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Vapers may be at higher risk for COVID-19By Sally Crocker Attention vapers — new evidence links vaping to a higher risk of getting COVID-19. The risk has been shown to be 5 to 7 times higher, according to new scientific research, prompting lawmakers around the country to urge the FDA to temporarily clear the market of all e-cigarettes during the COVID pandemic. This increased health threat is especially troubling for teens and young adults, considering that the CDC reports nearly one-third of Read More »

Sep 1, 2020

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COVID-19 adds double threat to U.S. drug crisisBy Sally Crocker  The last two years had brought small but significant victories to the nation’s opioid crisis, with slow, steady declines in opioid use and deaths marking a positive change to this major public health problem.   But then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, bringing months of an uncertain and unsettling new normal to people around the world.   As the pandemic continues with no clear end in sight, the U.S. rates of anxiety, depression and Read More »

Aug 31, 2020

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HSC, Tarrant County Public Health work together to increase COVID-19 contact tracingBy Diane Smith-Pinckney Students from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC) will help Tarrant County Public Health perform COVID-19 contact tracing under a $1.9 million contract approved by Tarrant County Commissioners.   The agreement will pay for the students’ time, program management, human resource functions, a virtual call center and facilities to support Read More »

Aug 19, 2020

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COVID contact tracing uncovers the stories behind the numbers By Sally Crocker  Behind the numbers of COVID-19 are real people. Real stories. Real experiences.   In her final term as an HSC School of Public Health student, Sujita Adhikari joined Tarrant County Public Health’s (TCPH) contact tracing team, calling quarantined, COVID-positive patients to track their connections to other community members who also may have been exposed to the virus.    This major community health effort was quickly set up in March as the pandemic Read More »

Aug 11, 2020

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Pandemic spurs pediatric faculty and students to create mental health plan callsBy Steven Bartolotta It was mid-March, as COVID-19 was spreading across the world, when Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Dr. Priya Bui, an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, started seeing an even more disturbing trend. Local cases of child abuse were rising, and fast.   The stress, anxiety and other factors brought on by the pandemic for adults, was creating even more problems Read More »

Aug 10, 2020

HSC researcher, colleagues investigate intersections of COVID-19, TB control and global economics among immigrant communitiesBy Sally Crocker  The world’s attention has been laser focused on COVID-19 for months, but the current pandemic isn’t an isolated problem threatening the health of communities, says one HSC public health researcher.   “Many other infectious diseases, like tuberculosis, share similar characteristics and present dire health risks, require equal consideration of resources and prevention, and may, in fact, offer insight into models for Read More »

Aug 5, 2020

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HSC dedicates musical tribute to healthcare heroesBy Sally Crocker  Layer upon layer, a music video is developed, as is a heartfelt message of utmost respect and gratitude.   Such was the case when the HSC School of Public Health planned a special tribute to the healthcare industry, recognizing the many challenges that hospitals, providers, staff and support workers have faced over the long months since the COVID-19 pandemic first barreled into states and communities across the Read More »

Jul 28, 2020

COVID-19 Research ReportsCOVID-19 Research The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth is closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on communities. Rajesh R. Nandy, PhD, Associate Professor of Biostatics and Epidemiology, and a data analytics team is studying all publicly available data related to the pandemic and will release periodic reports on current trends Read More »

Jul 24, 2020

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New research points to far-reaching public health concerns of pandemic stress drinkingBy Sally Crocker There’s a lot of drinking going on during COVID-19. Takeout, home deliveries and curbside pickup of beer, wine, liquors and other alcoholic products have increased significantly – from 40%-50%, according to different sources – over the months since the U.S. first locked down over coronavirus concerns. “There is a tremendous amount of Read More »

Jul 20, 2020

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HSC prioritizes microcredentials to enhance students’ career readinessBy Betsy Friauf At The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC), student career readiness is enhanced in myriad ways. One of the latest is microcredentialing. Microcredentials are competency-based, specialized certifications attesting that a student has mastered specific skills for a certain activity or procedure. Microcredentials are crucial and have been Read More »

Jul 15, 2020