Category: School of Medicine

Baby Buzz – Why are Boston tots drinking so much coffee?

June 30th, 2015 in 2015, Anne Merewood, Boston Magazine, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Anne Merewood, School of Medicine

The new Starbucks order: a venti dark roast for me, and a bottle for the kid, please…

Expert quote:

“Our results show that many infants and toddlers in Boston—and perhaps in the U.S.—are being given coffee, and that this could be associated with cultural practices.”

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21st century learning: How online videos enhance education at home and in the classroom

June 28th, 2015 in 2015, Jenny Radesky, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Jenny Radesky, School of Medicine

Jackson Goeckeritz was just 10 years old when he decided to be a computer programmer…

Expert quote:

“I like to see what he’s exposed to, and help him understand or why a person would make this video. If he thinks something is cool we can look into the topic more. Those are great ways to use the immense amount of content the Internet has of things they wouldn’t see in life, but monitoring is a huge component of it — not just handing your kid a tablet and having a constant feed of content.”

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Opioid REMS Role Debated as Heroin Overdoses Spike

June 26th, 2015 in 2015, Daniel Alford, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Daniel Alford, School of Medicine

The rate of prescription opioid overdose in the United States is on the decline, but heroin use and abuse is surging in its place, two new papers have found…

Expert quote:

“I don’t know any REMS program that says, ‘keep on prescribing’. Every REMS program that I know says these medications have limited efficacy, that they do help some people but not everybody. And when you do use them that you should monitor patients closely for benefits and harm, and if they’re getting harmed, then to stop the medication. It’s the same as in any other area of medicine—we need to use a risk–benefit framework.”

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Researchers frustrated by failure to roll out ‘game-changing’ Ebola test

June 26th, 2015 in 2015, Ebola, Nahid Bhadelia, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL

A test kit that diagnoses Ebola rapidly using just a finger prick of blood could save lives in the ongoing epidemic in West Africa…

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Early intervention and research offer Alzheimer’s hope

June 26th, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, Robert Stern, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Robert Stern, School of Medicine, Alzheimer’s Disease Center

The statistics are chilling. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds. There’s more…Expert quote:

“With over five million Americans with AD (Alzheimer’s disease) dementia and that number growing exponentially as Baby Boomers move on in years, it is critical for us all to work toward successful and meaningful treatments of this devastating brain disease.”

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Facial feminization surgery a ‘rebirth’ for transgender women

June 25th, 2015 in 2015, Jeffrey Spiegel, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Toronto Star 0 comments

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Jeffrey Spiegel, School of Medicine

During her first full day of recovery after undergoing gender transition surgery, Caitlyn Jenner had a panic attack, repeatedly asking herself, “What did I just do?”…

Expert quote:

“In almost every case, I found that the family comes around and understands, given the chance to process it. Most people who have the surgery find that everything gets better . . . People who didn’t accept them before now accept them.”

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Bedside Ebola Test Accurate

June 25th, 2015 in 2015, Nahid Bhadelia, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL

A bedside blood test for Ebola detected all of the cases that were positive on a standard assay and most of those that were negative, researchers reported…

Expert quote:

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‘One of society’s greatest achievements’ — in a simple chart of the past 175 years

June 19th, 2015 in 2015, Business Insider, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Thomas Perls 0 comments

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Thomas Perls, School of Medicine

If you were born in 1900, you had a pretty good chance of dying by your 50th birthday…

Expert quote:

“Getting to about 110 is really approaching the limit of the human lifespan.”

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Experts want expansion of Narcan education, distribution

June 18th, 2015 in 2015, Alexander Walley, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, WCVB 0 comments

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Alexander Walley, School of Medicine

One thousand people struggling with opioid addiction died in Massachusetts last year…

Expert quote:

“There’s explicit messages that these lives are not worth saving. If we give people a long enough time alive, most people get better.”

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Can Drinking Alcohol Really Extend Your Life?

June 17th, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, R. Curtis Ellison, School of Medicine 0 comments

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R. Curtis Ellison, School of Medicine

Is booze the secret to hitting your 100th birthday?…

Expert quote:

“In almost every epidemiologic study, where people have been followed for years and years, those who consume alcohol moderately tend to live a little longer. It varies from one year to several years longer than people who do not drink at all during their lifetime.”

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