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With Proposed NIH Cuts Looming, UTHSC Researchers Receive $7 Million in Grants in 3 Months


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In the past three months, several University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) researchers have each received at least $1 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health.

In 2016 UTHSC in Memphis received $32.96 million from 98 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The announcements come in the midst of the Trump administration budget’s proposed 18 percent cut (nearly $6 billion) to the NIH.

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Religious Groups Help Transform Addiction from Moral Failure to Treatable Disease


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NASHVILLE — Religious groups across the USA have long helped recovering addicts through 12-step programs and nonprofits that hire recovering addicts.

But now, many are turning their sights on the opioid crisis gripping the nation, and experts say they can do more to fight the epidemic.

Barriers to treatment particularly cause anxiety to people who have endured decades of civil war and turmoil in their home country, the separation of families, and the uncertainty of refugee camps and immigration. Many still are dealing with trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Studies show that traumatic events in children’s lives — including divorce, abuse and parents who use drugs — drive most compulsive-use disorders, said Dr. Daniel Sumrok, director of the Center for Addiction Science at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Children need safe families, homes and communities, he said.

“As a person of faith, it’s very clear to me that failed love is how this happens. And as a person of science, I can tell you we call it trauma, but it’s the same thing,” said Sumrok, who recently spent five years as pastor of a small Southern Baptist church in McKenzie, Tenn.

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Panelists say “Black on Black Crime” A Multifacted Problem


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MEMPHIS, TENN (localmemphis.com) – Of the 55 homicides so far this year, about 65% involved African American victims, according to the Memphis-Shelby County Crime Commission.

This evening LeMoyne-Owen College sponsored a forum to examine the causes of black on black crime and ways to decrease it. The discussion was officially titled “Black-on-Black Crime Forum Program.”

“We know children who have been traumatized are easily irritated and agitated. They are hard to calm down once they get upset. They see the world as a bad and punishing, a not to be trusted place,” said Dr. Altha Stewart, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and president of the American Psychiatric Association.

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Students Focus Of UTHSC Vice Chancellor


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Dr. Susan Davies will, among other things, lead several administrative units that provide campus support activities and services to students. Those include the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, Student Life, Student Affairs and the One-Stop Shop.

The opportunity she saw in the job here was the chance “to impact students at a different type of university – to work more with graduate and professional students at a highly regarded campus.”

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Forum on black-on-black-crime set for Thursday


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Experts in fields that include criminal justice, psychiatry and corrections will discuss black-on-black crime in Memphis on Thursday during a panel discussion at LeMoyne-Owen College.

Panelists include Dr. Altha Stewart, president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association, William Gupton, director of the Shelby County corrections division and Harold Collins, county crime commission vice president of community engagement.

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New Molecules May Offer Treatment Option for Some Aggressive Prostate Cancers


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Novel molecules called selective androgen receptor degraders (SARDs) may offer the next generation of treatment options for advanced prostate cancer, a new industry-sponsored study reports. The results of this research will be presented Saturday, April 1, at ENDO 2017, the 99th annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, in Orlando, Fla.

“If successful in the clinic, the novel highly potent SARDs discovered in this program could be used to treat many of the most aggressive and currently untreatable forms of prostate cancer,” said senior author and principal investigator Ramesh Narayanan, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Center for Cancer Drug Discovery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tenn.

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LeMoyne-Owen College Panel to Probe Black-on-Black Crime


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Dr. Altha Stewart, the first African-American named president-elect of the 37,000-member American Psychiatric Association, will be among the panelists featured during an upcoming discussion at The LeMoyne-Owen College about “black-on-black” crime.

The Black on Black Crime in Memphis Forum is set for 6 p.m. on April 6. It will be held in the Little Theatre in the Alma C. Hanson Student Center at the college at 807 Walker Ave.

The special discussion is being presented by The LeMoyne-Owen College Accelerated Studies for Adults and Professional (ASAP) program in criminal justice.

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Expanding Baby Boomer Population Brings New Health Care Challenges


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Patients are having to wait longer to make appointments with new doctors in major U.S. cities, according to a new study that links the increased waits partly with an explosion of, well, new patients.

The report was issued by Merritt Hawkins, part of the health care staffing firm AMN Healthcare. Meanwhile, another report issued in recent days – this one from the Association of American Medical Colleges – found a similarly uncomfortable reality for patients: It projects a shortage of between 40,800 and 104,900 doctors by 2030.

The United States’ current health care infrastructure is probably inadequate to fully meet those needs, at least at the moment. That’s according to Dr. Noam VanderWalde, an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and director of clinical research in the Department of Radiation Oncology at West Cancer Center.

That’s where politics enters the scrum of the unanswered questions surrounding this demographic quandary.

“It’s a difficult political situation,” said Dr. Teresa Waters, a professor and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at UTHSC whose research focuses largely on applying economic concepts and tools to health and health care delivery. “Everybody’s paid their Medicare taxes and expects Medicare to be there for them. But the fact of the matter is nobody’s paid as much as they’re going to cost the system. Everybody has contributed to this, and everybody will demand a solution.”