June 6, 2008
  In The News


Foundation grants strengthen cancer research
Several projects and programs at the Health Science Center received grant money from the Cancer Research Foundation of North Texas, according to the Star-Telegram. We received $30,000 to establish the Cancer Research Foundation of North Texas Fellows Program, which will fund three student researchers.  Dr. Stephen Mathew, research assistant professor of Molecular Biology and Immunology, Dr. Fang Fang Zhang, assistant professor of Epidemiology, Dr. Paul Bowman, chair of pediatrics, and Dr. Porunelloor Mathew, associate professor of Molecular Biology and Immunology, received $10,000 for a project that examines molecular pathways found in childhood leukemia and how it differs in ethnic groups.  The HSC received $15,000 in support of Dr. Sharad Singhal, associate professor of Molecular Biology and Immunology’s, research which focuses on membrane transport mechanisms -- how water and other small molecules cross into or out of cells -- and how they affect drug resistance in malignancies.  And Dr. Sushma Yadav, assistant professor of Molecular Biology and Immunology, received a $10,000 grant for her continuing research into the role certain proteins play in the death of cancer cells.

Is the ‘boost’ worth the risk?
Need a little extra energy to get through the day? Those “health drinks with a ‘kick’” may not be as beneficial as you think. Dr. Damon Schranz, medical director at Central Family Medicine Clinic, was quoted in a Star-Telegram article about these drinks. Do they really give your energy the kick in the pants it needs, or is it all about high-profile hype? The same article also appeared on Apria Healthcare Online, RedOrbit, and in the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Sun News.

It may be even worse for the children
Dr. Anne Christian, assistant professor of pediatrics, was also quoted in a Star-Telegram Bud Kennedy editorial about whether or not schools should sell these high-powered “health” drinks to kids who usually “don’t know what they’re taking,” according to Dr. Christian.

More Life Festival focuses on AIDS inequities
A Star-Telegram article about the More Life Festival, designed to increase AIDS education, quoted the School of Public Health’s Raquel Qualls-Hampton. She said that in the U.S. in 2005, though about 13 percent of the U.S. population was African American, 49 percent of reported AIDS cases that year were from that demographic.

DNA Lab continues nationwide missing persons work
The DNA lab was named in several stories from the Austin area recently as the lab that will test human remains found in a shoe beside Lake Travis. Detectives in the case believe the shoe and its contained remains belong to the same person whose other foot was found in the same area several months ago. Law enforcement on the case have said they do not believe the remains are the result of foul play, but rather someone who was lost in the lake last year. The story appeared on KXAN News 36, KTBC Fox 7 News, the Austin-American Statesman, KVCT News and KNVA-TV. The lab was also mentioned in a Yakima (Washington) Herald story about a missing man whose parents submitted reference samples in hopes of finding their son.

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