2010 a year of advances for SMU scientific researchers at the vanguard of those helping civilization

Jasper Smits

2010 a year of advances for SMU scientific researchers at the vanguard of those helping civilization

ATLAS%20150x120.jpgSMU scientists are at the forefront of cutting-edge research aimed at addressing some of the world's most pressing challenges, questions and issues.

See a sampling of the work they tackle, from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, to immigration, diabetes, evolution, childhood obesity and more. Besides working in campus labs and within the Dallas-area community, SMU scientists conduct research throughout the world.

TIME magazine: SMU’s Jasper Smits says exercise can help alleviate anxiety, depression

Exercise%20for%20anxiety%2C%20weights%2C%20400.jpgExercise is a great way to alleviate anxiety and depression, according to a new article in TIME magazine that features the research of SMU psychologist Jasper Smits.

Exercise is free and has no side effects, says the June 19 article "Is Exercise the Best Drug for Depression?" by Laura Blue. "Compare that with antidepressant drugs, which cost Americans $10 billion each year and have many common side effects: sleep disturbances, nausea, tremors, changes in body weight," writes Blue.

USA TODAY: SMU’s Jasper Smits urges exercise Rx for anxiety, depression

Exercies%20for%20anxiety%2C%20swimmer%2C%20150.jpgUSA Today interviewed SMU's Jasper Smits about his research indicating exercise offers effective relief for anxiety and depression.

In the article "Exercise to get rid of anxiety, and put on a happy face" published April 26, health columnist Kim Painter quotes Smits saying more therapists should prescribe exercise as an effective treatment.

Daily Telegraph highlights SMU’s Jasper Smits on exercise and mental health

Exercies%20for%20anxiety%2C%20swimmer%2C%20150.jpgThe Daily Telegraph has taken note of the research of SMU psychologist Jasper Smits, who co-authored a book detailing how exercise can provide relief for people who struggle with depression and anxiety disorders.

Study: Exercise should be prescribed more often for depression, anxiety

Exercise%20Rx%20anxiety%2C%20running%2C%20400.jpgExercise is a magic drug for many people with depression and anxiety disorders, according to researchers who analyzed numerous studies, and it should be more widely prescribed by mental health care providers.

"Exercise has been shown to have tremendous benefits for mental health," says Jasper Smits, director of the Anxiety Research and Treatment Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. "The more therapists who are trained in exercise therapy, the better off patients will be."

SELF: How Exercise Can Make You Happy (in Just 20 Minutes!)

SELF writer Ginny Graves has covered the research of SMU psychologist Dr. Jasper Smits. The article in the latest issue of SELF, "How Exercise Can Make You Happy (in Just 20 Minutes!)," quotes Smits, an associate professor of psychology, on his research finding that high levels of physical activity can buffer against stress for those who are at risk.

APA: The Exercise Effect

Science writer Kirsten Weir with The American Psychological Association has covered the research of SMU psychologist Dr. Jasper Smits. The December 2011 article, The Exercise Effect, quotes Smits, an associate professor of psychology, on his research finding that high levels of physical activity can buffer against panic for those who are at risk.

Dallas Morning News: Get back into shape by teaming up with a workout group

groupNIA_2.jpgJournalist Leslie Garcia Barker interviewed SMU psychologist Dr. Jasper Smits for an article on exercise in the Dallas Morning News. The August 26 article, Get back into shape by teaming up with a workout group, quotes Smits, an associate professor of psychology, on the benefits of a buddy system for motivating people to exercise.

SMU Daily Campus: Study suggests exercise helps anxiety

Runners-400x300-lo-res.jpg SMU student journalist Bethany Suba has covered the research of SMU psychologist Dr. Jasper Smits for The Daily Campus. The August 24 article, Study suggests exercise helps anxiety, quotes Smits, an associate professor of psychology, on his research finding that high levels of physical activity can buffer against panic for those who are at risk.

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