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Latino youngsters and their families will learn about healthy eating and increased physical activity through a new study funded by a $2.9 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.Deborah Parra-Medina, Ph.D., M.P.H., is leading the study that will evaluate whether family counseling, text messages and newsletters will help control weight and spark healthier eating and physical activity among obese and overweight Latino youth.Jason Rosenfeld, M.P.H., (left) from the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, worked with Samy Bendjemil, M.D., M.P.H., to collect baseline data on hygiene and sanitation in Dierma. They used a Knowledge Attitude and Practice Survey, an adaptation of surveys used by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics for similar projects in Ethiopia, Haiti and Guatemala.
Boris A. Zelle, M.D., has published a paper about the lack of minority patients represented in orthopaedic research. He is developing tools to share with other universities so that more underrepresented groups, such as Hispanics and blacks, can be included in orthopaetic trials in the future.

The new Presidential Ambassador Scholars are (left to right) Turner Conrad, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Melissa Aguilar, School of Nursing; Eithan Kotkowski, School of Medicine; Kelli Hand, School of Health Professions; and Kyle King, Dental School. 

This illustration shows the crystal structure of the SOD5 protein from <em>Candida albicans</em>. It is superimposed on an image of the actual organism. <em>C. albicans</em> is the most common fungal pathogen to infect humans. <em>Photo courtesy of P. John Hart, Ph.D.</em>
Eloise Caggiano (left), Avon Walk for Breast Cancer program director, presents an oversized check for $100,000 to Sandra Costilla (right), a patient navigator at the Institute for Health Promotion Research.Ralph DeFronzo, M.D, is principal investigator of the San Antonio study site for the GRADE Study, which will compare the effectiveness of four approved diabetes medications in combination with metformin, the most common first-line medication for treating Type 2 diabetes.Fred Poordad, M.D., is lead author of the study that shows the new oral medication for hepatitis C has cured and is more easily tolerated by 90 percent of patients than the previous treatment.

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