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Research

Nuance Needed Regarding Weight-Gain Recommendations During Pregnancy

Patients with obesity while pregnant may receive recommendations from their doctors that need revisiting, researchers say.

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Research

Caregiving Can Be Stressful, But It Could Also Lower Risk of Depression

Becoming a caregiver to an older relative can decrease risk of depression.

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Research

The Neighborhood You Grow Up in May Impact Your Cognitive Health Decades Later

Jean Choi, Elizabeth Muñoz and collaborators identified associations between neighborhood cohesion and cognitive health.

A child's sense of neighborhood cohesion could impact their cognitive health later in life.

Research

Depression in LGBTQ Youth Linked with Lack of Parental Support, Controlling Behavior

The study also found whether a young person was out to their parents mattered.

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Features

New Department Chair Aims to Improve Youth Mental Health Through Research

Gabriela Livas Stein hopes to build on research strengths in UT Austin’s Department of Human Development and Family Sciences.

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Research

As Temperatures Climb, Preschoolers Become Less Physically Active

“Go outside and play”—the time-tested strategy for generations of parents and caregivers ready to see their little ones tuckered out by exercise—may be fading in...

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Features

For LGBTQ+ Texans, Closing the Health Disparity Gap

Phillip Schnarrs & Stephen T. Russell are collaborating with others to make Austin an epicenter of community-driven LGBTQ+ research.

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Announcements

Texas Science Festival Inspires Texans to Delve into Discovery

Go deep in the heart of science this month and next.

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Accolades

Faculty Member Honored with Early Career Award

Maria Arredondo, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences and the Department of Psychology, has been named a Rising Star...

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UT News

Doctors and Patients Have a New Tool to Aid in Conversations About Diet

Physicians will be able to get assistance from a new artificial intelligence system designed by nutrition researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

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