Health & Medicine

Dr. Jewett Receives $2.2M For Lyme Disease Research

Dr. Jewett Receives $2.2M For Lyme Disease Research

A College of Medicine researcher has earned a $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to understand how Lyme disease is able to escape the body’s immune system. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Approximately 30,000 cases are […]

“Live Like Bella” Helps Med School Tumor Research

“Live Like Bella,” a new Florida Department of Health pediatric cancer initiative, is bolstering efforts of a College of Medicine researcher who is seeking treatments for a debilitating childhood tumor disorder. Dr. Cristina Fernandez-Valle received a $200,000 grant for her research into Neurofibromatosis type II, a genetic condition that causes tumors to grow in the brain […]

Research Aims to Help Children with Communication Disorders Gain a Voice through Apps

Researchers at the University of Central Florida and the University of New Mexico have been awarded a $2.7 million National Institutes of Health grant to study how language therapy, combined with technology, can help children with severe speech disorders communicate. Jennifer Kent-Walsh, a UCF professor of communication sciences and disorders, and Cathy Binger, a UNM […]

Interprofessional Education in Health Care Benefits Students and Patients

It is becoming a more familiar scene in health care. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and social workers are working as a team to care for patients in a free clinic. But this team is comprised of students from UCF – and it’s just one of many innovative interprofessional learning opportunities being offered to prepare students […]

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Hearts for the Homeless Orlando

The “Hearts for the Homeless Orlando” movement was born when the three honors students learned that hypertension is one of the leading causes of death among homeless people. Every Monday and Tuesday evening, they set up tables, chairs and blood-pressure monitors in a parking lot behind downtown’s St. George Greek Orthodox Church, where more than 50 homeless people regularly gather there for meals provided by Straight Street Orlando and other charitable groups.