Health communication researchers devise strategies to empower people to make informed decisions about their health
In the middle of the night, while soothing her feverish daughter, a mother strains to read the instructions on the bottle of Children’s Tylenol. The dosage instructions state one and one-half teaspoons, but the mother gives her daughter one and one-half tablespoons — more than four times the recommended dosage. A 57-year-old man about to… » Continue Reading
On the front lines of asthma education, Nursing professors teach children how to accept the condition, manage symptoms and reduce risk factors
Wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. This is asthma, and its symptoms were first recorded nearly 5,000 years ago. Today, it is still the most common chronic illness of childhood with about 6.5 million children under the age of 18 diagnosed with asthma in the United States. It is still the leading cause… » Continue Reading
Look back at some of the stories that showed the university’s impact in 2010.
Let’s talk about pain. Dull, sharp, aching, gnawing, stinging, nagging, throbbing, pounding, shooting, stabbing, radiating, searing, tearing, pinching, suffocating, splitting, crushing, wrenching, I-can’t-stand-it-anymore agonizing pain. The fact is pain is often undertreated in this country and many people suffer unnecessarily, say University of Texas at Austin researchers. Dr. Scott Strassels of the College of Pharmacy… » Continue Reading
The Class of 2009:
After 30 years in nursing, Debbie Volker has learned if there’s one thing people want to do on their own terms, it’s die. She tells the story of a weakened, dying woman who just wanted to have her Christmas tree decorated. The woman hung a few ornaments each day, succumbing to cancer a few days before Christmas. But the tree was done. Another patient’s request was to be transported by air from Houston to West Texas so he could see his cattle one last time.