Category: Patriot Ledger

Officials, experts see no easy answers for aging sea walls

May 30th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Patriot Ledger, Richard Murray 0 comments

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Richard Murray, College of Arts & Sciences

From Quincy to Plymouth, sea walls are the last, and sometimes the only line of defense for coastal neighborhoods. But sea wall maintenance has often been low on the priority list, leaving communities with millions of dollars in catching up to do…

Expert quote:

“Sea walls protect the homes, and that’s good, but what they also do is prevent erosion of sand from the cliffs that used to end up on beaches.”

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Heroin, painkiller a deadly combination

February 19th, 2014 in 2014, David Rosenbloom, Newsmakers, Patriot Ledger, School of Public Health 0 comments

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David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health

Heroin is deadly enough on its own, but mixed with a powerful painkiller meant for terminally ill cancer patients it creates a potentially even more lethal concoction that could be behind a spike in overdoses in cities and towns south of Boston, police say…

Expert quote:

“The problem is that it is so much more powerful than heroin that people who take mixtures of it are at significantly greater risk for overdose. Fentanyl slows down breathing, and if you have enough of it, then you stop breathing.”

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Concussion laws help, but may be only partial solution

October 20th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Newsmakers, Patriot Ledger, Robert Cantu 0 comments

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Robert Cantu, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

In just five years, 49 states have passed laws to raise awareness about concussions and ensure proper treatment of head injuries in young athletes…

Expert quote:

“What we know is scary as hell. That’s probably the best way to phrase it.”

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Health study of former South Weymouth Naval Air Station stirs controversy

October 1st, 2013 in 2013, David Ozonoff, Newsmakers, Patriot Ledger, School of Public Health 0 comments

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David Ozonoff, School of Public Health

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health plans to unveil Thursday the results of its investigation into cases of multiple sclerosis and possible links to contamination at the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station, but some local officials are asking why they received little or no information about the meeting…

Expert quote:

“It’s absolutely outrageous that the DPH buttons up information the way it does.”

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Hanover residents still waiting for state to act on contamination cleanup

July 15th, 2013 in 2013, David Ozonoff, Newsmakers, Patriot Ledger, School of Public Health 0 comments

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David Ozonoff, School of Public Health

Eight months after state environmental officials assured concerned residents that they were working on a plan to clean up a high-priority contamination site, there is still no plan or timeline for the cleanup…

Expert quote:

“If the EPA is in charge, they’re much harder to influence than the town or state.”

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Anxious local families awaited Civil War news

July 3rd, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Nina Silber, Patriot Ledger 0 comments

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Nina Silber, College of Arts & Sciences

George Lewis was a carpenter. George Vining was a shoe-factory stitcher. At 22 and 20, the two Weymouth boys enlisted in the Union Army on the same day – June 26, 1861, two months after Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter and started the Civil War…

Expert quote:

“If your family hadn’t heard anything, maybe somebody else had.”

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Hingham may extend smoking ban to beaches, cemeteries

June 4th, 2013 in 2013, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, Patriot Ledger, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

Four years after prohibiting smoking at town parks and playgrounds, Hingham officials are considering whether to expand the outdoor smoking ban to town-owned beaches, docks and cemeteries…

Expert quote:

“It would be like prohibiting eating fast food in public or something like that. It makes no sense. We generally recognize that people are free to do what they want as long as it’s not directly harming other people.”

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Mass anti-tobacco spending goes up in smoke

May 28th, 2013 in 2013, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, Patriot Ledger, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

Twenty years ago, supporters of a Massachusetts tobacco tax increase had lofty goals for the money it would bring in…

Expert quote:

“Massachusetts used to spend $13 million a year on television ads. My own research showed about a 50 percent decline in youth smoking initiation.”

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WENDY MURPHY: Gabby Giffords teaches us all to speak

March 16th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Jerome Kaplan, Newsmakers, Patriot Ledger, Sargent College 0 comments

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Jerome Kaplan, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, Aphasia Resource Center

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords has been in the news a lot lately, speaking out against gun violence…

Expert quote:

“People who don’t understand aphasia see someone who can’t get the words out and they assume they’re deaf or unintelligent. Aphasia is not a disorder of thought or intellect, but rather, is a disorder of language. The person knows what he or she wants to say but struggles to find the words, or the words just don’t come out at all.”

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‘The government is us; we are the government’

February 9th, 2013 in 2013, Charles White, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Patriot Ledger, School of Education 0 comments

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By Charles White, School of Education

There seems to be a silent but palpable fear arising that Americans are losing the ability to solve our problems without descending further and further into an abyss of frustration and rage…

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