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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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Tech Launch Arizona, the office of the University of Arizona that commercializes inventions stemming from research, hosted its eighth annual I-Squared Awards and Expo event. Dr. Sadhana Ravishankar received the Inventor of the Year award.
 
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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 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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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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According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona has seen 123 cases and four deaths from the West Nile Virus. Nearly all of them are in Maricopa County but that doesn't mean Pima County shouldn't let its guard down. It is likely that this is now part of our lives in the US, and numbers will only increase as mosquito season continues.
 
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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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A once-in-a-lifetime health care crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted widespread illness and death. It also has forced unprecedented changes – both temporary and lasting – in how governments, businesses, health care systems and educational institutions function as a result of such a significant event.
 
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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.
 
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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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So, how long does immunity last after two doses of the vaccine and how much protection is left over time? A series of new studies suggest that mRNA vaccines like those from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna trigger the immune system to establish long-term protection against severe COVID-19 — protection that likely will last several years or even longer.
 
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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.