A firestorm erupted this week in response to the pharmaceutical company Mylan’s sharp increase in the price of its EpiPen, a life-saving treatment for severe allergic reactions. The company quickly backtracked, announcing a rebate plan. Here, three Northeastern faculty members—pharmacist Tayla Rose, healthcare finance expert Steven Pizer, and health policy researcher Gary Young—explain the clinical, economic, and policy implications of the controversy.
Professor and post-disaster recovery expert Daniel Aldrich discusses this week’s earthquake in Italy, what the country has and hasn’t done to protect itself against seismic activity, and what it will take for the affected communities to heal.
The Justice Department will be phasing out the use of private prisons, citing safety concerns as well as their lack of rehabilitative services. We asked Natasha Frost, a mass incarceration expert, to explain how this directive might affect for-profit prisons at the state level and whether the presidential election could impact the DOJ’s new policy.
The state of Brazil in 2009, when Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Summer Olympics, stands in stark contrast to the state of the nation today. As the world turns its focus to Rio for tonight’s Opening Ceremonies, associate professor Thomas Vicino explains Brazil’s change of fortune.
Northeastern professor and food policy expert Chris Bosso says there are honest arguments on each side of the debate over whether to label foods as having genetically modified ingredients. But he notes the new bill, signed into law last week, is “a poor solution to a complex problem.”
The 2016 Summer Olympics are finally here, opening this week in Rio de Janeiro amid a plethora of concerns, including the Zika virus, water contamination, and civil unrest. Here, Olympics expert and associate teaching professor Philip D’Agati explains what we can expect and says of the city, “Their planning hasn’t been that bad.”
After weeks of intense public speculation, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton introduced their vice presidential candidates. That got us wondering how presidential hopefuls select their running mates and whether those selections typically impact elections. Here, Bill Crotty, professor emeritus and an expert on presidential politics, examines those questions.
The release of nearly 20,000 Democratic National Committee emails by Wikileaks on Friday created havoc within the party and forced the resignation of DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Rumors of Russia’s alleged involvement in the data breech added further intrigue to the story. We asked three Northeastern experts to weigh in on how the data dump will impact the election, the voting process, and the cybersecurity of political parties.
The team pushed and pulled its way to a dominating victory in the International Powerlifting Federation’s inaugural University Powerlifting World Cup, which was held in Belarus last week. “I couldn’t be more proud of how the team performed,” said club captain Kelsey McCarthy. “It shows how hard we trained and how committed we were.”
France is reeling from its third major attack in 19 months after a lone terrorist sped a truck into a crowd of people gathered to watch Bastille Day fireworks. The attack killed at least 84 people and injured more than 200 others. We asked Northeastern experts to analyze these types of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks, the media’s use of graphic footage from the scene, and what the terror in Nice could mean for the European Union’s security procedures.