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Audiology researchers say hearing aids can improve cognitive performance, emotional state in users

Audiology researchers say hearing aids can improve cognitive performance, emotional state in users

The preliminary results from a multi-year study funded by the Hearing Aid Industry Research Consortium show data-backed benefits of hearing aid use.

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UNT researcher expanding knowledge of women’s maternal health

UNT researcher expanding knowledge of women’s maternal health

Julia Heck’s research sheds light on the effects of environmental toxins and genetic conditions on maternal and child health.

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UNT earns USDA grant to foster future leaders in food and fiber

UNT earns USDA grant to foster future leaders in food and fiber

With support from the USDA grant, the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism will create an array of new academic offerings, events and research experiences to prepare future transformational leaders.

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Nearly $3M in U.S. NIH funding will boost UNT health-related research

Nearly $3M in U.S. NIH funding will boost UNT health-related research

Researchers in UNT's Department of Biomedical Engineering will bring new understanding to some of the world’s biggest health challenges — from cancer to dementia and epilepsy.

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Counseling professors working to close gap in school-based mental health care with $3.8M grant

Counseling professors working to close gap in school-based mental health care with $3.8M grant

Matthew Lemberger-Truelove, Peggy Ceballos and Dan Li in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education are looking to make systemic change with support from a $3.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education

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National Science Foundation recognizes biomedical engineering professor with CAREER award

National Science Foundation recognizes biomedical engineering professor with CAREER award

Melanie Ecker will use the $553,036 award given through the NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program to further her research on using smart polymers for biomedical applications.

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UNT audiology research provides evidence that led to expanded Medicare coverage for cochlear implants

UNT audiology research provides evidence that led to expanded Medicare coverage for cochlear implants

UNT's Sharon Miller was part of a team of researchers whose work led to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updating their cochlear implant candidacy criteria.

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Researchers earn $1.4M Keck Foundation grant to study greenhouse production of fungal-derived medicines

Researchers earn $1.4M Keck Foundation grant to study greenhouse production of fungal-derived medicines

This first-of-its-kind study will establish a new concept for producing valuable fungal products and may ultimately lead to medicines that can be delivered in plant seeds, eliminating downstream processing.

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UNT study will explore hearing aid adoption and performance in adults

UNT study will explore hearing aid adoption and performance in adults

Researchers in the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology are exploring how factors such as emotions, psychological well-being, social relationships and stress impact whether adults continue to use hearing aids once they're purchased.

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First FDA-approved Breathalyzer Test for COVID

First FDA-approved Breathalyzer Test for COVID

UNT receives first FDA approval on intellectual property for technology by chemistry professor Guido Verbeck.

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Researchers Working to Connect North Texans Impacted by Aphasia with Expanded Support

Researchers Working to Connect North Texans Impacted by Aphasia with Expanded Support

A group of University of North Texas researchers is working to expand support for North Texas residents living with aphasia and their families, friends and care partners.

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Understanding Disease

Understanding Disease

A possible malaria outbreak in birds in Chile could lead to a better understanding of the impact global warming has on disease transmission, according to Andrew Gregory, assistant professor of biological sciences.

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Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement

Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement

A new $2 million grant aimed at increasing participation and diversity in Ph.D. science and engineering programs focusing on research relevant to human health will be put into action at UNT this fall. G-RISE, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, will develop a diverse pool of Ph.D. students for careers in the biomedical research fields at UNT.

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Examining How Cloth Masks Affect Exercise

Examining How Cloth Masks Affect Exercise

Exercising while wearing a cloth mask may lead to more work, heavier breathing and faster fatigue, according to a joint study between UNT and Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research at The Star in Frisco.

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Exploring Racial and Ethnic Equity in Health and Society

Exploring Racial and Ethnic Equity in Health and Society

At UNT’s Center for Racial and Ethnic Equity in Health and Society more than 40 UNT faculty members are addressing inequities in how people in Texas live, work, learn and interact socially.

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Curbing Obesity in Minority Children

Curbing Obesity in Minority Children

Tao Zhang and Jean Keller, faculty members in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, are exploring whether a physical activity promotion program — administered through Head Start and by parents at home — can improve health outcomes for preschoolers from underserved communities.

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Modeling Hyperglycemia

Modeling Hyperglycemia

Pamela Padilla, associate vice president of research and innovation, and three of her Ph.D. students are using the C. elegans genetic model system to study how genes function in hyperglycemia, a leading indicator of Type 2 diabetes. Rajeev Azad, associate professor of mathematics, also is a collaborator on the project and is using computational tools to analyze the resulting large data sets.

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Reducing Disparities in Special Education

Reducing Disparities in Special Education

Brenda Barrio, associate professor of special education, in collaboration with Susan Nichols, interim executive director of UNT’s Kristin Farmer Autism Center, are researching the disparities in diagnoses and treatment of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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Hospital Acquired MRSA Infection Study

Hospital Acquired MRSA Infection Study

Professors from UNT and the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth recently published a study of more than 300 hospitals across the U.S. that showed patients were dramatically less likely to be infected with hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in hospitals with more private patient rooms.

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