Health & Medicine

Heart health education can positively influence underserved, rural populations

Improving dietary habits and learning skills such as reading food labels and recognizing the signs of a heart attack have the potential to improve cardiovascular health among underserved rural populations, according to newly published research from Florida State University. Laurie Abbott, an assistant professor in the College of Nursing, found significant improvements in food-related behaviors […]

FSU research sheds light on spinal cord injuries

Thousands of people worldwide suffer severe spinal cord injuries each year, but little is known about why these injuries often continue to deteriorate long after the initial damage occurs. Yi Ren, a professor of biomedical sciences at the Florida State University College of Medicine, is making progress in understanding why such significant harm is inflicted […]

Noted behavioral scientist joins College of Nursing faculty

Frank Y. Wong, a National Institutes of Health-funded researcher investigating sexual health and substance use/abuse among Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the United States, has joined the Florida State University College of Nursing. Wong is an expert in community-based research targeting racial/ethnic and underserved populations, including immigrants, refugees, and linguistic and sexual minorities with […]

Personality type could shape attitudes toward body weight of others, researchers say

Studies show there is a major link between personality traits and personal body image, but the relationship between personality and attitudes toward others’ bodies has gone largely unexplored. Now, Florida State University researchers suggest that the specific alchemy of an individual’s personality — their distinct blend of conscientiousness, agreeableness, openness, neuroticism and extraversion — is […]

FSU’s medical music therapy for vulnerable babies to expand

Critically ill babies fighting for their lives will now benefit from the services of Florida State University’s world-renowned Medical Music Therapy program even after they leave the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. Expanded music therapy services start this month thanks to funding provided by an FSU Dance Marathon grant to FSU’s College of Medicine Neonatal […]

Profiles in Leadership: Mission-driven Fogarty committed to producing the doctors Florida needs

Long before John P. Fogarty was dean of the Florida State University College of Medicine, he was a U.S. Army division surgeon stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. It was there, serving under the direction of a two-star general, that Fogarty was exposed to a style of leadership that continues to resonate with him today. “The […]

Healthy holiday tips, recipes from FSU students

Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season fill many people with joy — and cookies and cocktails.   As we head into the holidays, many people are naturally concerned about how the merriment will affect their waistlines.   The graduate students at Florida State University’s Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science offered up some advice, along with some […]

FSU faculty member receives award from Stuttering Foundation

Florida State University’s Lisa Scott, the director of clinical education at the School of Communication Science and Disorders, has received a prestigious award from the Stuttering Foundation, an advocacy group that provides education, training and information to children and adults. Scott received the inaugural Dr. Alan Rabinowitz Award for Clinical Excellence at the 2018 American […]

FSU researcher improving maternal mental health outcomes in Florida

About 15 percent of all mothers in Florida report experiencing depression during pregnancy or after childbirth, but fewer than 20 percent of mothers seek or have access to professional help. Much of the problem lies in the lack of routine screening by prenatal care providers. A new grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration […]

FSU researcher testing safety of low-dose ketamine to treat depression

People who get no depression relief from Prozac-type medicines have found a fast-acting substitute in a drug called ketamine. But is it safe? The National Institutes of Health has awarded a Florida State University researcher nearly $2 million to investigate ketamine, which some have called a wonder drug. Over the next five years, College of […]

Massive study by FSU researchers confirms that loneliness increases risk of dementia

A new Florida State University College of Medicine study involving data from 12,000 participants collected over 10 years confirms the heavy toll that loneliness can take on your health: It increases your risk of dementia by 40 percent. The risk is across the board, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or education — or whether you […]

Late night snacker? Make it cottage cheese

Eager to eat a snack before bedtime? A protein-filled snack like cottage cheese is the way to go, say Florida State University researchers. Associate Professor of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences Michael Ormsbee and former FSU graduate student Samantha Leyh found that consuming 30 grams of protein about 30 minutes before bed appears to have […]