Category: School of Public Health

Hospitals, doctors moving out of poor city neighborhoods to more affluent areas

June 15th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

Hospitals and family doctors, the mainstays of health care, are pulling out of poor city neighborhoods, where the sickest populations live…

Expert quote:

“In a competitive free market, efficient hospitals would be likelier to survive. That hasn’t happened, providing evidence that no such market is present.”

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In Milwaukee and U.S., hospitals follow money to suburbs

June 15th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

When Aurora Health Care proposed a hospital in Grafton, Maureen Slaby heard more than a few people in the community question why the $250 million facility was needed. After all, there were plenty of beds at the Columbia St. Mary’s hospital five miles away…

Expert quote:

“We do know that in areas where providers get high reimbursements, patients are vulnerable to overcare. And in areas where it’s Medicaid, or patients are uninsured, they are vulnerable to undercare.”

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What underage drinkers drink when they binge drink

June 13th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health, Washington Post 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

Beggars can’t be choosers, but they can have strong, brand-driven alcoholic preferences.

A study undertaken by researchers with the Boston University School of Public Health and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that underage drinkers not only have a knack for drinking excessive amounts of alcohol—67% of all drinks consumed by youth aged 13 to 20 were done so as part of binge drinking episodes, according to the study—but they’re also pretty picky about which branded alcohols they down when they do over-drink—the study found that underage drinkers are more loyal to brand names than they are to anything else…

Expert quote:

“The most important finding is that the phenomenon of binge drinking among our youth is extremely brand specific. For the first time we’ve found the brands that are most responsible for binge drinking among our nation’s youth.”

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To Beat Heroin Addiction, A Turn To Coaches

June 13th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, Richard Saitz, School of Public Health, WBUR 0 comments

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Richard Saitz, School of Public Health

Two young men sit in a car outside a church or union hall where they just attended a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Both men are addicted to heroin. But they haven’t used the drug since they finished a residential treatment program a week or so earlier…

Expert quote:

“Men and women with a strong family history for substance abuse are at higher risk for the chronic form of this disease.”

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Text Reminders Improve Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy

June 12th, 2014 in 2014, Lora Sabin, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Lora Sabin, School of Public Health

A real-time monitoring device that sends a text reminder to patients if they do not open their pill container within 30 minutes of a scheduled dose significantly improves adherence to antiretroviral therapy, new research shows…

Expert quote:

“One of the limitations of electronic drug-monitoring feedback is that you are not able to intervene in real time to give patients feedback on how they are doing.”

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Creatinina: Mysterious kidney disease plagues Central America

June 11th, 2014 in 2014, CNN.com, Daniel Brooks, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Daniel Brooks, School of Public Health

Juan Salgado was 16 when he started cutting sugarcane, in a town near the Pacific coast of Nicaragua in 1966…

Expert quote:

“The people who are mainly affected are poor workers, typically in agricultural situations. There’s really not much availability of the treatment options.”

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BU School of Public Health professors win award for autism work

June 11th, 2014 in 2014, Catharine Wang, Emily Feinberg, Newsmakers, Professor Extras, School of Public Health 0 comments

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El Paso, Texas considers ban on E-cigarettes

June 10th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

The El Paso City Council is slated to hold a public hearing Tuesday to decide whether to treat e-cigarettes like tobacco products under the local smoking ban…

Expert quote:

“The rest of the story is that Glantz and colleagues are essentially calling for a ban on all existing electronic cigarettes. Why? Because every electronic cigarette contains flavors. In fact, the presence of flavors is the only distinguishing characteristic of different brands of e-liquids or cartridges.”

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Lahey’s cost-aware network growing north of Boston

June 1st, 2014 in 2014, Alan Sager, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

The future of health care in Massachusetts isn’t taking shape just along Boston’s Longwood Avenue or on the banks of the Charles River…

Expert quote:

“As Lahey becomes bigger, as it includes more hospitals and in particular, if they go ahead and merge with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, will they then have the leverage of Partners, which will enable them to get Partners-level prices? The rhetoric of cost reduction may surpass the reality.”

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E-Cigarettes Are Not a Threat, Say Top Scientists Around the World

May 30th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

The news: Fifty-three scientists have written to the UN’s World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan cautioning her not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, which would then lead to stricter regulatory controls on the nascent industry…

Expert quote:

“There simply is no product on the market that’s more dangerous than tobacco cigarettes, and nobody in their right mind would argue that cigarette smoking is less hazardous or even equally hazardous to vaping.”

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