Category: NPR

Brief Counseling May Not Help With Most Drug Problems

August 6th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Newsmakers, NPR, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Richard Saitz, School of Medicine, School of Public Health

Beating a drug habit is usually a long process that includes talk therapy and, sometimes, medicine. Checking into a rehab facility can help many people, too…

Expert quote:

“I think it was wishful thinking that a problem as complex could be solved with a simple intervention.”

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Companies Integrate Ads Into Social Media To Stay Relevant

August 1st, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, John Carroll, Newsmakers, NPR 0 comments

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John Carroll, College of Communication

Recently, research firm eMarketer estimated that spending on mobile ads, on smartphones and tablets, will eclipse advertising spending on radio and in print this year…

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Mississippi Child Thought Cured Of HIV Shows Signs Of Infection

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, George Annas, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

A baby who generated great excitement last year because it appeared she had been cured of HIV is infected with the virus after all, health officials say…

Expert quote:

“To the extent that the justification for doing the trial is this one HIV-free child, and now it turns out that the child does have HIV, the trial should be stopped. We can’t put them essentially in harm’s way without some very good reason to think that they’re going to benefit.”

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Why HIV Spreads Less Easily In Heterosexual Couples

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Manash Sager, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Manish Sagar, School of Medicine

HIV is sexist. A woman is twice as likely to catch the virus from an infected partner in a heterosexual relationship than a man is. And homosexual men are at even greater risk. They’re more than 20 times as likely to get infected from an HIV-positive partner than partners in a heterosexual relationship…

Expert quote:

“You could envision a vaccine that weakens the virus in chronically infected people and needed to be administered only once. Their disease isn’t weakened, but their virus is weakened. So when they have sexual contact, the chance of transmission is lowered.”

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Quit Social Media, Save Your Marriage

July 5th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, College of Communication, Newsmakers, NPR, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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College of Communication

Your wife comes to bed late — again — after spending hours on Facebook. Maybe you feel like your husband is more focused on Twitter than you. Here’s a pro tip: You’re not imagining it. Your relationship really could be headed for rocky shores, if not splitsville, according to a new study from Boston UniversityResearchers found that, in general, people who use social media are 32 percent more likely to think about leaving their spouse. Facebook in particular is “a positive, significant predictor of divorce rate and spousal troubles,” it notes…

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Is That Yelp Review Legit?

July 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, John Carroll, Newsmakers, NPR 0 comments

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John Carroll, College of Communication

There was a time when people made decisions about where they would dine, who would paint their house and who would do their hair all based on word-of-mouth recommendations from family and friends…

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Concerns Rise As Conflict Rages In Iraq

June 24th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, NPR 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up a second day of talks in Iraq with a visit to the autonomous Kurdish region in the northern part of the country. Kerry is working on the diplomatic effort to stem the tide of ISIS, the Sunni militant group Islamic State Of Iraq And Syria…

Expert quote:

“What capacity do we have to fix what we’ve broken? I’d judge our capacity as pretty limited.”

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Once King Of Creativity And Marketing, Apple Struggles

June 18th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, John Carroll, Newsmakers, NPR 0 comments

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John Carroll, College of Communication

Thirty years ago, Apple introduced the Macintosh computer in memorable fashion, with its “1984″ ad that aired only once, during the Super Bowl…

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America’s Diabetes Surge

June 18th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Edward Damiano, Newsmakers, NPR, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Edward Damiano, College of Engineering

Diabetes in America. Type 2 is a symptom and a disease. Type 1 may have some new answers…

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Father Devises A ‘Bionic Pancreas’ To Help Son With Diabetes

June 16th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Edward Damiano, Newsmakers, NPR, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Edward Damiano, College of Engineering

An alarm sounds on Ed Damiano’s night stand in the middle of the night. He jumps out of bed and rushes into his son’s room next door.  His son, David, has type 1 diabetes. The 15-year-old sleeps hooked up to a monitor that sounds an alarm when his blood sugar gets too low. If it drops sharply, David could die in his sleep…

Expert quote:

“It’s intimidating when you start considering the list of things that influence blood sugar. Emotions and physical activity, if you’re healthy. You can’t possibly take into account and balance all those things. And sometimes you get it right. And often you get it wrong.”

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