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Expert insights from UArizona Health Sciences

Saira Kalia
Department of Psychiatry in the University College of Medicine – Tucson
Dr. Saira Kalia, discusses the importance of maternal mental health and how perinatal psychiatry can affect the trajectory of a person’s life for the better.
Ariel Shirley
As a public health student, I have the unique perspective of incorporating Diné philosophies with holistic wellness to address chronic health issues. One example is using my culture to connect with running.
Andrew W. Gardner, PhD, BCBA-D
As of 2018, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects one in 59 births in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People with ASD have difficulty with social communication and interaction, restricted interests, and repetitive behaviors.
David A. Bull, MD
Not only does getting a flu shot significantly decrease your chance of getting the flu, but it protects others around you from infection as well.
Anna G. Figueroa
Brian S. McKay, PhD
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of blindness in individuals over age 55 in developed nations and more than 10 million people in the United States have AMD, according to the Foundation Fighting Blindness.
Valerie Schaibley, PhD
Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB
As physicians begin to order an increasing number of genetic tests, a question remains: who can help patients, and sometimes providers, interpret genetic information?
Brittany L. Forte
What lacks a brain but has the ability to swiftly avoid setting off our body’s intruder detectors, bringing its own blueprints into our cells to make more of itself, and in some cases, cause cancer? Human papillomavirus.
Valerie Schaibley, PhD
Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB
In 2013, Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie wrote a now famous opinion piece for the New York Times detailing her journey involving genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer.
Valerie Schaibley, PhD
Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB
Coccidioidomycosis, or “cocci” for short, is the medical term for Valley fever, an infectious disease that affects thousands of people in Arizona every year.
Valerie Schaibley, PhD
Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB
Noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT), one of the newest additions in genomic testing, is a simple blood test that can tell a lot about a baby’s likelihood of having certain genetic conditions.

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