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Division of Health Sciences News

Comprised of the schools of Integrated Health Sciences, Community Health Sciences, Dental Medicine, and Nursing, the Division of Health Sciences is developing academic, research, and community service programs to meet the health care needs of our constantly growing region.

Current Health Sciences News

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Business and Community | December 31, 2020

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.

woman in mask outside an medical exam room
Campus News | December 9, 2020

Actors help UNLV's School of Nursing students sharpen skills and improve their patient interactions.

steaming pieces of bacon
Campus News | October 13, 2020

University Libraries helps consumers navigate the confusing world of health care news.

People | October 8, 2020

Master's student Carissa Hernandez is dedicated to her second career as a nurse educator.

People | September 18, 2020

School of Dental Medicine Alumna of the Year Dr. Brandi Dupont pursued a career in oral health to help better serve those in need.

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Business and Community | September 18, 2020

For nearly 20 years, UNLV Dental Medicine professor Christina Demopoulos has helped Southern Nevada children improve their dental health.

Health Sciences In The News

WebMd
December 30, 2020

Editor's Note: This article is part of a series in partnership with the All of Us Research Program, which collects and studies health data to help scientists identify health trends. More than 80% of participants are from groups that have been historically underrepresented in research.

Mail & Guardian: Thought Leader
December 16, 2020

Some call it sauce. Others call it “that thing”. Call it what you like but South Africans have it in bucketloads. It is that je ne sais quoi to take even the crudest of behaviours to new levels.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
October 21, 2020

Race does play a role in health care.

EurekAlert!
July 17, 2020

Dr. Jeffrey L. Cummings, UNLV research professor and a leading expert on Alzheimer's disease clinical trials, led a five-year review of all Alzheimer's drugs in the development pipeline. He says today there is more hope than ever that we'll one day solve Alzheimer's.

Saintifia
July 16, 2020

Not all drivers stop once they see a pedestrian waiting to cross: Of the 461 cars examined by researchers, only 28 percent succumbed. One factor such as car prices is a significant predictor of whether drivers will budge, with the possibility of stopping being reduced by 3 percent per $ 1,000 increase in car prices. The researchers estimate the price of each car using the price category of the Kelley Blue Book.

Newswise
April 27, 2020

The updates have become as commonplace as checking the weather app on your phone each morning.

Health Sciences Experts

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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

January 8, 2021
Manoj Sharma (Environmental & Occupational Health) and Kavita Batra (School of Medicine) published the article "Explaining handwashing behavior in a sample of college students during COVID-19 pandemic using the multi-theory model (MTM) of health behavior change: A single institutional cross-sectional survey" in collaboration with Robert Davis...
November 13, 2020
Chad L. Cross (Environmental & Occupational Health) and Brianna Rivera (Epidemiology & Biostatistics) presented their research "Using hospital discharge records for characterizing patients and analyzing trends in West Nile virus cases in Nevada for 2013-2017" at the 2020 Annual Conference of the Entomological Society of America held...
November 5, 2020
Dr. Tanya Al-Talib (Dental) earned diplomate status from the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM), which designates her as having the technical skill, in-­depth knowledge, and professional judgment in providing oral appliance therapy to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. The ABDSM credential is widely recognized as the gold...
November 5, 2020
Dr. Marcia Ditmyer (Dental) co-authored two articles: “American College of Rheumatology Workforce Study and Demand Projections of Pediatric Rheumatology Workforce, 2015-2030,” which appeared ahead of print in Arthritis Care & Research; and “Modeling the Hepatology Workforce in the United States: A Predicted Critical Shortage,” which appeared...
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...