Category: School of Public Health

Group’s lawsuits aim to boost public health

April 12th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

The stories recounted in two recent lawsuits might sound familiar: smokers lured to cigarettes as teens, hooked as adults, stricken with cancer in middle age…

Expert quote:

“There is no question that litigation has been a major strategy that has led to substantial improvements in public health, especially with respect to tobacco.”

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Siblings reveal secret to living past 105

April 9th, 2015 in 2015, Futurity News, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health 0 comments

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School of Public Health

The difference between living to 90 and living past 105 seems to depend largely on genes, according to a study of siblings…

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Video: A Healthier Urban Future

April 1st, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, Sandro Galea, School of Public Health 0 comments

Sandro Galea, School of Public Health

The world has enjoyed tremendous improvements in health over the past century…

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Health data breaches: No one is immune

March 30th, 2015 in 2015, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

Up to one-quarter of Americans may have been affected by the Anthem Healthcare data breach in February — estimates that dwarf last year’s Community Health Systems breach by an order of magnitude…

Expert quote:

“The ability of health care companies to compile data has grown far faster than their ability to protect it.”

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Boston’s Health, By T Stop: Neighborhoods Near But ‘Health Worlds Apart’

March 30th, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, Sandro Galea, School of Public Health, WBUR 0 comments

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Sandro Galea, School of Public Health

If you went on a little T ride with Dr. Sandro Galea, the new dean of the Boston University School of Public Health, the urban landscape would never look quite the same to you, I bet…

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Ammunition scarce in hunt for environmental link to breast cancer

March 26th, 2015 in 2015, Chicago Tribune, David Sherr, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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David Sherr, School of Public Health

Imagine that you are a molecular biologist who has spent the last 20 years in your lab, doggedly trying to figure out how chemicals in the environment cause human cells to become cancerous…

Expert quote:

“The critical element was to get everyone working together, which gives you a synergistic effect. We can share technology and resources and refine our ideas.”

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The author of a new obesity book says we shouldn’t try to lose weight. She’s wrong.

March 25th, 2015 in 2015, Andrew Stokes, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

Andrew Stokes, School of Public Health

There are few things I’d more love to report than the idea that you no longer need to worry about your weight…

Expert quote:

“There needs to be a balance and a recognition that lifestyle change needs to happen in a way that’s healthy and sustainable. We can’t just drink protein shakes for the rest of our lives.”

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Why Cancer Screening Is For Everyone: A Health Economist on Angelina Jolie Pitt’s ‘NY Times’ Op-Ed

March 25th, 2015 in 2015, James Burgess, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

James Burgess, School of Public Health

On Tuesday, Angelina Jolie Pitt wrote an op-ed, “Diary of a Surgery,” in The New York Times, explaining why she had “a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy” — or in layman’s terms, the removal of her ovaries and fallopian tubes…

Expert quote:

“If somebody had a mother go through what her mother went through, and Jolie Pitt’s positive genetic testing for the BRCA gene, pretty much anybody in that situation would be getting the blood test that the actress was getting. What’s going on is pretty specialized. It’s about educating the public about the available testing. We want the people who need testing the most to get testing.”

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City Politics Buffet Circumcision Rite

March 25th, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, Sandro Galea, School of Public Health, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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Sandro Galea, School of Public Heath

Mayor Bill de Blasio has the power to fill a majority of the seats on the New York City Board of Health before he asks it to repeal highly disputed regulations on a Jewish circumcision ritual linked to herpes infections in infants…

Expert quote:

“But if, in the passage of time, it seems like this approach is not working, then I think it’s not only reasonable but also the right thing to revisit the issue.”

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The Conversation US – Kathleen Carey

March 24th, 2015 in 2015, Kathleen Carey, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Public Health, The Conversation US 0 comments

How much money could hospitals save by avoiding readmissions? The VA might have the answer

Kathleen Carey, Boston University

The success of health reform in the US depends on finding ways to control the growth of costs. Hospital care is expensive. And when patients have to be readmitted unexpectedly after discharge, it can really crank up spending.

As we strive to keep health care costs in line, reducing hospital readmissions is drawing a lot of attention. Reducing preventable readmissions could reduce health care spending and improve quality of care at the same time.