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Business and Community | 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.

Soumya Upadhyay, poses in front of UNLV banners on campus.
People | March 11, 2019

After nearly losing her life in a car accident and being told she wouldn’t walk again, the public health professor is beating insurmountable odds and thriving at UNLV.

Research | March 7, 2019

UNLV study provides an in-depth look at new fathers’ experiences with PPD.

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.

An silhouette image of a mother pushing her child in a stroller.
Business and Community | February 22, 2019

UNLV nurse practitioner offers expertise after national task force releases new recommendation.

Research | February 20, 2019

Discount stores offer a good option to both low-income and budget shoppers, UNLV research finds.

Health Sciences In The News

New Zealand Herald
July 19, 2019

Dr Samantha Coogan, president of the Nevada Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a researcher at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, explains the effects of quitting the sweet stuff.

Sputnik France
July 19, 2019

The condition of the hair, skin and nails and even the quality of sleep can improve if sugar is removed. Samantha Coogan, director of the nutrition and dietetics program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, explained the influence of stopping sweets on the body.

Classic105
July 19, 2019

A dietitian has revealed how cutting out sugar, which can cause a drug-like addiction, could boost your health and performance in the gym and at work.

Daily Mail
July 18, 2019

Dietitian explains sweet foods cause drug-like addiction and quitting could give you healthier skin and boost your performance in the gym and at work.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 24, 2019

Juicing has become a $3.4 billion dollar industry in this country, according to Forbes Magazine, a trend that has resulted in a dozen juice-centric retail shops in and around Pittsburgh.

KSNV-TV: News 3
April 5, 2019

Experts at UNLV carefully track pollen counts every day of the year and some of their findings might surprise you.

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Recent Health Sciences Accomplishments

June 7, 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...
April 15, 2019
Jennifer R. Pharr (Environmental and Occupational Health) recently co-authored an article titled "Accessibility and Accommodations for Patients with Mobility Disabilities in a Large Healthcare System: How are we doing?"  The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accessibility of and accommodations for patients with mobility disabilities in...
January 10, 2019
Jeremy Meronuck (Health Sciences) received the UNLV Outstanding New Advisor award from the Academic Advising Leadership Team within the office of the vice provost for undergraduate education. The award acknowledges demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students for recipients who have served as an advisor for no...
January 8, 2019
Melaney Jones (Health Sciences) has been named recipient of the Excellence in Advising – Advising Administrator award from Region 9 of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. The accolade recognizes individuals who may provide direct academic advising services to students, but whose primary responsibility is as an administrator or...
November 1, 2018
Rachell Ekroos (Nursing) and colleague Lauren Traveller (Southern Utah University) presented preliminary data from the Forensic Nursing Representation in Online News Reports research project at the International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice. Through descriptive statistics and quantitative text analysis, the purpose of the...
November 1, 2018
Karl Kingsley and Joseph Cinelli (both Dental) published the manuscript "Assessment of Dental Pulp Stem Cell (DPSC) Biomarkers Following Induction with Bone Morphogenic Protein 2 (BMP-2)" in the Journal of Advances in Biology and Biotechnology with Erica Nguyen (UNLV undergraduate student).