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FSU researcher studying ways to treat spinal cord injuries at cellular levels

Supported by a new $800,000 National Science Foundation grant, Florida State University College of Medicine Professor Yi Ren is studying the immune response to spinal cord injuries and how cellular functions contribute to paralysis and organ dysfunction. While instant paralysis is an obvious point of fear in spinal cord injuries, a great deal of the […]

FSU researcher paves new path toward preventing obesity

People who experience unpredictable childhoods due to issues such as divorce, crime or frequent moves face a higher risk of becoming obese as adults, according to a new study by a Florida State University researcher. Professor of Psychology Jon Maner found that people who had an unpredictable childhood tended to overeat, while those who experienced […]

FSU researchers discover an ugly truth about attractiveness

In today’s appearance-driven world, body image can be a powerful influence on our choices and behaviors, especially related to dieting. That image is sometimes shaped or distorted by many factors, including mass media images, parents, relationships, even our moods. New research from Florida State University finds another factor — attractiveness of a romantic partner — […]

FSU faculty member to be inducted as fellow of American Academy of Nursing

A Florida State University College of Nursing faculty member has been selected for induction as a fellow into the prestigious American Academy of Nursing. Ying “Mai” Kung is one of 173 highly distinguished nurse leaders who will join more than 2,500 academy fellows of distinguished clinicians, researchers, policy leaders, educators and executives from around the […]

Graduate student gets world-class experience to work with Olympic-level athletes

The Australian Institute of Sport is recognized worldwide for developing elite athletes, largely due to their research and innovation in sports science. So when Florida State University graduate student Samantha Leyh received an opportunity to work with the distinguished AIS, her choice was clear. Leyh, a second-year master’s student in sports nutrition, arrived at the […]

FSU researcher awarded $1.5 million NIH grant to dissect cellular garbage disposal

All cells, from bacteria to humans, must be able to rid themselves of damaged or unneeded proteins in order to remain healthy. Understanding how cells perform this vital task has become a source for discovering new and potentially more effective ways of treating diseases ranging from cancer to neurodegenerative disorders. The process is a research […]

Riding a romantic roller coaster? Relationship anxiety may be to blame

Loves me, loves me not. Turns out that anxiety over that very question may be detrimental to the long-term success of a relationship. In a recent study in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Florida State University graduate student Ashley Cooper explores how high levels of fluctuation in how secure an individual feels in […]

FSU researchers find plus-size fashion models help improve women’s psychological health

A new study by Florida State University researchers reveals women are more likely to pay attention to and remember average and plus-size models in the media compared to thin models. Women also experience enhanced psychological health after viewing plus-size models, according to the study published this week in the journal Communication Monographs. Russell Clayton, assistant […]

FSU named an age-friendly university for its outreach to Florida’s older adults

Florida State University has been named a member of the Age-Friendly University Initiative, an international effort to highlight the role higher education plays in meeting the challenges and opportunities of an aging population. FSU is the first Southern university to obtain Age-Friendly University status from the initiative, which is led by Dublin City University with […]

FSU researchers receive $2.8 million grant to search for the origin of personality traits impacting longevity

Our personality predicts more than just the type of friends we may have. It also provides significant clues about our health and can even predict how long we might live. Yet little is known about how our personality forms relative to what we know about its consequences on health across the lifespan. Florida State University […]

FSU center gathers indigenous nurses to tackle common healthcare issues

Indigenous populations around the world experience high levels of health issues such as obesity, cardiac disease, diabetes and substance abuse — and Florida State University is tackling these problems head-on by going straight to the source. FSU hosted nursing researchers from across the globe to discuss these common healthcare themes in indigenous communities and why nurses […]

FSU study reports encouraging trend in infant mortality

Eighteen states are on track to eliminate racial disparities in infant mortality by the year 2050 if current trends hold — sooner if they accelerate — according to a newly published paper from researchers at Florida State University’s College of Medicine. The study projects more than 4,000 babies a year could be saved by eliminating […]