UNTHSC in the news

North Texas universities partner to reduce medical errors, improve patient safety
Operating on the wrong patient or on the wrong limb, or giving the wrong medication – those are examples of medical errors. And those errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.  A new collaboration among several universities in North Texas aims to bring that number down. Dr. Michael Hicks with the UNT Health Science Center talked about the Institute for Patient Safety.

New Fort Worth medical school reflects changing healthcare landscape
Dr. Stuart Flynn
didn’t move to Texas to create an old-fashioned medical school. Instead, the first dean of the new TCU/University of North Texas Health Science Center‘s M.D. school envisions a program that will tell today’s medical students what they need to know as doctors a decade from now.
NOTE: View a Star-Telegram video of this interview. D Healthcare Daily wrote about this story on its website.

Road scholars: Rural physicians from UNT Health Science Center reach every corner of Texas to care for those who otherwise would go without
Since its beginning, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at UNT Health Science Center has trained physicians to practice medicine far away from the sprawling medical complexes and countless specialists in the city.
NOTE: This story was produced by UNTHSC’s Office of Communication and reprinted with permission by the Dallas County Medical Society.

Flight risks: Travel safety in a world of Zika
As an international traveler, Erin Carlson knows what she is up against when she settles into her airline seat for a long flight. In a world where Ebola, Zika and other threats are a flight away, the assistant professor in health management and policy at the University of North Texas Health Science Center knows the risks.
NOTE: This story was produced by UNTHSC’s Office of Communication in partnership with Fort Worth Business CEO.

How I practice: Texas DO gets in tune with musicians
A musician himself, Sajid Surve, DO, co-director of the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health, a partnership between the UNT College of Music and the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, discovered early on that music and medicine share a common goal: to heal. In this edited interview, he discusses the center’s efforts to help change music education and the reason DOs are uniquely qualified to treat musicians.

Putting names to Dozier’s forgotten dead
One story frequently becomes another story. A couple of years ago, I was working on an article about missing persons. The reporting took me to Fort Worth, where the University of North Texas Health Science Center runs what is probably the nation’s premier lab for identifying unknown human remains.

Sleep loses out for many hooked on video games
Are video games like "Bloodborne," "Fallout" and "Call of Duty" worth losing sleep over? For plenty of gamers, the answer is yes. "Our data shows that video gaming is quite an important factor that frequently leads to missed sleep for 67 percent of gamers," said study lead author Brandy Roane, director of the Sleep Research Lab at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Gamers lose sleep to keep playing
Video gamers who play at night often get less sleep than they need because they delay their bedtimes to keep playing, researchers reported here. "Our data show that video gaming is quite an important factor that frequently leads to missed sleep for 67% of gamers," said researcher Brandy Roane, PhD, of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

Gamers avoid sleep to continue playing video games, may indicate addictive behavior
Teenagers and adults who play video games will prioritize continuing to play over obtaining adequate sleep, according to data presented at SLEEP 2016 in Denver. "These findings provide further insight into factors that influence individuals’ decision making when determining if they should get sufficient sleep," Brandy M. Roane, PhD, assistant professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and director of the UNTHSC Sleep Research Lab, said in a press release.

Tarrant County wary of West Nile, Zika as mosquito season begins
Joon Lee, an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, oversees the sampling and testing programs at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. He said it is "quite unusually early" to already have six positive West Nile traps countywide.

Tarrant County continues to battle high infant mortality rate
Public health leaders in Fort Worth have been working on the infant mortality problem for 30 years. At first they thought the solution was to expand prenatal care and teach families how to care for babies. "It dented the rate a little bit, but it didn’t dent it as much as everybody had hoped," said Dr. Ralph Anderson, head of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
"We really need to focus on a broader picture on what it takes to be a healthy community," said Amy Raines-Milenkov, a professor at UNTHSC and head of the Tarrant County Infant Health Network.

Community outreach as critical as healthcare to reduce infant mortality
For years, community health leaders in Tarrant tried to tackle the problem by improving prenatal care, but they have concluded that alone won’t solve the problem. Now, with the help of a five-year, $3.5 million federal Healthy Start grant awarded to the University of North Texas Health Science Center, they’re trying to tackle the social, lifestyle and chronic health issues tied to infant death.

Keller man arrested, accused of delivering dangerous synthetic opioid
In an interview with the Star-Telegram earlier this year, Dr. Alan Podawiltz, chairman of psychiatry at John Peter Smith Hospital and the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, said groups of people end up in the psych emergency room at JPS based on "hot spot" batches of synthetic drugs.

Link disparate data to help ID bodies, federal report recommends
Hundreds of thousands of people are reported missing each year, and hundreds of bodies are found that cannot be identified. More cases could be resolved if the government data systems that track missing persons and unidentified bodies were integrated. The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System – or NamUs – maintained by the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI’s National Crime Information Center, or NCIC, are the two major federal data systems that track these cases.

Lab tests show blood on shirt in Bevers case came from family pet
In a report released today from the UNT Health Science Center, the Laboratory says, "a presumptive test for the presence of blood was positive," and that "a confirmatory test for the presence of human blood was negative."      Put content here.