5:06 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Nutrition's Role in Cancer Prevention

Five researchers from Nebraska and Oklahoma will study the role of nutrition in cancer prevention.  The researchers each received a $50,000 seed grant to conduct their research over a one year period. 

Grants were awarded through a collaborative project between the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition in Omaha and the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City.  

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8:27 am
Tue March 13, 2012

School-based health center opens at Omaha's Northwest High School

Northwest High School
photo courtesy OPS

A seventh school-based health center is now open in Omaha Public School.

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1:06 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Study finds workforce discrimination prevalent in LGBT community

Researchers at UNMC’s College of Public Health released an initial community report last June on issues surrounding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals. 

Dr. Christopher Fisher is an Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health. He says the goal of the study was to examine the physical, mental, social and sexual health of the LGBT community.  

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1:47 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

UNMC breast cancer researcher pushes science forward with his research

Researchers at UNMC are making strides in dealing with Her2. 

Dr. Kay Wagner says Her2 is an aggressive type of breast cancer.  He says there are several subsets and that each case must be treated differently. 

Dr. Wagner says in previous studies, it was thought that by inhibiting a certain protein called Cyclin D1, the growth of breast cancer cells could be stopped or slowed.  But he says his research indicated the opposite was true.

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5:06 am
Mon February 13, 2012

American Red Cross to Host Mass Care Boot Camp

The American Red Cross of Nebraska/Southwest Iowa is holding a Mass Care Boot Camp for volunteers February 27th through March 4th.

Tina Labellarte, CEO for the American Red Cross’ Nebraska/Southwest Iowa region, says last year, volunteers responded to events in 46 states.  

Because events can happen quickly, she says it’s important that volunteers are properly trained ahead of time.  The Red Cross’ Mass Care Boot Camp offers training in a shorter period of time. 

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2:00 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

UNMC is offering a doctoral degree in epidemiology

UNMC is offering a new doctoral degree in epidemiology.

Dr. Dana Loomis, Professor and Chair of Department of Epidemiology, says this is the fifth doctoral program in UNMC’s College of Public Health.  

Dr. Loomis says epidemiology is the basic science of public health, providing knowledge that’s important for all the health disciplines.

It also generates scientific data that helps in decision making across health fields.  Dr. Loomis says it is a broad field that’s not just about investigating disease outbreaks.

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5:00 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Being Heard: A Creative Healing Program Using the Arts takes place this weekend

Being Heard: A Creative Healing Program takes place this Saturday at the Omaha Home for Boys.

Rita Paskowitz is the Director of the Storytelling workshop.  She says this weekend’s program is geared toward at-risk youth.  

Paskowitz says the purpose of creative healing is to get people to work through their grief using the arts.  Workshops in storytelling, music, movement, poetry and visual arts will be offered on Saturday.  

Paskowitz says it is sometimes easier for those who are grieving to express themselves through the arts. 

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