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2012-11-29 14:42:24

(Boston) — In a perspective article to appear in the Nov. 29 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health (BUSM and BUSPH) report that health-care providers can play a critical role in helping to reduce and prevent intimate partner violence (IPV) by screening and referring patients to appropriate resources. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a comprehensive report on the...

2012-09-13 10:27:42

BOSTON, Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston University today announced that well-known media executive and Boston native, Sumner M. Redstone, has given $18 million to help expand and improve the facilities of the Boston University School of Law, including the construction of a new building adjacent to the School's core facility; the new building will be named the Sumner M. Redstone Building. Mr. Redstone serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of both CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS and...

2012-07-31 06:23:41

NEW YORK, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Adrienne Shelly Foundation (ASF) announced today that in continuing its mission of supporting women filmmakers it has awarded five new production grants. ASF is a non-profit organization named in honor of the late actor, writer and director Adrienne Shelly, whose life was tragically cut short on November 1, 2006. The five grants, awarded in conjunction with ASF partners Columbia University, Boston University, Tribeca All Access, Women in Film...

2012-07-26 23:02:49

New Technology Represents Next-Generation Tool for Detecting Substandard and Counterfeit Medicines Rockville, Md. (PRWEB) July 26, 2012 A new platform for detecting substandard and counterfeit medicines using microfluidics has been recognized with a grant from Saving Lives at Birth´s “Grand Challenge through Development.” Dubbed PharmaCheck, the technology is a portable, field-based tool for assessing the quality of medicines in developing countries with increased accuracy,...

2012-05-17 01:25:30

Investigators from Boston University (BU) and the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System have shown evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in brain tissue from blast-exposed military service personnel. Laboratory experiments conducted by the investigators demonstrated that exposure to a single blast equivalent to a typical improvised explosive device (IED) results in CTE and long-term brain impairments that accompany the disease. They also found that the blast wind, not the...

2012-03-28 00:56:20

The H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009 underscored weaknesses in methods widely used to diagnose the flu, from frequent false negatives to long wait times for results. Now Boston University researchers have developed a prototype of a rapid, low-cost, accurate, point-of-care device that promises to provide clinicians with an effective tool to quickly diagnose both seasonal and pandemic strains of influenza, and thus limit the spread of infection. Boston University Biomedical Engineering Associate...

2012-02-01 10:58:37

Long duration, controllable drug delivery is of wide interest to medical researchers and clinicians, particularly those seeking to improve treatment for patients with chronic pain or to prevent cancer recurrence after surgery. Now a team of researchers led by Boston University Biomedical Engineer and Chemist Mark Grinstaff has developed a unique material and drug delivery mechanism that could pave the way for implants that release a drug at a designated rate for months. The system consists...

2012-01-31 15:54:00

BOSTON, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Richard L. Cravatts, Ph.D., Professor of Practice and Director of the Communications Management Program in the School of Management of Simmons College in Boston, has been elected President of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, the third in the organization's history. Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME) is a grass-roots community of academics who have united to promote honest fact based, and civil discourse. The organization's...

2012-01-27 12:17:59

According to a recent study, there is a new mechanism of drug release using 3D superhydrophobic materials that utilizes air as a removable barrier to control the rate at which drug is released. The study was electronically published on January 16, 2012 in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Boston University (BU) graduate student Stefan Yohe, under the mentorship of Mark Grinstaff , PhD, BU professor of biomedical engineering and chemistry,  and Yolonda Colson, MD, PhD,...

2011-12-11 06:09:46

New research published Dec. 9 in the journal Science suggests it may be possible to use brain technology to learn to play a piano, reduce mental stress or hit a curve ball with little or no conscious effort. It's the kind of thing seen in Hollywood's "Matrix" franchise. Experiments conducted at Boston University (BU) and ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan, recently demonstrated that through a person's visual cortex, researchers could use decoded functional magnetic...