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Spinal cord injury victims enjoy better health, thanks to the research of neuroscientist Lisa Griffin and Kinesiology and Health Education collaborators

Spinal cord injury victims enjoy better health, thanks to the research of neuroscientist Lisa Griffin and Kinesiology and Health Education collaborators

After Gary Krutsinger T-boned his truck in a wreck just outside Austin in 2009, he couldn’t feel his arms or legs. Thinking it was a temporary problem, he told the rescue workers to just leave him alone for a few minutes – he’d be fine, he said. The paralysis wasn’t temporary, though, and after doctors…   » Continue Reading

Health communication researchers devise strategies to empower people to make informed decisions about their health

Health communication researchers devise strategies to empower people to make informed decisions about their health

In the middle of the night, while soothing her feverish daughter, a mother strains to read the instructions on the bottle of Children’s Tylenol. The dosage instructions state one and one-half teaspoons, but the mother gives her daughter one and one-half tablespoons — more than four times the recommended dosage. A 57-year-old man about to…   » Continue Reading

Psychology researcher Andreana Haley examines the link between dementia and obesity and aims to improve your brain’s health through diet and exercise

Psychology researcher Andreana Haley examines the link between dementia and obesity and aims to improve your brain’s health through diet and exercise

Step off the scale and let’s have a talk. You’re 30 pounds overweight and at risk for type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke, certain types of cancer and coronary heart disease. More than 30 percent of Americans who are obese have likely endured a similarly uncomfortable conversation with their doctors during a routine checkup. Many are…   » Continue Reading

Aquatics program helps Olympic swimmers and toddlers alike build skill and be safer in the water

Aquatics program helps Olympic swimmers and toddlers alike build skill and be safer in the water

Here’s a reminder as we head into National Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Month — you need to know how to swim, but knowing how to swim doesn’t equal knowing how to keep from drowning any more than knowing how to start a car equals knowing how to prevent an accident. In fact, there’s always…   » Continue Reading

Nationally known fitness expert shares tips and exercise routines that can help you regain your high school physique

Nationally known fitness expert shares tips and exercise routines that can help you regain your high school physique

Statistics -– and sightings of you from behind -– say it’s likely that you take up more space now than you did your senior year in high school. The Guess jeans that stopped traffic during your glory days aren’t getting over those hips without divine intervention. In fact, it’s so common to gain a few…   » Continue Reading

Coalition helping Texans beat a costly addiction

Coalition helping Texans beat a costly addiction

“Lose the cancer stick.” “When you get a real job, you’re going to be one of those people who has to stand out by the street to smoke.” “That smoke’s killing the people who have to be around you.” “The guy three counties over doesn’t want to pay for your cancer or for everybody else…   » Continue Reading

Sport tourism can transform a city, bring major economic gains, says sport policy expert

Sport tourism can transform a city, bring major economic gains, says sport policy expert

You know you’re a good marketer when you can attract tourists to your town for a regatta — and the nearest navigable body of water is almost 1,000 miles away. Alice Springs, a city in the Australian Outback, took on the challenge and created the quirky Henley-on-Todd Regatta in 1962 to celebrate a couple of…   » Continue Reading

Shark bites, mine explosions, car crashes may not mean loss of limb, says scientist

Shark bites, mine explosions, car crashes may not mean loss of limb, says scientist

Hope and pray you or someone you know never benefits from Roger Farrar’s pioneering research. To appreciate the value of his work, you’d have to have most of your calf bitten off by a shark, an arm maimed when your car’s broadsided by a bus or your leg almost removed by a mine explosion in…   » Continue Reading

Building top medical skills is name of the game for athletic training students

Building top medical skills is name of the game for athletic training students

If you’re trying to get into The University of Texas at Austin’s athletic training program so you can chat up Colt McCoy or lounge by the pool with NFL players … don’t even bother. Probably seems crazy to some, but students in the program don’t choose it because they get to go to Bowl games,…   » Continue Reading

Community design can boost fitness and health, says expert

Community design can boost fitness and health, says expert

What Moves You?: Our lifestyles are killing us–and costing us–with sedentary habits being one of the biggest contributors. As epidemiologist and physical activity expert Dr. Bill Kohl puts it, we’ve engineered physical activity right out of our lives, and that’s not natural.