Monthly Archives: August 2010

Pakistan floods continue devastation

Two weeks into the crisis, slow-moving floods continue to devastate vast swaths of Pakistan.  Yet the floods – which already haveclaimed some 1,500 lives – has failed to yield the global aid response of previous natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.  International relations Professor Adil Najam, a Pakistani who is director of the Pardee Center for […]

Head trauma linked to disease that mimics ALS

  Researchers at the BU Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE) and the Department of Veterans Affairs in Bedford, Mass. have discovered a new motor neuron disease that mimics ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which may be connected to head trauma. Their findings, based on their work with former athletes, have been published in the September 2010 issue […]

Calif. gay-marriage ruling challenge

A federal appeals court this week considers a request to ban the resumption of same-sex marriages in Californina that would be based on a federal judge’s ruling which said the state had no constitutional right to block such marriages — which happened when voters approved Proposition 8 last year.  Gay-marriage opponents want them to be put […]

From Joan Salge Blake:

Americans at LARGE Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently took the vital signs of Americans and declared that more needs to be done to combat obesity. Currently, 68% of Americans are either overweight or obese. Excess body fat increases your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, stroke, and diabetes — all major killers of Americans. […]

Northeast bats in danger of extinction

One of North America’s most common bat species, the so-called little brown bat, will be all but extinct in the Northeast in 20 years to due to an emerging fungal desease called White-Nose Syndrome. That’s the conclusion of a new study by Boston University biologists, including Professor Thomas Kunz and post-doctoral researcher Dr. Winifred Frick who authored the study […]

Calif. gay-marriage ban struck down

For the first time, a gay-marriage ban has been struck down on federal constitutional grounds.  Federal court Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling on California’s controversial Proposition 8, which had barred same-sex marriages in that state, now heads to the appeals court level and is expected to eventually be decided in the U.S. Supreme Court.  Law Professor […]

Intel settles antitrust case with FTC

In a “I-never-did-it-and-won’t-do-it-again” deal, Computer chip-making giant Intel agreed with the Federal Trade Commission to step back from business practices — like coercing computer makers not to buy microprosessor chips from rivals — which allegedly stifled competition and deprived consumers of better choices for at least a decade.  The “play nice” settlement comes on the heels […]

Israel-Lebanon border clash

In the first serious clash since their 2006 war, Lebanese and Israeli troops exchanged fire on the border in an exchange that killed four people, including two Lebanese soldiers and an Israeli army officer.  It apparently was sparked when Israeli soldiers cut down a tree along the fence dividing the two countries.  International relations Professor Augustus Richard Norton, […]

Redefining national self-defense

With U.S. involvement in Iraq drawing down yet still under fire in Afghanistan, Americans are questioning the U.S. military’s role around the globe.  International relations Professor Andrew Bacevich offers some proposals for the future in his new book, “Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War.”  In a BU Today Q&A, Bacevich outlines his 3-point shift […]

From Nutrition Professor Joan Salge Blake:

Got High Blood Pressure? Eat a Sweet Potato. According the latest report just released by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, most Americans are falling short of their daily potassium needs, which could be wrecking havoc their blood pressure.  Over 55% of Americans have high blood pressure or are on their way to getting high […]