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Different Definitions Muddy Measures of Medical Homes

By Amy Gorel
February 2nd, 2015 in In the Media.

Medscape Arvin Garg, MD, MPH, pediatrics Researchers have found a discrepancy in the ways pediatric medical homes are defined, which may affect the perception of success. Expert quote: "Therefore, it is possible that NCQA-guided practice transformation may not lead to the beneficial child outcomes previously associated with the NSCH-assessed medical home at the population level," the authors write. "However, More

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Researchers: Using an iPad or Smartphone Can Harm a Toddler’s Learning and Social Skills

By Amy Gorel
February 2nd, 2015 in In the Media.

Washington Post Jenny Radesky, MD, pediatrics It wasn’t long before 2-year-old Kyle got his hands on his father’s iPad. He worked with it with an immediate – almost savant-like – fluency. His parents were amazed. “Within 10 minutes, he was mastering it,” dad Fang Chang told the Christian Science Monitor. “He knew how to use the home button, how to open... More

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Brain Injuries and the NFL

By Amy Gorel
February 1st, 2015 in In the Media.

NBC Meet the Press Ann McKee, MD, neurosurgery

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BUSM Opens New Clerkship Sites in California

By Lisa Brown
February 1st, 2015 in Announcements, Featured.

Boston University School of Medicine has developed an affiliation with Northern California Kaiser Permanente to offer two new clinical clerkship sites for our third-year medical students. Beginning in May 2015, 12 third-year students will begin their clerkships at Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in San Jose and Santa Clara. After an orientation with their classmates in Boston, More

Playing Youth Football May Increase Risk for Memory Problems Later in Life

By Amy Gorel
January 30th, 2015 in In the Media.

Boston Magazine Robert Stern, PhD, neurology, neurosurgery, CTE Center When it comes to concussions and the repercussions of sustaining such an injury, most of the focus is on pro athletes, but a new study by Boston University School of Medicine researchers is shedding light on how early these injuries actually start. Expert quote: Our study suggests that there may... More

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Obama to Seek $215 Million for Precision-Medicine

By Amy Gorel
January 30th, 2015 in In the Media.

Nature Vasan Ramachandran, MD, cardiology US President Barack Obama announced today that he is seeking US$215 million for an effort that will match patients' genetic and physiological data to treat their health conditions more precisely. Obama proposed the plan, known as the Precision Medicine Initiative, in his annual State of the Union address last week. But it... More

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Frank Named to National Commission on Hunger

By Lisa Brown
January 30th, 2015 in Uncategorized.

Deborah A. Frank,  MD, BUSM inaugural Professor in Child Health and Well-Being, Pediatrics, has been named to the National Commission on Hunger by the U.S.Congress. Frank is director of the Grow Clinic for Children at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and founder and principal investigator of Children’s HealthWatch, a network of pediatric and public health researchers working... More

Family Support Groups of People Who Use Opioids Could Be Effective Overdose Prevention

By Amy Gorel
January 30th, 2015 in Research.

Opioid use is a growing problem in the United States, with more than 20 million Americans currently using illegally obtained drugs, misusing prescription opioids or using street opioids such as heroin. As a result, drug overdose has surpassed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death due to injury in the U.S. These deaths often... More

Study Cites Youth Football for Issues

By Amy Gorel
January 29th, 2015 in In the Media.

ESPN Outside the Lines Robert Stern, PhD, neurology, neurosurgery, CTE Center; Robert Cantu, MD, neurosurgery Former NFL players who played tackle football as young children were more likely to have thinking and memory problems as adults, a Boston University study published Wednesday in a medical journal found.   Expert quote: Robert Stern, PhD: "We have findings from former NFL players, so it can't... More

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Football: Child’s Play, Adult Peril?

By Amy Gorel
January 29th, 2015 in Featured, In the Media, Research.

BU Today Robert Stern, PhD, neurology, neurosurgery, CTE Center; Julie Stamm, PhD candidate As the 100 million viewers tuning in to this Sunday’s Super Bowl can attest, Americans adore football. And for many, the love affair begins in childhood: Pop Warner Tiny-Mites start as young as age five, and many adults retain warm memories and friendships from their youth football... More

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