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Research

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Antidepressant Use in Pregnant Women Linked to Small Increase in Autism

Antidepressant use in pregnant women was linked to increased cases of autism in their children, though the trend actually appeared to be relatively small, effecting just 2 percent of children with diagnoses.
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Obamacare Led to Gains for Children, But Gaps Persist for Latino Kids

A new Drexel University-led study found that the national implementation of the Affordable Care Act led to improved health insurance coverage and well-child visits for all youth, but disparities remained for Latino children.
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State Report: Prescription Opioid Misuse in Young Pennsylvanians Down, But Varies By County

A data brief put out by Pennsylvania’s State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup found that fewer young people in Pennsylvania reported taking prescription opioids in 2014 compared to 2011, but the numbers are varied across the state.
Faculty Highlights

Faculty Highlights: Grants and Awards From Spring 2017

Drexel University faculty accomplished a lot in the spring term — here’s a sampling of the awards and grants they received, among other accolades.
Malaria Parasite

Study Finds Malaria Parasite is a Fine-Tuned Machine

Scientists discovered two thirds of the parasite's genome are essential for survival, identifying many potential new drug targets to investigate.
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Entering the Fast Lane — MXene Electrodes Push Charging Rate Limits in Energy Storage

Can you imagine fully charging your cell phone in just a few seconds? Researchers in Drexel University’s College of Engineering can, and they took a big step toward making it a reality with their recent work unveiling of a new battery electrode design in the journal Nature Energy
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Even Perfectly Clean Hands Can Lead To MRSA Transmission in NICU Babies

A new study led by Drexel University found that even if hospital workers follow handwashing guidelines as closely as possible, MRSA can still be transmitted among their newborn patients in the NICU.
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Drexel Named Center of Academic Excellence For Cybersecurity Education

Drexel University has distinguished itself as one of the top institutions for cybersecurity education in the nation, according to the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. This month, the NSA and DHS recertified the university as Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. Drexel’s remains the first cybersecurity program in Philadelphia to receive this distinction and joins just over 200 programs in the nation that have earned the certification for “contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure.”
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Birds of All Feathers Work Together to Hunt When Army Ants March

When army ants move out, a new Drexel University study found that, instead of chasing each other away, birds work together to follow the column and hunt the insects that marching ants scare out of hiding.
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Obamacare Key to Improving Access in Mexican-American Patients with High Blood Pressure

A Drexel study found that the Affordable Care Act, if embraced, can dramatically reduce disparities between Mexican-heritage people and white patients with hypertension.
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The Drexel-Designed Device Aimed at Fixing an Epidemic

In an effort to limit the damage done by mass shootings, a team of Dragons drew on their military experience to design a bulletproof curtain that could help save lives. 
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Making Art Activates Brain’s Reward Pathway – Drexel Study

Coloring, doodling and drawing all showed significant bloodflow in the section of the brain related to feeling rewarded, a new study by a Drexel University art therapist found.