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The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted patients with cancer and other patients who are immunocompromised. It was University of Arizona Cancer Center researchers led by Dr. Rachna Shroff, who found in a new study that those with cancer need three doses of vaccine for enough protection from the virus.
 
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Dr. David Harris has received a 2021 Leader of the Year award in the COVID-19 Response & Management category from the Arizona Capitol Times. Dr. Harris' team was recognized for his work in creating test kits and overseeing the freezer farm used to house thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccine distributed through The University of Arizona POD from January to June 2021.
 
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Dr. Janko Nikolich-Žugich, internationally recognized immunologist and gerontologist has received the Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year award from the Arizona Bioindustry Association for his work on aging, immunology, and COVID-19 testing and prevention.
 
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Drs. Tally Largent-Milnes and Alicia Allen, researchers with the UArizona Health Sciences Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center are working toward closing a 20- to 30-year gap in understanding the link between female hormones, pain and addiction, in an effort to improve the quality of women’s lives.
 
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To improve patient frailty assessments and identify cases in which frailty is likely to be reversed with treatment, Dr. Sweitzer is collaborating with Nima Toosizadeh, a biomedical engineer who has been studying frailty with the University of Arizona Center on Aging.
 
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Dr. Janko Nikolich-Žugich has been honored as the 2021 Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year by the Arizona Bioindustry Association.
 
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No matter what your belief about the COVID-19 virus or the vaccine, the U.S. and Arizona are presently involved in a virology experiment, allowing the virus to spread among the unvaccinated.
 
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UArizona junior Sami Musimani shares what he has been working on in the Slepian lab, which includes a new project about the role of water channels in platelets.
 
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A study led by researchers in the Sarver Heart Center at UArizona COM-T addressed concerns about the use of blood pressure medications and patients’ susceptibility to infection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. They found that blood pressure medications do not increase the likelihood of SARS-CoV-2 infection, which is good news for people with hypertension, or uncontrolled high blood pressure.
 
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UArizona researchers are expanding the scientific knowledge of cannabis with a focus on two distinct areas – pain and addiction. Members of the Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center are optimistic about the potential of cannabis as a viable non-opioid alternative to treat pain.
 
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The Hispanic Health Paradox refers to Hispanics and Latinos tendency toward similar or better survival rates and health outcomes than non-Hispanic whites. The power of social support might also help explain why Hispanics and Latinos often have better disease outcomes than non-Hispanic whites, says Dr. John Ruiz, who studies the phenomenon.
 
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Researchers at the University of Arizona are testing a connection between an enzyme similar to rattlesnake venom and deadly cases of COVID-19. UArizona scientist Floyd Chilton is looking at the evidence the enzyme might drive severe forms of the virus. His research could open a new front in the fight against COVID.
 
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The finalists of the 2021 Copper Cactus Awards have been announced including UArizona innovators from Avery Therapeutics, SaiOx, and uPetsia. The awards ceremony will be held on October 1, 2021.
 
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Vaccines leave an immunological impression that can last for years or decades after an injection. UArizona researcher Dr. Deepta Bhattacharya adds that antibody levels have a sweeping increase at the beginning and over time decline.
 
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UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix researchers led by BIO5 member. Dr. Frederic Zenhausern, designed novel molecular diagnostics technology to monitor the health of four crew members during first all-civilian mission to orbit.
 
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Investigators are launching a phase 2 trial to analyze the long-term efficacy of inspiratory muscle training—a respiratory training protocol—for improving cardiovascular health and reducing blood pressure in patients with obstructive sleep apnea.
 
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Inside a lab at the University of Arizona's BIO5 Institute, students aren't just preparing for their future. Recently they've made groundbreaking discoveries about COVID-19 and the effect it has on the human body. Dr. Ski Chilton led a team that discovered distinct patterns in people who died from the disease.
 
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Rght after vaccination, this initial round of antibodies has a few problems. The antibodies are a bit wimpy. They're not that well trained at killing SARS-CoV-2, and they're not very durable, but that is the reason for a second shot- to provide more help to our antibodies.