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Investing in information technology pays off for hospitals, new FSU study shows

A comprehensive Florida State University study of information technology use in acute care hospitals is the first to reveal an overall financial benefit associated with hospital investments in IT. EThe study appearing in the January-February issue of the Journal of Healthcare Management shows that hospitals improve their bottom line, and could help control spiraling health-care […]

Depression may be lifelong parent trap

Parenthood is wonderful, joyful, rewarding and … depressing. A study by Florida State University professor Robin Simon and Vanderbilt University’s Ranae Evenson found that parents have significantly higher levels of depression than adults who do not have children. Even more surprising, the symptoms of depression do not go away when the kids grow up and […]

FSU signs letter of intent to establish Immokalee Health Center

NCH Healthcare System will help Florida State University’s College of Medicine establish a training program focusing on rural health in Immokalee, Fla., an area that is home to many poor farm and migrant workers. FSU President T.K. Wetherell and NCH Chief Executive Officer Edward A. Morton signed a letter of intent in which the NCH […]

Is everybody happy? FSU professor writes the book on a most elusive emotion

Happiness: It’s what’s hot. Everywhere we look, happiness—or at least the promise of it—is a highly sought commodity. From advertising to contemporary economic theory, psychology and psychopharmacology and, of course, religion, the search for happiness is the great motivating force of our time. Why, then, aren’t we any happier? The all-out pursuit of happiness is […]

Practice makes deadly perfection, FSU suicide researcher says

Every year, close to 1 million people around the world kill themselves. Florida State University Bright-Burton Professor of Psychology Thomas Joiner has spent much of his career trying to find out why. After all, lots of people are hopeless and depressed, many severely. Why do some people choose to end their own lives and others […]

FSU study finds body image stereotypes may begin in the high chair

Parents of toddlers may be serving up stereotypes about body image that could contribute to eating disorders or behavioral problems later in life, according to a pair of new Florida State University studies. Researchers found that parents of 3-year-olds worried that their sons but not their daughters were underweight—even though the weights and body mass […]

FSU researcher working to make medicine “smarter”

As much as patients would like for the word "doctor" to mean "all-knowing," unfortunately, this will never be the case. Human fallibility on the part of medical professionals sometimes leads to devastating misdiagnoses that can result in additional suffering, or even death, for their patients. But there is hope for better, more accurate medical diagnoses […]

Work on cancer-killing compound nets FSU professor major grant

Within a laboratory on the Florida State University campus, a chemist leads a team of researchers in a quest to develop synthetic versions of rare natural substances. If all goes well, the team’s efforts could pay off in the form of the next generation of cancer-fighting drugs. Such research often is a long, laborious process […]

FSU biologists describe key role of signal-transcribing gene in Alzheimer’s, other ills

Biologists at Florida State University have uncovered the pivotal role of a gene called "Cut" that acts as a sort of middleman in cell-to-cell communication. A DNA-binding protein, Cut interprets and transcribes the developmental signals sent through the "Notch" gene, which regulates a layer of epithelial cells as they replicate and divide. But when Cut […]

Honors medical scholars program creates fast track to med school

The FSU College of Medicine has joined forces with the university’s Honors Program to establish a B.S./M.D. program that will be open to five students annually beginning in fall 2006. The program will allow eligible FSU honors students to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree of their choice while also participating in the Medical Scholars […]

FSU College of Medicine helps land $2 million geriatrics grant

Health care for the elderly in northern Florida, southern Alabama and southern Georgia is about to get better through a new $2 million Geriatric Education Center involving departments at Florida State University, Florida A&M University and the University of South Alabama. Older patients are the highest users of health care services, medications, nursing home stays […]

Thomasville’s Archbold, FSU medical school join forces

The Florida State University College of Medicine is joining forces with Archbold Medical Center in an agreement through which a number of medical students will receive their clinical training in Thomasville, Ga. College of Medicine Dean J. Ocie Harris announced that Archbold and the college have signed an affiliation agreement that allows FSU’s third-and fourth-year […]