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The brands of alcohol popular with underage drinkers also happen to be the ones heavily advertised in magazines that young people read, a new study co-authored by a BU School of Public Health researcher finds. The findings, reported in July’s Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, add to evidence that alcohol ads can encourage young people to drink. They also suggest that the alcohol industry’s self-imposed standards on advertising are inadequate, said lead researcher Craig Ross of the Natick, Ma.-based Virtual Media Resources. “All of the ads in our study were in complete compliance with the industry’s self-regulatory guidelines,”
Practices used in policing injection-drug users in Russia might contribute to HIV transmission and overdose mortality, a study by researchers from the BU schools of medicine and public health found. The study, published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society and done in collaboration with St. Petersburg Pavlov State University, sought to examine the effect that police arrests had on the health outcomes of a group of HIV-positive people with longtime injection drug use. Those who were arrested by police were more likely to share needles—increasing HIV transmission—and to overdose, according to the study. The research also found no
In a stinging two-part analysis of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, SPH Health Law Professor Wendy Mariner takes issue with the court’s continuing “legal fiction” of extending the benefits of personhood to corporations.