Monthly Archives: April 2013

Catholic University Fights Overt Student Condom Distrbution

Posted by Kathlyn on April 22, 2013
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Officials at Boston College, a private, Catholic University located in Chestnut Hill, are fighting student and faculty efforts to make condoms easily available on campus. Catholic beliefs forbid birth control such as prophylactics and hormone patches, with these beliefs extending into how the university is governed.

A student group at Boston College has been distributing condoms on campus for years. Over the past two years, the group has handed out thousands of condoms to its fellow students in designated “Safe Sites,” usually dorm rooms and other residences. However, in a March 15 letter, the school’s administration threatened to take disciplinary action against students who are found distributing birth control on campus. The school’s view is that allowing the distribution of birth control on campus contradicts its “responsibility to protect” Catholic traditions and values.

In keeping with that responsibility, the school is now aiming to shut down the Safe Sites, but the effort is meeting resistance from many students and faculty members. The most compelling argument for the removal of the Safe Sites is that because students are adults, they should exercise sexual responsibility and purchase birth control for themselves away from school grounds.

A meeting between the student organization and BC’s administrators is scheduled for one week from today, the 29th of April.

Boston University Student among Those Slain in Marathon Bombing

Posted by Kathlyn on April 17, 2013
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Among the three people who were killed in Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon’s finish line was a Boston University graduate student.

The student was a Chinese citizen whose name is not being disclosed through her family’s request, but has been identified as a math and statistics major. One of her friends, another Chinese citizen, was among those seriously injured in the blasts. The Chinese consulate and BU are working closely together to assist the victims’ families with anything they may need under these tragic and trying circumstances.

The university is offering counseling and guidance to those who have been affected by these terrible acts through various channels, including the Student Health Services, and the chaplains at Marsh Chapel. There will also be a service at the chapel at 5:30 this evening. Everyone is welcome to attend.

There is still very little known concerning who is responsible for Monday’s bombings and what the motive behind them was. If you have any information, video, or photographs, please share them with authorities by calling the police department’s anonymous tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS or sending email to [email protected].

Our thoughts and hearts are with the city of Boston and the victims of this terrible tragedy.

The Dangers of Using GranuFlo

Posted by Kathlyn on April 14, 2013
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GranuFlo, which is manufactured by Fresenius Medical Care, is a dry acid product intended for patients suffering from kidney failure. It is used in hemodialysis, a medical procedure that helps cleanse the blood of wastes, like urea, eliminates extra fluid from the body, and returns the body’s blood to maintaining an appropriate level of electrolytes.

Despite its effectiveness in treating kidney failure, GranuFlo is not without side effects, some of which have been found to place patients at risk of serious health problems, such as cardiac arrest, low blood pressure, metabolic alkalosis, heart attack, heart arrhythmias, or even sudden death. In 2010 alone, approximately 941 cases of cardiac arrest due to GranuFlo were recorded, along with a range of other severe complications. Due to the danger it poses to patients’ health, the US Food and Drug Administration was forced to issue a Class 1 recall (the highest level of recall) on the product.

Kidney Failure, Hemodialysis and GranuFlo

The main function of healthy kidneys is to cleanse your blood of wastes and remove extra fluid by converting these to urine. When your kidneys can no longer perform these tasks, dialysis is performed to remove these wastes and fluid to keep your blood clean and healthy.

During the dialysis procedure, the blood of a patient is drawn from his or her body and processed using a dialysis machine. As blood is made to flow back into the patient’s body, urea and creatinine, which are dangerous substances, should have been removed. It is through the help of GranuFlo, a dialysate, that these substances are removed and the level of helpful chemicals in the blood maintained.

Despite its usefulness, however, you should still be concerned with any personal injury that can occur from use. If you are suffering from any of the complications of this dry acid concentrate, make sure you contact a GranuFlo lawyer immediately.

Police Warn Boston-area Middle Schoolers not to Play “Kicking Game”

Posted by Kathlyn on April 05, 2013
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big booting in schoolsStudents at Marshall Middle School are being told to discontinue playing a “game” called “Big Booting” after a student was injured at school as a result.

Big Booting is a barbaric game in which one student kicks an unsuspecting friend or classmate in the back of the head. There have been at least two serious Big Booting incidents in the past few months.

Police are unsure of the game’s origin, but have seen its consequences first hand. Criminal assault and battery charges have been filed against the student accused of the most recent big booting incident. His victim was left with a noticeable indentation on his head and had to go to the school’s nurse. The kicker was suspended from school.

It’s an injustice when child suffers undue injuries, especially in places that are responsible for ensuring their safety. Hopefully this police effort will curb the growth of this violent game.