Research

Alcoholism: A step toward a treatment

Scientists at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine have pinpointed a population of neurons in the brain that influences whether one drink leads to two. This work could ultimately lead to a cure for alcoholism and other addictions.

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Senior Lifting Weights

Mother inspires research that revolutionizes the care of seniors

Marcia Ory, Ph.D. has revolutionized the care of seniors through applied prevention research beginning at the National Institute on Aging where she directed the Social Science Research on Aging program, to her current position as distinguished professor and associate dean of research at the Texas A&M School of Public Health.

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Railroad crossroads

Can stem cells cause and cure cancer?

The future of cancer therapy may lie in the very stem cells that cause cancer in the first place. Researchers at the Texas A&M Institute of Biosciences and Technology are studying how stem cells that cause cancer come out of dormancy and become active. If they can keep the cells dormant, they can ultimately prevent cancer from forming.

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Depressed Woman

Mehta awarded innovative mental health research grant

According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and depressive disorders rank among the most common health problems of the U.S. workforce. Ranjana Mehta, Ph.D. has been awarded a grant to study the impact of major depression on precision motor control and associated functional changes in the frontal brain regions.

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Innovative preeclampsia research to identify potential biomarkers

Brandie DePaoli Taylor, Ph.D. will lead a research team that will study subtypes of preeclampsia with different severity. She hopes to help clinicians get ahead of the illness through a new study to identify biomarkers of the disease with the three-year, $181,507 study funded by The Discovery Foundation.

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broccoli and pills

You are what you eat? Food fights disease

Dashwood explores how to take the most beneficial parts of food and use them to fight cancer, heart disease and other ailments.

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woman in a doctor's office, being shown a health app on a smartphone by her health care provider

Behavioral health interventions: The importance of communication and new technology

As we move toward a more patient-centered form of health care and physicians begin to focus more on specific patient behaviors it has become all the more evident that patient lifestyle choices contribute significantly to our overall health.

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When breaking the rules leads to better patient care

When breaking the rules leads to better patient care

Professional nursing standards were created to guide patient care services and lay the foundation for best practices. However, health care is unpredictable and not always black and white. What works for one patient, might not work for another. What happens when hospital policies contradict the nurse’s opinion of the right thing to do?

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Ranjana Mehta, Ph.D. , assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health

The body and the brain: The impact of mental and physical exertion on fatigue development

Do you ever notice how stress and mental frustration can affect your physical abilities? Ranjana Mehta, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, conducted a study evaluating the interaction between physical and mental fatigue and brain behavior.

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