The exact cause of autism is unknown, but scientists generally agree it’s a result of abnormal brain structure and function often due to genetic factors. But researchers are currently exploring one other avenue of study — the idea that diet, or certain nutritional supplements, may play a role in either the development or the treatment of autism.Read the full article at MSN
CHI St. Luke’s has acquired five independent, freestanding ERs, bringing them into the fold of the expanding hospital system. Jane Bolin, professor at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, weighs in on the pros and cons of freestanding ERs.Read the full article at Houston Chronicle
Mahua Choudhury, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy, is currently working on a hydrogel condom enhanced with plant-based antioxidants, which have AIDS-fighting properties. Even if the condom breaks, the antioxidants keep the virus from replicating.Read the full article at Womens Health
There’s only one health department in Alabama where people can get tested for tuberculosis—in Perry County where an outbreak has claimed three lives in 2015. Now, health officials are trying to get a handle on the disease. Jeffrey Cirillo, Ph.D., professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine, provides expert commentary.Read the full article at NPR
Researchers at the Texas A&M School of Public Health think that standing desks may provide advantages similar to those of exercise programs, which boost brain activity by enhancing blood flow. This is the first time research has linked the use of standing desks to an observable change in cognitive function.Read the full article at Forbes
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