Category: School of Public Health

Will More Parents Choose Gender Predetermination?

June 30th, 2015 in 2015, George Annas, Huffington Post, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

It’s a boy this time around for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. The couple reportedly chose to implant solely male embryos through an IVF gender-selection procedure. Will more parents seek this option? And if so, what will the future look like?…

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Study: Tenth-grade Education Cuts HIV Risk

June 29th, 2015 in 2015, Jacob Bor, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health, Voice of America 0 comments

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Jacob Bor, School of Public Health

An extra year of schooling can cut the risk of HIV infection by a third, a new study shows…

Expert quote:

“I think that this study really provides evidence that we should consider formal schooling, particularly secondary schooling, as part of HIV prevention.”

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Five surprises from the Supreme Court’s ‘Obamacare’ decision

June 27th, 2015 in 2015, Al Jazeera America, David K. Jones, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Public Health 0 comments

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By David K. Jones, School of Public Health

The Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell is a major victory for President Barack Obama and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)…

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Despite SCOTUS Ruling, Challenges Remain for Obamacare

June 25th, 2015 in 2015, David K. Jones, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, U.S. News & World Report 0 comments

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David K. Jones, School of Public Health

The most recent attack designed to unravel President Barack Obama’s health care law has come to a close, with the Supreme Court ruling 6-3 to uphold low- and middle-income Americans’ ability to receive tax subsidies for health insurance regardless of the state in which they live…

Expert quote:

“The fight over Obamacare probably won’t ever end.”

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Court Saves Obamacare’s Bacon

June 25th, 2015 in 2015, Alan Sager, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Thursday that people who buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) federally run insurance exchange can continue to receive subsidies to help pay their premiums…

Expert quote:

“Happily, the Supreme Court today voted 6-3 to obviate still more unnecessary waste. … We can all hope that the nation can put behind us the controversy over a technical glitch in the wording of one section of the ACA, and move on to confronting and overcoming the large challenges that we face.”

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Bridging a political divide, hoping to make a profit

June 25th, 2015 in 2015, David K. Jones, Marketplace, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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David K. Jones, School of Public Health

A Supreme Court decision is expected by the end of the month inKing v. Burwell, a challenge to the Affordable Care Act that argues subsidies for health insurance should only be available in states that set up their own insurance marketplaces, or exchanges…

Expert quote:

“How will a state even decide it wants to do an exchange-in-a-box? How will they get the legislation passed?  Will it require a governor being brave enough to do an executive order?”

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Hawaii raised its smoking age to 21. But will it work?

June 24th, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, William DeJong 0 comments

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William DeJong, School of Public Health

Hawaii recently passed a big law that could save lives: It raised the smoking age to 21…

Expert quote:

“The basic idea behind these laws is to reduce youth access to these substances. The evidence is clear that, the later a young person takes a first drink, the less likely they are to experience negative alcohol-related consequences as adults. And the later a young person starts to smoke, the less likely they are to develop a lifelong habit.”

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Who’s to blame if ‘Obamacare’ loses Supreme Court case?

June 24th, 2015 in 2015, Al Jazeera America, David K. Jones, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Public Health 0 comments

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By David K. Jones, School of Public Health

The King v. Burwell blame game is well under way even though the Supreme Court has yet to rule on the major “Obamacare” case…

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Social Media Is The New Battle Ground For College Binge Drinking

June 22nd, 2015 in 2015, Forbes, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

What will hold a college student’s attention longer: A tweet from a university about healthy alcohol consumption or an advertisement on a Facebook page from a beer company?…

Expert quote:

“I think for any organization trying to curtail alcohol use or binge drinking, it’s almost imperative to have a social media presence because that’s where the kids are. Especially since it looks like the alcohol companies have a presence, it can’t be a one-way street.”

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An increasingly common medical procedure is raising ethical questions we’re not prepared to deal with

June 19th, 2015 in 2015, Business Insider, George Annas, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

There may be as many as a million frozen embryos in the United States, left over from couples who didn’t use all the embryos they created through in vitro fertilization (IVF), Tamar Lewin reports in The New York Times.

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