Researchers investigate four promising new treatments for Lyme disease

North­eastern researcher Kim Lewis and his team have launched an all-​​out effort to find a cure for Lyme dis­ease, which afflicts nearly 300,000 new people in the U.S. each year. Their efforts aim to bring relief to all patients, including those who suffer from a debil­i­tating chronic ver­sion of the disease.

Northeastern researchers work to stop sudden cardiac death among young athletes

As March Mad­ness cap­tures the imag­i­na­tion of sports fans across the country, it also serves as a stark reminder of a fright­ening trend. On average, every three days a com­pet­i­tive ath­lete in the U.S. suc­cumbs to sudden car­diac death. Gian­michel Cor­rado, head team physi­cian at North­eastern, is on a mis­sion to change that.

Professor receives Fulbright award for juvenile arthritis research

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.

Antarctic island named after Northeastern professor

William Det­rich has been making research trips to Palmer Sta­tion in Antarc­tica for more than 30 years. Now, in recog­ni­tion of his notable dis­cov­eries, a small island less than a mile away from the research facility has been com­mem­o­ra­tively named after him.

Are safe injection facilities for heroin users a step in the right direction?

The mayor of Ithaca, New York, last week, announced a plan to open sites where heroin users can safely inject the drug under med­ical super­vi­sion. Assis­tant pro­fessor Leo Beletsky thinks the idea isn’t that far-​​fetched, saying “We need inno­v­a­tive inter­ven­tions because what we are doing is not working.”

Increases in state and local spending could decrease mortality rates, researcher finds

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity asso­ciate pro­fessor Daniel Kim used rig­orous sta­tis­tical methods from the field of eco­nomics to show how small increases in social spending on wel­fare and edu­ca­tion can reduce the risk of dying.