Posts written by Lauren Silverman

A photo taken from the hospital in Hereford where medical student Karen Duong did one of her rotations. You can see Walmart, one of the few places to shop in the town.

Can Cash Incentives Improve Rural Mental Health Access?


There are dozens of counties in Texas without even one physician. There are even more without a psychiatrist. In total, more than 3 million Texans don’t have a psychiatrist. So how do you convince young medical school students to become psychiatrists, social workers and psychologists? And to move to places that have more cows than people?

One state lawmaker says a bill to award dollar bills would be a good place to start. Read More

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An Estrogen Boost Without Traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy?


There used to be a standard treatment for hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause: hormone replacement therapy. But in 2002, studies showed a possible link to cancer and what was once standard practice became a rare prescription. Since then, scientists have been searching for alternative therapies. Recently, a biochemist at UNT Health Science Center found a drug that looks promising.

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More than 60 submissions have been entered in the Connect Ability Challenge. The project is a three-month global software development competition leveraging mobile and wireless technologies to improve the lives of people living with disabilities.

A Tech Challenge To Empower People With Disabilities


The Americans with Disabilities Act opened up services and opportunities for people with disabilities. Twenty-five years later, North Texas developers are testing new technologies with the disabled community in mind.

They’re taking their projects to a national competition with an award of $100,000.

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Brain Recovery Through Cognitive Training Shows Promise


144,000 Texans sustain a traumatic brain injury each year—that’s one every 4 minutes. For those who survive there’s often cognitive and psychological difficulties, like depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. A brain training strategy developed at the Center for Brain Health in Dallas has helped some people, including one North Texas veteran, recover.

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