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New collaborative grant to help reduce risk of medication errorsBy Steven Bartolotta A collaborative effort has been launched by several health care organizations to help address the nation’s burgeoning crisis of preventable medication-related harm. Each year, the nation’s hospitals record more than 700,000 emergency room visits and 100,000 hospitalizations because of the unsafe use of medications. The problem is particularly acute among patients 65 Read More »

Oct 8, 2019

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Pharmacists provide patient value in team-based careBy Jan Jarvis  With inhaler in hand, Dr. Cheng Yuet went over every detail to make sure the patient understood how the drug would control their COPD symptoms.  “Use it every day, whether you feel like you need it or not,” she urged. Dr. Yuet is proving what a difference it makes when pharmacists are Read More »

Oct 8, 2019

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TCOM grads from the same hometown team up as chief residentsBy Steven Bartolotta and Jennifer Hetro In life, your path is meant to cross with some certain people. Allyson Matthys, DO, and Vikaash Persad, DO, 2017 Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine graduates, are two of those people. Matthys grew up in small-town Texas, one of four daughters to a pair of educators and a descendent Read More »

Oct 4, 2019

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Patient, pupil and protégéBy Alex Branch Chelsee Greer was 13 when Dr. W. Paul Bowman sat in her hospital room and gently explained how he would try to cure her cancer. Five hours from their Odessa home, Greer and her mother, Lindee, traveled to Fort Worth after Greer’s hometown pediatrician suspected her fatigue, low-grade fever and night sweats Read More »

Oct 2, 2019

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October proclaimed Health Literacy MonthBy Jan Jarvis  Nine out of 10 Americans may lack the knowledge and skills needed to manage their health and prevent disease.  To focus attention on this issue, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price has proclaimed October as Health Literacy Month. SaferCare Texas and the DFW Hospital Council Health Literacy Collaborative are joining in the effort Read More »

Oct 1, 2019

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The evolution of the physician assistantBy Alex Branch  To understand why physician assistant is one of the hottest jobs, meet Victoria Florez.  She fielded four job offers before she even graduated last year from the UNT Health Science Center Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program.  Each offer was from a different specialty. Did she want to work in plastic surgery, wound Read More »

Sep 26, 2019

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Vaping advice for parentsBy Sally Crocker The time is now for parents to have a heart-to-heart conversation with their kids about the danger of vaping, says a UNT Health Science Center researcher with experience in this area. “For parents who know their kids are vaping, or who might not be sure if their kids do, it’s critical to Read More »

Sep 26, 2019

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Researcher hopes to make gene-editing device safer and more preciseBy: Jan Jarvis The mere mention of gene editing and DNA altering might conjure up images of designer babies, but that is not what researcher Jin Liu has in mind. She wants help to find a cure for life-threatening diseases by making the gene-editing device CRISPR-Cas9 safer and more precise. “Any genetic disease, the CRISPR-Cas9 Read More »

Sep 24, 2019

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National expert cites benefits of medical cannabis in lecture seriesBy Kerry Gunnels The growing interest in the use of cannabis for medical purposes is the result of a demand by patients for treatment options, a national expert on pain medicine says. “This is the result of a grassroots movement – sorry for the pun, but it’s true,” said Michael K. Moskowitz, MD, MPH, who Read More »

Sep 20, 2019

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Ophthalmic clinic opens in Health Pavilion to provide diabetic eye careBy Jan Jarvis Zainulabedin Hashem walked out of the ophthalmic clinic with a new prescription and a sense of relief that his diabetes had not damaged his vision. “I have had diabetes for 30 years and it affects my vision,” he said. The North Richland Hills diabetic is among the first patients to receive care Read More »

Sep 20, 2019