, it is a deliberate attempt on the part of the investigators to misuse data.”

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State’s overdose plan underwhelms experts

March 30th, 2014 in 2014, David Rosenbloom, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health

Last fall, John Greene’s 19-year-old son, Evan, spent 40 days in jail for failing a drug test while on probation. Greene, an Easton resident, had been trying to get through to his son about opiate and heroin addiction for years, so jail time was in some ways a relief…

Expert quote:

“The reality is that making Narcan available and saving someone’s life is not the same as getting someone into treatment.”

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For Soldiers With Gulf War Illness, a Clue to the Mystery in Their Cells

March 29th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, Newsweek, Roberta White, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Roberta White, School of Public Health

As a kid, Adam Such knew he wanted to join the military when he grew up. And after graduating from West Point in 1989, he went on to have a career that included 17 years in special operations, which he discovered he “had a passion” for, he says. Such served in the first Gulf War, the 2003 Iraq War, and other places, too…

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State looks at hospital options

March 27th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

State officials Wednesday hinted they may be preparing to challenge the planned Friday shutdown of North Adams Regional Hospital, with Attorney General Martha Coakley saying her office is weighing legal moves and Governor Deval Patrick suggesting he wasn’t yet ready to concede the financially ailing hospital will close…

Expert quote:

“It’s a small hospital. It doesn’t need a lot of money to stabilize its finances.”

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