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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Combined efforts get patient back on her feet

If the natural stress and anxiety that comes with having a baby weren’t enough, Katy Kemp soon discovered she couldn’t move her right knee, requiring the use of a walker to get around. She was diagnosed with post-partum femoral neuropathy, a condition created by prolonged pressure on a nerve in the knee during delivery. But Read More »

Oct 29, 2014

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Research award highlights big weekend for Physical Therapy Program

Howe Liu, MPT, PhD, was named Outstanding Physical Therapy Researcher for 2014 during the Texas Physical Therapy Association in Galveston. Known for his expertise in research design and protocol, Dr. Liu was instrumental in initiating projects that resulted in several publications, including how a certain genetic disorder impacts physical function in children. He is currently Read More »

Oct 24, 2014

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PA Laura Mattingly earns national recognition

Assistant Professor Laura Mattingly, PA-C, was awarded the Physician Assistant Education Association’s 2014 “Rising Star,” a prestigious national award given to the PA who made outstanding contributions to Physician Assistant Studies education. Mattingly received the award at the association’s 2014 Annual Education Forum in Philadelphia. “I was surprised and excited,” Mattingly said. “I truly do Read More »

Oct 23, 2014

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Oct. 6-12 is National Physician Assistant Week

They practice medicine in every specialty, in every setting. They diagnosis illnesses and prescribe medication.  And they increase access to quality medicine for patients everywhere. They are Physician Assistants, a versatile profession of medical providers trained at the UNT Health Science Center since 1997. To recognize their impact on health care, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Read More »

Oct 6, 2014

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Physician Assistant Studies program re-accredited

The UNT Health Science Center Physician Assistant Program earned Accreditation-Continued status through 2021 from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Accreditation-Continued status is granted to currently accredited programs compliant with the ARC-PA standards. Established in 1997, the UNTHSC PA program is next scheduled to undergo validation review in September 2021. Read More »

Sep 29, 2014