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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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For those with a weakened immune system, such as those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment, the level of antibodies they receive from the Pfizer 2-shot COVID vaccine series may not give them the amount of anti-bodies that those without cancer receive from the vaccines and a third shot may be necessary to reach the same antibody count.
 
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Dr. Janko Nikolich-Žugich has been named the 2021 Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year by the Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio) for his work on aging, immunology, and COVID-19 testing and prevention.
 
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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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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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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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A new UArizona Health Sciences Workforce Education and Training Program, PeerWORKS, has been designed to help people impacted by opioid and substance use disorders. The program will train state-certified health professionals, who are in recovery from a mental illness or substance use disorder, to provide support to those experiencing similar issues.
 
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We're only beginning to understand all the different types of chemicals that can be found in the Cannabis sativa plant, and CBD is one of them. Dr. Todd Vanderah addresses what you need to know if you are thinking about trying CBD.
 
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A research team led by Dr. Todd Schlenke studies fruit flies, which may hold a secret to understanding autoimmune disorders such as lupus.
 
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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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A University of Arizona research study from the Zuckerman College of Public Health is expanding to include children. The new AZ HEROES Kids is an ancillary study to AZ HEROES and is now enrolling children ages 4 months – 17 years old.
 
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The Valley Fever is spreading across the US further than most realize- and many are seeing the effects in their health and the numbers being reported away from where it is typically found. Due to things like a doctors' educational background and the length of time to get a test for Valley fever, it is hard to diagnose and treat individuals that become ill with it.
 
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Arizona leaders will share their insights in special guest appearances recognizing the efforts of over 300,000 life science and healthcare workers across the state. Celebrating Life & Science will introduce viewers to some of Arizona’s leading healthcare and innovation leaders including Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year, Dr. Janko Nikolich-Žugich, of the University of Arizona.
 
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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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The Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center will oversee PeerWORKS, which is a collaboration between UArizona COM-T, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and the Center for Rural Health and the Workforce Development Program. The center received a $2.2M grant to train peer support specialists to serve in integrated care facilities in rural and underserved areas of Arizona.