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Does obesity impact brain health in seniors? A new Texas A&M study aims to find out

As we age, the effects of obesity on cardiovascular disease and diabetes are well documented, but little is known about the impact of obesity on brain health. Ranjana Mehta, Ph.D., M.S., assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, hopes to change this with new research aimed at better understanding how obesity in seniors impacts their brain function.

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TAMBCD residents and faculty oversee First Dental Home visits on campus and at the Foremost Family Health Center – Martin Luther King Jr. location, one of the college’s community partners.

First Dental Home: Is the initiative working? 

Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry researchers have received a $100,000 grant from The National Institutes of Health - Gulf States Health Policy Center to evaluate the effectiveness of this state program, intended to improve the oral health of youngsters ages 6 months to 35 months.

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cup of coffee with sugar

You Asked: What is the healthiest sweetener?

Chances are, you’ve probably asked yourself what the healthiest sweetener is while trying to decide between Splenda and Equal, or if you’re more of an au naturel fan, with agave or honey. Whether you’re attempting to boost fat loss, maintain your current weight or simply make healthier lifestyle choices, cutting down on all forms of added sugar is essential.

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Researchers will rigorously test the community-based program by comparing program participants with a non-intervention comparison group.

New funding awarded to evaluate statewide health and wellness program

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services has awarded $405,995 to Regents and Distinguished Professor Marcia Ory, Ph.D. of the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health to conduct a 2-year evaluation of Texercise Select, an exercise and nutrition program for older adults.

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child with asthma

New grant funding to meet increasing need for pediatric asthma education and intervention in South Texas

Genny Carrillo, M.D., Sc.D. provides asthma education near the Texas-Mexico border, which will include home-based interventions targeting asthmatic children 5-12 years of age.

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Community health workers will provide lessons and activities in healthy eating and physical activity.

Funding awarded to help reverse diabetes epidemic in South Texas

Ann Millard, Ph.D, will begin a walking group and healthy eating program led by promotoras de salud (Community Health Workers) in the colonias of Weslaco, Texas. An associate professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health McAllen Campus, Millard will continue her work through a 2-year $342,000 grant awarded from the Knapp Community Care Foundation.

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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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Little boy looking at phone.

The computer will see you now. Could technology replace doctors?

Wearables are turning our daily health routines into a game, simultaneously making it easier for us to track and share our health data. According to experts at Texas A&M Health Science Center, such devices could ultimately revolutionize the way we treat patients.

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Smiling adolescents

Teen e-cig users more likely to smoke

Teenagers are among the fastest growing groups of electronic cigarette consumers in the U.S. They may also be the most vulnerable to the devices’ physical and psychological side effects, according to experts from Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry’s Tobacco Treatment Services.

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