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Igor Koturbash, M.D., Ph.D., led the study finding that CBD can harm the gut microbiome.

Pioneering UAMS Study Warns of CBD Supplements’ Harm to Gut Health

June 4, 2020 | LITTLE ROCK –  Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the University of Mississippi are warning in the first study of its kind that CBD supplements in high doses can be harmful to the gut microbiome. The study, “Potential Probiotic or Trigger of Gut Inflammation – the Janus-Faced Nature of Cannabidiol-Rich...

Leung research team

Findings on DNA Damage Repair Published by UAMS Cancer Researcher

June 3, 2020 | A research team led by cancer researcher Justin Leung, Ph.D., at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has uncovered the role of the protein RNF168 in DNA damage repair and shown how mutations of the protein affect people with a rare genetic condition.

Contact Tracing

College of Public Health Jumps into Action for COVID-19 Response

June 2, 2020 | June 2, 2020 | The UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health has established a contact tracing call center on the UAMS campus to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Contact tracing is how public health officials track the spread of an infectious disease. In this situation, if a person is confirmed to...

Jennifer Hunt, left, points toward the entryway for the drive-thru while describing the flow of traffic to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, second from left, and UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson (wearing black cap).

Drive-thru screening for COVID-19 Brought to Little Rock Neighborhood

May. 29, 2020 | As the late morning sun dried out the rainwashed pavement May 23 at Saint Mark Baptist Church in Little Rock, UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, and Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott greeted Gov. Asa Hutchinson as he arrived to visit with members of the UAMS Triage Unit’s mobile team. The team conducted drive-thru evaluations...

Carolyn Greene, Ph.D., led the team of UAMS researchers who conducted the study.

Depression, Anxiety For Many Relieved with Free Cell Phone App, Researchers Find

May. 28, 2020 | A cell phone app designed to treat depression showed a dramatic reduction in symptoms compared to those who relied on other methods or received no treatment at all, according to a recent University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) study. The results of the study were published earlier this month in the American Medical Association’s...

Food Bank

UAMS Receives $1.28 Million Pledge to Develop School Nutrition Program for Healthier Food Choices in Northwest Arkansas

May. 27, 2020 | FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will expand partnerships with local school districts to implement a school nutrition enrichment program in Northwest Arkansas to provide healthier food choices for students. The program expansion is supported by a $1.28 million grant from the Alice L. Walton Foundation. It will build on a...

Leanne Lefler, Ph.D., APRN, with Steve Bruno, a heart attack survivor who is now part of the patient advisory board for the study Lefler is leading.

Study Uses Digital Equipment to Monitor Heart Patients at Home

May. 26, 2020 | Steve Bruno worries every day about having another heart attack or stroke. The 62-year-old Sherwood resident is doing what he can to continue beating the odds since a simultaneous heart attack and stroke brought him to UAMS five years ago. Bruno is one of about 438,000 heart failure survivors in Arkansas. Nearly a quarter will...

Screen shot of Dr. McGehee at virtual hooding

Grad School Celebrates Graduates Joining Careers of Lifelong Learning

May. 22, 2020 | College deans and faculty always go the extra mile to help their students, and this year for UAMS Graduate School Dean Robert E. McGehee Jr., Ph.D., that was literal. Usually “the extra mile” involves writing a last-minute recommendation or providing a glowing reference. This year, McGehee put in the miles by driving around Central Arkansas,...

Student being hooded with family

Graduating College of Medicine Class Breaks Tradition, Makes History

May. 21, 2020 | When the UAMS College of Medicine held the first virtual Honors Convocation in its 141-year history for the Class of 2020, the faculty balanced this departure from tradition with an extra dose of symbolism. It became clear in the days leading up to the ceremony that the students might not all receive their academic robes...

Chris Long

UAMS Researcher to Use $991,000 to Improve Health of Arkansans with Food Insecurity and Type 2 Diabetes

May. 21, 2020 | FAYETTEVILLE – A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher recently received a $991,145 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study the nutritional health of low-income individuals with type 2 diabetes. Christopher Long, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, will use the  award from the USDA’s National Institute...

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