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Current Health Sciences News

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Campus News | December 2, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

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Campus News | November 1, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

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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.

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.

Health Sciences In The News

Openfit
January 16, 2020

If you find yourself dragging during your exercise routine, a pre-workout caffeine supplement could be just the thing to give you a boost of focus and energy.

Authority Magazine
November 25, 2019

Since my research is focused on biomechanics and physiology of sports, I have had many unique opportunities related to sports.

DailyHeralds
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.

DailyNurse
August 15, 2019

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) has been named a National Center of Excellence for Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (NLN) in recognition of their educational excellence and visionary leadership. The university was one of 10 programs nationwide to be named a Center of Excellence by the NLN, the leading professional organization for nurse educators.

Optimal Living Daily
August 6, 2019

Dr. Neal Malik reads the latest health and fitness blogs to help optimize your life. Today, Samantha Coogan — director of UNLV's Didactic Program in Nutrition & Dietetics and president of the Nevada Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics — explains how putting a halt on sweet treats affects the body.

News Channel 5 Nashville
July 31, 2019

Two weeks ago a massive heat wave struck two-thirds of the United States. It was hot enough to bake biscuits in Nebraska , cancel a triathlon in New York and knock out the power in Wisconsin. The pavement also probably burned a few people — and probably much worse than you might think.

Health Sciences Experts

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An expert in medical anthropology, health, disease, and maternal nutrition. 
Dr. Barbara Atkinson is an accomplished researcher, teacher and administrator in the fields of medicine and medical education. 
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Recent Health Sciences Accomplishments

August 7, 2019
Kimberly Tomas and Soumya Upadhyay (Health Care Administration & Policy) presented at the 2019 Academy Health annual research meeting in Washington, D.C., in June. Their poster presentations were titled:  The Impact of Patient-Provider Communication and Electronic Cigarette Harmfulness: the Role of Race/Ethnicity Hospital Cultural...
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...