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Health Science Center announces latest regents and emerita faculty designations

James Samuel, Ph.D., and Lynne Opperman, Ph.D., are the latest recipients of the Regents Professor Award. Jean Brender, Ph.D., RN, was also formally awarded the Professor Emerita status.

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Fast Facts: What you should know about Chagas disease

Chagas disease, also known as American trypanosomiasis, is a potentially life-threatening condition transmitted by triatomine bugs, or “kissing bugs.” While Chagas disease is more prevalent in the tropics and Latin America, Texas state health officials are concerned about its recent emergence in Texas.

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Innovative colorectal cancer screening program meets quality standards

New research from the Texas A&M Health Science Center indicates that colonoscopy in a family medicine residency met or exceeded recommended quality standards set forth by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and was therefore, comparable to those of specialists.

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The CDC estimates depression causes 200 million lost workdays each year at a cost to employers of at least $17 billion.

What are the effects of depression on work life?

With an estimated 18.8 million American adults (or 9.5 percent of the working population) experiencing depression each year, most people know someone who is depressed—if they are not suffering themselves. Mental illness can have a big impact on the way we work, and Texas A&M researchers want to know why.

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New nutrition empowerment program equips promotoras to better serve the colonias

A research team from the Texas A&M School of Public Health lead by Maj. Brenda Bustillos, M.S., R.D., L.D., and Joseph Sharkey, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D. conducted a number of formal and informal community and promotora needs assessments to develop a framework for the curriculum of a new education program.

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Diseases of the past

History repeats itself: Diseases of the past back to haunt us

It’s not an exaggeration to say that vaccines have changed the world. Diseases like smallpox have been eliminated worldwide, and the United States remains polio free. Other diseases, such as mumps and rubella, have been reduced by more than 99 percent.

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Ory named 2016 American Academy of Health Behavior Research Laureate

Regents and Distinguished Professor Marcia Ory, Ph.D. has been named the 2016 American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB) Research Laureate in Health Behavior Research.

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Chinese Women Exercising in park.

Study examines physical activity and park use in China

Dean Jay Maddock, Ph.D. and a team of American and Chinese researchers evaluated park use and physical activity in eight parks in urban areas of Nanchang, China finding major differences in park users, types of physical activity and level of activity compared to similar park studies conducted in other countries including the U.S.

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Study indicates onsite MRI equipment does not lead to increased utilization

Research published in Health Economics Review by a team lead by Robert Ohsfeldt, Ph.D. indicates the concern that surgery offices that own onsite MRI equipment are more likely to require patients to have an MRI than those offices that do not to be unfounded.

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