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NFES faculty receives $2.9M grant to examine peripheral artery disease

Panos Koutakis is an assistant professor in Nutrition, Food & Exercise Sciences. A Florida State University researcher has received a $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a more effective treatment and diagnosis process for peripheral artery disease (PAD), a condition that afflicts 8.5 million people in the United States. “At […]

A fruitful endeavor: Researcher examines berry polyphenols as potential treatment for cardiovascular treatment

Gloria Salazar, an associate professor of nutrition. A Florida State University researcher is examining how the polyphenol compounds found in blackberries could be used to help fight the buildup of artery plaque. Gloria Salazar, associate professor of nutrition, has received $805,409 from the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program at the Florida Department of […]

Get your head in the game: Research shows mindfulness in relationship is key to a happy couple

Jonathan Kimmes is an assistant professor of Family and Child Sciences at Florida State University A Florida State University researcher has found that an individual’s ability to be mindful or stay in the present has a profound effect on a romantic partner’s happiness. Assistant Professor of Family and Child Sciences Jonathan Kimmes published a new […]

NFES researcher investigates link between alcohol and cancer-related condition

Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Exercise Science Jennifer Steiner has received a $750,000 grant to explore the link between alcohol and cancer cachexia. A Florida State University researcher is exploring the effects of chronic alcohol consumption on cancer cachexia, a common condition cancer patients suffer from that is characterized by the loss of muscle mass. […]

FSU study finds low-income mothers expected to reciprocate support

View the original story by Lauren Anista at news.fsu.edu. Low-income mothers who need support, such as with small cash loans or childcare, are often called on to reciprocate, according to a new Florida State University study. Melissa Radey, Associate Professor, College of Social Work College of Social Work Associate Professor Melissa Radey and College of […]

NFES researcher finds new discovery on Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Original story written by Zachary Boehm and published at news.fsu.edu. Michelle Parvatiyar, Assistant Professor, College of Human Sciences A new multi-institution study spearheaded by researchers at Florida State University and the University of California, Los Angeles suggests a tiny protein could play a major role in combating heart failure related to Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), […]

FSU nutrition researcher receives early career award

Read the original story at news.fsu.edu. A Florida State University researcher has received a prestigious early career award from the American Society for Nutrition. Bradley Gordon, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Science, has received the 2019 Vernon R. Young International Award for Amino Acid Research. The award is given […]

FCS researcher: Leap to middle school is hard, but can be a fresh start for socially anxious children

View the original story by Zachary Boehm at news.fsu.edu. Article featured in the Tallahassee Democrat. For young people, the transition from elementary to middle school can be a time of stress, disruption and discomfort. For children who already have trouble interacting with their peers, the transition can be particularly fraught. In a study published online […]

What you learn from mom and dad plays role in friendship development

The way parents respond to their children’s wants and needs can play a critical role in the way they learn to form strong friendships, according to a new Florida State University study. Bethany Blair, an assistant professor of family and child sciences at FSU, found that parents who responded to their children in a warm […]

Late night snack? Research says make it cottage cheese

Eager to eat a snack before bedtime? A protein-filled snack like cottage cheese is the way to go, say Florida State University researchers. Associate Professor of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences Michael Ormsbee and former FSU graduate student Samantha Leyh found that consuming 30 grams of protein about 30 minutes before bed appears to have […]