Health & Medicine

FSU study: Patients fare better in hospitals using info technology

Patients are more likely to have better health outcomes if they are treated at hospitals using information technology (IT) systems, according to a comprehensive new Florida State University study. The study compared overall IT adoption with patient discharge data at 98 hospitals across Florida, providing the most comprehensive analysis to date of the relationship between […]

FSU researcher lands $3.3 million grant to help smokers kick habit

A Florida State University professor will share a $3.3 million federal grant with a colleague from the University of Vermont to develop an innovative method that will help smokers with anxiety disorders extinguish the habit. Brad Schmidt FSU psychology Professor Brad Schmidt and UVM psychology Professor Michael Zvolensky are recruiting about 600 people—300 at each […]

FSU researchers: Florida has fewer physicians than previously estimated

The largest set of information ever collected about Florida’s physician workforce suggests there are far fewer doctors practicing in the state than previously believed, according to Florida State University College of Medicine researchers. Robert Brooks Data collected through a voluntary survey of physicians renewing their state license in 2007 indicates approximately 34,000 physicians regularly practice […]

FSU College of Medicine helps land $1.2 million geriatrics grant

Health care for the elderly in northern Florida, southern Alabama and southern Georgia is about to get better with a $1.2 million Geriatric Education Center grant involving departments at Florida State University, Florida A&M University and the University of South Alabama. The FSU College of Medicine department of geriatrics led a collaborative effort with other […]

FSU receives federal grants to train speech pathologists

Florida State University’s Department of Communication Disorders has received grants totaling $1.6 million from the U.S. Department of Education that will support graduate students preparing to be speech pathologists in underserved areas. “These grants are highly competitive, and we were able to build on the department’s previous successes in order to get them,” said Professor […]

FSU medical school among best in nation for producing family doctors

The Florida State University College of Medicine is ranked second in the nation for the percentage of its graduating doctors who choose to specialize in family medicine, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. Over a three-year period, 19 percent of FSU College of Medicine graduates have entered family medicine residencies, trailing only the […]

FSU law, medical colleges ranked in top 10 for Hispanic students

Florida State University’s colleges of law and medicine are among the best in the nation for Hispanics, according to Hispanic Business magazine. The rankings appear in the September issue. For the second year in a row, the magazine has named the FSU College of Law the sixth best in the nation in its annual rankings. […]

Fat is the new normal, FSU researcher says

American women have gotten fatter as it has become more socially acceptable to carry a few extra pounds, according to a new study. Florida State University Assistant Professor of Economics Frank Heiland and Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Economist Mary Burke are the co-authors of a paper published in the academic journal “Economic Inquiry” that […]

FSU researchers developing diagnostic ‘lab on a chip’

If you have ever marveled over the orderly process by which cars, buses and other modes of transportation are directed toward their destinations in a big city, you’ll really appreciate the work of one Florida State University chemist. Thomas Fischer, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at FSU, is designing a "smart" traffic system […]

New dean named at FSU College of Nursing

The Florida State University College of Nursing soon will have a new leader. FSU Provost and Executive Vice President Lawrence G. Abele has announced the appointment of Lisa A. Plowfield of the University of Delaware as the college’s dean. A professor and former director of the UD School of Nursing, Plowfield will take the helm […]

Double trouble: Hopelessness key component of mood disorder

There’s depression, and then there’s double depression. Sound bad? It is, according to Thomas Joiner, Florida State University Distinguished Research Professor and the Bright-Burton Professor of Psychology, who has identified hopelessness as a distinguishing feature of double depression in a new paper published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. The finding could help therapists diagnose […]

FSU researchers reap $1 million grant to make medical implants safer

A pair of Florida State University researchers have received a major grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study ways of preventing the body from developing scar tissue around biomedical devices such as coronary artery stents—a problem that affects thousands of patients each year. Joseph Schlenoff, the Mandelkern Professor of Polymer Science, interim […]