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Kim Phelan (pictured) and Regina Rogers are spearheading a mental health initiat

Civic, business, and community leaders and health care professionals, social workers, law enforcement officers, and educators all converged at Broussard’s Centre’ Thursday, March 9 for the announcement of a new mental health initiative being spearheaded by Gift of Life founder Regina Rogers and Kim Phelan. 

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Natalie Sfeir

Natalie Sfeir, a sophomore speech/language pathology major from Beaumont, envisions a future where people with dementia are no longer ostracized for their disease.

“My ultimate goal is to help prevent institutionalization of those with dementia. I want to play a role in providing a better life for them — a life where they can go about doing normal activities, a life where they can remain, to some degree, independent,” she said.

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A cross section (measured in centimeters) of a calcified nodule found in a skele

Eight hundred years ago, in a hardscrabble farming community on the outskirts of what was once one of the fabled cities of the ancient world, Troy, a 30-year-old woman was laid to rest in a stone-lined grave.

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A team of faculty, graduate and undergraduate researchers from LU has made significant progress toward developing digital technologies as an aid for hearing loss thanks to the funding from Lamar University’s Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (CICE).

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched a clinical trial of a vaccine candidate intended to prevent Zika virus infection.

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Fifty years to the day after a deadly sniper attack at The University of Texas (UT) shattered the midday calm of summer in 1966, an archived edition of the Texas Medical Association’s Texas Medicine magazine details the emergency medical response to the rampage.

“The afternoon and evening were a nightmare undreamed of that morning,” the article reads. “But when the worst was over, hospital and other medical officials expressed satisfaction with the way the tragedy had been handled from the medical standpoint.” 

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Nonmedical use of prescription opioids more than doubled among adults in the United States from 2001-02 to 2012-13, based on a new study from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Despite a redoubled effort by the embattled U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to resolve overwhelming backlogs in veterans’ medical care, and despite Texas physicians signing up to provide community care for veterans, men and women who served in the U.S. military still face care delays and problems, reports the Texas Medical Association (TMA).

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks to cancer researchers at the Association for Can

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has launched an online platform to enable the research community and the public to submit ideas on the National Cancer Moonshot effort. Submissions will be considered by a blue ribbon panel of scientific experts and patient advocates as they develop the scientific direction at NCI for the initiative.

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More seniors than ever are taking supplements alongside their prescribed medications, a practice that puts them at risk for dangerous drug interactions, researchers report.

More than 15 percent of older Americans took potentially life-threatening combinations of prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements in 2011, the study showed. That was almost a two-fold increase from 2005, when 8.4 percent of seniors did so.

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