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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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Covering just a few of the BIO5 Institute's current members' projects, this article shows the impacts that the BIO5 institute has on addressing pressing problems of the 21st century.
 
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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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Throughout the 20 years of BIO5, this institute has connected various campus departments to solve the challenges of a new period of technology growth, research that tells us more than ever, and support students at UArizona.
 
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PBS NewsHour discusses the ways that college campuses, including UArizona, have responded to the delta variant as colleges resumed this fall. The University is highlighted for the waste-water testing program as well as various incentives to engage students and staff to test and get vaccinated.
 
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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, 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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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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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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As we approach two years living in the pandemic brought on by the COVID-19 virus, experts are still not in full agreement on the origin of the virus. Several scientists signed a letter calling for further investigation, as a lack of data and transparency have made it harder to understand the origins of COVID-19.
 
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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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Dr. E. Fiona Bailey was awarded a five-year, $3.4 million grant from the National Institute on Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health, to build on her group’s previous research that showed a respiratory workout entailing 30 breaths a day can lower blood pressure.
 
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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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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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While the Coronavirus continues to be ever-present in daily life, for many Americans with compromised immune systems, a third shot of one of the mRNA vaccines may provide additional protection from the virus.
 
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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.