May 1, 2009
  In theNews

Pot or not?
Vicki Nejtek, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, played devil’s advocate to NPR’s posit of whether or not marijuana should be legalized, and  the ripple effect of legalization. The “All Things Considered” piece aired April 20.

Business Press includes several Health Science Center items, quotes
President Scott Ransom’s latest monthly column appeared in April 27’s Fort Worth Business Press. The April 20 edition,quoted John Podgore, DO, professor of pediatrics, on the possible link between autism and childhood vaccines. The Health Care Briefs section also included items about the TCOM Class of 2012 Legacy Project tree planting on April 24 and the first NorTex Convocation of Practices on April 25.

Fewer calories may not mean a longer life
Michael Forster, PhD, professor of pharmacology and neuroscience, commented on the benefits of calorie restriction in an April 26 Fort Worth Star-Telegram story. While Dr. Forester did say calorie constriction is beneficial for several human ills, such as high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, it has not been proven to increase human mortality.

DNA lab continues identification work across the country
An Associated Press story, run in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, named the DNA lab as the identifying agency in the case of a body found in a shallow grave in Arkansas. The man was identified as Jon Fincher, who was a suspect in his mother’s murder. Additional stories about the case were included in the Hope (Ark.) Star, on KTHV and KLRT (both of Little Rock).

Additional stories involving DNA lab work were included in the Owensboro (Ky.) Messenger-Inquirer, the Wilmington (N.C.) Star News, WWAY TV, WTVW-TV, the Galveston County Daily News, and KFDM TV.
A presentation given by Bruce Budowle, PhD, executive director of the UNT Center for Human Identification, in Dubai, UAE, was the focus of an article in the Khaleej Times. The presentation outlined how important forensic science is to a strong biodefense program. The article also appeared on UNTHSC logo

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