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Research

autism

Study: As Many As 1 in 40 U.S. Children Has Autism

As many as 1 in 40 children in the United States have been diagnosed with autism, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with researchers from Drexel University, Harvard Medical School and George Washington University. The report, based on data from the DHS’s 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health, seems to confirm a decades-long trend of increasing autism diagnoses among children in the United States.
capacitors

Addressing the Elephant in the Circuit — Finally, a Shrinkable Alternative for Capacitors

One of the last remaining unshrinkable obstacles blocking the progress of fully integrated, wearable technology is the clunky component that absorbs and disburses stray electricity and converts alternating current from a power source into the direct current used by most devices. Due to a meager selection of materials that can perform those diverse functions, these components — called electrolytic capacitors — tend to be a limiting factor when it comes to downsizing electronics. But a breakthrough by materials science and engineering researchers at Drexel University and Sungkyunkwan University in Korea could eventually replace them with a capacitor so thin and flexible that it’s literally painted on.
Three young girls at a workshop

Survey Finds Daughters Can Thrive in Tech Even Without Tech Savvy Parents

As part Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code activities planned for this week, TechGirlz shared findings from a new survey of its program participants and their parents. Conducted in partnership with Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, this marks the first time a survey has matched responses from girls and their parents in order to gain a deeper understanding of the role parents play in female engagement in technology.

Philadelphia and Drexel Medicine skyline

Drexel Creates Center of Excellence to Address Opioid Crisis

With a $1.5 million three-year grant from the HHS, College of Medicine clinicians are undertaking an ambitious project to address the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia.

African-American mother and child

Report: Discrimination Driving Food Insecurity 

Lifetime experiences of racial and ethnic discrimination are linked to food insecurity in Philadelphia, says a new series of reports from researchers at Drexel's Center for Hunger Free Communities.
Drexel Postdoctoral Association board members.

The Secret Life of Postdocs, Vol. 3

The board members of the newly formed Drexel Postdoctoral Association (DPA) are aiming to bring more visibility, resources to Drexel’s postdoctoral community.



Vaccine map

Lawmakers Want to Loosen Vaccine Requirements, But Legal Barriers Persist

An analysis of proposed vaccine legislation between 2011 and 2017 shows that although the majority of proposed bills would have allowed more parents to exempt their children from school immunization requirements, those that favored vaccines were more likely to become law.
ic@3401

ic@3401 is Here to Help Drexel Faculty and Staff Launch the Startups of Their Dreams

ic@3401, a startup incubator conveniently located on Drexel University’s University City Campus, is a valuable resource for Drexel faculty, postdocs and graduate students with entrepreneurial endeavors related to their research.
Hospital patient

Study Identifies the Sepsis Symptoms That Lead to Death

The data analysis, pulled from more than 200,000 hospital visits, could help clinicians to more quickly identify - and treat- the patients who are at the greatest risk of dying from the common, and often insidious, condition.
kidney dialysis patients

Standing in for a Kidney, MXene Materials Could Give Dialysis Patients the Freedom to Move

A type of two-dimensional layered material, created at Drexel University, has emerged as a candidate to assist in replacing the body’s waste filtration system in wearable kidneys.
cannabis

Legalizing Marijuana in California: Drexel Researcher Receives NIH Funding to Study Policy's Effects on Young Adults

The longitudinal study will track how the state's changing cannabis laws affect the health and behaviors of young adults living in Los Angeles.
brush and mushroom coating on nanoparticle

Molecular 'Mushrooms' and 'Brushes' Help Cancer-Fighting Nanoparticles Survive in the Bloodstream

For a number of innovative and life-saving medical treatments, from organ replacements and skin grafts to cancer therapy and surgery, success often depends on slipping past or fending off the body’s immune system. In a recent development, aimed at aiding cancer detection and treatment, Drexel University researchers might have found the ideal surface texture for helping microscopic, medical helpers to survive in the bloodstream without being screened out by the body’s natural defense mechanisms.