Tue August 13, 2013

Digital tools helping to keep off the "Freshman 15"

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It used to be the "Freshman 5." Now it’s the "Freshman 15." But students going off to college this fall now have new digital tools available to help them stay healthy.

On-demand digital health information being provided by colleges seems to be helping control those extra pounds undergraduates can put on.

Dietician Colleen Dour evaluated the effectiveness of a computer-based wellness program in a study for Syracuse University. The program focuses on wellness and body image, rather than dieting.

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Thu January 17, 2013

Clarkson research could lead to earlier autism diagnosis

Doctoral student Izabela Sokolowska demonstrates the mass spectrometer, one of the pieces of equipment the Clarkson University team uses to study proteins in autistic children.
Joanna Richards/WRVO

About one in 88 children in America are thought to have some form of autism. Usually, the illness that affects communication and social abilities is diagnosed when autistic children show slower language development than other kids.

But a team at Clarkson University in Potsdam is hoping their research into the disease might make earlier diagnosis and intervention possible.

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Thu December 20, 2012

Simple Admit tries to make those pre-op screenings a little easier

Dan Coholan, left, and Mike Horning founded the web-based surgical admisson system Simple Admit three years ago.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

You don't have to know the answer to every question. And a little cartoon dog named Sam will pop up to let you know if you messed something up.

If this sounds a little better than sitting on the phone trying to recall your lengthy medical history and names of all the prescriptions you're taking, you're not alone. Dan Coholan and Mike Horning think so too. That's why they launched Simple Admit.

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Mon December 17, 2012

Information technology improves health care in the North Country

Dr. Dan Mitchell, a psychologist, demonstrates his practice's new electronic medical record system at the North Country Children's Clinic in Watertown.
Credit Joanna Richards / NCPR

While lots of industries turned to information technology long ago to improve efficiency, accuracy and collaboration, until now, health care has lagged behind. Now, a big project has aimed to leverage IT in  health care in the state’s rural North Country.

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Mon December 17, 2012

UAlbany expands research into RNA

Most of us know all about DNA, the genetic building blocks that make us unique. But in recent years, there’s a lot of interest in RNA— a molecule that controls how our genes are expressed.

It has implications for treating everything from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease and millions of dollars in federal and state investment are going into RNA research at the University at Albany.

Watch our latest story about UAlbany's RNA Institute for New York NOW: