School of Health Professions

A diagnosis, and then a delivery

Thirty-five weeks pregnant with twins, Shelley Long had grown accustomed to the endless aches and pains of a multiple pregnancy. But the throbbing in her right calf worried her. She reported the leg pain to medical staff twice during visits to a hospital to have her blood pressure monitored, but was told the discomfort was... Read more »

Aug 5, 2015

An alternative to taking pills

After his cholesterol measured high, Felix Granthon didn’t ask his doctor for the simplest solution. “I knew I could take medication — but I don’t like medication,” Granthon, 72, said. “I wanted to know what else I could do besides take pills.” So Granthon and his wife, Carla, and their family physician, Harold Fain, MD,... Read more »

Jun 19, 2015

Physician assistants are on the frontline of primary care

At HealthFirst Northwest Clinic, Shelbie Reed navigates the busy hallways, stepping in and out of examination rooms filled by patients with ailments ranging from sinus infections to diabetes. In her crisp white coat, she could be mistaken for a physician, but she’s not one. She is a clinical-year student on rotation as part of UNT... Read more »

May 29, 2015

Unlocking the secrets of autism

Wearing glasses with a camera embedded in the frames, a girl stands atop a platform as virtual balls roll toward her. How she dodges the balls will help UNT Health Science Center researchers better understand why people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have trouble responding to their environment. Surrounded by a 180-degree, wrap-around screen in... Read more »

Apr 2, 2015

Prevent falls in nasty weather

The possibility of another coating of ice and snow is bearing down on North Texas. If you must go out, follow tips from Nicoleta Bugnariu, PT, PhD, Associate Dean at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth: Beware of an invisible sheet of ice – it might be under snow or on top of... Read more »

Mar 4, 2015

A patient’s best friend

Katie, a 9-year-old rescued Golden Retriever, can do math by pawing out the answers, bow her head to pray and catch a bone off her nose. But her greatest gift may be in nurturing others, from sick children to elderly adults with dementia. “She just loves people,” said her handler, Dianne Hughes. “You can’t teach... Read more »

Feb 18, 2015

Helping seniors reduce the risk of falling

From the moment he got out of bed in the morning, Wayne Yancy feared he would lose his balance and hit the floor. “There were times when I would just be walking along and fall down,” said the 67-year-old retiree, who had suffered several injuries from falls. Only when he was hospitalized for complications from... Read more »

Dec 16, 2014

Helping amputees live more mobile lives

After diabetes took part of her left leg, Jackie Smith, 66, worried whether she would ever regain her mobility with a prosthetic foot that felt stiff and awkward. But her experience wearing a more technologically advanced prosthesis under the eye of Nicoleta Bugnariu, PhD, PT, has the Arlington amputee imagining an independent future. “I can... Read more »

Dec 11, 2014

Health care with a human touch

Born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, Sasha is nonverbal and non-ambulatory, requiring a wheelchair. She takes her meals by feeding tube. Her parents, Pete and Michele, make sure she has good quality of life. They take her out of the house frequently for a change of surroundings. Sasha, now 30, has been invited to and... Read more »

Dec 10, 2014

Meet therapy dogs and learn about animal-assisted therapy

Dr. Claire Peel (left) introduces her certified therapy dog,Luke, to UNTHSC employees during a campus event. Every Sunday, the cocker spaniel visits Fort Worth assisted-living communities to brighten the mood of depressed or lonely residents. Physician Assistant student Ana Maria Chaidez was stressing out. An exam was imminent, and her confidante and friend was absent.... Read more »

Nov 18, 2014