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  • SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can relieve pain, according to a new study by University of Arizona Health Sciences researchers. The finding may explain why nearly half of all people who get COVID-19 experience few or no symptoms, even though they are able to spread the disease, according to the study's corresponding author Rajesh Khanna, a professor in the College of Medicine – Tucson's Department of Pharmacology.

  • Live interview with Dr. Murtaza Akhter, an emergency physician at the Valleywise Health Medical Health Center and Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix.

  • The Tohono O'odham Nation has committed $1 million to the University of Arizona to help researchers fight COVID-19. UA researchers have been involved in understanding the coronavirus and testing people across the state since the pandemic’s arrival in the United States in the spring. An antibody test developed by immunologists in the College of Medicine-Tucson has been deployed throughout Arizona in partnership with Gov. Doug Ducey, according to the UA.

  • MSN India - Oct. 21

    Quit smoking. “Cigarette smoking is probably public enemy number one,” says Joseph Alpert, MD, a cardiologist as the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center. “People who smoke a pack of cigarettes a day are twice as likely to get a heart attack over non-smokers.”

  • Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, said Arizona is at a "pivotal" moment for COVID-19. Daily case reports are about the same as seen in late May and early June, four weeks before the peak of the outbreak. Given that Arizona is at that level now, it's possible rapid infection could take off, said Joe Gerald, an associate professor at University of Arizona's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. "It's almost as if we have a loaded gun in our hand and if we're not careful, it can go off and hurt someone," he said of the case trends.

  • AZ Big Media - Oct. 21

    A breast cancer survivor and longtime supporter of the University of Arizona has given $8.5 million to the University of Arizona Cancer Center to strengthen the center's breast cancer patient care and research programs.

  • Patient Power - Oct. 21

    Can Some Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients Skip Radiation? The new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, enrolled 132 eligible patients with stage I and II diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). The study was led by Dr. Daniel Persky, a professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and associate director for clinical investigations at the University of Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson.

  • Community spread of the coronavirus is back to the levels Arizona saw in late May, according to Joe Gerald, an associate professor in the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with increases now in all age groups, not just college students.

  • A study conducted by researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and an international team shows about 14% of cerebral palsy cases may be tied to de novo genetic mutations or mutations that appear in a child but not in the parents.

  • University of Arizona Heath Sciences 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. 

  • Healio - Oct. 20

    There is concern among ophthalmologists that increased screen time might further accelerate the myopia epidemic. “As ophthalmologists, we have now an opportunity to raise awareness among parents and teachers and eventually engage with policy makers and curriculum developers to set up strategies for myopia mitigation that will help students also beyond the pandemic,” said Jordana M. Smith, MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.

  • MedicalXPress - Oct. 20

    A promising new biomarker that appears in patients before stomach cancer develops may help with early detection of the disease and improve patient response to therapy, according to findings in a study led by University of Arizona Health Sciences researchers.

  • New Delhi Times - Oct. 19

    Milk drinking in America has fallen by 40% since 1975. But its production and consumption has risen by 9%. The article references a study published in Nutritional Reviews in February 2020 by Elizabeth Jacobs, PhD, and colleagues from the University of Arizona College of Public Health in Tucson. The researchers recommend milk be downgraded as a separate and essential food. Dr. Jacobs says it should be placed in a much lower category as one of many foods that could provide protein.

  • Fry's grocery stores is no longer sanitizing shopping carts for customers. Instead, the stores are providing sanitizing wipes for customers to do it themselves. "Obviously shopping carts are one of those things that a high number of people are going to be touching," Dr. Sahd Marvasti from the University of Arizona College of Medicine said. "But if I had to choose between whether or not masks were required versus universal sanitizing, I would choose masks."

  • The number of new weekly COVID-19 cases in Arizona recently rose to its highest point since the first week in August. "What's happening here in Arizona, it's more like a slow boil," said Joe Gerald, an associate professor with the University of Arizona's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. "It's not like what we're seeing in other parts of the country, like North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin. Those states look like Arizona did in June, where there's this rapid uptick."

  • Hindustan Times - Oct. 16

    Immunity against Covid-19 may persist for at least five months after being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to a study led by an Indian-origin researcher in the US. We clearly see high-quality antibodies still being produced five to seven months after infection,” said Deepta Bhattacharya, associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson.

  • CNN - Oct. 16

    Several new reports published recently show Covid-19 immunity can last for months. Researchers from the University of Arizona Health Sciences found antibodies that protect against infection can last for at least five to seven months after a Covid-19 infection. Interview with Deepta Bhattacharya, an immunobiologist at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

  • CBC Radio - Oct. 16

    A Canadian researcher has found that the virus that causes COVID-19 can hijack a pain receptor on our cells, using it to get into the cell, but also blocking its ability to signal pain. Interview with Rajesh Khanna, a professor of pharmacology at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy.

  • With many kids in our area starting hybrid learning, parents have more questions about how COVID-19 affects children. While coronavirus is commonly known as a lung issue, the American Heart Association said it can involve the heart as well. In fact, Dr. Nancy Sweitzer, director of the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona, is currently focusing on myocarditis in children, which can cause severe chest pain and inflammation of the heart.

  • Chlorine disinfection is used by the majority of drinking water treatment municipalities to control microbial pathogens. Kelly Reynolds, professor and environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona College of Public Health and Director of the Environment, Exposure Science and Risk Assessment Center, writes about emerging microbes that exhibit chlorine resistance.