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Study: For vets, ‘mild’ TBI increases risk of early brain diseaseBy Jan Jarvis Army veteran R. J. Hillman was riding back to base from a 17-hour mission in Afghanistan when the blast from an IED sent shock waves radiating through his truck. Despite feeling dizzy, he immediately launched into his role as a medic. Later that night, his head ached. For the next 48 hours, Read More »

Oct 1, 2018

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The latest research on longevityBy Jan Jarvis   By Jan Jarvis Every day, Kunlin Jin, MD, PhD, drinks five cups of green tea, three in the morning and two in the afternoon. Brewed from the unfermented plant, the tea has been touted for its anti-aging and longevity benefits. “It should be very good for your health,” said Dr. Jin, Read More »

Sep 24, 2018

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PT on leading edge of Parkinson’s careBy Alex Branch   A UNT Health Science Center professor is preparing physical students to provide innovative care that can improve the quality of life for the nearly 1 million Americans expected to have Parkinson’s disease by 2020. Howe Liu, PT, PhD, Professor of Physical Therapy, participated in the Parkinson’s Foundation Physical Therapy Faculty Program. It Read More »

Sep 17, 2018

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A prestigious glaucoma prize, again, for UNTHSC eye researchersBy Jan Jarvis   In 1998, a team of researchers that included Abe Clark, PhD, won worldwide recognition for its discovery of the first gene that causes glaucoma. Two decades later, the same team has found a possible treatment for this blinding eye disease. “We’ve gone from discovering the first glaucoma gene to finding a Read More »

Sep 13, 2018

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Understanding why and when young people drink alcoholBy Sally Crocker Two UNT Health Science Center researchers plan to get inside the minds of teens and young adults to learn what influences them to drink and when they are most apt to use alcohol. Melissa A. Lewis, PhD, Professor, Health Behavior and Health Systems, is leading the study, along with Dana M. Litt, PhD, Read More »

Sep 10, 2018

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The doctors and the dancersBy Jan Jarvis During a break from rehearsals for “Cinderella,” Celeste Gaiera stood still as 37 reflective markers were taped to her torso, legs and head. Then, looking more like a sci-fi character than a ballet dancer, she practiced plies – a familiar ballet step – as six motion capture cameras recorded her every move. Read More »

Aug 29, 2018

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Study: Private hospital rooms lower risk of infectionsBy Sally Crocker Private hospital rooms may save lives by reducing the risk of a dangerous type of hospital-acquired infection, according to UNT Health Science Center researchers in a new study published in PLOS ONE. Liam O’Neill, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Behavior and Health Systems at the UNTHSC School of Public Health, led the Read More »

Aug 14, 2018

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Research for the long haulBy Jan Jarvis Scientific breakthroughs once belonged to the young. Or at least that’s what Einstein must have thought when he said that unless a scientist has made a great contribution before the age of 30, he never will. Time, however, has proven him wrong. Robert Edwards, for example, was 85 when he developed in Read More »

Aug 2, 2018

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Researchers will use smartphone app to improve alcohol treatmentBy Sally Crocker Researchers from UNT Health Science Center and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) have been awarded a two-year, $650,000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to develop and test a novel smartphone-based alcohol treatment for homeless adults. Scott Walters, PhD, Professor and Chair of Health Behavior and Health Systems at the Read More »

Jul 31, 2018

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Relieving the pain of peripheral arterial diseaseBy Jan Jarvis For someone with peripheral arterial disease – a condition that causes narrowing of arteries in the limbs – pain is a big problem. “The treatment for it is exercise,” said Eric Gonzales, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Education in the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, which is pending Read More »

Jul 19, 2018