Research

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

Harnessing human movement

By Alex Branch   Like an actress on a science fiction movie set, Karen Esser prepares for her role surrounded by laboratory technicians attaching small bulb-like fixtures to her black Spandex suit. Within minutes, 54 bulbs – known as reflective markers – cover her body. Esser is led to a treadmill in front of a... Read more »

Jun 20, 2017

Protecting the brain after cardiac arrest

By Jan Jarvis   A new treatment identified by UNT Health Science researchers may protect the brain from irreversible brain damage caused by cardiac arrest. The discovery, published in the May issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine, could offer hope to the more than 500,000 people in the United States who suffer a cardiac arrest... Read more »

May 24, 2017

A breakthrough for those with PKU

By Jan Jarvis As a child Erin Gisler’s diet was limited to fruits and vegetables. No dairy products, meat, fish, chicken, eggs beans or nuts. Gisler was an infant when she was diagnosed with phenylketonuria or PKU, a genetic disorder that causes the amino acid phenylalanine to build up in the body. When a person... Read more »

May 17, 2017

Dr Forster

A forum for sharing aging research

By Jan Jarvis   Research into how the normal and pathological brain ages will be presented by graduate fellows on May 10 during the 16th annual Neurobiology of Aging Trainee Symposium. Neurobiology of Aging Trainee Symposium Date: May 10, 2017 Time: 8:30 a.m. Location: CBH 220 Alcon Auditorium The symposium begins at 8:30 a.m. in the... Read more »

May 9, 2017

CPRIT awards nearly $2.3 million to HSC researchers

By Jan Jarvis   Two UNT Health Science Center programs – one aimed at expanding cancer prevention services for refugees and the other focused on supporting oncology research training for medical students – have received grants from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). A nearly $1.5 million CPRIT award to Amy Raines-Milenkov,... Read more »

Apr 10, 2017