GET TO THE ROOT OF IT
If there’s one piece of advice Chengguo “Chris” Xing, Ph.D., would give you, it’s “to stress less.”
Xing, the Frank A. Duckworth Eminent Scholar Chair, a professor of medicinal chemistry in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and a UF Health Cancer Center member, sees stress as the culprit in various health conditions: insomnia, anxiety, tobacco cravings — even cancer. He’s been evaluating a natural product for its potential to help manage all of these. It’s called piper methysticum, which is better known as kava. READ MORE
‘Teach-back’ communication may lower patients’ risk for diabetes complications, hospitalizations
A simple doctor-patient communication technique known as “teach-back” may lower the risk of health complications, hospitalizations and health care costs for patients with diabetes, according to a new University of Florida study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.
In the new study, the UF team focused on how teach-back may affect outcomes for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, conditions that require active patient self-management and continuous care by health care providers to prevent other health complications, such as heart disease and some cancers. READ MORE
“Knuckles,” a timely and thoughtful essay by UF Health Cancer Center member Kathryn Hitchcock, M.D., Ph.D., published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. This article looks at bias and tolerance through the lens of the physician-patient relationship. READ MORE
CELEBRATING DIVERSITY AT THE COLLEGE OF NURSING
Debra Lyon, Ph.D., R.N., FNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN, the college’s executive associate dean and the Thomas M. and Irene B. Kirbo endowed chair, believes that education — and especially nursing education — cannot succeed without mentorship.
She is passionate about expanding the pipeline of minority students who will form the researchers and clinicians of the future and help eliminate health disparities in cancer. READ MORE