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School of Integrated Health Sciences News

The School of Integrated Health Sciences prepares students for entry-level health-related positions and further graduate or professional studies with classroom instruction, laboratory/clinical practice, research, and mentoring.

Current Integrated Health Sciences News

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Research | May 25, 2023

Annual review of current Alzheimer’s clinical trials reveals trends in design, therapies, outcomes, and funding surrounding work to develop new treatments.

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Research | May 11, 2023

UNLV study pinpoints 10 bacterial groups associated with Alzheimer’s disease, provides new insights into the relationship between gut makeup and dementia.

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Campus News | May 8, 2023

The 34-student cohort hopes to make immediate impact in patients’ lives and the profession in Las Vegas.

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Campus News | April 21, 2023

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

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Campus News | April 21, 2023

 A UNLV occupational therapy student takes a unique approach for his capstone project.

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People | April 17, 2023

The senior academic advisor was a 'miserable,’ change-resistant first-year student. Now she’s helping students rise to their challenges.

Integrated Health Sciences In The News

Psychology Today
May 25, 2023

According to the World Health Organization, Alzheimer's is one of our most debilitating diseases. It effectively erases who you are, insinuating itself at first with annoyance, then anger, then fright, and finally silence. It can take 20 years to play out, exhausting caregivers, family, and friends.

The Health Standard Newswire
May 24, 2023

New research is showing that an abundance of certain specific types of gut bacteria could be associated with the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease.

May 16, 2023

The World Health Organization recommends against using sugar substitutes to help with weight loss, or to reduce the risk of diet-related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

Trial Site News
May 14, 2023

A growing body of evidence suggests that an imbalance of the human gut microbiome is associated with the development of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease (AD) via neuroinflammatory processes across the gut-brain axis. Now, researchers at the University of Las Vegas have identified 10 bacterial groups associated with Alzheimer’s disease, providing new insights into the relationship between the gut and dementia.

Asian News International
May 12, 2023

Specific types of gut bacteria and Alzheimer's disease are closely related.

Technology Networks
May 12, 2023

The UNLV team’s analysis found a significant correlation between 10 specific types of gut bacteria and the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Integrated Health Sciences Experts

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A national expert in mindfulness-based occupational therapy and mental health.
An expert in nutrition, food and ethnic issues, and dietetics.
An expert in wound care and pressure injuries.
An expert in physical performance for police, military, fire, and rescue personnel.
An international expert on neurodegenerative diseases and brain health.

Recent Integrated Health Sciences Accomplishments

May 26, 2023
Bryson Carrier (Integrated Health Sciences Ph.D. program), Macy Helm (Integrated Health Sciences Ph.D. program), Kyle Cruz (MS Kinesiology), and Brenna Barrios (MS Kinesiology) recently published an article titled, "Validation of Aerobic Capacity (VO2max) and Lactate Threshold in Wearable Technology for Athletic Populations," in the journal…
May 16, 2023
Arpita Basu, Ph.D., MPH, RD/LD (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), Lung-Chang Chien, Ph.D., (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and Leigh Ann Richardson (Public Health), along with colleagues recently published, "Longitudinal associations of healthy dietary pattern scores with coronary artery calcification and pericardial adiposity in US adults…
May 3, 2023
Arpita Basu, Ph.D., MPH, RD/LD (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) in collaboration with USF on a NIH study, recently published a research paper in the Public Health Nutrition journal titled, "Ultra-processed food consumption and obesity indicators in individuals with and without type 1 diabetes mellitus: A longitudinal analysis of the…
May 1, 2023
Elizabeth Lawrence (Sociology), Samantha John (Brain Health), and Tirth Bhatta (Sociology) published an article, "Urbanicity and Cognitive Functioning in Later Life," in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring.
April 28, 2023
Dawn Matusz, MS, NDTR, (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) was accepted into The Leadership Institute by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Leadership Institute is a comprehensive professional development program designed to help current and future leaders in nutrition, health and wellness develop leadership, communication and career…
April 26, 2023
Samantha Coogan, MS, RDN, LD, FAND (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) was named the 2023 Nevada Recognized Dietitian of the Year (RYDY) by the Nevada Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (NvAND). She won for her leadership in education, career guidance, and the profession, contributions to the Las Vegas community through educational…