Category: The Daily Beast

Natural Childbirth Is Not a Cult

June 27th, 2014 in 2014, Eugene Declercq, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, The Daily Beast 0 comments

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Eugene Declercq, School of Public Health

When Lifetime announced their new reality show, Born in the Wild—documenting the birth stories of mothers who choose go it alone without any assistance from the medical profession, and oh yeah, in the great outdoors—the reactions weren’t mixed…

Expert quote:

“They are not self-absorbed women. If you talk to them, they are serious people who have legitimate concerns about a prior hospital experience. They aren’t doing this out of their own needs, but out of a desire to protect their babies’ health.”

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Pediatricians Take on the NRA Over Gun Safety

May 15th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, Robert Sege, School of Medicine, The Daily Beast 0 comments

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Robert Sege, School of Medicine

For the past three decades, the American Academy of Pediatrics—some 62,000 members strong—has been an outspoken voice on the issue of gun control, a position that has landed it on the NRA’s (admittedly very long) list of enemies…

Expert quote:

“The issue of guns really follows directly from all the concerns we have about injuries in general. This is one kind of injury that endangers the health and life of kids.”

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The Home-Birth Rebellion

February 7th, 2014 in 2014, Eugene Declercq, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, The Daily Beast 0 comments

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Eugene Declercq, School of Public Health

There’s a war being fought over women’s reproductive rights, and this time it’s not about abortion. Doctors, midwives, and women’s health advocates are sparring—in academic papers, on blogs, through the media and even on Twitter—over just where pregnant women should actually have their babies…

Expert quote:

“The irony of Chervenak and colleagues who are leading the anti-home birth crusade is that by polarizing the issue, no one can have a reasonable discussion to try and figure how to do this best. It’s either research that says it’s good or research that says it’s bad. And too few people ask, ‘How can we make it better?’”

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Pakistan’s Change of Guard and General Ashfaq Kayani’s Legacy

December 2nd, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Husain Haqqani, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, The Daily Beast 0 comments

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By Husain Haqqani, College of Arts & Sciences

Pakistan has a new army chief…

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Black Hawk Down’s Long Shadow

October 9th, 2013 in 2013, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, The Daily Beast 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

Danny McKnight’s trip began in a tiny New England cemetery on Saturday, September 28, 2013—a crisp, clear fall morning…

Expert quote:

“But if you reduce war simply to a human story, you rob it of its political significance.  And war is ultimately a political act that has to be judged on that basis.”

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Robert Pinsky: The Comedy of Seamus Heaney

October 1st, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Robert Pinsky, The Daily Beast 0 comments

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By Robert Pinsky, College of Communication

Irreverent comedy subverts, but it doesn’t necessarily hurt. Its best laughter can be derisive, but not cruel…

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Ban E-Cigarettes? The Anti-Smoking Lobby’s Clueless Crusade

August 25th, 2013 in 2013, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, The Daily Beast 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

H.L. Mencken famously defined puritanism as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”…

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Pakistan’s Murder Mystery

August 21st, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Husain Haqqani, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, The Daily Beast 0 comments

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By Husain Haqqani, College of Arts & Sciences

The indictment of Pakistan’s former military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, in connection with the 2007 assassination of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is the latest twist in the country’s complex saga of political intrigue…

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Mamnoon Hussain: The New Man in Pakistan

July 31st, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Husain Haqqani, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, The Daily Beast 0 comments

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By Husain Haqqani, College of Arts & Sciences

Pakistan will elect a new figurehead president Tuesday, completing the first successful transition in the country’s history from one elected civilian government to another…

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Boston Mayor Tom Menino Sidelined in Marathon Explosions’ Aftermath

April 17th, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, Newsmakers, The Daily Beast, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Hours after two bombs apparently packed with ball bearings and shrapnel ripped apart the celebratory conclusion of the Boston Marathon, the press gathered for a grim and familiar ritual…

Expert quote:

“He is a very hands-on mayor. For someone like Tom Menino to not be out and about during a tragedy like this must have been heart-wrenching for him.”

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