July 17, 2009
  In theNews


Protecting the brain after trauma
Research by James Simpkins, PhD, chair of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, has moved into a clinical trial phase in Dallas through a partnership with Parkland Hospital. Simpkins learned low doses of estrogen can dramatically decrease damage to the brain following traumatic injury. A press release sent by the media relations division of the Marketing and Communications Department about his findings was published in 92 news outlets across the country, including Reuters, AOL News, LATimes.com and CNBC. The Star-Telegram also ran a front-page version of the story about the trials. 

Music & Medicine
The media relations division also sent “Music & Medicine,” published in the Spring 2009 North Texas Health & Science, as a press release, resulting in 201 news outlets using the story, including Yahoo!, Reuters, the Entertainer’s Resource Directory, along with several business publications and TV and radio stations.

A drug for stage fright?
Bernard Rubin, DO, division chair of Rheumatology, was quoted by the Dallas Morning News in an article about whether beta blockers are beneficial to performers suffering from stage fright. Rubin said a little time and forethought can help ease those performance-induced jitters.

The state of Texas women’s health
Star-Telegram columnist Steve Jacob, (SPH ’08), quoted Kathryn Cardarelli, PhD, MPH (SPH ’99), director of the Center for Community Health, in his column about Texas women being charged as much as 50 percent more for health insurance than men, though they earn 64 cents to each dollar earned by white men in the state.

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