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Press Release: BU Researchers Solve the Cell Structure Responsible for Traveler’s Diarrhea

Discovery may lead to better therapeutics (Boston)—According to the World Health Organization, enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) bacteria cause the largest number of recorded community-acquired cases of childhood diarrhea in the developing world and is the most common culprit in traveler’s diarrhea. While in healthy adults this is merely an unpleasant inconvenience, in infants and young […]

Press Release: Stigma-coping Intervention Empowers people with HIV and Drug use to Engage in Health, Substance Use Care

Group sessions at community organizations help participants cope with stigma, accept negativity and encourage healthy behavior and care engagement (Boston)—Stigma negatively impacts the health of people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and those with HIV who inject drugs experience stigma on multiple levels. Stigma leads to impaired utilization and retention in addiction treatment, less access […]

Press Release: Social Risk Screening and Referral Addresses the High Burden of Unmet Needs Among NICU Families

Intervention is effective in connecting at risk families with resources in the community (Boston)—Poverty and adverse social determinants of health, namely unmet social needs, have well established detrimental effects on the health and development of children and the health and well-being of their caregivers. While social risk screening is recommended by the American Academy of […]

Press Release: Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes May Help Identify Future Heart Disease Risk

New study raises awareness that pregnancy complications may be the first indication of an increased risk for heart disease (Boston)—Many pregnancy complications are associated with future heart disease. Such complications include gestational diabetes, preterm birth, fetal growth restriction and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (gestational hypertension, preeclampsia and related disorders), and together they are referred to […]

Press Release: Most Patients Unaware of How Race is Used to Make Risk Assessments, Guide Clinical Care

New study provides an important contribution to the ongoing discussions about racism in medicine (Boston)— Algorithms that incorporate race as a modifying factor to guide clinical decision-making have recently been criticized for propagating racial bias in medicine. The calculation of lung or kidney function are examples of equations that have different diagnostic parameters depending on […]

Press Release: BU Faculty to Serve on Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant Board

(Boston)—Aliza Stern, MMSc, PA-C, director of didactic education for the Physician Assistant Program at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, has been selected to serve on the Reconsideration Panel of the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The panel reviews programs that wish to appeal adverse accreditation actions and […]

Press Release: Medical-Legal Partnerships are Valued by Immigrant, Migrant Populations

Legal intervention may help mitigate barriers immigrants face in getting their health care needs met (Boston)—Immigration status, immigration vulnerability and understanding of immigration-related legal options are critical components of safety, access to public benefits and wellness for many immigrants/migrants. While immigration status is increasingly recognized as an independent social determinant of health, understanding best practices […]