Mark Benden, PhD, director of the Ergonomics Center at Texas A&M, explains the science of how people work and how we can all be healthier doing so. (Hint: Move more!)…

Future of ACA: In the hands of millennials?

Of all the new responsibilities facing young adults, their own health may be one of the most daunting—and often overlooked. As they are leaving home for the first time, leaving…

Research hints at a nutritional strategy for reducing autism risk

Folic acid has long been touted as an important supplement for women of childbearing age for its ability to prevent defects in the baby’s developing brain and spinal cord. In…

Of all the new responsibilities facing young adults, their own health may be one of the most daunting—and often overlooked. As they are leaving home for the first time, leaving…

Get your senses straight: A hearing app at your fingertips?

Imagine your job site is 300 miles from the nearest city and the nearest audiologist, yet federal government regulations still require you (and all other workers exposed to high levels…

Fast Facts: What you need to know about the Zika virus

As the Zika virus captures headlines across the United States, with its possible link to birth defects and the first cases reported in the U.S. (all traced back to overseas…

Harnessing the power of light to fight cancer

Immunotherapy is one of the hottest emerging areas of cancer research. After all, using the body’s own cells to fight cancer can be more effective and less invasive than flooding…

Q&A: How the economy affects traffic fatalities

With the recent fall in gas prices, most drivers might be thinking that now they can afford to take that road trip, take a quick jaunt to the outlet mall,…

Saving the tiniest lives: Neonatology then and now

Care of premature infants has improved substantially over the years. When Patrick Kennedy was born in 1963 at 34 weeks gestational age (GA), doctors did everything they could to save…

Over $1.1 million in CPRIT grants awarded to Health Science Center faculty for cancer research

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) recently awarded grants totaling over $1.1 million to two faculty members at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, one in the…

Protecting a precious resource: Antibiotics in nursing homes

Overprescribing antibiotics can lead to dire consequences—the bacteria can become resistant to the drugs, and once-controllable diseases can run wild. This is especially common in places where people live closely…

Freestanding Emergency Rooms: A quick alternative to the hospital, or an expensive way to be treated?

When you’re injured, sick or in pain, all you want is medical attention fast so the pain goes away and you can start feeling better. You might not really care…

Applying technology from aerospace engineering to the human jaw

Ritesh Bhattacharjee was working as a dental oncologist in India when he met Raktim Bhattacharya, Ph.D., a Texas A&M associate professor in aerospace, electrical and computer engineering at the Dwight…

Protecting an area the size of a tennis court: The lining of your gut

Any number of things can cause inflammation, and sometimes this is a protective response, like when the body musters its resources to heal an injury or fight off an invading…

Morphine might take away pain, but does it do more harm than good?

A soldier on the battlefield, a driver in a car accident, a nursing home resident taking a bad fall—all of these scenarios can lead to spinal cord injury as well…

A new vice dean for a new campus: FDA exec joins the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy

Mansoor A. Khan, R.Ph., Ph.D., has joined the Texas A&M Health Science Center as vice dean of the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy in Bryan-College Station. Khan’s arrival comes…

Big data, major health care advances

All of the tweets and text messages sent every day. All of the data collected by the millions of wearable fitness trackers. The billions of base pair sequences that make…

Stopping the lingering pain of shingles

Nearly one third of adults will develop shingles, also known as herpes zoster, at some point in their lifetimes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The…

Replacing missing teeth: The next generation of dental implants

Dental implants, an increasingly popular treatment for people with tooth loss, are essentially replacement of the teeth’s roots. They are made mostly out of titanium and are designed to fuse…