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Study: E-cigarettes affect cells similarly to regular tobacco

April 10th, 2014 in 2014, Avrum Spira, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine, United Press International 0 comments

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Avrum Spira, School of Medicine

A new study shows that the vapor from e-cigarettes damages human cells similarly to smoke from traditional cigarettes…

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“They may be safer [than tobacco], but our preliminary studies suggest that they may not be benign.”

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Trees at Walden Pond putting out leaves earlier with climate change

January 15th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Richard Primack, United Press International 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

Trees at Walden Pond are leafing almost 18 days earlier than when Henry David Thoreau made observations at the Massachusetts lake in the 1850s, a study found…

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“By comparing historical observations with current experiments, we see that climate change is creating a whole new risk for the native plants in Concord.”

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Worldwide effort identifies 11 new Alzheimer’s genes

October 28th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Lindsay Farrer, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine, School of Public Health, United Press International 0 comments

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Lindsay Farrer, School of Medicine, School of Public Health, Alzheimer’s Disease Center

A collaborative worldwide effort resulted in the identification of 11 new Alzheimer’s genes — doubling the potential for medications, U.S. researchers say…

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More Oversight Does Not Lower Alcohol Abuse, Study Says

September 17th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Richard Saitz, School of Medicine, United Press International 0 comments

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Richard Saitz, School of Medicine

People with alcohol and other drug dependence problems who receive more intensive therapies, such as counseling, social work assistance and other education activities, are no less likely to stop abusing these substances than those who receive typical primary care, according to a study from the Boston Medical Center released Tuesday…

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Childhood adversity linked to chronic physical, mental disability

May 9th, 2013 in 2013, Michael Silverstein, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, United Press International 0 comments

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Michael Silverstein, School of Medicine

Childhood adversity can lead to chronic physical and mental disability in adult life and have an effect on the next generation, U.S. researchers say…

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Cost of Iraq War: More than $2.2 trillion

March 20th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Neta Crawford, Newsmakers, United Press International 0 comments

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Neta Crawford, College of Arts & Sciences

The Iraq War killed 190,000 people, 70 percent civilians and 4,488 U.S. service members and will cost the U.S. taxpayer $2.2 trillion, U.S. researchers say…

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New data tools watch forests from space

January 15th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Robert Kennedy, United Press International 0 comments

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Robert Kennedy, College of Arts & Sciences

New computing technology allows satellites to reveal small changes in a forest that can lead to big changes in its ecosystem, NASA says…

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Fungal meningitis caused 37 needless deaths

December 26th, 2012 in 2012, Kevin Outterson, Newsmakers, School of Law, United Press International 0 comments

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Kevin Outterson, School of Law

The widow of the first patient who died from fungal meningitis due to contaminated steroid injections told a Washington hearing her nightmare will never end…

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Low rates of vitamin D linked to cavities

November 28th, 2012 in 2012, Michael Holick, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, United Press International 0 comments

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Michael Holick, School of Medicine

A review of studies of children in several countries linked vitamin D to a 50 percent reduction in the incidence of dental cavities, a U.S. researcher says…

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Boston said riddled with natural gas leaks

November 20th, 2012 in 2012, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Nathan Phillips, Newsmakers, United Press International 0 comments

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Nathan Phillips, College of Arts & Sciences

Boston’s aging natural-gas pipeline system is rife with more than 3,000 leaks, some of which could pose explosion risks, researchers say…

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