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For physician assistant students, Friday lessons are hands-on and lecture-freeBy Alex Branch   The physician assistant students huddled around Davey, a 5-year-old boy who wheezed and struggled to breathe. Students studied his medical history chart and leaned down to talk to him on the exam table. They calmed Davey’s mother and watched his vital signs on a digital screen. Master of Physician Assistant Studies Read More »

Nov 14, 2018

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Fun on the Bun’s Mac Thompson to retireBy Alex Branch   After more than 11 years of serving charbroiled steak burgers to a hungry Health Science Center, Mac Thompson is hanging up his red apron. Thompson will retire from Fun on the Bun this month. Beloved for his warm, gentle humor, Thompson is a fixture on the first floor of Gibson D. Read More »

Nov 13, 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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Forensic DNA pioneer Arthur Eisenberg passes away at 62By: Jeff Carlton Arthur Eisenberg, PhD, a pioneer in the field of forensic genetics who helped thousands of families identify their missing loved ones, died Thursday. He was 62. Dr. Eisenberg, known as Art to his friends and colleagues, helped establish the UNT Center for Human Identification as well as UNT Health Science Center’s graduate Read More »

Nov 9, 2018

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UNTHSC students have proud tradition of military serviceBy Alex Branch In a remote U.S. Army military outpost in Liberia, Andi Toufexis wore a hooded Tyvek protection suit, two layers of gloves and a breathing apparatus strapped to her back. The farm girl from southeast Texas meticulously tested blood samples collected from deceased Liberians for one of the most feared diseases of all Read More »

Nov 9, 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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The science of sleep: 10 tips for better restBy Alex Branch   Blackout curtains darken the windows in rooms where Brandy M. Roane’s family spends time after dinner, namely the bedrooms and the office and gaming room. Table lights, not bright overhead lights, provide illumination. As the hour grows late, an alarm sounds to remind Dr. Roane, her husband and two teenage boys Read More »

Nov 1, 2018

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UNTHSC gets $1.5 million to study possible glaucoma treatmentByJan 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 Read More »

Nov 1, 2018

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UNTHSC honored for best practices in serving older adultsBy Eric Parker   The UNT Health Science Center Clinical Practice Group is the first health care organization in Fort Worth to be recognized as an Age Friendly Certified Business. As a result, the UNTHSC Center for Geriatrics will help educate other health care organizations to integrate best practices in serving patients. The recognition follows Read More »

Oct 29, 2018