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The University of Houston System is a member of the Texas Medical Center (TMC), the largest medical center in the world.


Halting Nearsightedness Epidemic Goal of UH Vision Scientist

Fri, 10 Mar 2017

By Lisa Merkl:: Funded by a $1.9 million grant from the NIH’s National Eye Institute, UH College of Optometry’s Earl Smith is looking at how certain aspects of indoor lighting affect eye growth and testing a new pharmaceutical agent that has shown promise in slowing the development of myopia.

New Study: Magical Two-Hour Marathon Mark Can Be Broken Now

Thu, 09 Mar 2017

By None:: Breaking the two-hour marathon mark is a magical, athletic milestone that has fascinated the running world for years but has never been accomplished. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Houston and the University of Colorado Boulder has laid out a series of mathematical calculations showing about four and a half minutes could be shaved off the current world record by using lighter shoes, a collaborative drafting strategy and ideal course.

UH College of Nursing Reaches its Number-one Strategic Goal Ahead of Schedule

Wed, 08 Mar 2017

By Lisa Merkl:: In just over a year since its move to the University of Houston System’s flagship university, UH’s nursing school has reached its number-one strategic goal on its ambitious timeline. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board acknowledged the completion of criteria for reclassifying the school, which officially became the UH College of Nursing March 2.

MRI-Powered Mini-Robots Could Offer Targeted Treatment

Tue, 07 Mar 2017

By Jeannie Kever:: Invasive surgical techniques allow physicians to effectively treat disease but can lead to sometimes serious complications and dramatically slow healing for the patient. Scientists instead want to deploy dozens, or even thousands of tiny robots to travel the body’s venous system as they deliver drugs or a self-assembled interventional tool.

Intervention Helping New Moms Battle Postpartum Depression

Tue, 28 Feb 2017

By Chris Stipes:: A University of Houston researcher from the Graduate College of Social Work has developed a home-based postpartum depression intervention specifically for low-income moms and it’s already been used to help Houston-area women cope.

Eye Expo Connects Visually Impaired with Resources to Maintain Independence

Thu, 16 Feb 2017

By Lisa Merkl:: A vision expo Saturday, March 4 at the UH College of Optometry will offer exhibits, programming and workshops for Houston’s visually impaired community on maintaining independence. The event is open to the public and will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building. This is the sixth year UH is hosting the Houston Area Insight Expo, which is sponsored by the Houston Area Visually Impaired Network.

Give the Gift of Health This Holiday Season

Thu, 22 Dec 2016

By None:: Amid the holiday festivities, families can sneak in healthy activities without missing the fun, says Norma Olvera, a University of Houston College of Education professor who specializes in health education.

UH Team Wins $50,000 to Learn How to Start Innovative Food Safety Business

Mon, 28 Nov 2016

By None:: A team from the UH Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management is working to bring innovative smartphone/tablet based food safety training tools to full commercialization.

People Power: Technology Allows Smartphone-based Water Testing

Tue, 08 Nov 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: Ever wondered what’s in the neighborhood pond? Technology developed by researchers at the University of Houston will allow you to test for waterborne pathogens by using your smartphone.

University of Houston Launches Institute to Address Health Disparities

Tue, 27 Sep 2016

By Lisa Merkl:: With a mission to improve public health, the University of Houston’s new HEALTH Research Institute will focus on making improvements within communities that bear a disproportionate burden of disease and who are oftentimes disenfranchised, marginalized or underserved.

Researchers Report Invention of Glucose-Sensing Contact Lens

Tue, 27 Sep 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: Blood testing is the standard option for checking glucose levels, but a new technology could allow non-invasive testing via a contact lens that samples glucose levels in tears.

UH Startup Earns Commercialization Grant for New Technology

Thu, 22 Sep 2016

By None:: GuidaBot, LLC, a joint venture between the University of Houston and Fannin Innovation Studio, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and commercialize a robotic manipulator designed to work within the powerful magnetic field of an MRI machine.

UH Releases 2016-17 National Commercial: ‘This Is Innovation’

Fri, 02 Sep 2016

By Shawn Lindsey

New Surgical Option for Breast Cancer Comes to the U.S.

Tue, 23 Aug 2016

By Lisa Merkl:: Breast cancer patients in the U.S. will have a new surgical option for cancer detection thanks to a new device co-invented by a UH scientist. The Sentimag magnetic surgical guidance probe, which now has FDA approval and a distribution deal, will be used to locate early stage tumors that cannot yet be felt.

UH Biomedical Engineer Pursues Nerve Regeneration

Mon, 15 Aug 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: A biomedical engineer from the University of Houston will use a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to determine how best to spur nerve regeneration in the nervous system.

Researchers Find Sex Worker Outreach Linked with Better Health Outcomes

Wed, 10 Aug 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: Sex workers were more likely to regularly visit health clinics for testing and treatment of HIV, AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections after being approached by a peer outreach worker, according to research from the University of Houston.

UH Researchers are Pioneering Tools for Heart Regeneration

Mon, 08 Aug 2016

By Lisa Merkl:: Supported by grants from the American Heart Association, UH biologists have uncovered new regulators of heart formation that are easier to deliver into human bodies, and thus have a shorter path to clinical use. Their findings are published in the Aug. 8 early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers Propose New Treatment to Prevent Kidney Stones

Mon, 08 Aug 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: Researchers have found evidence that a natural fruit extract is capable of dissolving the most common component of human kidney stones, potentially the first advance in the treatment of calcium oxalate stones in 30 years.

Adolescent Depression in Girls Offset by Presence of 'Boomerang Fathers'

Tue, 02 Aug 2016

By Marisa Ramirez:: A study of the impact of “boomerang fathers” — those who cycle in and out of their children’s lives — found they provide a type of stability in a daughter’s life that staves off her depressive symptoms.