Category: USA Today

Ebola drugmaker’s stock soars

August 8th, 2014 in 2014, Ebola, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, USA Today 0 comments

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Shares of Tekmira Pharmaceuticals soared Friday after the Canada-based firm said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had allowed potential use of the company’s experimental Ebola drug to treat those infected with the deadly virus…

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Aging adults optimistic about what lies ahead

July 15th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Thomas Perls, USA Today 0 comments

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Thomas Perls, School of Medicine

They’re either optimistic or delusional, but 89% of older adults and 84% of younger adults say they’re confident they can maintain a high quality of life throughout their senior years…

Expert quote:

“They have developed a means of coping with their illnesses in such a way they still live independently and maintain a relatively high quality of life.”

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Wealth and power: Communist Party pushes the ‘China Dream’

June 28th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, USA Today 0 comments

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

In schools, factories and opera theaters nationwide, Chinese residents are being pushed to pursue the “China Dream” as the Communist Party steps up its propaganda efforts ahead of its July 1 birthday…

Expert quote:

“Can you relax now? You’ve succeeded! Calm down, you’re not at war with England over opium. They need to get over that, but they seem to be building on that.”

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Routine vitamin D testing not justified, panel says

June 23rd, 2014 in 2014, Michael Holick, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, USA Today 0 comments

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Michael Holick, School of Medicine

More and more people are getting tested for vitamin D deficiency, but the value of the tests remains too murky to make them part of routine medical care, an influential advisory group says…

Expert quote:

“It wouldn’t accomplish anything.”

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E-cigarette market is on fire, survey shows

June 17th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, USA Today 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

The market for e-cigarettes is exploding, with an average of 10 new brands entering the market every month for the last two years, and more than 7,700 total flavors, a new Internet survey found…

Expert quote:

“It would be really hard to switch from a cherry e-cigarette to a Marlboro. In a way, the flavors are protective.”

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NYPD officers to carry heroin antidote

May 27th, 2014 in 2014, Alexander Walley, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, USA Today 0 comments

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Alexander Walley, School of Medicine

About 20,000 New York police officers will soon carry an emergency antidote to reverse the effects of heroin overdoses, NYPD officials announced Tuesday. Police officers across Staten Island, N.Y., use the nasal spray…

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Sterling’s shockers: what’s behind the comments?

May 13th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Thomas Perls, USA Today 0 comments

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Thomas Perls, School of Medicine

Donald Sterling’s psyche is getting the once-over. As the embattled 80-year-old co-owner of the Los Angeles Clippers continues to shock, questions are being raised as to what’s behind the racist comments that so far have caused Sterling to be banned from the NBA for life and his ownership of the team imperiled…
Expert quote:

“The NBA has cited a long history of bigoted behavior in the past. But what is different is he did his best to keep that to himself in terms of outrageous statements. But now the outrageous statements are coming up. I’m guessing the conversation that came out with Anderson Cooper about the awful things he had to say about Magic Johnson would never had been said if he can been completely cognitively intact at a younger age.”

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Hobby Lobby Bible course objective? Column

May 11th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Stephen Prothero, USA Today 0 comments

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By Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

On April 14, the school board in Mustang, Okla., voted to institute an elective Bible course. This is not news. More than a thousand U.S. public schools offer Bible as literature courses. But the curriculum for the Mustang course was developed by Steve Green, president of the Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby craft store chain, which is committed, according to its website, to “honoring the Lord in all we do.”…

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Obama media strategy includes meteorologists

May 6th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, James Katz, Newsmakers, USA Today 0 comments

James Katz, College of Communication

President Obama really doesn’t need a weatherman to tell him which way the media winds are blowing. He would like him to talk about climate change, however…

Expert quote:

“It’s a fairly low-cost strategy in terms of time and money.”

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Donald Sterling bad for NBA, bad for business

April 28th, 2014 in 2014, Chris Cakebread, Newsmakers, USA Today 0 comments

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Chris Cakebread, College of Communication

As bleak as business is now for the Los Angeles Clippers, it could get worse. More than a half-dozen sponsors severed ties with the Clippers on Monday, rushing to distance themselves from the NBA franchise and its owner, Donald Sterling, following revelations of racially insensitive comments attributed to him. If the NBA doesn’t deal with Sterling swiftly and strongly, several marketing and crisis PR experts said the fallout could spread…

Expert quote:

“They have to act in some manner because there’s going to be one sponsor that stands up and says, ‘We’re done. There are too many other ways to reach people.”

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