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Researchers Identify Potential Biomarker for Alzheimer’s

July 28th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) report variants in a new gene, PLXNA4, which may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The discovery of this novel genetic association may lead to new drug treatment options that target PLXNA4 specifically. These findings appear in the Annals of Neurology. AD is the most frequent... More

Engaging Patients to Improve Health Care Outcomes

July 22nd, 2014 in Uncategorized.

How can engaged patients improve health care? BUSM's Suzanne Mitchell, MD, and other expert panelists tackled the question during a recent TEDMED#GreatChallenges discussion, "Examining the Case for Patient Activation Measures." Research indicates clinical sites using the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) -- a tool developed by researchers at the University of Oregon to measure patients' knowledge, skills and confidence... More

BUSM Study: Obesity May Be Impacted by Stress

July 16th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

A new study shows that stress may play a role in the development of obesity. Using experimental models, researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) showed that adenosine, a metabolite released when the body is under stress or during an inflammatory response, stops the process of adipogenesis, when adipose (fat) stem cells differentiate into adult... More

Researchers Release Clinical Update on Transient Ischemic Attacks

July 16th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

BUSM researchers have released a guide to help primary care doctors navigate the new May 2014 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association guidelines on transient ischemic attacks (TIA). TIA's, commonly known as "mini-strokes" can be the first and only warning sign of a larger, debilitating stroke to come. The most common symptoms are temporary weakness on one... More

Emergency Responders More Comfortable in Active Shooting Scenarios After Training

July 15th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responders felt better prepared to respond to an active shooter incident after receiving focused tactical training according to a new study in the journal Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. This is the first study to specifically examine the EMS provider comfort level with respect to entering a scene where a shooter has not... More

Dr. Michael F. Holick Receives American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Award

July 15th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research awarded Michael F. Holick, PhD, MD, of Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), with the 2014 Louis V. Avioli Award. Holick, a professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics at BUSM, is internationally known for revolutionizing the understanding of vitamin D and its role in disease prevention. The award... More

BUSM and BMC Welcome Two New Surgeons

July 11th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Surgeons Teviah Sachs, MD, MPH, and Jeffrey J. Siracuse, MD, are joining Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC). Sachs, who is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, was named assistant professor of surgery at BUSM and an attending surgeon in the section of surgical oncology at BMC. After receiving his... More

Faculty Couple Donate Collection of Rare and Historical Books to Medical Library

July 10th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

At a ceremony to honor John Noble, MD, BUSM professor of general internal medicine and  Ewa Kuligowska-Noble, MD, BUSM professor of radiology, they stand in front of the bookcase that houses the collection of rare books assembled by Noble and donated by the couple to the BUSM Alumni Library. “We are here today to celebrate two... More

BU Researchers Relate Arrests with HIV Risk Environment

July 9th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Practices used in policing injection drug users in Russia might contribute to HIV transmission and overdose mortality. A study, conducted by researchers from Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, in collaboration with St. Petersburg Pavlov State University, sought to discover the effect police arrests had on the health outcomes of a cohort of HIV-positive... More

Researchers Receive NIH Funding for Genetic Research in Alzheimer’s Disease

July 8th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) received major funding from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) as part of a national effort to identify rare genetic variants that may protect against and contribute to Alzheimer’s disease risk. The four-year, $3 million grant, “Identifying Risk and Protective Variants for AD Exploring their Significance and Biology” is led... More