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Health

Research Finds No Easy Answers to Use of Drug Screening for Pain Patients

Mon, 08 Feb 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: Doctors who treat patients suffering from chronic pain face a quandary, according to research from the University of Houston and the University of Texas Medical Branch. Monitoring patients through urine drug screenings, part of the standard protocol to ensure patient safety, is associated with an increase in the odds that the patients won’t return for future treatment.


Noted Genomics Researcher to Give 2016 Farfel Distinguished Lecture

Thu, 04 Feb 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: Genomics researcher J. Craig Venter will present the 2016 Farfel Distinguished Lecture Feb. 8, the latest in a series of world-renowned scientists, artists and thinkers to deliver the University of Houston’s most prestigious lectureship.


Hospital's Missed Ebola Diagnosis Calls for 'Organizational Mindfulness'

Thu, 28 Jan 2016

By Marisa Ramirez:: In 2014, a Texas hospital treated and released a man who later became the first Ebola victim diagnosed in the U.S. The Hobby Center for Public Policy’s “White Paper Series” examines those events in “The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Ebola Crisis: A Perfect Storm of Human Errors, System Failures and Lack of Mindfulness.”


Genomics Researcher to Give 2016 Farfel Distinguished Lecture

Mon, 25 Jan 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: Genomics researcher J. Craig Venter will present the 2016 Farfel Distinguished Lecture next month, the latest in a series of world-renowned scientists, artists and thinkers to deliver the University of Houston’s most prestigious lectureship.


UH Scientist Named to National Academy of Inventors

Tue, 15 Dec 2015

By Jeannie Kever:: A University of Houston scientist has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in recognition of her work in drug development.


Paula Myrick Short Named to Women’s Leadership Council

Tue, 08 Dec 2015

By None:: Paula Myrick Short, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Houston, has been named to the recently formed Texas Medical Center Women’s Leadership Council.


UH Optometrist Wins Distinguished Service Award in Eye Care

Tue, 08 Dec 2015

By Lisa Merkl:: UH College of Optometry’s Pat Segu, O.D., received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the Vision Care Section of the American Public Health Association for the continued high quality of service she has demonstrated in the area of public health eye and vision care.


Social Work, Social Media Connect for Critical Message

Mon, 30 Nov 2015

By Marisa Ramirez:: A new social media movement that began at the Graduate College of Social Work aims to connect domestic violence victims to critical assistance through an easily accessible product.


Searching for Answers in the Real World

Thu, 12 Nov 2015

By Jeannie Kever:: Researchers from the University of Houston have analyzed brain activity data collected from more than 400 people who viewed an exhibit at the Menil Collection, offering evidence that useable brain data can be collected outside of a controlled laboratory setting. They also reported the first real-world demonstration of what happens in the brain as people observe artwork.


UH Study Finds Teasing Kids About Weight is More than a Playground Joke

Tue, 10 Nov 2015

By Marisa Ramirez:: A new University of Houston study examined a practice that may seem like a harmless playground antic, but could have long-lasting and harmful effects to a young girl’s perception of herself and of food.


Undergrads Tackle Real-world Issues with Hands-on Research at UH

Mon, 19 Oct 2015

By Lisa Merkl:: Representing more than 11 academic colleges and mentored by faculty from a wide range of disciplines, more than 175 undergraduate students will present posters and oral projects at UH’s 11th annual Undergraduate Research Day Oct. 22.


UH Gets Faster Computational Power, Student Training Benefits

Fri, 09 Oct 2015

By Lisa Merkl:: A $950,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded to UH will fund a new high-performance computer equipped with accelerators, a new technology that promises to be the prevailing trend of the future.


New Prostate Cancer Treatments Could Target Metabolism

Tue, 29 Sep 2015

By Lisa Merkl:: A UH researcher and his team were awarded nearly $2.3 million in funding from the NIH’s National Cancer Institute to find a more effective treatment for prostate cancer. The standard treatment methods in the advanced stage of the disease lose effectiveness after about one to two years.


'SMART Cougars Plus' Expands HIV, HCV Testing for Students

Wed, 23 Sep 2015

By Marisa Ramirez:: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has awarded the Graduate College of Social Work’s 'SMART Cougars' program a $900,000 grant to work with minority youth at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.


UH Researchers Create Fatigue-free, Stretchable Conductor

Tue, 22 Sep 2015

By Jeannie Kever:: Researchers have discovered a new stretchable, transparent conductor that can be folded or stretched and released at least 10,000 times without showing signs of fatigue, a crucial step in creating a new generation of foldable electronics – think a flat-screen television that can be rolled up for easy portability – and implantable medical devices.


UH Research Offers Clues about Why People End Therapy

Fri, 18 Sep 2015

By Jeannie Kever:: Researchers long have known many people end cognitive behavioral therapy before the recommended course of treatment has ended, but why that happens has remained something of a mystery. New research from the University of Houston suggests some answers.


UH Biomedical, Petroleum Engineering Programs Earn Accreditation

Fri, 04 Sep 2015

By Jeannie Kever:: The University of Houston’s petroleum engineering and biomedical engineering programs – the two newest for the Cullen College of Engineering – have been accredited by the Accrediting Board for Engineering Technology, which focuses on college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.


Promising Target for New Drugs Found in Pancreatic Cancer Cells

Mon, 24 Aug 2015

By Lisa Merkl:: UH researchers are on a mission to develop drugs to defeat pancreatic cancer. If successful, these drugs would allow physicians to prolong patient survival and, possibly, even eradicate this deadliest of cancers.


Smartphones, Hormones and Brain Drain: Time to Go Back to School

Thu, 13 Aug 2015

By Marisa Ramirez:: The countdown is on to a new school year. UH has experts to navigate and survive going back to school.