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lithium dendrites

Recipe for Safer Batteries — Just Add Diamonds

While lithium-ion batteries, widely used in mobile devices from cell phones to laptops, have one of the longest lifespans of commercial batteries today, they also have been behind a number of recent meltdowns and fires due to short-circuiting in mobile devices. In hopes of preventing more of these hazardous malfunctions researchers at Drexel University have developed a recipe that can turn electrolyte solution — a key component of most batteries — into a safeguard against the chemical process that leads to battery-related disasters. 
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Smokers 20 Percent More Likely to Quit When Cigarettes Cost $1 More

Smokers were found to be 20 percent more likely to quit smoking when packs of cigarettes cost just one dollar more, according to a new public health study out of Drexel University.
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Cloudy Water Linked to Gastrointestinal Illnesses

A review of studies from both North America and Europe found links between acute gastrointestinal illness, which typically includes diarrhea and vomiting, and cloudy drinking water.
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Daily Check-Ins and Weight Loss

A new study by Drexel psychologists found that college freshmen who weighed themselves daily saw a drop in their BMI.
The students outside of Norway's Halden prison.

A Life-Changing Visit to a Revolutionary Scandinavian Prison

For 10 days last winter, a small group of Drexel students toured prisons and courthouses in Norway and Sweden to learn how a focus on restoration and rehabilitation creates a radically different criminal justice system.
Dragon Heart

Giving Children a New Heart

The Hartwell Foundation has awarded a 2016 Individual Biomedical Research Award to Amy Throckmorton, PhD.
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Opioid Users 50 Percent More Likely to Get Treatment Under Obamacare

People with opioid use disorder are 50 percent more likely to get treatment and their insurance is twice as likely to pay for it since the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented, a Drexel University researcher found.
Trachydoras Gepharti in the hand of its namesake, George W. Gephart Jr.

A Parting Gift: New Catfish Named for Academy of Natural Sciences' Retiring President

George W. Gephart Jr. will retire with a new, tiny catfish from South America named after him, capping nearly two decades of identification work by one Academy of Natural Sciences scientist.
Lychnothamnus barbatus in the wild

Dinosaur-Era Plant Found Alive in North America for First Time

A large species of green algae was discovered alive in North America for the first time ever, with the only previous record being fossils dating back to the time of the dinosaurs.
A pregnant woman holding her stomach

Domestic Violence Twice as Likely to Start for Pregnant Women After HIV Diagnosis

For women who have never experienced intimate partner violence before, a diagnosis of HIV during pregnancy means that they are twice as likely to experience violence after their child is born, a new study found.
A microscopic image of the Hepatitis B virus.

Male Hepatitis B Patients Suffer Worse Liver Ailments, Regardless of Lifestyle

A new study determined that it doesn’t matter where a person lives or the choices they make, male hepatitis B patients will always be at greater risk for more severe liver illnesses.
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Research Lacking When it Comes to Heart Disease in Prison Populations

A multi-institution team found multiple areas of research that can be explored in both the incarcerated and released population — which number more than 13 million Americans — to better understand and prevent cardiovascular disease.