School of Allied Health Professions

Dr. Katherine Jones’ CAPTURE Falls research in the news

Chadron Community Hospital CAPTUREs Falls
May 27, 2014 12:10 pm  • 

Chadron Community Hospital and Health Services (CCH&HS) has a tradition of working with staff and patients to provide the safest care possible. In an effort to further reduce inpatient fall risk, the hospital joined with 17 hospitals across Nebraska and researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) to increase focus on the problem of inpatient falls. The result has been that the Chadron hospital has not had an inpatient fall that resulted in injury for over a year. Read full article…

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Pictured (back row, from left) are Maddie Nitsch, OT, Bobby Griese, PT, Lucy Bartlett, RN, Victoria Kennel, Research Assistant; (front row) Amy Hindman, RN, ND, Katherine J. Jones, PT, PhD, Principle Investigator, Hailey Wang, Pharm D.

Healthy diet linked with better lung function in COPD patients, featuring Corri Hanson

Press release from SAN DIEGO –

Corri HansonSure, everyone knows a healthy diet provides lots of health benefits for patients with respiratory diseases, but now a new study has shown a direct link between eating fish, fruit and dairy products and improved lung function among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Conducted by researchers in the U.S. and Europe, the study specifically looked at COPD patients’ lung function within 24 hours of eating grapefruit, bananas, fish and cheese.

The results of the study were presented at the ATS 2014 International Conference May 15-22.

“Diet is a potentially modifiable risk factor in the development and progression of many diseases, and there is evidence that diet plays a role in both the development and clinical features of COPD,” said study lead author Corinne Hanson, Ph.D. “This study aimed to evaluate that association.”

For their study, the researchers used data from the Evaluation of COPD Longitudinally to Identify Predictive Surrogate Endpoints study (ECLIPSE). ECLIPSE was designed to help determine how COPD progresses and to identify biomarkers associated with the disease. Limited diet records were available for 2,167 ECLIPSE participants who provided dietary intake information at eight time points over a three-year period. Each participant reported the amount of a specific food they had consumed during the previous 24 hours.

Next, the researchers looked at specific standard lung function measurements for the same group of people, including the six-minute walk test (SMWT), St. George’s Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) scores and inflammatory biomarkers. Results were adjusted for age, sex, body mass index (BMI) and smoking.

What they found was that people who reported recently consuming fish, grapefruit, bananas or cheese had showed improvement in lung function, less emphysema, improved six-minute walk scores, improved SGRQ scores, and a decrease in certain inflammatory markers associated with poor lung function including white blood cells and C-reactive protein.

“This study demonstrates the nearly immediate effects a healthy diet can have on lung function in in a large and well-characterized population of COPD patients,” Hanson said. “It also demonstrates the potential need for dietary and nutritional counseling in patients who have COPD.”

Based on these results and the results of other studies indicating a link between COPD and diet, the role of diet as a possible modifiable risk factor in COPD warrants continued investigation, she added.

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Annual SAHP Awards Ceremony and Forum on Evidence-Based Medicine

The annual School of Allied Health Professions Awards Ceremony took place on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

This alt=""year’s recipient of the SAHP Excellence in Research Award was Ka-Chun (Joseph) Siu, PhD, assistant professor, division of physical therapy education. This award recognizes significant research contributions and addition to the knowledge of the clinical, scientific, and/or educational community.

alt=""Kathleen Volkman, PT, MS, NCS, assistant professor, division of physical therapy education, was honored for Excellence in Teaching. Nominees for this award must have a faculty appointment in the SAHP and demonstrate outstanding skills in directing learning, advising students, and facilitating effective interaction between faculty and students and between students.

alt=""Dennis Strauss, MD, was recognized for his Outstanding Service to the Allied Health Professions. Each year we recognize someone who has made extraordinary contributions in health care, education or service that result in the significant advancement of the School and the allied health professions.

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Students gather to listen to Iman Ahmad, PhD, explain her poster at the SAHP Forum on Evidence-Based Medicine.

Each spring, in conjunction with the awards ceremony, the School of Allied Health Professions sponsors a Forum on Evidence-Based Medicine. The forum showcases faculty and student posters in three categories: educational exhibits, critical reviews, and research. This year, 85 students, 25 faculty, and two staff participated with 78 posters.

A book of the abstracts presented at the forum is available on the forum website: http://www.unmc.edu/alliedhealth/research/forum/index.html