Research

A link between legalized marijuana and reduced opioid deaths

By Sally Crocker Opioid-related deaths decreased following the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado, according to a study led by a public health researcher from UNT Health Science Center. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, showed a 6 percent reduction in opioid-related deaths in the two years after Colorado’s marijuana legalization,... Read more »

Oct 17, 2017

Twenty years of teamwork, then a glaucoma breakthrough

By Jan Jarvis   More than two decades of teamwork between researchers at the University of Iowa and UNT Health Science Center has led to a breakthrough for treating a type of glaucoma that damages the eyesight of millions and can cause irreversible vision loss. The research focuses on myocilin, a protein implicated in both... Read more »

Oct 3, 2017

Community invited to free autism event at UNTHSC

By Alex Branch   The nation’s largest autism research and advocacy organization will hold a free community science event that is open to the public Wednesday, Oct. 4, at UNT Health Science Center. Autism Research Series: Discovery to Solutions When: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 4 Where: Medical Education and Training Building, UNTHSC, 1000... Read more »

Sep 28, 2017

A better way to treat back pain

By Jan Jarvis   Almost everyone suffers low back pain at some point in their lives. The question is how to relieve it. Researchers at UNT Health Science Center are working to find the answer. By analyzing the DNA of low back pain sufferers, the goal is to uncover which patients are most likely to... Read more »

Sep 21, 2017

UNTHSC launches Alzheimer’s study

By Jan Jarvis   One of the largest and most comprehensive studies ever conducted in the United States involving Mexican-Americans and Alzheimer’s disease is underway at UNT Health Science Center. Interested in learning how to be a study participant? Call 817-735-2963 for more information. The goal is to answer a consequential question: Why do Hispanics develop... Read more »

Sep 14, 2017

Happy, healthy and 100

By Jan Jarvis Though she’s 100 years old, a little arthritis doesn’t do much to slow down Mae Cora Peterson. She lives alone, starts her day with a round of crossword puzzles and goes to church on Sunday. Sometimes she needs to be reminded to use her cane as she rambles around the Fort Worth... Read more »

Aug 7, 2017

A better tool to fight substance abuse

By Sally Crocker   A new article in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment suggests that a computer program called MAPIT, developed by a UNT Health Science Center researcher, is more effective than standard justice system remedies in prompting substance-using probationers and parolees to start their treatment plans. “Health and justice systems are overburdened in... Read more »

Aug 3, 2017

A new look at triple-negative breast cancer

By Jan Jarvis   Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is often aggressive, hard to treat and disproportionately affects carriers of the BRCA1 gene mutation and younger women of African origin. Researchers at UNT Health Science Center have received a $1.9 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to help develop a new therapy that holds promise... Read more »

Jul 19, 2017

For prostate cancer patients, a potential treatment with fewer side effects

By Jan Jarvis   Prostate cancer patients who have lifesaving therapy to lower testosterone often survive the disease, only to face debilitating neurological symptoms of which hot flushes are the most common. Medications are available to address these hot flushes (also known as hot flashes), but they come with side effects that men often find... Read more »

Jul 17, 2017

New CDC article weighs importance of BMI in African American women’s health

By: Sally Crocker A new CDC journal article questions the common use of BMI, or Body Mass Index, as a measurement of health for African American women, suggesting instead a more holistic, multifaceted approach to preventing chronic disease and motivating healthy behaviors. African American women have a higher prevalence (82 percent) of being overweight and... Read more »

Jul 5, 2017