Category: News

Press Release: New Initiative Improves Detection, Evaluation of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

(Boston)—Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common pediatric neurobehavioral disorder with a prevalence of approximately 7%-10% in school-age children. ADHD significantly affects functioning throughout life including academic achievement, social and family relationships and occupational success, predisposing individuals to secondary psychopathology, substance use, justice system involvement and suicide. Fortunately, ADHD is treatable, most effectively with […]

Press Release: Sex-specific Blood Biomarkers Linked to Memory Changes in Middle-aged Adults: the Framingham Heart Study

Findings provide valuable insights into the etiology of dementia and may aid in the development of prevention and treatment strategies (Boston)—Dementia refers to a set of symptoms marked by a decline in cognitive abilities, including memory, language, reasoning and everyday tasks. It can result from various causes, such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular problems, traumatic brain […]

Press Release: Novel Study Compares Fracture Patterning in Fatal, Survived Intimate Partner Violence Cases

BU researchers first to document intimate partner homicide-related fractures from a forensic anthropological perspective Boston—Intimate partner violence (IPV) is an underreported global human rights issue that affects approximately 25% of women and 10% of men and is the leading cause of homicides of women worldwide. Multiple interventional studies have been conducted to screen for IPV, […]

Press Release: Researchers Identify Gene Involved in Neuronal Vulnerability in Alzheimer’s Disease

Finding may lead to new drugs to halt progression of the disease (Boston)—Early stages of neurodegenerative disorders are characterized by the accumulation of proteins in discrete populations of brain cells and degeneration of these cells. For most diseases, this selective vulnerability pattern is unexplained, yet it could yield major insight into pathological mechanisms. Alzheimer’s disease […]

Press Release: Efforts Underway to Eliminate Harmful Race-Based Clinical Algorithms

(Boston)—Increased attention to harmful race-based clinical algorithms—equations and decision-making tools that misuse race as a proxy for genetic or biologic ancestry—has led to the reconsideration of these algorithms in many medical specialties. While most of these algorithms were developed or endorsed by medical specialty societies, ensuring their widespread use, the American Medical Association (AMA) has […]

Press Release: Study Reveals Social Media Usage Impacts the Desire to Undergo Cosmetic Procedures

Findings help explain the increased frequency with which patients have sought these treatments during the COVID-19 pandemic (Boston)—Social media platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram have been pivotal in perpetuating “selfie” culture, whereby an individual takes and shares a photo of themselves. Globally, social media usage has been increasing, with at least 3.5 billion using […]

Press Release: Lower Risk of Death, Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events in Hyperthyroid Patients Treated with Surgery than with Medication

Results provide better evidence to patients and providers when selecting a treatment for hyperthyroidism. Boston—Hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid, happens when your thyroid gland makes more thyroid hormones than your body needs. Excessive thyroid hormones from hyperthyroidism elevate cardiovascular risks. While hyperthyroidism can be treated with anti-thyroid drugs, radioactive iodine ablation or surgery, evidence comparing long-term […]

Press Release: Calcium Crystal Deposits in the Knee Contribute to Joint Damage

Targeting calcium crystal deposits could help relieve pain (Boston)— Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, affecting approximately 600 million people worldwide and 34 million people in the U.S. There are no treatments available that prevent its progression to date. Recommended pharmacological treatments for symptoms have either small-to moderate effects or short-term […]