November 02, 2007
  In The News


What is a physician assistant?
The Physician Assistant Studies Program was featured on the front page of the Oct. 8 Fort Worth Business Press. The article featured Patti Pagels, clinical education coordinator and assistant professor in physician assistant studies, and PA students Vanessa Stevens, America McGuffee and Mike Isenberg. A photo of Heather Schulze, Isenberg and McGuffee accompanied the article.

Are we ready for an “age tsunami?”
Dr. Janice Knebl predicted an “age tsunami” in the Oct. 16 Business Press. The first osteopathic physician to be named an endowed chair in geriatrics in the nation, Dr. Knebl said as baby boomers age, more and more medical practitioners specializing in geriatrics and Alzheimer’s will be needed to care for this aging population, who are more educated and affluent than previous generations were in their golden years.

Alzheimer’s detection may be close
The Business Press also featured the third of the Health Science Center’s Distinguished Speaker Series events in its Oct. 22 edition. The article summarized Dr. Steven DeKosky’s presentation, which examined the history of Alzheimer’s disease, advances made in identifying the disease, and what the future may hold in terms of detection and treatment.

Ask a Doctor
UNT Health physicians have become regular contributors to the Star-Telegram’s “Ask a doctor” column. Dr. Clifton Cage’s Oct. 22 contribution about the pros and cons of smoking cessation options marked the third week in a row our physicians have served as the voice of authority in health questions submitted to the paper by readers.

Price of Medical Examiner’s new building skyrockets
The Star-Telegram also noted in an Oct. 11 story that the price of building a new Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has skyrocketed since last year’s bond election. The office’s changes could include a move to the Health Science Center campus. "If we are talking about a world-class facility, we need to talk about the medical examiner and the Health Science Center on the same campus; otherwise we are fooling ourselves if we think we are going to compete," President Scott Ransom said in the article.

Kobs receives Gold-headed Cane

That edition also included a separate story about Dr. Tracy Kobs, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, who received the Tarrant County Medical Society’s prestigious Gold-headed Cane Award. Dr. Kobs announced his retirement from practice, but said he plans to continue to educate future physicians.

DNA lab gets East Coast coverage
The DNA Lab was mentioned in a number of articles appearing in the Dallas Morning News, the Hartford Courant (Conn.) and the Allentown Call (Penn.), among others. Article subjects included the lab’s role in identifying human remains found along the U.S.-Mexico border, the importance of family reference samples in the lab’s work, and the lab’s role in the identification of a “Beth Doe,” whose dismembered body was found in 1976.


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