Accomplishments: School of Integrated Health Sciences

July 9, 2020
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) led researchers Dustin Davis (Interdisciplinary Health Sciences), Rickelle Tallent, Anthony Salazar, and James Navalta (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), in publishing a clinical report on the role of dietary cocoa powder in reducing postprandial (after meal) levels of very low density lipoproteins and increasing levels of high density lipoprotein lipids in adults with type 2 diabetes given a high-fat breakfast. This is one of the few...
June 29, 2020
Kenneth Izuora, Amalie Alver, Chad Cross (all Medicine), Arpita Basu, Anthony Salazar (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), Antonina Capurro, Civon Gewelber, Shelley Williams, and Jeffrey Ebersole (all Dental) presented a poster, "Relationship between Plasma CRP and Fibrinogen Measured Using Dried Blood Samples and Vascular Complications in Type 2 Diabetes," at the American Diabetes Association 80th Scientific Sessions (virtual) this month. Alver and Salazar are students.
June 19, 2020
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy), Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) and former UNLV student co-authors recently published an article, "Financial difficulty in community-dwelling persons with lower limb loss is associated with reduced self-perceived health and well-being” in the journal Prosthetics and Orthotics International. The study interviewed 90 participants with limb loss and found the experience of financial difficulty negatively impacted physical and emotional...
June 19, 2020
Dr. Jeffrey Cummings (Brain Health) recently published an article outlining a novel method for determining whether Alzheimer’s drug treatments in clinical trials are ready to move on to the next phase. The paper, “Translational Scoring of Candidate Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease: A Systematic Approach,” was published in The Journal of Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorder.  With an estimated 99 percent of drugs in the development pipeline failing, Cummings outlines a semi-qualitative...
June 11, 2020
Ann M. Vuong (Environmental & Occupational Health) published an article on "Prenatal Exposure to a Mixture of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Child Reading Skills at School Age" in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. Prenatal exposure to persistent organic pollutants may affect child neurobehavior; however, exposures to mixtures of POPs have rarely been examined. The study revealed inverse associations between prenatal polybrominated diphenyl ethers...
May 19, 2020
Jason Avedesian and Janet Dufek (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), recently published two papers, "The Influence of Sport-Related Concussion on Lower Extremity Injury Risk: A Review of Current Return-to-Play Practices and Clinical Implications" and "Landing Biomechanics in Adolescent Athletes With and Without a History of Sports-Related Concussion" in the International Journal of Exericse Science and Journal of Applied Biomechanics. Their papers examined how sports-related concussion...
May 11, 2020
Dr. Jeffrey Cummings (Brain Health) recently published an article, “The Role of Clinical Trials in Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Development Programs," in the Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease. The somewhat provocative findings note that despite the trend toward prevention trials becoming more likely (in part because trials in later stages of the disease have failed) they lack many of the essential aspects of successful clinical trials including a well defined target, enough...
May 8, 2020
James Navalta, Kara N. Radzak, Graham R. McGinnis, Gabriela Guzman Ramirez, and Crystal Maxwell (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) recently published an article, "Validity and Reliability of Three Commercially Available Smart Sports Bras during Treadmill Walking and Running," in the journal Scientific Reports. This is the first literature published on the accuracy of heart rate in smart sports bras as wearable technology devices. Guzman and Maxwell are students.
May 7, 2020
John Mercer, Andrew Craig-Jones, and Daniel Denton (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) are co-authors, along with lead author Kenji Masumoto of Japan's Kyushu University, on a manuscript published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology. The manuscript is titled "The Effects of Stride Frequency Manipulation on Physiological and Perceptual Responses during Backward and Forward Running with Body Weight Support." Craig-Jones is a doctoral student. Denton is an undergraduate.
May 1, 2020
Jason Longhurst and co-authors Morgan Wise, Daniel Krist, Caitlin Moreland, Jon Basterrechea, and Merrill Landers (all Kinesiology and Physical Therapy) recently published an article, “Brain Volumes and Dual-task Performance Correlates Among Individuals with Cognitive Impairment: A Retrospective Analysis,” which will be published soon in the Journal of Neural Transmission. The authors examined medical records of 65 patients with memory loss who had received physical therapy to determine if...
April 29, 2020
Dharini Bhammar (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), Danielle Strozza (Medicine), and co-authors recently published a paper, “Pitfalls in Expiratory Flow Limitation Assessment at Peak Exercise in Children: Role of Thoracic Gas Compression,” in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.  The article investigated the effects of thoracic gas compression on assessment of expiratory flow limitation at peak exercise in children with and without obesity.  The findings show that when...
April 29, 2020
Dr. Jeffery Cummings (Brain Health) and other members of a joint European Union/United States Task Force recently published, “Non-Amyloid Approaches to Disease Modification for Alzheimer’s Disease” in the Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease. In recognition of the complexity of the disease, the task force acknowledges it may require multiple agents and may need to start in early disease stage before pathology becomes irreversible. Several alternative approaches may include: tau-...