Twelve golden retrievers recently arrived in Orlando to bring comfort to the survivors and those grieving after the mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse. Here, Northeastern’s Lisa Feldman Barrett, who specializes in the psychology of emotion, explains how dogs help bring our nervous systems back into balance and, at least temporarily, make us feel safe.
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Philadelphia recently became the first major U.S. city to pass a soft drink tax, and a new report from Beverage Marketing Corp. found that bottled water will soon surpass soda as the nation’s most popular beverage. Here, Janice Maras, research manager in the Department of Health Sciences, who specializes in dietary data analysis, explains how a soda tax might affect dietary habits and what kind of long-term impact the declining popularity of soft drinks will have on the nation’s obesity epidemic.
As the startup culture in healthcare continues to grow, Northeastern School of Nursing Dean Nancy Hanrahan sees an opportunity for nurses to play a key role in developing innovative solutions to improve patients’ healthcare experiences. Northeastern is hosting a three-day summit and hackathon starting today geared toward empowering nurses to drive that innovation.
Over the past 10 years, the U.S. healthcare sector’s greenhouse gas emissions grew by more than 30 percent, accounting for 9.8 percent of the national total in 2013. “If the U.S. healthcare sector were itself a country, it would rank 13th in the world for greenhouse gas emissions, ahead of the entire U.K.,” states a new paper coauthored by Northeastern researcher Matthew Eckelman.
Reports of the arrival in the U.S. of a new superbug that is resistant to an antibiotic of last resort have set off alarm bells among public health officials. Last year, a team led by Northeastern professor Kim Lewis discovered teixobactin, an antibiotic that eliminates bacteria without encountering any detectable resistance. We asked him to explain the new superbug, how worried we should be, and how it might be stopped.
Reports of doping by Russia’s Olympic athletes continue to grab headlines. Just yesterday, officials confirmed that 14 of the country’s athletes from the 2008 Games had been implicated by the I.O.C. in a re-testing of samples. But doping in sports is not new. As early as the 8th century B.C., Greek athletes found ways to boost testosterone to enhance performance, says Northeastern’s Rui Li, an expert on exercise physiology. Here, she talks about the science of doping and possible measures to stop it.
Northeastern student Josh Eichel has harnessed his passion for health and wellness to create his own line of all-natural energy bars, the flagship product of his company All In Nutrition.
“There isn’t one kind of corporation that is responsible for why healthcare is so expensive,” Ellen Zane, the CEO emeritus of Tufts Medical Center, said at the latest installment of the Women who Empower Speaker Series. “You have to understand that it’s a confluence of many moving parts, so there’s not going to be one silver bullet that fixes it.”
A biology major in Northeastern’s Honors Program and a 2016 Presidential Global Fellow, Julie Hugunin plans to pursue an MD/PhD program to combine her clinical and research interests, informed by a holistic approach. “Northeastern is about putting yourself out there and being fearless,” she says.
This fall, Torchia will enter Yale’s physician assistant graduate program. She credits Northeastern’s experiential learning opportunities with preparing her for the program’s rigorous curriculum and with giving her a distinct advantage. “I will be entering my program as one of the youngest, if not the youngest, student because my co-ops have given me more than enough (clinical) hours and experience without needing to take a gap year.”
Colin Bernardo is a humanitarian to the core. He completed his bachelor’s in rehabilitative science with honors and is now entering the clinical component of Northeastern’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. His stellar academic record, however, marks just the beginning of a university career driven by the desire to help others.
Standing desks are all the rage, and Jack T. Dennerlein, professor in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, has taken the first step in developing ergonomic guidelines for how to use them.