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.
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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.
A team led by associate professor Anand Asthagiri explores the biophysics behind the spread of breast cancer, providing hope for future treatments and early diagnosis.
The United Nations General Assembly recently convened a special session on drugs, marking its first meeting on the topic since 1998. We asked Northeastern drug policy expert Leo Beletsky, who spoke at one of the session’s side events, to reflect on the historic meeting and the future of drug policy reform.
Picture this: A sensor the size of two matchsticks side-by-side that can detect a bacterial infection in two minutes flat. It would quickly enable health-care providers to administer an antibiotic that targets the specific bug rather than a broad-spectrum drug that could be hit-or-miss. That describes the mind-boggling research project that Daniel Ostberg, E’20, displayed in Innovation Alley at RISE:2016.
Maura Iversen, professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, will launch a study to assess the physical activity levels of Swedish children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis—the most common form of arthritis in children under 17.
In recognition of its forward-thinking approach to food, Northeastern Dining was invited to join the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative, which promotes interdisciplinary research and practice to offer healthier, more sustainable menus in dining halls across the country.