Research Report 2018

We have the opportunity to understand health and disease from the nanoscale on up—from the level of the molecule, to the cell, to the tissue, to the organ, to the patients, in all their remarkable complexity.

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A Blood Test for Autism

Most children are not diagnosed with ASD until after 4 years of age. Earlier diagnosis is generally acknowledged to lead to better outcomes as children engage in early intervention services.

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Disc Degeneration

Diet and Back Pain: What's the Link?

Can a diet high in processed fat and sugar and Type 2 diabetes cause degeneration of intervertebral discs in the spine? If so, what is happening, and can it be prevented?

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Transforming Patient Health Care and Well-Being Through Lighting

The world of health care is changing rapidly and there is increased interest in the role that light and lighting can play in improving health outcomes for patients and providing healthy work environments for staff, according to many researchers.

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Neurodegenerative Disease

Rensselaer Engineers Take to Flight

Amir Hirsa, professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, and a group of undergraduate and graduate students spent time last fall at Sanford International Airport in Florida— completing an experiment in zero gravity.

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Personalized Medicine

Hacking Health Care and Helping Cancer Patients

Four years ago, Rensselaer and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai entered into a relationship to promote personalized medicine and medical care through collaborations in education, research, and development of new diagnostic tools and treatments.

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