Category: Reuters

In dealings with the West, Erdogan holds all the cards

December 19th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jenny White, Newsmakers, Reuters 0 comments

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Jenny White, College of Arts & Sciences

President Tayyip Erdogan’s tightening grip on power is likely to meet little more than symbolic resistance from the West next year, as Turkey’s G20 presidency and the fight against Islamic State trump concerns about a slide towards authoritarianism…

Expert quote:

“Erdogan (presents himself as) the patriarchal father protecting the honor of his national family and keeping the dangerous chaos of liberalism at bay.”

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As Cuban economy stagnates, economists press for deeper reforms

October 24th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Paul Webster Hare, Reuters 0 comments

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Paul Webster Hare, College of Arts & Sciences

Some of Cuba’s best-known economists are openly questioning the very core of the Soviet-style command economy and saying market reforms under way are too modest to boost weak growth…

Expert quote:

“There is still no blueprint as to where the major state-controlled sectors will be in 5 or 10 years time.”

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More research, regulation needed on energy drinks: study

October 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, Reuters, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

A new review of the existing evidence suggests that energy drinks may represent a looming public health threat in Europe, especially for kids and young adults…

Expert quote:

“It appears clear that excessive or irresponsible consumption of energy drinks does represent a public health problem.”

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Brazil’s elections are a wake-up call for its business community—the country is moving ahead, with or without them

October 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jeffrey Rubin, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Reuters 0 comments

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By Jeffrey Rubin, College of Arts & Sciences, Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs

The face of power in Brazil is becoming ever more diverse.The top two candidates in Brazil’s presidential race on Sunday are both leftists and women, one of whom is black. They are President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers’ Party and Afro-Brazilian environmentalist Marina Silva. The private sector’s preferred candidate, a white man from Brazil’s once-dominant center-right party, trails in the polls…

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NASA robotic probe slips into orbit around Mars

September 22nd, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, John Clarke, Newsmakers, Reuters 0 comments

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John Clarke, College of Arts & Sciences

A NASA robotic spacecraft fired its braking rockets on Sunday, ending a 10-month journey to put itself into orbit around Mars and begin a hunt for the planet’s lost water…

Expert quote:

“By learning the processes that are going on today we hope to extrapolate back and learn about the history of Mars.”

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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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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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Navigators can help guide breast cancer patients through care

July 31st, 2014 in 2014, Naomi Ko, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Reuters, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Naomi Ko, School of Medicine

Patient navigators may be able to help steer women with breast cancer through what can be a daunting treatment process, a new study suggests…

Expert quote:

“There are a lot of barriers for patients who are poor and have a low health literacy. We’re really hoping that patient navigation is the solution.”

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The biggest challenge for BRICS success? Big brother China

July 15th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers, Reuters 0 comments

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

In two years of tough negotiations to create the new BRICS development bank, the main stumbling block was not a lack of resources or commitment, but fellow partner China…

Expert quote:

“This is a big challenge for the BRICS. Sometimes when you get down to the actual negotiations and countries want more say, they forget about some of their lofty aspirations when they were criticizing the IMF and World Bank.”

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Many in U.S. push to share heroin overdose antidote with civilians

June 17th, 2014 in 2014, Alexander Walley, Newsmakers, Reuters, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Alexander Walley, School of Medicine

Health worker Warren Nicoli got the call late one February night, from a Massachusetts dad who had just seen police revive his 19-year-old daughter from the death-like state of a severe heroin overdose. Police told the man that he could get the anti-overdose drug they had used, naloxone, from Manet Community Health Center in Quincy, Massachusetts…

Expert quote:

“We’ve had a couple of periods where we have been worried about supply. It hasn’t been rationed but it’s a generic drug and there’s only a few suppliers.”

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