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Supporting young adults with cancerBy Alex Branch   Courtney Parker, a 32-year-old high school teacher, was breastfeeding her infant daughter when she felt a pea-sized lump. Her mind instantly lurched to cancer, but a visit to her doctor calmed her. Breast feeding often causes changes in breast tissue. The doctor performed a mammogram and ultrasound and suggested they observe Read More »

Mar 7, 2019

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Researchers examining if exercise can slow Parkinson’sBy Jan Jarvis Army veteran RJ Hillman is learning to cope with personality changes that followed a mild traumatic brain injury six years ago in Afghanistan. More troubling is what may be ahead. There is growing evidence that even a mild traumatic brain injury can increase the risk for Parkinson’s disease by 56 percent, said Read More »

Feb 20, 2019

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Symposium focuses on cardiovascular and brain health in womenBy Jan Jarvis    The first annual Women’s Cardiovascular and Brain Health Symposium underscores the need for more biomedical research that addresses unique differences between the sexes.  The event, which will include oral and poster presentations on research, will be held Friday in the Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library and is sponsored by the Read More »

Feb 20, 2019

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Generous gift boosts UNTHSC’s dementia researchBy Alex Branch A generous estate gift from a longtime community volunteer whose family was impacted by dementia will establish a $3 million endowed chair to support groundbreaking research into Alzheimer’s disease and other translational research projects at UNT Health Science Center. Sid O’Bryant, PhD, Professor and Director of the Institute for Translational Research, will Read More »

Jan 8, 2019

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A possible hidden reason for ventilator-associated pneumoniaBy: Jan Jarvis   Surgical patients who need ventilators to breathe face heightened risks for pneumonia, but detecting the bacteria that might be causing the infection can be complicated. One reason for the confusion is that bacteria that appear on cultures of the lungs, often labeled “normal respiratory tract flora,” are considered harmless. But they’re Read More »

Dec 19, 2018

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Study: Progesterone protects the brain during strokeBy Jan Jarvis   HSC Insider Learn more about UNTHSC’s people and programs by signing up for the weekly HSC Insider email. Time is critical when someone has a stroke – especially the first three to four hours. That’s how long someone has to get to the hospital for treatment with the only clot-busting drug Read More »

Nov 19, 2018

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A glaucoma treatment that skips the poke in the eyeBy Jan Jarvis   One of the ways researchers are exploring treating the optic nerve damage of glaucoma is an injection directly into the eye. But Suchismita Acharya, PhD, is studying a different approach that not only takes the pain out of treating this blinding disease but also holds the promise of curing it. HSC Read More »

Nov 12, 2018

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UNTHSC establishes new Institute for Translational ResearchBy Jan Jarvis   It often takes many months and thousands of dollars for patients worried about memory loss to find out if they have Alzheimer’s disease. The goal of UNT Health Science Center’s new Institute for Translational Research is to reduce that timeline, giving patients access to therapeutics and diagnostics faster than ever before. Read More »

Nov 6, 2018

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Team studying rare disorder discovers novel way to target melanomaBy Jan Jarvis   While studying a rare genetic disorder called NGLY1 deficiency, UNT Health Science Center researchers discovered a new targeted treatment for combating melanoma, a skin cancer that kills about 9,000 people in the United States each year. Their research was recently published in the British Journal of Cancer. The discovery came when Read More »

Nov 5, 2018

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UNTHSC gets $1.5 million to study possible glaucoma treatmentBy Jan Jarvis First, Gulab Zode, PhD, and his team of researchers discovered how a gene that causes glaucoma leads to the pathology in the eye. Then they found a drug to treat and cure a rare form of the blinding eye disease. Now that same drug could one day be used to treat open angle Read More »

Nov 1, 2018