How a recent Supreme Court ruling impacts City Hall’s extortion cases Karen Pita Loor, School of Law A recent Supreme Court decision that “dramatically narrow[s]” the scope of federal anti-corruption cases could benefit the Boston officials facing extortion charges, according to legal experts… Expert quote: “The court is now being careful and wants to narrow what could otherwise be seen as an overly broad [statute].” View full article  

5 takeaways from the first year of Gloucester’s groundbreaking effort to fight heroin addiction David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health It’s been a year since addicts were welcomed to the Gloucester police station and offered treatment instead of jail… Expert quote: “The most dramatic finding is the view that police departments and the police officers have been seen as more supportive and more welcoming than the institutions they […]

Researchers discover new genes responsible for stroke and dementia Sudha Seshadri, School of Medicine A set of new genes discovered may help researchers better understand, treat, and prevent stroke, Alzheimer’s, and other dementias… Expert quote: “Unraveling the mechanisms of small vessel disease is essential for the development of therapeutic and preventive strategies for this major cause of stroke.” View full article

Is encouraging someone to kill themselves a crime? Massachusetts’ highest court will decide in texting case David Rossman, School of Law After the state’s highest court hears the stomach-churning details of how Michelle Carter told her boyfriend to kill himself in the last days of his life, they’ll be faced with a decision that goes beyond whether the legal case against the teenage girl should go forward… Expert quote: “That could be construed […]

Most patients still given prescriptions for opioids after nonfatal opioid overdoses, study finds Marc LaRochelle, School of Medicine Most patients with chronic pain who have been hospitalized after an opioid overdose continue to receive prescription opioids, according to a new study led by researchers at Boston Medical Center… Expert quote: “This could be the result of patients not receiving emergency care where they receive outpatient care as […]

Heavy advertising push drew attention to scandal-plagued DraftKings Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication From TV to radio to online ads, from billboards to trash barrels to public transportation, wherever you turn this football season, you’ll find a pitch to sign up at daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings or FanDuel… Expert quote: “What’s happened is that, just by the crazed amount of tonnage […]