Posts by: Ron Rosenberg

Health experts can’t predict how dangerous swine flu might be

New York City  is well prepared for the potential outbreak of swine flu, even ahead of other major metropolitan centers. But that’s not enough said Al Ozonoff, School of Public Health associate professor of biostatistics.   I believe that New York City has done a very good job of planning and preparation. That being said, nobody […]

A big step towards personalized medicine

An agreement  in which Abbott Laboratories will develop a specific genetic test to screen non-small cell lung cancer tumors to identify potential patients for a proposed oral cancer drug  being developed by Pfizer, was hailed as an important development in the new era of personalized genomic medicine, by Avi Spira, MD.  He is Associate Professor of […]

Initial swine flu forecasts are “suspect”

The first official forecast that the global swine flu pandemic, expected to return to the USA this fall,  could lead to two million people hospitalized and between 30,000 and 90,000 deaths are “suspect” and contribute to a “climate of scaremongering and shaky science,” claims Al Ozonoff.  He is a School of Public Health associate professor of […]

The escalating costs of treating obesity

Medical spending for an obese person averages $1,400 more a year than an individual of normal weight  – a health-related expenditure that has doubled from nearly a decade ago and includes treating diabetes, heart disease and other ailments found  in those overweight, according to a recent study. Caroline Apovian, MD, Boston Medical Center Director of […]

Chinese develop live mice by reprogramming skin cells

The ability of Chinese scientists to reprogram skin cells of mice to a primordial, embryonic state that resulted in the birth of live offspring may bring scientists a step closer to creating medically useful stem cell lines for treating human disease. “The novelty resides in producing mice using induced pluripotent stem cells in the most […]

New obesity rate: 1 in 7 low-income preschoolers

The latest report from the Centers  for Disease Control and Prevention estimates obesity rates have stablized to one in seven preschoolers from low-income families and the childhood obesity epidemic is leveling off  among youngsters in this group.  Caroline Apovian,MD, a BU associate professor of pediatrics and Boston Medical Center Director of Nutrition and Weight Management, can discuss […]

Finding Alzheimer’s risk poses little distress

If you learned from a genetic test that your risk for Alzheimer’s disease increased, how would you feel?  A  study of 162 healthy adult children of patients with Alzheimer’s found that people who inherited a key gene showed no more test-related stress, depression, or anxiety than those who did not, according to Dr. Robert Green, lead author of […]

For seniors, a few drinks cuts dementia risk

Alcohol consumption — one to two drinks a day — lowers the risk of dementia, based on a six-year study of people aged 75 years or older.  Although there is no explanation why a moderate amount of alcohol is good for the brain, Robert Stern, Co-Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical & Research Programs, cited studies where the […]

Hospitalizations of obese kids and teens nearly doubles

Obese children hospitalized for such related conditions as asthma, diabetes, gallbladder disease, pneumonia and mental disorders soared dramatically, both in patient numbers and total costs. The published study prompted Caroline Apovian, MD, Boston Medical Center director of the Obesity Research Center, to call for a national health plan effort “to stave off a curtailed healthy future […]

No historic agreement at G-8 summit on cutting greenhouse gas emissions

Leaders at the Group of Eight summit meeting  failed to make a breakthrough to cut in half the global production of greenhouse gases by 2050 as India and China claimed an unfair burden when their economies are growing rapidly. But Adil Najam, co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and a BU professor of international relations,  […]