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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 | September 12, 2019

UNLV researchers offer a new treatment option for age-related gum disease.

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Research | July 17, 2019

How does the body react when you nix sugar from your diet? UNLV nutritionist Samantha Coogan shares a winning solution for withdrawal symptoms, and what to expect when they’re over.

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Campus News | June 27, 2019

Formerly called School of Allied Health Sciences, the renamed unit has also launched new department of brain health.

Professor Jennifer Nash poses in front of physical therapy students performing an exam.
People | March 25, 2019

Physical therapy became her career of choice because of the opportunity to help people rediscover fun in their lives, and – most importantly – a work-life balance.

Campus News | March 4, 2019

Packing your lunch doesn’t have to stop once you grow up. UNLV nutritionist offers tips on how to pack a healthy, affordable midday meal.

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Research | December 26, 2018

In 2018, faculty and students collaborated with one another and international colleagues on scientific exploration that sought to help people make sense of themselves and the world around them.

Integrated Health Sciences In The News

Prevention Magazine
September 19, 2019

Some dairy is simply delicious. Who can deny that a cup of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is heaven, or fresh mozzarella melted across a pizza? But for many Americans—about 65 percent of them, to be exact—dairy is the stuff that food nightmares—not dreams—are made of. Here's everything you need to know about lactose intolerance and how giving up dairy can affect your body.

Deer Park Tribune
September 17, 2019

Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, a world-renowned Alzheimer's researcher and leader in clinical trials, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Melvin R. Goodes Prize for Excellence in Alzheimer's Drug Discovery. The prize, awarded by the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), recognizes leading researchers developing treatments for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

HealthCentral
September 9, 2019

While medications treat symptoms of ADHD, researchers are always evaluating non-medication strategies, such as psychotherapy, and complementary health approaches like meditation. We asked the experts to weigh in on these tools and others.

Las Vegas Sun
August 22, 2019

Lauren Shipton wanted something other than a career as a professional dancer on the Strip. With a passion for caretaking and physiology, nursing seemed like the ideal fit.

WTIP The Roadhouse
August 20, 2019

Every season offers opportunities to indulge in sweet treats. But what if you’re trying to get healthy by shutting down the sugar in your diet? Dave spoke with Samantha Coogan, an expert in nutrition and dietetics at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, to learn more about the effects of sugar on the body.

NeurologyLive
August 19, 2019

An expert panel reviews the causes of Alzheimer disease, as well as strategies used to detect mild cases and cognitive impairment.

Integrated Health Sciences Experts

An expert in human body movement, the physics of sports, and running.
An expert in wound care and pressure injuries.
An expert in child psychology and trauma, ADHD, and chronic diseases in children such as sickle cell.
An expert in biomechanics
An expert on the effects of violence.
An expert in how the neurological system adapts following injury or disease.

Recent Integrated Health Sciences Accomplishments

July 22, 2019
Jefferson Kinney (Integrated Health Sciences) and James Hyman (Psychology) received a $601,576 grant from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health for the research project "Aging and Hyperglycemia Alter Molecular Mechanisms and Hippocampal Oscillations Consistent with Alzheimer's Disease."
June 28, 2019
Julia Freedman Silvernail, John Mercer, James Navalta, Richard Tandy (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and Jennifer Pharr (Environmental and Occupational Health), along with Kristyne Wiegand, '19 PhD Kinesiology, co-authored “Running Status and History: A Self-Report Study," which appeared in the online version of Physical Therapy in Sport...
June 26, 2019
Jennifer R. Pharr (Environmental and Occupational Health), Nancy L. Lough (Educational Psychology and Higher Education), and Mary Angela Terencio (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) published an article titled "Health and Sociodemographic Differences between Individual and Team Sport Participants" in the journal Sports. The purpose of the study...
June 24, 2019
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) co-authored a paper on the role of haptoglobin (Hp) phenotype in predicting risks of preeclampsia in women with Type 1 diabetes. Preeclampsia, a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, is increased manifold in women with diabetes. Causes still remain unclear. The reported data show women with  Hp 2-2...
June 20, 2019
Janet Dufek (Integrated Health Sciences), along with Mohamed Trabia (Engineering) and Jessica DeBerardinis (Mechanical Engineering) co-authored “A Viscoelastic Ellipsoidal Model of the Mechanics of Plantar Tissues,” which appeared May 30 in the online version of the Journal of Biomechanics. The study evaluated geometric and material variables of a...
June 19, 2019
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology & Nutrition Sciences) was the lead author on a paper published in the Journal of Lipid Research. The report includes data from 30 years of follow-up from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases-funded Diabetes Control and Complications Trial and the Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions...