Category: School of Medicine

Study points to years-long immune system woes from measles

May 7th, 2015 in 2015, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, Paul Duprex, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Paul Duprex, School of Medicine

Scientists have known for decades that having measles suppresses kids’ immune systems for several weeks or months, leaving them ill-equipped to fight off pneumonia, bronchitis, diarrheal diseases and other infections…

Expert quote:

“After the introduction of the vaccine that didn’t happen. Measles is not a disease that doesn’t cause trouble.”

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Eight French Pharmacy Finds Worth a Seven-Hour Plane Ride

May 6th, 2015 in 2015, Blogs, Boston Magazine, Emmy Graber, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Emmy Graber, School of Medicine

Besides croissants and the Eiffel Tower, there are few Parisian standbys as iconic as the French pharmacy—and for good reason…

Expert quote:

“The thermal water really has high mineral content, so that’s been thought to have some antioxidant effects on the skin, and perhaps even some anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. The micelle technology is a great way to gently remove makeup or dirt from the skin.”

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Brain injuries get closer look at Denver conference

May 3rd, 2015 in 2015, Lee Goldstein, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments
Lee Goldstein, School of Medicine

The eyes may have it — the key – for researchers seeing similar brain injuries in athletes and soldiers…

Expert quote:

“Which means we cannot use concussion as our marker for brain injury.”

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Steroids for Geezers

May 2nd, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Thomas Perls 0 comments

Thomas Perls, School of Medicine

So here’s the story. You’re in your golden years, only to you they haven’t felt anything like golden. You have these aches and pains. You can’t remember a damn thing. And the closest you get to sports is your big-screen TV…

Expert quote:

“It’s one of the worst scams I can imagine.”

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RIC conference puts youth food insecurity in spotlight

May 1st, 2015 in 2015, Deborah Frank, Newsmakers, Providence Journal, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Deborah Frank, School of Medicine

Hunger hits children the hardest. The youngest are typically the most invisible because they are not seen by teachers or child-care providers…

Expert quote:

“The first 1,000 days of life are critical. It’s a period of brain growth that a child will never have again.”

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Weird dream? Your brain won’t even try to make sense of it

April 29th, 2015 in 2015, New Scientist, Newsmakers, Patrick McNamara, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Patrick McNamara, School of Medicine

You open your front door to find your boss – who is also a cat…

Expert quote:

“It’s a legitimate theory. When emotions are intense, they are harder to symbolise, so perhaps the dreams are more likely to be bizarre.”

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Gene Discoveries Could Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

April 28th, 2015 in 2015, David Felson, HealthDay News, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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David Felson, School of Medicine

Genetic variations may hold clues to rheumatoid arthritis — suggesting not only who will develop the painful condition, but also predicting its severity and even who might die from it, a new study says…

Expert quote:

“This newly discovered genetic abnormality that is associated with the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis seems also to be associated with the severity of the disease and maybe with risk of dying from rheumatoid arthritis.”

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Do Food Labels Miscount Calories? Kind Of

April 28th, 2015 in 2015, Caroline Apovian, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Caroline Apovian, School of Medicine

Nutrition experts have stressed for years that calorie counting is the best way to maintain a healthy weight. But what if the calories listed on your food labels aren’t accurate?..

Expert quote:

“If this was that big of a deal, we would all be underweight. Even if our food labels are overestimating the food content, nobody is looking at it.”

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For Teenagers, Potassium May Matter More Than Salt

April 27th, 2015 in 2015, Blogs, Lynn Moore, New York Times, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Lynn Moore, School of Medicine

A diet high in potassium appears to protect teenagers from high blood pressure in adulthood, while a low-salt diet had no effect, according to new research…

Expert quote:

“It may be that potassium is more of a determinant of blood pressure than sodium is. The kids who consumed the most potassium had much lower blood pressures by the end of adolescence. What we need to focus on is increasing potassium intake rather than focusing on restricting sodium intake.”

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Long Term Exposure To Air Pollution May Cause Brain Damage

April 26th, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine, Sudha Seshadri 0 comments

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Sudha Seshadri, School of Medicine

Air pollution could result in brain damage affecting cognitive function, according to a new study…

Expert quote:

“This is concerning since we know that silent strokes increase the risk of overt strokes and of developing dementia, walking problems and depression. We now plan to look at more the impact of air pollution over a longer period, its effect on more sensitive MRI measures, on brain shrinkage over time, and other risks including of stroke and dementia.”

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