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3Qs: What’s next for ‘Obamacare’ under President Trump?

Donald Trump cam­paigned on a promise to repeal and replace Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s sig­na­ture health­care law. But it’s unclear what his plan would entail. We asked Wendy Parmet, a leading expert in public health law, to weigh in on what health­care might look like under Pres­i­dent Trump, who on Monday appointed an out­spoken ‘Oba­macare’ critic to be his sec­re­tary of health and human services.

Takeda CEO talks globalization, innovation in pharmaceutical industry

Christophe Weber, pres­i­dent and CEO of Takeda Phar­ma­ceu­tical Com­pany Ltd., shared his global vision, mul­ti­cul­tural per­spec­tive, and long-​​term approach to run­ning the 235-​​year-​​old Japanese com­pany on Tuesday at Northeastern’s CEO Break­fast Forum speaker series.

Losing by winning: Researchers use stories, video games to combat obesity

We’ve heard about the power of sto­ries to engage, delight, teach, chal­lenge, and help us under­stand our­selves. Now new research co-​​led by North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Amy Lu shows the power of sto­ries to help chil­dren fight obesity.

Marijuana in Massachusetts, what happens now that it’s legal?

Mass­a­chu­setts voters ear­lier this month over­whelm­ingly approved the legal­iza­tion of recre­ational mar­i­juana. We asked drug policy expert Leo Beletsky what hap­pens next and how the Trump admin­is­tra­tion could impact the rollout of this new law, which takes effect Dec. 15.

Healthcare nonprofit works to ‘seed’ next generation of doctors, nurses

Vanessa Kerry, a global health­care rev­o­lu­tionary, dis­cussed the ins and outs of her inno­v­a­tive non­profit Seed Global Health at the latest install­ment of the Women Who Empower Speaker Series on Tuesday evening. “We think this is the new face of diplo­macy,” Kerry said. “We are com­mitted to raising the next gen­er­a­tion of well-​​trained doc­tors and nurses who can be agents of change for their countries.”

3Qs: Advice for handling strong emotions post-​​election

Psy­chology pro­fessor Lisa Feldman Bar­rett pro­vides per­spec­tive on the inten­sity of our emo­tions this elec­tion season, how the cam­paign might affect us psy­cho­log­i­cally over the long term, and how we can regain our equi­lib­rium as indi­vid­uals and as a nation.

Researchers link Facebook activity to living longer

Northeastern’s William R. Hobbs and col­leagues sug­gest that Face­book use is asso­ci­ated with longer life, par­tic­u­larly if the time spent online is mod­erate and the user’s online activ­i­ties reflect strong social inter­ac­tions in the offline world.

Pro-​​GMO: Nobel laureate makes the case for genetic modification

Thursday night at North­eastern, Nobel lau­reate and Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor Sir Richard Roberts argued that despite what you may have heard, GMOs are safe and have the poten­tial to save lives in devel­oping coun­tries. Here are five key points from his talk.

New psychology professor studies link between physical activity, cognitive health

Chuck Hillman prac­tices what he preaches, applying his research find­ings to his per­sonal life. When he’s not studying the rela­tion­ship between phys­ical activity and cog­ni­tive health, he’s biking, playing ice hockey, or lifting weights in his home gym.

Freshman sees co-​​op as vital part of journey to become doctor

As a kid, Geena Huh liked to visit her father’s neu­ro­science lab, an expe­ri­ence that piqued her interest in med­i­cine. Now she’s a first-​​year phar­macy stu­dent at North­eastern. She chose the uni­ver­sity for its co-​​op pro­gram, which will afford her the oppor­tu­nity to work in the health field before enrolling in med­ical school.

Northeastern network scientist part of international research group selected for $75M One Brave Idea Research Award

Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Albert-​​László Barabási brings his exper­tise at mod­eling com­plex net­works to an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research group focused on ending coro­nary heart disease.