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In the classroom: Pharmacy students debate dispensing medical marijuanaBy Jan Jarvis   First-year pharmacy students recently got a glimpse of how tough their careers might be one day when they debated their role in dispensing medical marijuana. It is better to have a pharmacist who is educated in drug interactions, adverse effects and safe effective dosing rather someone at a dispensary who may Read More »

Feb 28, 2019

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PA students win Challenge Bowl — againBy Alex Branch   Students in the Physician Assistant Studies Program once have again proved that UNT Health Science Center truly does recruit the best and the brightest. UNTHSC PA students won the statewide Challenge Bowl competition at the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA) Annual Conference Feb. 8-10 in Houston. Students Andrew Lee, Abby Read More »

Feb 26, 2019

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UNTHSC top docs who are transforming livesBy Jan Jarvis Seventeen UNT Health Science Center physicians and Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty members have been selected by their peers as top doctors for listings in Texas Monthly, Fort Worth Magazine and 360 West. A TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine physician also was recognized as a Health Care Hero by the Read More »

Feb 25, 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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Mental health in grad schoolBy Jan Jarvis   The thoughts whispering at Anna Black never took a rest – ever. They followed her through junior high, then into college. “I believed I had to be perfect in everything I did,” she said. “Getting a 95 was unacceptable.” For a while, she was able to manage her thoughts. Then she Read More »

Feb 18, 2019

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Love for outer space propels librarian into NASA roleBy Alex Branch As a child, Debbie Montenegro was the girl who often showed up school in a Yoda, Spock or outer space-themed shirt. “I didn’t realize it at the time, but my mom had to buy those shirts from the boy’s section because they didn’t make those clothes for girls then,” said Montenegro, Consumer Read More »

Feb 13, 2019

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TCOM students who serve their countryBy Alex Branch All Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine graduates go on to serve the communities in which they practice medicine. But each year, several also elect to serve their country. Five 2019 graduates of UNT Health Science Center’s original medical school will train at U.S. military medical institution residency programs. Jill Allen, Erika Hallak, Read More »

Feb 12, 2019

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Cowtown Marathon is a family tradition for race’s medical directorBy Alex Branch For Jeff Beeson, DO, a personal connection to the Cowtown Marathon began when organizers planned the inaugural 1979 run. His father, Don Beeson, was the chief of police at what was then the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, which founded the marathon. During a planning meeting, Don noticed a woman looking at Read More »

Feb 11, 2019

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New TCOM dean has bold vision for medical educationBy Alex Branch   Frank Filipetto, DO, has accepted the position of Dean of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) at UNT Health Science Center after a nationwide search. Dr. Filipetto, who joined the Health Science Center in 2011, has led the nationally recognized medical school on an interim basis for 18 months. Dr. Read More »

Feb 4, 2019