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Clearing the smoke from Fort Worth

By Alex Branch Fort Worth soon will be officially smoke free. On March 12, the city’s updated smoking ordinance prohibiting smoking in bars and bingo parlors will take effect, bringing Fort Worth in line with every other major Texas city. “Fort Worth has made great strides in health and wellness, with many of our initiatives…
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A tale of funding, public good and next steps

By Sally Crocker In 2012, a group of UNTHSC faculty were approached with a unique opportunity. Millions of dollars had suddenly become available through Medicaid to fund innovative health care delivery projects for low-income and uninsured patients. The catch? Funding was performance-based, awarded as successful progress was proven. The Health Science Center could lose money…
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Health Science Center to close Nov. 23-24 for Thanksgiving

The UNT Health Science Center will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24. Administrative offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27. All clinics staffed by UNT Health providers also will be closed Nov. 23-24 in observance of the holiday. Regular clinic hours will resume on Monday, Nov. 27.…
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Zoonotic Disease Fair to cover important topics for Texas

By Sally Crocker   UNTHSC students, faculty and staff are invited to the 2nd Annual Zoonotic Disease Fair from noon to 3 p.m. on Nov. 21 to learn about some of the common diseases found in Texas that can be passed from animals to humans. “It pays to be aware,” said public health student Emily…

A health fair that makes a lasting difference

Stop Six Community Health Fair Nov. 4, 2017 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Eugene McCray Community Center 4932 Wilbarger St. By Alex Branch About 50 UNT Health Science Center students will hold a community health event Saturday, Nov. 4 in the medically underserved neighborhood of Stop Six in Fort Worth. Free health and eye screenings,…
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UNTHSC hosting entrepreneurship crash course

By Jan Jarvis   Startup Weekend Fort Worth Registration, which includes meals, is $99 for the weekend. UNTHSC students receive a $25 discount. But for $5 anyone can purchase a ticket for the grand finale when teams pitch their products. Those who think they’ve got the next Uber in their heads will get the chance…
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Bringing better vision to Fort Worth children

By Jan Jarvis   One-by-one, the preschoolers inched into the darkened room, where they came face-to-face with what looked like a camera. “We’re going to take a picture of your eye,” said Ricardo Belmares, a PhD candidate at UNT Health Science Center. “Be still, be still. Beautiful.” In a matter of seconds, the preschoolers’ vision…
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Autism Speaks and UNTHSC team up to meet needs of families affected by autism

By Alex Branch Leaders with Autism Speaks search the country for innovative autism research. They found it in front of a 180-degree virtual reality screen at UNT Health Science Center. There, Thomas Frazier, PhD, looked through glasses containing a tiny camera and moved his body in reaction to the movement of a virtual red ball…
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Students transform seniors’ lives with art and music

By Cari Hyden   Mrs. Jones, a resident at Westmore Senior Living, wouldn’t leave her room and spent her days largely “staring at the walls.” But a class led by a UNTHSC student transformed her life and added a spark to the lives of many more Westmore Senior Living residents. Flora Park, a Medical Sciences…
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Better outcomes for underserved patients

By Sally Crocker   A team of graduates from UNT Health Science Center’s School of Public Health (SPH) is working toward improved patient outcomes in treatment and prevention of cancer, diabetes, maternal/child health and infectious diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C. Rohit Ojha, DrPH (SPH ’10), was recruited last year to establish and lead…