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Approval of Saxenda, an anti-obesity drug, doesn’t mean insurers will pay for it

January 12th, 2015 in 2015, Caroline Apovian, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Washington Post 0 comments

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Caroline Apovian, School of Medicine

When the Food and Drug Administration approved Saxenda in December, it became the fourth anti-obesity prescription medication the agency has given the green light to since 2012…

Expert quote:

“Coverage has to happen in order for the obesity problem to be taken care of. Insurance companies need to realize it’s not a matter of willpower, it’s a disease.”

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Want people to save energy? Just ask nicely. (It works)

January 8th, 2015 in 2015, Koichiro Ito, Newsmakers, School of Management, Washington Post 0 comments

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Koichiro Ito, School of Management

In October, we described an experiment that tried peer pressuringAmericans into conserving electricity during peak hours. (Here’s why that’s important.) …

Expert quote:

“If you go back in the history of energy policy, the most, kind of, popular government intervention has been pure moral suasion. Just asking people to please conserve your energy.”

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South American commodity boom drives deforestation and land conflicts

December 31st, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers, Washington Post 0 comments

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

A commodity boom has helped pull millions out of poverty across South America over the past decade. It has also unleashed a new scramble for oil, minerals and cropland that is accelerating deforestation and fueling a new wave of land conflicts from Colombia to Chile

Expert quote:

“Commodity prices, directly or indirectly, have increased deforestation in the Amazon. Price increases create the perception of scarcity, which pushes investors into new terrain.”

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Why Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh is ranked as football’s dirtiest player

December 30th, 2014 in 2014, Adam Naylor, Newsmakers, School of Education, Washington Post 0 comments

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Adam Naylor, School of Education

To understand why the Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh is often rankedas the “NFL’s dirtiest player,” consider three numbers…

Expert quote:

“Emotions drive athlete behavior much more than rational thought. Intense emotions can lead to incredible performances, but they can also lead to total boneheadedness. Frustration is known to lead to aggression.”

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The racial gap in health has been shrinking for decades — but it still hasn’t closed

December 29th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Robert Margo, Washington Post 0 comments

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Robert Margo, College of Arts & Sciences

The broad story is familiar: The United States has taken tremendous strides narrowing the racial gaps in life expectancy, disease, and infant mortality…

Expert quote:

“Partly what struck me was how large the changes over time have been. And yet on many fundamental health outcomes, we’re still in the dark on how big they were, and when they came down and why they came down.”

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Obama hopes to enlist GOP in push for trade pact, despite Democratic resistance

December 28th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers, Washington Post 0 comments

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

President Obama is preparing a major push on a vast free-trade zone that seeks to enlist Republicans as partners and test his premise that Washington can still find common ground on major initiatives…

Expert quote:

“Obama was left with, ‘If you can’t reform anything, then you have to be anti-new free-trade agreements.’ But he never said that. He said you need to expand trade because we’re living in a globalized world and we’re all benefiting from it.”

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Syria’s ancient sites were already damaged by war. Now they’re being looted.

December 20th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Michael Danti, Newsmakers, Washington Post 0 comments

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Michael Danti, College of Arts & Sciences

Syria’s vast archaeological sites have suffered extensive damage because of bombing by government warplanes and the demolition of religious shrines by Islamic State militants…

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The IMF’s perestroika moment

December 17th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Cornel Ban, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Washington Post 0 comments

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

The economic crisis that struck in 2008 challenged many myths. One of them is the myth of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a global agent of economic orthodoxy…

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CIA report describes medical personnel’s intimate role in harsh interrogations

December 14th, 2014 in 2014, George Annas, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Washington Post 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

As the tempo of harsh CIA interrogation of terrorism suspects increased in early 2003, an agency medical officer observed to a colleague that their role of providing an “institutional conscience and the limiting factor” for the program had clearly changed…

Expert quote:

“The medical community can do damn little except say this is a bad thing to do, because you don’t know who these people are.”

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Thanksgiving is the perfect time to check on grandma’s health

November 27th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, Newsmakers, Robert Stern, School of Medicine, Washington Post 0 comments

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Robert Stern, School of Medicine, Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Sitting around the table at Thanksgiving is an opportunity to take stock of the cognitive health of your elderly relatives, said Robert Stern, professor of neurology and director of the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Centers Clinical Core

Expert quote:

“Don’t just expect an older person at the Thanksgiving table to have significant problems with memory and say, ‘oh, it’s just aging.’ It’s important to take these things seriously.”

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