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The Flu and You

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 12:00am
UA health experts explain why flu season isn't over yet and how flu shots protect even those who don't get them. This season's flu vaccine protects against more strains than its predecessors, and alternatives exist for those with allergies and the elderly.

‘Superstar’ Dr. Mindy Fain Receives Endowed Chair in Medicine

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 3:06pm
Dr. Mindy Fain, co-director of the UA's Arizona Center on Aging and a widely recognized leader in gerontology, has been named the Anne and Alden Hart Endowed Chair in Medicine. Fain works with faculty in the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health, encouraging them to develop new ways to provide high-quality care at lower costs. She also is working with an interdisciplinary team to establish an ACE – acute care of elders – unit at UAMC – South Campus.

Licensing Agreement Brings UA-Developed Drug to Cancer Patients Outside U.S.

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 5:18pm
A drug combination resulting from basic cancer research developed at the UA offers hope for patients with a hereditary predisposition to colon cancer. Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals, a spinoff founded by former UA professor Eugene Gerner, has entered into a licensing agreement with help from Tech Launch Arizona to introduce the drug to markets in Japan and Europe. CPP specializes in prevention therapies for people with an elevated risk of cancer.

New Analysis Suggests Whole-Diet Approach Reduces Cardiovascular Risk More Than Low-Fat Diets

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 12:00am
A new study suggests that a whole-diet approach, which focuses on increased intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish, appears to be better at reducing cardiovascular risk than strategies that focus exclusively on reduced dietary fat. Dr. James E. Dalen, professor and dean emeritus of the UA College of Medicine, co-authored the study, which appears in The American Journal of Medicine.

Pizza Herb Could Help Curb Foodborne Illness

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 12:00am
Carvacrol, the primary active component in oregano oil, effectively kills norovirus, a common cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in hospitals, schools and cruise ships, UA researchers have found. Their study is the first to shed light on exactly how the plant compound renders the virus ineffective.

UA to Host Second Annual Conference on Promoting Successful Aging and Brain Health

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 3:13pm
Reducing the risk for Alzheimer's disease through lifestyle, education and new treatments is at the focus of this year's conference, which is open to the public.

UAMC - University Campus Receives Highest Nursing Credential With Magnet Recognition for Third Time

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 2:11pm
The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus has been redesignated as a Magnet hospital for the third time for its excellence in nursing. UAMC became the first hospital in Arizona to earn prestigious Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2003, and it is the only Arizona hospital to win the so-called "Nobel Prize for nursing" three times.

Nonprofit Started by UA Doc Provides Low-Cost Medical Devices

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 2:11pm
Dr. Burris "Duke" Duncan has brought together multiple partners to form ARSOBO, a Nogales nonprofit that builds low-cost medical devices, including wheelchairs designed to navigate the rocky terrain of northern Mexico. With mountain bike tires in the rear, the chairs are built with common parts available in hardware stores and bicycle shops.

UA Heart Surgeon Saves Patient a Second Time 13 Years Later

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 2:06pm
When Whitney Chase became critically ill as a teenager with an infection in her heart, Dr. Michael F. Teodori – then a Phoenix heart surgeon – successfully replaced her malformed aortic valve with a donor valve. Thirteen years later, she sought him out when she needed a second surgery. It should be her last and offers hope for her to have a second child.

UA Awarded $2 Million for Sleep Apnea Study

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 1:16pm
A research team led by the UA's Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy has been awarded more than $2 million to study whether telephone counseling can improve outcomes for sleep apnea patients. Community-based volunteers will provide counseling via phone to sleep apnea patients in an attempt to increase their adherence to treatment plans outlined by their health care provider.

UA Study’s Findings Key to Understanding Immunity as We Age

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 4:28pm
Researchers at the UA College of Medicine have found that aging profoundly affects the immune system's T cells – the types of white blood cells that defend against pathogens, bacteria and parasites. Naïve T cells become depleted with age, leading to less effective immune responses against new infections.

UA Study Shows Intensive Exercise Training Program for Dementia Patients Improves Care in Clinical Setting

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 1:47pm
In addition to cognitive deficits, people with dementia experience declining motor performance and an increased risk of falling. Results of a UA study showed that a higher intensity, tailored exercise program increased the benefits of functional performances in patients with dementia as compared with a traditional rehabilitation program.

UA College of Nursing Ranked Among ‘Top 30 Cutting-Edge Nursing Schools’

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 3:21pm
The UA College of Nursing has been named one of the most "cutting-edge" nursing schools in the nation in recognition of its teaching, research impact, service and opportunities. The college's mission is to be the premier learning community for transforming health care, while valuing excellence, balance, social responsibility and creativity.

UA’s Tech Launch Arizona Facilitates Licensing of Medical Management Model

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:32am
A medication management software and business model that UA College of Pharmacy faculty and researchers developed has now been licensed with help from the University's Tech Launch Arizona. The software system, which evaluates hundreds of millions of prescriptions and medical claims for risk aversion, has been licensed to SinfoníaRx, a new division of the Tucson-based health care company Sinfonía HealthCare Corporation.

UA College of Medicine – Phoenix a Second Career For Some Students

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 2:53pm
Included in the UA College of Medicine - Phoenix's growing student population are a number of nontraditional students who are looking to change careers. Those students are a key part of the college's goal of addressing a shortage of physicians in Arizona.

Breakthrough in Retinal Implants Expected to Restore Sight to the Blind

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 2:01pm
UA associate professor Wolfgang Fink is researching ways to improve retinal implants for people who have lost their sight. Implant patients can usually detect the presence of light, but the images they see are very low resolution. Fink and his colleagues think they can improve the technology so that implant patients could make out something as detailed as a bird flying in the sky.

UA Intervention Emphasizes Wellness for Adults With Hearing Loss

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:53pm
A UA research team has launched a new project investigating barriers to access to hearing health care along the U.S.-Mexico border. UA assistant professor Nicole Marrone is leading the National Institutes of Health-funded project, which will involve audiologists, public health researchers, community health workers and translators.

UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, SynDaver Strike Formal Collaboration

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 4:41pm
Medical education at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix has received a big boost with the latest in simulation technology from SynDaver Labs, manufacturer of the world's most sophisticated synthetic human tissues and body parts. The exclusive collaboration between the medical school and Tampa, Fla.,-based SynDaver Labs could create up to 1,000 jobs over the next several years.

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