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You Can Ask BU’s Public Health Dean Anything

In the wake of disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many of us feel helpless. We question how to help, what to do, and how […]


The Answer to Public Health Crises Might Be in the Sewer

Newsha Ghaeli and Mariana Matus’ big idea doesn’t exactly sound glamorous—but it might just revolutionize the way we handle public health issues. Ghaeli, an MIT […]

Alex Guerrero

Tom Brady Just Dropped a New Brain Training Program

The field of “brain training” is controversial. The companies behind these allegedly cognition-boosting games, exercises, and puzzles market their products with lofty claims—Improve your memory! […]


Elizabeth Warren Pledges Support for Single-Payer Healthcare Bill

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are entering the healthcare battle together. Warren pledged her support for Sanders’ single-payer healthcare plan in an email sent to […]

State of Obesity

Mass. Has the Third-Lowest Obesity Rate in the Country

Each year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health release the State of Obesity report, a snapshot of health across the […]

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Pioneering Gene Therapy Will Be Available in Boston

The FDA made history Wednesday when it approved the United States’ first cell-based gene therapy. And, fittingly for a healthcare hub, the pioneering treatment will […]

Found in Translation

Using Language, This Nonprofit Solves Two Social Problems at Once

Maria Vertkin got her first interpreting “job” long before she made it her career. Twice an immigrant by age 11, Vertkin—who was born in Russia […]

Jerry Remy

The Red Sox and NESN Will Honor Jerry Remy on Sunday

Sunday’s Red Sox-Yankees game will begin with much fanfare, as NESN and the Red Sox celebrate Fenway fixture Jerry Remy’s 30 years, and 3,900 games, […]

Solar Eclipse

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Without Damaging Your Eyes

It’s been nearly a century since Americans from coast to coast got a glimpse of a solar eclipse—which is why the one happening August 21 […]


A BMC Doctor Saved a Woman’s Life on an Airplane

The story sounds like a plot line ripped from Grey’s Anatomy. On a Friday evening flight from Boston to Minneapolis, Anil Punjabi heard a flight attendant […]


The Face2Gene App May Help Diagnose Rare Diseases

You might not recognize the name Moti Shniberg, but he could recognize you. Shniberg developed a facial recognition and tagging technology that he eventually sold […]

John Kerry

John Kerry Rode in the Pan-Mass Challenge This Year

Over the weekend, more than 6,000 cyclists hit the streets to brave the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), a 46-town-long bike-a-thon that benefits Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). Amidst […]


In Sandwich, First Responders Are Tackling a Hidden Consequence of the Opioid Crisis

Just a few weeks ago, Sandwich police responded to a call that has become all too typical: A gas station patron found an unconscious man […]


Opioid Commission Urges Trump to Declare State of Emergency

The White House commission dedicated to fighting opioid abuse is calling on President Trump to declare a federal state of emergency around the epidemic. “The […]


The Chart: Local Health and Science News You Missed This Week

Surgery’s for the slugs. Surgical patients of the future may owe a lot to slugs. Jianyu Li, a materials scientist at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for […]