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Arizona Economic Burden of Valley Fever Totals $736 Million Expenses for the fungal disease endemic to the Southwest can skyrocket for people whose diagnosis is delayed, leading to more serious infection or death.

People and Programs on the Move at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson Among news items: Dr. Monica Kraft wins Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellowship, and Drs. Sairam Parthasarathy and Michael Grandner sleep studies rated tops for 2020.

People and Programs on the Move at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson AIDS women’s health award to Dr. Liz Connick; Liver Institute wins CDC designation; Dr. Julie Bauman co-chairs cancer prevention committee.

COVID-19 Dominates Top 10 UArizona Health Sciences News Stories of 2020 Antibody tests, groundbreaking research and community outreach are a few of the ways the University of Arizona Health Sciences met the test of a pandemic.

UArizona COVID-19 Testing up 34% in Pre-Holiday Blitz At 7,541 administered from Nov. 9-13, the university’s COVID-19 testing, which continues through Nov. 25, is succeeding in goal to test large numbers of students before they head home for holidays.

UArizona Welcomes More Students to Campus The university will expand in-person instruction with half the semester left to go, bringing about 1,500 more students to campus a week.

Better Sleep Health May Make It Easier for Smokers to Quit Researchers are expanding research showing that creating good sleeping habits can help people quit smoking to focus on smokers who are HIV positive.

Tohono O’odham Nation Commits $1M to UArizona to Combat COVID-19 The contribution will allow UArizona researchers to continue developing better, more efficient and effective tests for people across the state.

UArizona Increases In-Person Instruction, Cancels Spring Break The university also will conduct a testing blitz prior to the Thanksgiving holiday in an effort to reduce travel-related spread of COVID-19.

Swish, Gargle, Repeat: UArizona Researcher Explores Mouth Rinse Test as Alternative to COVID-19 Nasal Swab A new diagnostic test for coronavirus relies on gargling with saltwater instead of using a nasal swab. Initial results have been encouraging, UArizona virology expert Dr. Michael Worobey says.

UArizona Plans for Holidays, Spring Semester Amid National COVID-19 Spike The university is currently allowing courses of up to 50 students to meet on campus. After Thanksgiving, all courses will transition to being fully online.

‘Wellness Wednesdays: Celebrating Health & Holiday’ Series to Provide Encouragement, Sense of Community Give yourself the gift of good health! The University of Arizona Health Sciences is offering an uplifting program to improve health and reduce stress.

Personalized Cancer Vaccine Clinical Trial to Expand Following Promising Early Results A study investigating a personalized cancer vaccine has reported a 50% response rate for patients with head and neck cancer in its preliminary data.

UArizona/Banner Offer Urology Services at Cortaro Road Primary Care Clinic University of Arizona Department of Urology faculty member Dr. Sunchin Kim and general urology nurse practitioner Cara Whittingham will provide patient care at the Cortaro Road Banner clinic in Tucson.

$7.3M Grant Advances Researcher’s Pursuit of Treatments for Arsenic-Induced Lung Cancer, Type 2 Diabetes Dr. Donna D. Zhang’s research focuses on developing pharmaceuticals to prevent or treat exposure to arsenic, which has affected more than 160 million people worldwide.

Lung Ultrasound Training to Help Rural Emergency Medicine Providers Diagnose COVID-19 Patients The tele-ultrasound training program for lung point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) will enable rural emergency departments to more effectively identify and treat suspected COVID-19 patients.

People and Programs on the Move at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson Two faculty members inducted to National Academy of Inventors, ‘Gut Group’ team wins $250,000 for gastrointestinal cancer research, Dr. Chalasani wins NCI team leadership award, and new physicians join as pediatrics, infectious disease specialists.

People and Programs on the Move in Public Health at the UArizona Health Sciences Recent notices for the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health include a new national cancer prevention lifestyle guideline led by Dr. Cynthia Thomson, a study on yoga’s benefits for the elderly, childhood obesity prevention and Dr. Heather Carter’s new post.

UArizona to Lead Statewide Outreach to Reduce Disparities in COVID-19 Research, Clinical Studies The Arizona portion of an 11-state effort, funded by a $12 million federal award, to address the uneven impact of the pandemic on racial and ethnic minority communities will be led by the UArizona Health Sciences.

UArizona Health Sciences Study Shows SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies Provide Lasting Immunity Researchers developed one of the most accurate COVID-19 antibody tests available and now have shown antibodies persist for months after infection, providing long-term immunity.

NIH New Innovator Award to Fund Research on Opioid Addiction and Relapse in Postpartum Women The $2.3 million National Institutes of Health grant will enable Dr. Alicia Allen to explore how women’s hormones influence postpartum opioid relapse and if they may be used as a preventative strategy.

UArizona Prepares to Offer More In-Person Classes On Oct. 12, the university hopes to resume in-person instruction for classes of 30 or fewer students that were designated in-person or flex in-person courses at the time of registration.

Many Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Patients Can Skip Radiation, UArizona Health Sciences Collaborative Study Finds University of Arizona Cancer Center researcher Dr. Daniel Persky led a study that found many patients with the most common type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), can safely skip radiation and receive fewer chemotherapy treatments.

UA Sarver Heart Center, Banner – University Medicine Tucson Welcome New Cardiologists The new faculty cardiologists, Drs. Keng Pineda and Andrew Williams, bring expertise in interventional cardiology, cardiac imaging, cardio-oncology and sports cardiology to the University of Arizona Health Sciences and Banner – University Medicine Tucson.

Immune System Changes May Cause High Blood Pressure in Postmenopausal Women A new study finds menopause-induced changes to protective immune cells may add to a spike in high blood pressure in postmenopausal women – findings with implications for sex differences in COVID-19 responses.

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