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Combining blood markers with cognitive test could aid early detection of Alzheimer’s

By Jan Jarvis Combining blood biomarkers with only one cognitive test could add up to simpler, effective and less costly way to detect early-stage Alzheimer’s disease in Mexican Americans. The study, conducted by researchers at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, builds on previous work that uses protein biomarkers in…
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HSC forensic crime laboratory to assist in national crisis of missing American Indian women

By Diane Smith The disappearance of hundreds of Native American women and girls has challenged law enforcement nationwide. Now, experts hope to find solutions with help from the Center for Human Identification at HSC in Fort Worth and Montana State University Billings. The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth and MSU…
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NamUs victims unit helps bring closure to a family with a missing loved one

By Diane Smith Clark Edward Wilson was case number 16-20100 until one chilly February morning. Wilson died in 2016 of heart disease and emphysema. At that time, he was an unidentified person so Dallas County buried him at Southland Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Prairie. His marker was placed near the burial sites of other…
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Would you want to know?

By Jan Jarvis Beverly Dittmer is the kind of high-spirited West Texas woman who never backs away from a fight. Over 76 years, this plucky woman has faced a few, from breast cancer to her husband Paul’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease. Now the mother of seven children and grandmother of 19 braced for what could…
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UNTHSC and Quest Diagnostics announce collaboration

UNT Health Science Center and Quest Diagnostics, the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, have formed a unique collaboration that converges data, research and technologies to help improve prevention and treatment for individuals at high-risk for preventable diseases, such as diabetes and chronic kidney disease. UNTHSC and Quest will focus on spearheading novel techniques…
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Fulbright Fellow takes valuable research, taste of Texas back to Norway

By Diane Smith After four months in North Texas, Dr. Nathalie Holme heads back to her native Norway with scientific data about cerebral blood flow and a pair of cowboy boots. “I’ve learned so much,” said Dr. Holme, adding that she came to the UNT Health Science Center in pursuit of knowledge. Dr. Holme, an…
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Ending the HIV epidemic using community pharmacists

By Jan Jarvis Shelia Neal keeps a list of her prescriptions on her cell phone and puts her medications in a pill organizer. “If I miss a dose, I might not die today, but I’m not going to feel good,” she said. “At the end of the day, I just have to take my medicine.”…
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Balkans group visits UNTCHI

By Jan Jarvis Someone in the group wanted to know why everyone behind the glass in the forensics lab was wearing earmuffs. “When you’re pulverizing bones into a powder it creates a loud noise,” said Linda LaRose, Research Assistant Director, UNT Center for Human Identification. “We want to protect their hearing.” The visitors, all from…
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Researchers help parents talk with kids about social media and drinking

By Sally Crocker Parents can be one of the best deterrents to underage drinking by having knowledge of and talking to their kids about alcohol content presented on social networking sites, say two UNT Health Science Center public health researchers. Dana M. Litt, PhD, Associate Professor at the UNTHSC School of Public Health (SPH), and…
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Researcher hopes to make gene-editing device safer and more precise

By: Jan Jarvis The mere mention of gene editing and DNA altering might conjure up images of designer babies, but that is not what researcher Jin Liu has in mind. She wants help to find a cure for life-threatening diseases by making the gene-editing device CRISPR-Cas9 safer and more precise. “Any genetic disease, the CRISPR-Cas9…