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A risky surgery and a normal life restoredIn the news:  WFAA: Man says Fort Worth surgeon ‘saved his life’ removing 18-pound tumor Melvin Jacobs had begun to lose hope that he would ever live a normal life again. For more than a year, a tumor had been growing on his inner thigh, at first limiting his mobility, then preventing him from walking at Read More »

Apr 28, 2014

How to cope with your allergy symptoms
Photo by Joel Olives

The bluebonnets are blooming so that must mean allergy season is upon us, too.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently released its annual list of “worst cities for spring allergies,” and the Dallas-Fort Worth area ranked No. 7.

“Allergy season will get worse before it gets better,” said allergist John Fling, MD. “I think it will be around until at least the first week of June.”

What can you do to combat allergy symptoms? Dr. Fling recommends that if you have not had your allergies tested before, it is a good idea to do so.

“An allergist can determine what a person’s specific allergies are, such as grass or tree pollen, and we can decide the best course of treatment,” said Dr. Fling, Professor of Pediatrics.

John Fling Allergist
John Fling, MD
How to cope?

  • Avoidance, if you can, so limit outdoor activities
  • Antihistamines
  • Topical nasal steroid spray
  • Allergy desensitization treatment
  • A combination nasal spray that includes both an antihistamine and a topical steroid

Need help?

  • Make an appointment with Dr. Fling: 817-735-DOCS (3627).

Apr 18, 2014

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Nurse Practitioner Barbara Harty wins excellence in nursing awardBarbara Harty found in geriatrics, the perfect career.  "My grandmother helped raise me and I always had a special affection for older people," said Harty, Nurse Practitioner and Assistant Professor of Medicine. "I just really like working with them, hearing their stories and trying to improve their quality of life." Harty visits about 200 patients Read More »

Apr 14, 2014

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UNTHSC physicians named 2014 Top DocsFort Worth, Texas magazine has honored 25 UNT Health Science Center physicians as “Top Docs.” They were selected as a result of surveys of fellow health care providers. They practice in clinics and hospitals across Tarrant County. Those named, and their respective specialties, are: Allergy/Immunology John Fling, MD Cardiac/Thoracic Surgery Albert Yurvati, DO Gastroenterology Monte Read More »

Apr 14, 2014

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UNT Health Science Center celebrates National Osteopathic Medicine WeekThe UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth is marking National Osteopathic Medicine Week April 13-19. NOM Week brings the osteopathic medical profession together to focus on the common goal of increasing awareness of osteopathic medicine and osteopathic physicians (DOs) in communities across the nation.  In advance of NOM Week, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price proclaimed Read More »

Apr 9, 2014

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UNTHSC physician offers tips to avoid colon cancerMarch is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and that makes it a good time to consider whether you should get a colon-cancer screening. While colon cancer is the second most lethal cancer in the U.S., improved screenings have helped lower colon cancer rates and save lives, said Monte Troutman, DO, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine Read More »

Mar 19, 2014

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Dr. Amy Raines-Milenkov to serve on maternal mortality task forceAmy Raines-Milenkov, DrPH, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, has been appointed to a state task force to study pregnancy-related deaths and morbidity. Dr. Raines-Milenkov will serve a five-year term on the Texas Department of State Health Services Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force, created in 2013 Read More »

Mar 10, 2014

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Developing a consistent routine will help in adjusting to clock changesThe arrival of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday means more sunshine in our days, but it also means we will lose an hour of sleep, an hour that most of us will have trouble getting back. At least 40 million Americans have a chronic sleep disorder, and 20 million more sometimes have trouble with sleep, Read More »

Mar 6, 2014

UNTHSC nurse and student recognized as ‘Health Care Heroes’  Laura Standish, RN Here are the numbers from 2013 that matter most to Laura Standish, RN: four clinics, nearly 1,300 health education visits and 335 vaccines ­- all free and for the benefit of children living in Fort Worth’s most underserved communities. As the director and a driving force behind the new Pediatric Mobile Read More »

Mar 6, 2014

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The unexpected benefits of medical research trialsFor more information about collaborating with NorTex researchers or to participate in a research study, contact Kimberly Fulda, DrPH, at 817-735-0225 or Santiago Perez assumed he was fairly healthy when he volunteered for the North Texas Healthy Heart Study, a UNT Health Science Center research project conducted from 2006 to 2009. But the free Read More »

Feb 26, 2014