Health & Medicine

Have a heart: FSU nursing researcher says social support key to heart failure management

The Heart Failure Society of America marks Heart Failure Awareness Week Feb. 11-18, 2018, to promote heart failure awareness, patient education and heart failure prevention. Heart failure is a progressive condition in which the heart’s muscle gets injured from something like a heart attack or high blood pressure and gradually loses its ability to pump enough […]

World-class researcher leads new campuswide center on behavioral health

Florida State University’s research reputation is set to receive a boost with the arrival of a highly regarded behavioral researcher whose focus includes improving the health of minority adolescents. Sylvie Naar, described as a “force of nature” by her department head in the College of Medicine, has been hired to direct FSU’s new Center for […]

Resolving to have a happier, healthier 2018? Reshape your body attitudes

Put together a list of New Year’s resolutions yet? Every year, many of us pledge to work harder at being healthy, losing weight or eating more veggies. A Nielsen survey showed about one-third of Americans resolved to shed a few pounds and reshape their bodies. Here’s a better resolution: Lose the critical thoughts about your […]

FSU researcher finds link between excessive screen time and suicide risk

New research presents compelling evidence that the more time teenagers spend on smartphones and other electronic screens, the more likely they are to feel depressed and think about, or attempt, suicide. Florida State University Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Thomas Joiner, who co-authored a study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, said screen time […]

FSU researchers: Dancers need more calories, protein

Dancers are known for their svelte figures, but they often aren’t making the right dietary choices to fuel their bodies for long, intense performances, Florida State University researchers found in a new study. “It is fairly well recognized that dancers often have peculiar eating habits, and they do this in an effort to have the […]

College of Nursing announces distinguished alumni and faculty awards

The Florida State University College of Nursing will recognize two distinguished graduates, one faculty member and one student when it presents the 2017 Distinguished Graduate, DAISY Faculty and DAISY Student in Training awards during the Annual Alumni and Faculty Awards ceremony Nov. 17. The College of Nursing’s Distinguished Graduate Award, established seven years ago, recognizes […]

FSU researcher looking for clues about schizophrenia with NIH grant

A Florida State University researcher has received a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study potential molecular therapies for schizophrenia. The human brain’s 10 billion nerve cells communicate by transmitting signals through tiny connections known as synapses. Disruptions in those transmissions are an underlying cause of schizophrenia and other neuropsychiatric […]

$3M grant supports FSU College of Medicine effort to help children with toxic stress

The Florida State University College of Medicine has been awarded a $3 million grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) with a goal of illuminating the path to effective behavioral and physical health treatment for the children of rural and migrant farmworkers. The five-year grant also recognizes the medical school’s […]

FSU leads interdisciplinary network created to help families respond to autism diagnosis

Florida State University researchers have been awarded a five-year, $10.2 million Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) network grant to test a two-part home intervention designed to bridge the gap between diagnosis and treatment. Their plan is to coach families and empower them with earlier and widespread access to cost-efficient information, education and support. “We are […]

Personality changes don’t precede clinical onset of Alzheimer’s, FSU study shows

For years, scientists and physicians have been debating whether personality and behavior changes might appear prior to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Now, the findings of a new and comprehensive study from FSU College of Medicine Associate Professor Antonio Terracciano and colleagues, published today in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, has found no […]

FSU African-American doctoral graduate inspires others

When Lataisia Jones earned her doctorate this past summer, her family was thrilled. Her sister posted a graduation photo on Facebook. Sounds pretty routine. Except for one thing: Her sister’s Facebook post was “liked” or shared more than 6,000 times, and Jones is getting requests for advice from students around the globe. Why? Jones was […]

Doors open for new School of Physician Assistant Practice

From the beginning, medical students at Florida State University’s College of Medicine have been trained to be part of their patients’ medical team. Starting now, the college is training other members of that team as well — as the doors officially open for the School of Physician Assistant Practice. “What is unique about the PA […]