Category: School of Medicine

Less invasive test for lung cancer expected in 2016

May 27th, 2015 in 2015, Avrum Spira, Futurity News, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Avrum Spira, School of Medicine

Lung cancer is responsible for the most cancer deaths in the United States…

Expert quote:

“It’s a growing problem in our clinical pulmonary practices: smokers, either current or former, have something abnormal found on a CT scan of the chest, and we’re worried it might be lung cancer.”

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Memory loss may not always be first sign of Alzheimer’s

May 26th, 2015 in 2015, Andrew Budson, Centers & Institutes in the News, Newsmakers, Reuters, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Andrew Budson, School of Medicine, Alzheimer’s Disease Center

While memory loss is thought to be a classical first sign of Alzheimer’s disease, some middle-aged people and younger seniors may initially experience different cognitive problems such as trouble with language or problem solving, a large U.S. study suggests…

Expert quote:

“You can’t slow the clock down, you can just reset it. It is much better to dial it back to repeat a year in your 60s than in your 80s.”

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New Bedford program eases fall risks, builds senior independence

May 20th, 2015 in 2015, Jonathan Howland, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Jonathan Howland, School of Medicine

A new city program helps seniors address their fear of falling, which can help them live healthier, more active lives, organizers said…

Expert quote:

“As long as you believe you can’t do anything about it, you’re at risk.’’

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New Genomic Test May Change Clinical Practice in Lung Cancer

May 20th, 2015 in 2015, Avrum Spira, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Avrum Spira, School of Medicine

A new genomic test may be able to improve the diagnostic performance of bronchoscopy and help avoid the need for more invasive procedures in patients with suspected lung cancer…

Expert quote:

“This test can change clinical practice in pulmonary medicine. It allows physicians to confidently identify patients who are at low probability for having lung cancer following an indeterminate bronchoscopy result.”

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Frontline health workers were sidelined in $3.3bn fight against Ebola

May 19th, 2015 in 2015, Nahid Bhadelia, NEIDL, Newsmakers, Newsweek, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Under cover of darkness, a few burial workers pried opened the steel doors of a hospital morgue and stole the corpses of two adults and one child. They carried the bodies confidently, with hands that carted cadavers daily…

Expert quote:

“So you’re not getting paid, your friends are dying, and you have nothing to protect yourself. We couldn’t get anything into the country because commercial shippers stopped flying. At one point, we created aprons out of tarps.”

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Dr. Nahid Bhadelia: On the Frontline to Fight Ebola in Sierra Leone

May 19th, 2015 in 2015, Nahid Bhadelia, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Nahid Bhadelia, School of Medicine, NEIDL

Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, MD, is an infectious diseases physician, assistant professor at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Director of Infection Control and Medical Response at National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory at Boston University. But she is known more as a frontline physician fighting the deadly Ebola disease in Sierra Leone…

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Baker to confer with Plymouth officials about drug crisis

May 18th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Daniel Alford, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Daniel Alford, School of Medicine

Confronted with new evidence of the toll of opioid abuse, Governor Charlie Baker will meet with Plymouth officials Tuesday to discuss that town’s escalating crisis…

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New test could sharply reduce risky, costly lung cancer biopsies

May 18th, 2015 in 2015, Avrum Spira, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine, Washington Post 0 comments

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Avrum Spira, School of Medicine

When a suspicious lesion shows up in the lungs on a CT scan, the first thing your doctor wants to know is whether it’s cancerous…

Expert quote:

“Even though lung cancer tends to develop deep in your lung, all the cells that line your airway are exposed. They have changes in their genome.”

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Veracyte lung cancer test could help avoid some risky biopsies

May 18th, 2015 in 2015, Avrum Spira, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Reuters, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Avrum Spira, School of Medicine

A new diagnostic test from Veracyte Inc could help many people avoid risky and costly invasive lung biopsies at a time when millions of American smokers are eligible for lung cancer screening, according to data from studies presented on Sunday…

Expert quote:

“These cells are like a canary in a coal mine. They’re telling us whether that nodule deep down in the lung is likely to be a cancer.”

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OraSure in race to make much-needed rapid Ebola test

May 16th, 2015 in 2015, John Connor, NEIDL, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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John Connor, School of Medicine, NEIDL

The Ebola epidemic has cooled to a simmer in West Africa, but the race to provide the technology needed to thwart the next outbreak is just heating up…

Expert quote:

“There is now the recognition that diagnostics is something that really needs to be paid attention to. There may not be one test that answers everyone’s questions at this time.”

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