That’s one smart toothbrush

A team of engi­neering stu­dents con­ceived a smart tooth­brush at the annual Engi­neers for the Greater Good com­pe­ti­tion, win­ning first place and a $1,500 stipend to turn the con­cept into reality.

What do hospitals do for their communities?

Pro­fessor Gary Young and his col­leagues at North­eastern are the first in the nation to ana­lyze hos­pi­tals’ com­mu­nity ben­e­fits prac­tices, which are inti­mately linked with their tax-​​exempt status.

Public health leader honored

A leading advo­cacy group in Mass­a­chu­setts will begin naming an annual lead­er­ship award in honor of John Auer­bach, director of the university’s Insti­tute on Urban Health Research.

Kryptonite for cancer cells

In a new paper, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Man­soor Amiji and his col­lab­o­ra­tors present a drug-​​delivery system they believe can specif­i­cally target only tumors and turn off the cancer cells’ “super­powers” that allow them to grow uncontrollably.

Study: Antibiotics are unique assassins

In recent years, the notion that there is a single mech­a­nism by which antibi­otics wipe out bac­teria has per­me­ated the field of micro­bi­ology. Now, new research from pro­fessor Kim Lewis and his team ques­tions that hypothesis.