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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With support from a new $878,000 grant, the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at the UA’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public will lead a multidisciplinary team that will work to provide health information to underserved Hispanic women and their families in Pima County.
The UA Integrative Health Center in Phoenix provides conventional medical care plus complementary care – including acupuncture, chiropractic care, mind-body therapies, nutrition evaluations, health coaching and wellness groups, as well as classes like yoga and Tai Chi. The center, the first in the nation to implement the integrative primary care model developed at the UA's Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month.
Toxicologist and pediatrician Dr. Leslie Boyer, founding director of the UA's VIPER Institute, has been named the 2013 Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year by the Arizona Bioindustry Association. Boyer was lead investigator for a scorpion antivenom clinical trials program that resulted in FDA approval of the antivenom Anascorp.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the No. 1 cause of death for young athletes. The UA's Dr. Jil C. Tardiff is researching a genetic condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is one of the most common causes of sudden cardiac arrest in young people. In collaboration with her colleagues, she is developing an HCM clinic at The University of Arizona Medical Center.
Jessica Valenzuela suffered from headaches for years, and they got worse when she became pregnant with twins. After delivering her two boys, the headaches became debilitating, and a scan revealed a softball-sized tumor on the right side of Valenzuela's brain. The UA's Dr. Travis Dumont was able to remove the tumor, performing a procedure never before done at The University of Arizona Medical Center.
The Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center at the UA's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health has been awarded a three-year $600,000 cooperative agreement to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help communities prepare for public health emergencies and mass casualty events. The research is a collaborative effort between federal, state, tribal and local partners.