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03/01/16 Four Boston University Framingham Heart Study professors named among world’s most influential minds in the field of Clinical Medicine. All are also associated with the Boston University School of Public Health
Eight researchers from Boston University, five of them with School of Public Health appointments, are among “the world’s most influential scientific minds,” according to the 2015 Thomson Reuters list of most-cited researchers. Read more
11/17/14 First Researchers Announced for Groundbreaking Cvgps Project
The first funded researchers in the groundbreaking Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study were announced during Scientific Sessions on Sunday in Chicago. The Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study, also known as CVGPS, is designed to speed up the discovery of more personalized treatments and prevention for cardiovascular diseases and stroke — the leading causes of death in the world. CVGPS does this by enabling researchers for the first time to simultaneously access massive volumes of deeper-level data from multiple studies, including the famed Framingham Heart Study and Jackson Heart Study. Read more at the American Heart Association’s website.
07/16/14 We’re Genetically Linked to Our Friends
“Using data from the Framingham Heart Study, the researchers were able to conduct what they say is the first genome-wide analysis correlating genotypes between friends.” Read more at CNN’s website.
07/15/14 Study: U.S. Alzheimer’s Rate Seems to be Dropping
“The federally funded Framingham study tracked new dementia cases among several thousand people 60 and older in five-year periods starting in 1978, 1989, 1996 and 2006. Compared with the first period, new cases were 22 percent lower in the second one, 38 percent lower in the third and 44 percent lower in the fourth one.” Read more in the Seattle Times.
03/27/14 Google’s Scientific Approach to Work-Life Balance (and Much More)
“Inspired by the Framingham research, our People Innovation Lab developed gDNA, Google’s first major long-term study aimed at understanding work.” Read more at Harvard Business Review’s website.
11/25/13 The Next Frontier in Heart Care: Research Aims to Personalize Treatment With Genetics
“Scientists from two landmark heart-disease studies are joining forces to wield the power of genetics in battling the leading cause of death in the U.S.” Read more in the Wall Street Journal.
11/20/13 Framingham Heart study is Now Part of New Collaboration
“The Framingham Heart Study is part of a new research collaboration with the American Heart Association and a Mississippi-based study that officials hope will improve and expand research.” Read more in the MetroWest Daily News.
11/17/13 New Collaboration Expanding Science of World-Renowned Heart Studies
“A new collaborative research relationship between the American Heart Association, the University of Mississippi and Boston University, representing a bold vision for cardiovascular population science, was announced Sunday during the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions.” Read more at the American Heart Association’s website.
10/03/13 Framingham Heart Study’s Landmark Impact Examined
“While the Framingham Heart Study is often referenced throughout the halls of academia, few know its origin or can fully appreciate the contribution it has made to the understanding and prevention of cardiovascular disease.” Read more at Vanderbilt University’s website.
09/19/12 Yogurt Consumption, Blood Pressure, and Incident Hypertension: A Longitudinal Study in the Framingham Heart Study
“Adding more yogurt to your diet without increasing the number of calories you eat may help lower your risk of high blood pressure, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions.” Read more at the American Heart Association’s website.
08/22/11 W. B. Kannel, Who Led Historic Heart Study, Dies at 87
“William B. Kannel, a cardiovascular epidemiologist whose work helped to identify and sought to rout the culprits behind heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases, died on Saturday in Natick, Mass. He was 87.” Read more in the New York Times.
02/14/11 Holliston Science Teacher to Speak at National Conference
“A sixth-grade science teacher at Adams Middle School will fly to a national conference in San Francisco next month to discuss a teaching unit she based on the Framingham Heart Study.” Read more in the MetroWest Daily News.
11/21/10 Genes Link Puberty Timing and Body Fat in Women
“Scientists have discovered 30 new genes that control the age of sexual maturation in women.” Read more at EurekAlert!
11/13/10 Having First-Degree Relative with Atrial Fibrillation Linked with Increased Risk
“An examination of the heritability of atrial fibrillation (AF) among more than 4,000 participants in the Framingham Heart Study finds the occurrence of AF in first-degree relatives was associated with AF risk after adjustment for established AF risk factors and AF-related genetic variants, according to a study that will appear in the November 24 issue of JAMA.” Read more at EurekAlert!
06/01/10 Your Risk of Heart Disease: How to Turn Back the Clock When Your Blood Vessels Grow Old Before You Do
English physician Thomas Sydenham once said, “A man is as old as his arteries.” This comment, made nearly four centuries ago, raises a provocative modern-day question: Do you know how old your arteries are? Read more in the Wall Street Journal.
05/25/10 Study Finds Fat Around the Abdomen Associated with Smaller, Older Brains in Middle-Aged Adults
“Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found a significant association between abdominal fat and lower total brain volume.” Read more at Boston University’s website.
05/12/10 Researchers Identify Additional Genes that May Play a Role in Alzheimer’s Disease
Researchers from the Framingham Heart Study and collaborating scientists have identified two new genes that may be risk factors for the development of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Read more at Boston University’s website.
04/08/10 Sleep Apnea Tied to Increased Risk of Stroke
“Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with an increased risk of stroke in middle-aged and older adults, especially men, according to new results from a landmark study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health.” Read more at the National Institutes of Health website.
12/16/09 Researchers Find High Leptin Levels May Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
“Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found that higher leptin (a protein that controls weight and appetite) levels were associated with a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and dementia.” Read more at Boston University’s website.
11/17/09 Framingham Heart Study Chief Honored at Convention
“The director of the Framingham Heart Study was honored by the American Heart Association today for research showing the role of risk factors in cardiovascular disease.” Read more at the Framingham Tab.
02/23/09 BUSM Researchers Find Parental Dementia May Lead to Poor Memory in Middle-Aged Adults
“People who have parents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia perform less well on formal memory testing when compared to people of the same age whose parents never developed Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.” Read more at Boston University’s website.
08/06/08 Alcohol Consumption Declining, According to Results of New Study
“Researchers examined 8,000 records of the Framingham Heart Study, the longest population-based study of American adults ever conducted, to measure alcohol consumption over 50 years.” Read more at EurekAlert!
05/21/08 Smokers Flock Together and Quit Together
“When smokers kick the habit, odds are they are not alone in making the move.” Read more at the National Institutes of Health website.
05/18/08 Researchers Find One in Six Women, One in Ten Men at Risk for Alzheimers Disease in Their Lifetime
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and the Framingham Heart Study have estimated that one in six women are at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease in their lifetime, while the risk for men is one in ten. These findings were released today by the Alzheimer’s Association in its publication 2008 Alzheimer’s Disease: Facts and Figures. Read more at Boston University’s website.
11/26/07 BU Med Professor Receives Award from American Heart Association
Margaret Kelly-Hayes, EdD, RN, a clinical professor of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and an investigator at the Framingham Heart Study, was recently awarded the Stroke Council Award from the American Heart Association. The Stroke Council Award recognizes and encourages those who actively work to integrate stroke and heart disease in clinical care, education or research. Read more at Boston University’s website.