September 21, 2007
  In The News


Sneezing? Itchy, watery eyes? Dr. John Fling, acting chair of pediatrics, knows why. He’s become a local media expert on ragweed and the other contributors to this fall’s allergy woes. Spring rains have brought an abundance of those allergen-producers to North Texas, and the effects may be felt for a couple of months to come. Dr. Fling was pictured and quoted in a Sept. 6 front-page Star-Telegram article explaining why this allergy season may be one of the worst in many years. He was also interviewed for a Sept. 18 story on KRLD radio and for a Sept. 18 story on Dallas’ NBC 5.


HSC partners in $34 million NIH grant
The Department of Family and Community Medicine’s new Primary Care Research Institute, directed by Dr. Roberto Cardarelli, is collaborating with UT Southwestern and seven other Texas institutions to revolutionize primary care by translating research into clinical care faster than ever before. The project, funded by a $34 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, received attention from Dallas’ ABC 8, the Dallas Morning News and the Texas Cable News Network.


New language of health care
A Dallas Morning News article examines the healthcare needs of the growing Hispanic population in North Texas and how local healthcare is changing to accommodate those needs. In the article, Dr. Bruce Dubin, TCOM’s associate dean of academic affairs, highlights the Health Science Center as the first U.S. medical school to include coursework that teaches students how to use community-based resources to help Hispanic patients. The article also appeared on, and eMaxHealth.


DOJ funds DNA
The Laboratory for Molecular Identification received a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to continue its work of identifying remains free of charge for law enforcement agencies across the nation. The grant was mentioned in the Dallas Business Journal, the Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee, the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the East Bay Business Times, among others.


Calipers or calculators?
What’s the best way to determine if someone is overweight – the standard Body Mass Index or other methods of determining how much fat is on a person’s body? It could be both, according to Dr. Christopher Mann, assistant professor of family and community medicine and chief of sports medicine, in a Star-Telegram article examining the strengths and downfalls of each of the body measurement systems. The article also appeared on and the Orange County Register.


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