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Walk it off or go to physical therapy?

Aches and pains are a normal part of life, but are ice and rest enough? John Hubbard, Ph.D., P.T., associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine, gives suggestions on when to go to physical therapy and explains how it could get you back to the activities you love faster.

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‘Superbug’ origins: Key to stop hospital-acquired infections

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections are a leading cause of extended hospitalizations and escalating health care costs. But where do these infections originate? A new study by a Texas A&M Health Science Center infectious disease expert is bringing researchers one step closer to solving a great mystery surrounding the so-called “superbugs.”

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Finding new uses for old drugs: Fighting pain with “club drug” ketamine

Many scientists across the nation have begun rethinking the approach to pharmaceutical creation. Rather than starting from a blank slate, it has become much more efficient—in both time and money—to repurpose drugs that have already been approved by the FDA, using them in novel ways to fight disease. And it’s one of the reasons researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center are using ketamine, a drug that already exists as an anesthetic, to treat pain.

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Unlocking the brain’s secrets: New insights into PTSD

Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center are hopeful that studying the connection between brain anatomy and genetics will help unlock the secrets of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Study demonstrates vaccines’ safety, lack of link to autism

New research finds no evidence that thimerosal-containing vaccines cause negative behaviors or result in neuropathology in infant primates, according to a study published recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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Prostate cancer screening: It could save your life

Prostate cancer tops the list of cancers in men, second only to skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, one out of seven men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, affecting more than 233,000 men each year and killing almost 30,000 annually. If caught early, prostate cancer is 90-95 percent curable, making screenings all the more important.

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Great health starts with a great doctor (and a great patient)

Choosing a primary health care provider for yourself and your family is an important decision; after all, you’re trusting them with your life—literally. Patsy Sulak, M.D., provides pointers on where to start, what to look for and how to come prepared for your first appointment.

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“Guide to Becoming a Physician:” We actually wrote the book on what to do at each stage

For those who want to seek a career in medicine, they can now learn from the experts at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and Baylor University. The second edition of Guide to Becoming a Physician was recently published, and serves as a comprehensive guide through the processes of applying to medical school, what to expect in medical school and in residency/fellowship, and various other factors that impact being a physician.

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When the first antidepressant doesn’t work: What’s next?

A team of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers, affiliated with institutions all over the country, including the Texas A&M Health Science Center, are conducting a clinical trial to determine the best approach to treatment of treatment-resistant depression.

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