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FSU to lead major study of calcium’s impact on weight reduction, bone loss in the decade after menopause

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Armed with an $840,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the latest in world-class body scanning technology, a Florida State University researcher in the College of Human Sciences soon will begin the largest, longest study to-date on the efficacy of calcium — through dairy products, supplements or both — for weight […]

FSU assumes sponsorship of Sacred Heart Residency Programs

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The partnership between Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola and the Florida State University College of Medicine has expanded to include the medical school’s sponsorship of Sacred Heart’s residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology and in pediatrics. The two institutions have been partners since 2003, when FSU’s inaugural class of medical students first […]

Chronic pain hurts both workers and employers, FSU professor says

Chronic pain, which is any physical discomfort lasting for at least six months, affects up to 50 million Americans, most of whom work full time. Common forms of chronic pain include headaches, backaches, arthritis, respiratory conditions, and ailments caused by sports injuries or other traumas, such as car accidents. Wayne Hochwarter, an associate professor of […]

Extreme personality poses risk of ADHD, conduct disorder, FSU researchers say

Children with personalities marked by aggressiveness, mood swings, a sense of alienation and a need for excitement may be at greater risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or conduct disorder, according to a new Florida State University study. FSU psychology professors Jeanette Taylor and Chris Schatschneider, FSU doctoral student Kelly Cukrowicz and University of Minnesota […]

FSU College of Medicine announces match results

Thirty-five of the 36 students in the graduating Class of 2006 of the Florida State University College of Medicine have received notification of where they will enter residency training this summer after graduation. Twenty of the 36 graduating students, or 56 percent, are entering residency in primary-care specialties, including family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine and […]

FSU med students study cross-cultural medicine in Immokalee, Panama, U.S.-Mexico border

Florida State University medical students will work with the medical school’s faculty to provide care for underserved populations and learn about cross-cultural medicine March 4-11 in Immokalee, Fla., the Republic of Panama and along the U.S.-Mexico border. In addition to providing health services to communities with limited access to health care, these spring break medical […]

Children don’t motivate substance abusing moms to seek treatment

There may be a variety of reasons why a mother who abuses drugs or alcohol chooses to get treatment, but she may not do it for the sake of her children, according to surprising new results of a Florida State University study. FSU professors Dina Wilke and Akihito Kamata and Ohio State University’s Scottye Cash […]

FSU introduces new tool to help community reduce impaired driving

FSU’s Division of Student Affairs recently introduced Tallahassee to SIDNE (Simulated Impaired Driving Experience), the newest tool to help reduce impaired driving by students as well as drivers throughout the greater community. FSU recently became the first university in Florida to purchase the battery-powered remote-controlled vehicle that resembles a go-cart and simulates the experience of […]

It’s in the genes: Study opens door to new treatment of the blues

A Florida State University scientist used a gene transfer technique to block the expression of a gene associated with clinical depression in a new study of mice that could lead to better treatment of human beings with this condition. Carlos Bolaños, an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, was among a team of researchers that […]

Landmark FSU study of hepatitis C virus solves mystery that has stymied quest for cure

The hepatitis C virus (HCV) infects more than 170 million people worldwide and leads to both acute and chronic liver diseases. Since its discovery several decades ago, the insidious human pathogen has stymied the quest for anti-viral therapies by refusing to reproduce in test tubes for more than a few hours or days, denying scientists […]

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 […]