Category: School of Medicine

Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain — Achieving the Right Balance through Education

EMBARGOED by the NEJM until Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 5 p.m. ET CONTACT: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain — Achieving the Right Balance through Education (Boston)–In recent decades, the United States has seen a dramatic increase in opioid prescribing for chronic pain. That growth has been associated with increasing misuse of these […]

LETTERS: Is a Single-Payer Health Insurance Program Feasible?

New York Times (subscription required) By Alan Meyers, School of Medicine I’m glad to see that Paul Krugman acknowledges that “if we could start from scratch, many, perhaps most, health economists would recommend single-payer, a Medicare-type program covering everyone.” His argument that we should not work for it now is unconvincing… View full article by […]

Killjoy new rules about how much booze is safe used ‘twisted’ stats to support health crackdown: Researchers say guidelines ignore the benefits of alcohol

Daily Mail R. Curtis Ellison, School of Medicine Top researchers have written to Jeremy Hunt to protest about misleading new killjoy rules on booze consumption announced by Britain’s top doctor… Expert quote: “I’m very surprised and rather shocked by the new UK guidelines. Statements suggesting abstinence is better than light drinking in terms of health and […]

Researchers Discover Key Pathway Involved in Blood Vessel Occlusion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 14, 2016 CONTACT: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu Researchers Discover Key Pathway Involved in Blood Vessel Occlusion (Boston)–Researchers have made a breakthrough in understanding blood vessel occlusion by discovering a novel pathway involved in this process. The findings, which appear in the journal Blood, may lead to new treatments for clotting associated with […]

Doctors May Be Telling Too Many Women ‘You’re Having A Big Baby’

Huffington Post Ronald Iverson, School of Medicine Late in pregnancy, some mothers-to-be are told they might be having a big baby, which makes many of them uneasy about what it means for their upcoming labor… Expert quote: “Medical information is sometimes limited by our technology. Even though providers try to predict information such as fetal weight, we, […]

Researchers Discover Novel Factor in Parkinson’s Disease

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 12, 2016 CONTACT: Gina DiGravio, 617-638-8480, ginad@bu.edu  Researchers Discover Novel Factor in Parkinson’s Disease Discovery May Lead to Better Understanding of Disease, Early Diagnosis and Therapeutic Development Boston–A team of local researchers have discovered a previously unknown cellular defect in patients with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, and identified a sequence of pathological events […]