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  • The University of Arizona had its first day of in-person classes Monday as people on and off-campus worry that a rise in cases will inevitably follow students' return to Tucson. "We feel that we've done a very good job about creating an environment that's receptive to our students, staff and faculty returning in the increments we have explained. But they've got to adhere to those public health practices,” said Dr. Richard Carmona, head of the Campus Reentry Task Force and distinguished professor of public health.

  • The University of Arizona College of Nursing is among the beneficiaries of a $1.5 million gift from UA alumni Andrew and Kirsten Braccia. The vast majority of the gift, $1 million, will support next-generation education for nursing students, enhancing simulation capabilities, providing students online access to virtual patient experiences, and supporting and augmenting technology needed for distance learning due to COVID-19. 

  • NBC's "Today" - Aug. 24

    "A thermometer that is cost-effective, reliable and easily cleaned between uses makes a thermometer good for families," said Dr. Farshad Fani Marvasti, director of the public health curriculum for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.

  • Following a dramatic surge of coronavirus cases between June and July, numbers across the United States have largely decreased, which experts attribute to local mask mandates and other precautionary measures, like restaurant and bar closures. Joe Gerald, an associate professor of public health policy at the University of Arizona, attributed the decrease to mask orders in the state's biggest cities, news media coverage of the heightened risk and also the closure of bars, gyms and theaters after they started reopening in May.

  • The U.S. has granted emergency authorization for convalescent plasma, but experts say the science around the treatment isn't settled. University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson researcher and ICU medical director Christian Bime isn’t concerned about political pressure – out of confidence in the scientists embedded in the process. "I trust scientists to do the right thing," Bime said. "The stakes are too high and the consequences too dire for scientists to not follow best practice."

  • Courthouse News - Aug. 24

    Arizona's COVID-19 reproduction number – a measure of whether a disease is spreading or contracting, also called R0 – is the lowest in the nation, by one count, just eight weeks after the state was in headlines as a coronavirus hot spot. But University of Arizona epidemiologist Purnima Madhivanan from the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, urged caution at the R0 news.

  • Arizona has seen a 20% increase in deaths in the first seven months of this year – and not all of them have been directly linked to the coronavirus. Other states have seen a similar increase in deaths since the pandemic began, said Zhao Chen, a chronic disease epidemiologist and professor at the University of Arizona's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Chen said Arizona's growing population could explain part of the increase in overall deaths, though she doubts growth is the only factor.

  • Deadly overdoses from all drugs have been on an upward trajectory in Pima County since March, the same month when the pandemic entered the forefront. The timing likely isn’t a coincidence, as Arizona 360 heard from Todd Vanderahan, head of the University of Arizona Department of Pharmacology at the College of Medicine - Tucson and serves as director for the UA’s new Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center.

  • Leslie V. Farland, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, has been awarded federal funding to study the association among endometriosis infertility and risk of stroke.

  • The University of Arizona is launching a new app to help trace COVID-19 as students return in-person to campus. It's called COVID Watch and it's completely anonymous. Dr. Bhuyan, a clinical assistant professor in Family, Community and Preventive Medicine at the College of Medicine – Phoenix says the Covid Watch app is a step in the right direction but the next steps are what’s important. The university is offering testing to any students or staff members with concerns of exposure.

  • AAMC - Aug. 20

    As patients avoided hospitals and doctors' offices, conditions such as cancer and heart disease went untreated. Health care providers now stress the importance of non-COVID-19 care as the pandemic stretches on. "We certainly know we didn’t cure heart disease overnight," said Dr. Martha Gulati, division chief of cardiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and editor-in-chief of, an online resource produced by the American College of Cardiology.

  • While Arizona's coronavirus situation may be improving, some public health officials fear people may lose sight of what has worked to get us here. Dr. Farshad Fani Marvasti, director of Public Health, Prevention and Health Promotion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, is interviewed.

  • EPLab Digest - Aug. 20

    Three new faculty cardiologists, Drs. Arka Chatterjee, Talal Moukabary and Madhan Sundaram, bring significant expertise in interventional cardiology and electrophysiology to the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and Banner – University Medicine Tucson.

  • AZ Big Media - Aug. 20

    The University of Arizona College of Nursing has announced a series of key new appointments, promotions, honors and awards. Three cardiologists recently joined the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center.

  • As the University of Arizona prepares for the start of classes on Monday, a number of measures have been implemented to help mitigate the risk for COVID-19. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the 4,274 nasal-swab antigen tests administered since last Friday to students who are planning to live on campus. A negative test is required to move into the dorms. With those initial results, Dr. Richard Carmona, the UA’s reentry task force leader and distinguished professor of public health, said the campus may be in a better position than other universities that have reopened but had to shut down campuses due to virus outbreaks.

  • Dr. Victoria Maizes, executive director of the University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, provides tips and advice on what we can do to make ourselves feel happier.

  • Maricopa County's mask mandate, implemented as Arizona’s COVID-19 cases spiked in June, remains in place as the health crisis improves. Dr. Shad Marvasti, director of public health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, said as Arizona’s novel coronavirus cases have decreased, the number of ICU beds in use has gone down.

  • COVID 19 data compiled by the Arizona Department of Health Services is facing a new challenge over whether it truly reflects the percentage of positive tests. Percent positive is a key metric that’s now guiding decisions to reopen schools and businesses. The number for Arizona varies depending where you go to get the information. Dr. Joe Gerald, associate professor from the University of Arizona Mel and  Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, who tracks the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona, discusses the methodology behind the numbers. 

  • The University of Arizona Cancer Center received a $3 million grant to continue working with Indigenous communities to remove barriers around screenings for colorectal cancer, the second-most diagnosed cancer and the third-most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.

  • Salon - Aug. 17

    According to one of the new studies, which has yet to be peer-reviewed and was posted on MedRxiv over the weekend, researchers at the University of Arizona conclude that "immunity is durable for at least several months after SARS-CoV-2 infection." Deepta Bhattacharya, associate professor of immunobiology at the College of Medicine – Tucson said that he and his colleagues came to their conclusion after they measured antibodies and examined how long they were being produced in COVID-19 patients.