In less than a decade, e-cigarettes have gone from being marketed as a safe, tobacco-free alternative to conventional cigarettes to a rapidly expanding, wildly controversial, and largely unregulated $3 billion global industry that has health officials, policy makers, and researchers scrambling to learn one thing: how safe are they?
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- Pumpkin Palooza11:00am
- Rhett Rally: #PackAgganis 5:00pm
- Opening Reception: Convergence6:00pm
- CINEMATHEQUE: Tiger Tail in Blue with filmmaker Frank V. Ross7:00pm
Come decorate pumpkins for a cause. Paint and carve pumpkins that will be sent to Boston area shelters. Hosted by the Community Service Center. BU Beach, Bay State Rd.; free and open to the BU community.
Despite the risk of infection, medical personnel continue to travel to West Africa to help bring under control the worst Ebola outbreak on record, which has killed more than 800 people to date. The World Health Organization plans to spend $100 million to fight the outbreak, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will send 50 more aid workers. In this weeklong Special Report, BU Today talks to Boston University researchers in several fields about why medical personnel confront the risks; the ethical and political dilemmas presented by the outbreak; how the virus kills; efforts to design effective therapies; and other aspects of this unprecedented outbreak of Ebola.
Experimental drug use treatment at heart of the debate, says BU’s Annas
Why we need to work with dangerous pathogens
Human ecology may hold key to longer-term solution says CAS prof