Category: Roberta White

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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Scientists call for more research on Gulf War illness

May 1st, 2014 in 2014, Futurity News, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Roberta White, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Roberta White, School of Public Health

As many as 250,000 US veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War suffer from symptoms of a disorder that is likely caused by exposure to toxins, such as nerve gas…

Expert quote:

“The conclusions of the 2008 RAC report had a substantial impact on scientific and clinical thinking about Gulf War illness, as well as the public acceptance of this disorder.”

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‘Gulf War syndrome’ better understood

April 28th, 2014 in 2014, AFP, Newsmakers, Roberta White, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Roberta White, School of Public Health

Better help, including treatment, could finally be in sight for as many as 250,000 US veterans thought to be suffering a range of debilitating symptoms associated with “Gulf War syndrome.”…

Expert quote:

“Studies published since 2008 continue to support the conclusion that Gulf War illness is causally related to chemical exposures in the combat theater.”

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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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Witnesses tell Gulf War panel it needs more experts

June 27th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, Roberta White, School of Public Health, USA Today 0 comments

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Roberta White, School of Public Health

Department of Veterans Affairs research should focus on physical, rather than psychological, causes for the ailments that constitute Gulf War illness, several veterans of the Persian Gulf War told an Institute of Medicine hearing Wednesday…

Expert quote:

“Some of the physical symptoms are associated with environmental exposure, including insect repellents, anti-nerve agent pills containing small doses of nerve agent and sarin gas released during an Air Force attack on an Iraqi chemical factory.”

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