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Recent rains increase threat of West Nile virusBy Alex Branch   The first West Nile virus death of 2018 in Tarrant County was reported Sept. 21, and a UNT Health Science Center epidemiologist warns that recent rain has caused a sudden increase in mosquito activity. An older adult with underlying health conditions was the first person to die locally from the mosquito-borne Read More »

Oct 2, 2018

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Study: For vets, ‘mild’ TBI increases risk of early brain diseaseBy Jan Jarvis Army veteran R. J. Hillman was riding back to base from a 17-hour mission in Afghanistan when the blast from an IED sent shock waves radiating through his truck. Despite feeling dizzy, he immediately launched into his role as a medic. Later that night, his head ached. For the next 48 hours, Read More »

Oct 1, 2018

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Using DNA to better treat back painBy Cathy Kearns   Chronic pain affects one in five adults in the United States, and high impact chronic pain that interferes with work or daily life most days affects one in 13 adults in this country. These numbers, taken from the 2016 National Health Interview Survey, only begin to tell the story of how Read More »

Sep 28, 2018

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Medical Sciences Program among most respected in nationBy Alex Branch   The ambivalence Sohail Siraj initially felt in college showed in the grades he earned his freshman and sophomore years at Texas A&M University. MS in Medical Sciences  Learn more about admissions requirements, curriculum and application process. The Houston native wasn’t a bad student, but rather an unfocused one, unsure of what Read More »

Sep 26, 2018

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Tourniquet training that stops bleeding and saves livesBy Alex Branch Medical student Joshua Pavlik knows the value of a tourniquet in preventing someone from bleeding to death. The former U.S. Army Special Forces medic used them to save the lives of U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan. Now the third-year Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine student is teaching fellow students to properly apply Read More »

Sep 25, 2018

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The latest research on longevityBy Jan Jarvis   By Jan Jarvis Every day, Kunlin Jin, MD, PhD, drinks five cups of green tea, three in the morning and two in the afternoon. Brewed from the unfermented plant, the tea has been touted for its anti-aging and longevity benefits. “It should be very good for your health,” said Dr. Jin, Read More »

Sep 24, 2018

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Lifesaving measure for opioid overdose available to the public without prescriptionBy Sally Crocker When the U.S. Surgeon General published a recent health advisory– the first such alert in the last decade – asking for the public’s assistance in tackling the nation’s growing opioid epidemic, Dr. Scott Walters from the UNTHSC School of Public Health made plans to do his part. For patients facing the risk Read More »

Sep 19, 2018

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For medical students, a sideline view of treating football injuriesBy Alex Branch   University of North Texas quarterback Mason Fine faked a handoff and threw a perfect 60-yard touchdown pass to a streaking receiver, and the Mean Green sideline erupted. Players leaped off the bench, coaches pumped their fists and the cheerleaders hugged. Everyone instantly reacted except Michael Shaffer, DO, and Chelsea Horn, then Read More »

Sep 18, 2018

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PT on leading edge of Parkinson’s careBy Alex Branch   A UNT Health Science Center professor is preparing physical students to provide innovative care that can improve the quality of life for the nearly 1 million Americans expected to have Parkinson’s disease by 2020. Howe Liu, PT, PhD, Professor of Physical Therapy, participated in the Parkinson’s Foundation Physical Therapy Faculty Program. It Read More »

Sep 17, 2018

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A prestigious glaucoma prize, again, for UNTHSC eye researchersBy Jan Jarvis   In 1998, a team of researchers that included Abe Clark, PhD, won worldwide recognition for its discovery of the first gene that causes glaucoma. Two decades later, the same team has found a possible treatment for this blinding eye disease. “We’ve gone from discovering the first glaucoma gene to finding a Read More »

Sep 13, 2018