Research

Diagnosis turns scientist into counselor and comforter

By Jan Jarvis For seven days, Rebecca Cunningham lay in bed, radioactive and isolated. “No one could get within six feet of me,” said Cunningham, PhD, who was undergoing radiation therapy for thyroid cancer. “I watched Netflix, slept and sucked on sour candy.” The isolation was hard. Even harder was the restrictive low iodine diet... Read more »

Jan 6, 2016

Sonny Singh

A tailored approach to Alzheimer’s

By Jan Jarvis Support Alzheimer’s research at UNT Health Science Center.  How Alzheimer’s care is different at UNTHSC UNT Health Science Center draws together physicians, nurses, social workers and psychologists to make life better for those already living with Alzheimer’s disease.”A typical model of care is a doctor fixes the problem, but that’s not going... Read more »

Dec 21, 2015

Raheem Paxton and Tomi Huff

Cancer survivor credits recovery to research study

By Sally Crocker When Tomi Huff was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 54, she feared she was going to die. No matter what the doctors said, she felt like her life was already over. Fast forward six years and three rounds of chemotherapy later, and Tomi is cancer free with a renewed focus on keeping... Read more »

Dec 14, 2015

The self-cooling shoe that could reduce amputations

By Alex Branch   A Health Science Center researcher is creating an innovative shoe that could help prevent dangerous foot ulcers in people with diabetes. Metin Yavuz, DEng, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, has developed a working prototype of a shoe fixed with an electronic cooling system. It’s designed to keep foot tissues from heating... Read more »

Dec 14, 2015

Brandy Roane

Fighting the ‘freshman 15’

By Jan Jarvis   College students typically blame too much fast food for the famous freshman 15. But research from UNT Health Science Center suggests that weight gain in college has as much to do with when you go to bed as what you eat for dinner Fluctuating sleep patterns, a common condition of college... Read more »

Dec 9, 2015

Heather Kitzman-Ulrich

A decline in diabetes

By Alex Branch The surprising announcement that new cases of diabetes in the United States are declining is good news but reinforces the need for greater prevention in minority communities, said Dr.  Heather Kitzman-Ulrich, a UNT Health Science Center researcher. There were 1.4 million new cases of diabetes in 2014, down from 1.7 million in... Read more »

Dec 1, 2015

A biotech superstar with UNTHSC roots

By Jan Jarvis   Six years ago in an acceleration lab at UNT Health Science Center, the co-founders of ZS Pharma were developing a drug that they believed held great promise. But even with such lofty expectations, ZS Pharma co-founders Alvaro Guillem and Jeff Keyser may have underestimated their biotech startup’s potential. Earlier this month... Read more »

Nov 30, 2015

Research vials

The link between Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome

A blood test developed at UNT Health Science Center to detect Alzheimer’s disease will be used in a new study that focuses on individuals with Down syndrome, who are at high risk of developing memory problems. The study is one of four exploring the link between Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome that are receiving $250,000... Read more »

Nov 10, 2015

Blood test detects pre-Alzheimer’s in Mexican-Americans with 96 percent accuracy

By Jan Jarvis A blood test developed at UNT Health Science Center detects pre-Alzheimer’s disease in asymptomatic Mexican-Americans with 96 percent accuracy. The test used blood samples provided by participants in the Health & Aging Brain among Latino Elders (HABLE) study. Hundreds of older Mexican-American residents from the Fort Worth area have participated in this... Read more »

Nov 9, 2015

Research project targets interpersonal violence

A UNT Health Science Center project aimed at addressing interpersonal violence has been awarded $2.2 million in funding over the next three years by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. The project – called TESSA (Technology Enhanced Screening and Supportive Assistance) – is being led by Emily Spence-Almaguer, MSW,... Read more »

Sep 21, 2015