Bruce Willis was one of the surprise stars of The Brink, Boston University’s research news site, in 2022. When the veteran actor’s family announced in April that he’d been diagnosed with aphasia, a neurological condition, shocked fans were left with a rush of questions: Would Willis recover? Were his acting days over? And just what was aphasia? We turned to experts from the College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College-home to two nationally renowned aphasia centers-for answers. Our primer on the condition became The Brink’s second most-read story of the year-with many readers sharing their personal experiences and well-wishes for the Hollywood star in the comments section.
Other articles in our top-10 most popular reads reflect the vast mix of research and scholarship at BU-from an artificial intelligence program with the potential to detect Alzheimer’s disease to a study of college student mental health. And there was-again-one other standout topic: COVID-19. Four of the top stories covered pandemic-related news or research. Here’s the full list, in order of most readers.