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Why HIV Spreads Less Easily In Heterosexual Couples

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Manash Sager, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Medicine.

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Manish Sagar, School of Medicine

HIV is sexist. A woman is twice as likely to catch the virus from an infected partner in a heterosexual relationship than a man is. And homosexual men are at even greater risk. They’re more than 20 times as likely to get infected from an HIV-positive partner than partners in a heterosexual relationship…

Expert quote:

“You could envision a vaccine that weakens the virus in chronically infected people and needed to be administered only once. Their disease isn’t weakened, but their virus is weakened. So when they have sexual contact, the chance of transmission is lowered.”

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Co-authors gone bad – how to avoid publishing conflicts

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Richard Primack.

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Co-written by Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

Conservation biology and related areas of science are increasingly collaborative endeavors. For most of us, working in teams can improve the quality of our research by bringing together people with complementary areas of expertise, generating and refining ideas, and writing and revising manuscripts…

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Why We Need to Restructure the Big Bank Holding Companies

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, American Banker, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law, Tamar Frankel.

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By Tamar Frankel, School of Law

Many contributors helped bring about the most recent financial crisis, bank holding companies among them. The problems with bank holding companies stem less from lax rules or weak enforcement than from the way they are structured…

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‘Superfood’ trend combines fresh foods, common-sense choices

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Joan Salge Blake, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, Sargent College.

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Joan Salge Blake, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Practically every celebrity, TV show and magazine related to food or health has come out with a list of “superfoods” we all should be eating. These lists began to appear a few years ago, highlighting common foods that pack a nutritional punch, like sweet potatoes and blueberries. Now, we’re told we should be buying things like beet juice, acai berries, kale, quinoa, and chia seeds…

Expert quote:

“All produce is good for you. To ask which one is the best and brightest is like asking a mother which one of her kids she loves the most.”

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Finger at Neymar effect and boos

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Adam Naylor, Newsmakers, School of Education.

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Adam Naylor, School of Education

A single missing star player and an increasingly restive home crowd could be among factors that might explain host Brazil’s shocking 7-1 loss to Germany in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final match, sports psychologists say…

Expert quote:

“It was clear that missing Neymar was emotional for the team. The effect on the team’s morale depends on how much players view themselves as Neymar’s followers or collaborators — the more the members of a team hero-worship one of their own players, the greater the impact on their psychology.”

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US-German spying row getting worse

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, The Hill, Thomas Berger.

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Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences

Relations between the United States and Germany sank to new depths on Wednesday as accusations emerged that a second German might have been slipping secrets to Washington. The charge rubbed salt into wounds first opened by revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) had eavesdropped on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone — a practice President Obama has renounced…

Expert quote:

“It’s a serious issue and I think it’s one which we need to address and perhaps we could even use, as a positive note, as a stimulus for some useful reconsiderations about all the kind of things we can and should do in the realm of intelligence-gathering,”

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Scholars warn of NSA loopholes

July 10th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Sharon Goldberg.

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Sharon Goldberg, College of Arts & Sciences

A report from researchers at Harvard University and Boston University warns that the National Security Agency could freely monitor the electronic communications of American citizens by rerouting Internet traffic through overseas networks…

Expert quote:

“The reason we wrote this is to point out that it could happen.”

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Synthetic Polysaccharide Stabilizes Proteins

July 9th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Mark Grinstaff, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU.

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Mark Grinstaff, College of Engineering

Chemists have synthesized a novel class of carbohydrate polymers that could help retain the function of enzymes and protein drugs during storage (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, DOI: 10.1021/ja5036804).

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Harborview to test drug on the unconscious without consent

July 9th, 2014 in 2014, George Annas, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Seattle Times.

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George Annas, School of Public Health

Say you get hit by a car, trip on stairs or slip off a ladder and hit your head. While you’re unconscious, you may be enrolled in a study and injected with a drug researchers at Harborview Medical Center hope will prevent bleeding in your brain…

Expert quote:

“I think the whole concept of doing research on people without consent is bad. I want researchers to take informed consent as seriously as they take their study.”

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When you can’t let go: Treatment can break the grip of hoarding disorder

July 9th, 2014 in 2014, Chicago Tribune, Gail Steketee, Newsmakers, School of Social Work.

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Gail Steketee, School of Social Work

Many of us have trouble parting with our possessions–even when we no longer need them. I have a collection of greeting cards I’ve been storing since childhood and will probably never look at again. My husband owns a few pieces of clothing older than our 17-year marriage…

Expert quote:

“There is some specific association to an object, or an object is seen to represent a person’s identity in some important way.”

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Interview with Professor Kevin Outterson on the FDA’s guidance on off-label promotion and the move toward clinical trial transparency

July 8th, 2014 in 2014, Kevin Outterson, New England Journal of Medicine, Newsmakers, School of Law.

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Kevin Outterson, School of Law

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Combo Approach May Work Best for Smokers Looking to Quit

July 8th, 2014 in 2014, HealthDay News, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health.

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

Combining two anti-smoking approaches — the medication Chantix and nicotine patches — improves the odds you’ll quit smoking over the short term, a new industry-funded study suggests…

Expert quote:

“It provides some of the first information about the potential effectiveness of combining Chantix and nicotine replacement therapy.”

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Facebook is threat to marriage, study says

July 8th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Houston Chronicle, James Katz, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU.

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James Katz, College of Communication

Love and marriage may go together but so do Facebook and divorce, that’s according to a study based on Texas couples…

Expert quote:

“The apparent association between the use of Facebook and other social networking sites and divorce and marital unhappiness in the United States raises troubling questions not only about how we use these tools, but how their use affects marriage. The institution of marriage, already under siege in many quarters, seems to be facing yet further assault from people’s growing enthrallment with social media.”

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Is Facebook causing divorces?

July 8th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, James Katz, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Wall Street Journal.

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James Katz, College of Communication

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Letters written by Pres. Warren Harding to his mistress released publicly

July 8th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WFXT.

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

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China takes over the world – China in Latin America

July 8th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers.

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

In the past 15 years, China has become a hugely important player in Latin America. According to a study conducted by the United Nations, China will surpass Europe as Latin America’s second largest trading partner in 2016. While the United States remains the largest trading partner for the region as a whole, China is now the largest trading partner for Brazil, Chile and Peru, and the second largest trading partner for Mexico…

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First QIDP drug approved, but designation may fail urgent needs

July 7th, 2014 in 2014, Kevin Outterson, Nature, Newsmakers, School of Law.

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Kevin Outterson, School of Law

The problem of ineffective antibiotics is no longer just theoretical. These days, nearly 50,000 people in the US and Europe die each year as a result of antibimicrobial-resistant infections. To reduce this grim toll, in 2012 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began offering the qualified infectious disease product (QIDP) designation, which allows for expedited review and five extra years of market exclusivity for antimicrobials designed to treat serious and life-threatening infections…

Expert quote:

“QIDP probably had very little to do with the ten-year history of the antibiotics in development right now. A decade from now, we will have 15–20 products,” he says, “and few will be what we were hoping for.”

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Women Who Have Babies After 33 Live Longer, Study Says

July 7th, 2014 in 2014, Forbes, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine, Thomas Perls.

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Thomas Perls, School of Medicine

Did you, or will you, have a baby after the age of 33? Then you might live much longer than the average woman, or so say researchers…

Expert quote:

“The natural ability to have a child at an older age likely indicates that a woman’s reproductive system is aging slowly, and therefore so is the rest of her body.”

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Big banks’ living wills detail how to avoid bailouts

July 7th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, Newsmakers, School of Law.

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Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy

Critics of too-big-to-fail banks should relax — the largest financial institutions won’t cost taxpayers any money if they fail. At least that’s what the biggest 17 financial institutions are telling federal regulators in the publicly available portions of their most recent set of living wills, which were released late Wednesday…

Expert quote:

“The whole exercise is somewhat absurd. If this is an exercise to restore trust, it hardly does that. If they [regulators] really wanted to restore confidence they would make the whole plan public, not just the pandering stuff they have submitted.”

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Clinical Trial Transparency — Antidote to Weaker Off-Label-Promotion Rules?

July 7th, 2014 in 2014, Kevin Outterson, New England Journal of Medicine, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law.

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By Kevin Outterson, School of Law

This year promises to be an auspicious period for some long-running battles over the dissemination of biomedical research. Some companies seeking more freedom to promote their products have bristled at recent guidance documents from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding promotion of drugs and devices for off-label uses, claiming that they violate the First Amendment…

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Would You Try Gardening to Beat Cancer?

July 7th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Boston.com, Joan Salge Blake, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Sargent College.

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By Joan Salge Blake, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

To fight cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends that you eat at least 2 ½ cup of fruits and vegetables daily. But could there be an added advantage if you grew them yourself? Maybe…

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Social Media Linked to Infidelity, Divorce

July 7th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, College of Communication, James Katz, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU.

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James Katz, College of Communication

While Facebook apparently experiments with our emotions from time to time, most of the psychological damage we incur by using social media is probably self-inflicted…

Expert quote:

“The apparent association between the use of Facebook and other social networking sites and divorce and marital unhappiness in the United States raises troubling questions not only about how we use these tools, but how their use affects marriage. The institution of marriage, already under siege in many quarters, seems to be facing yet further assault from people’s growing enthrallment with social media.”

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Why the ‘Too Big to Fail’ Fight May Get a Revival

July 7th, 2014 in 2014, American Banker, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, Newsmakers, School of Law.

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Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy

The legislative battle over reining in big banks’ implicit guarantee is suddenly poised for a comeback. The issue is expected to reemerge as the Government Accountability Office is said to be finalizing a report on whether big banks get a subsidy based on their size, and vocal critics of “too big to fail” — including Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio — stand to hold key leadership slots in next year’s Congress…

Expert quote:

“Jeb Hensarling could step into the shoes of David Vitter. Hensarling is the darling of the Tea Party, and the Tea Party is supposedly against big government and out-of-control corporations. It wouldn’t be an alliance that would require Hensarling to deviate from his philosphy at all.”

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Jenny White on coffee, camaraderie and the cultural logic of factionalism

July 7th, 2014 in 2014, Jenny White, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors.

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By Jenny White, College of Arts & Sciences

Professor Jenny White has spent the academic year 2013-14 in Stockholm working on an intimate history of Turkey’s 1970s quasi-civil war. In a new article she takes stock of her time in Stockholm and reflects on the roots of contemporary Turkish society…

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Metropolitan College honors their faculty authors

July 7th, 2014 in 2014, Metropolitan College, Newsmakers, Professor Extras.

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