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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: BU Commentary: Vitamin D Supplementation Was Found to Improve More Than 1.5 Fold Survival of Cancers of the Digestive Tract Including Colorectal Cancer in Patients with a Cancer Fighting Immune System

“Game changer for the field of vitamin D as it relates to cancer” (Boston)—For more than 100 years, it has been believed that sunlight and vitamin D deficiency were associated with the risk for many deadly cancers including colorectal, prostate and breast. But some scientists remained skeptical that this nutrient provides any benefit for reducing […]

Press Release: BU Researchers Describe Rebuilding, Regenerating Lung Cells

Discovery may lead to new approaches for repairing lungs damaged by a variety of injuries or genetic mutations (Boston)—Researchers from the Center for Regenerative Medicine (CReM), a joint venture between Boston University and Boston Medical Center, have discovered a novel approach for engrafting engineered cells into injured lung tissue. These findings may lead to new […]

Press Release: BU Researchers Propose a Data-driven Strategy to Stratify Risk of Progression from Mild Cognitive Impairment to Alzheimer’s disease

Quantifying the risk of progression could help identify persons who could benefit from early interventions (Boston)—The projected cost of caring for millions of individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease (AD) worldwide will exceed a $1 trillion in a few years. In addition to the enormous health burden, patients and their caregivers experience financial, physical and psychological […]

NCATS is Hiring a Deputy Director

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) is recruiting for the position of Deputy Director. The vacancy opened Tuesday, July 25th, and closes on Monday, September 25th.  A description of the position, location, qualification requirements, and application procedures are posted on the NIH Executive Career’s Page at: […]

Press Release: More Data Needed on Lifestyle Interventions for Postpartum Blood Pressure Control

More research involving more intense or longer-duration interventions, conducted in racially diverse samples, is needed (Boston)—Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy such as preeclampsia and gestational hypertension occur in up to 10% of pregnancies and are associated with a three-fold increased risk of chronic hypertension and up to two-fold increased risk of cardiovascular disease when compared with […]

Press Release: BU Study Unpacks How Medical Systems Harm the Intersex Community

One of the first studies to highlight intersex peoples’ perspectives on their own medical care (Boston)— Intersex people’s (people whose sex characteristics do not fit within the strict binary categorizations of male or female) healthcare has received a lot of media attention recently, particularly with the uptick in anti-transgender legislation, which often also targets this […]

Press Release: BU Researchers Shed Light on Signaling Pathway Responsible for Head and Neck Cancers

Study shows how computational approaches can drive important biomedical discoveries (Boston)—Despite advances in defining the genomic characteristics of head and neck cancers, these malignancies continue to rank among the deadliest cancers with few targeted therapies available. An important challenge in designing effective treatments is intratumor heterogeneity, the presence of multiple subpopulations of cells with distinct […]

BU Researchers Identify Several New Genetic Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease Unique to Ashkenazi Jews

New study expands knowledge of the genetic architecture, biological pathways leading to AD (Boston)—Alzheimer disease (AD), the most common neurodegenerative disorder in the world, affects individuals of all races and ethnicities; however, most genetic research for AD has been performed on individuals of European ancestry (EA) with a limited number of large-scale genetic studies in […]