University of Arizona medical students who want to join the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic can ask to graduate early. The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix announced it is offering eligible fourth-year students the chance to graduate before mid-May
Points of View: Cooperation During Disasters
As the number of American COVID-19 cases continues to rise, health officials and government authorities have asked people to practice social distancing through measures such as avoiding crowded locations and staying six feet apart from another person. However, when disasters hit, can we expect people to step up and do their part?
Mar. 31, 2020
AZ Ban On Non-Essential Surgeries Will Not Include Abortions
Abortions will remain available in Arizona despite Gov. Doug Ducey's executive order halting all "non-essential or elective" surgeries. On Tuesday, Bryan Howard, president of Planned Parenthood told Capitol Media Services the language in the document effectively "deputizes the healthcare provider to make a determination in each case.''
Mar. 30, 2020
Arizona Economist: We Are In Recession Already
Speaking at a webinar hosted by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, a top-health care officials said Arizona still doesn’t have enough coronavirus tests and a local economist said financial pain caused by the pandemic will likely last longer than optimistic projections.
Mar. 30, 2020
24 Tucson Nursing Home Residents Test Positive For The Coronavirus
A long-term care facility in Tucson has confirmed that 24 of its residents and three employees have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. In a statement, Sapphire of Tucson confirmed that two dozen of the facility’s 180 residents tested positive.
Mar. 30, 2020
AZ Primary Care Providers Are On The Front Lines Of Virus Response
Primary care offices adjust to social distancing and face uncertainty around patient flow. As a worker at Clinica La Familia, a primary care office, Elizabeth Lopez-Murray is on the front lines of coronavirus response. Until last week, her clinic was seeing patients in the office and evaluating symptoms in-person. Now, they are doing most of their work via telemedicine.
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Mar. 29, 2020
Arizona Desperately Short On Blood For Transfusions
As fears over the coronavirus drive Arizonans indoors and away from groups, people aren't donating as much blood as usual. The state's main blood supplier says stock is critically low.
Mar. 27, 2020
UA Researchers Discover How Tuvan Throat Singing Works
Researchers at the University of Arizona have uncovered the secret to Tuvan throat singing — how central Asian singers make two different sounds at once.
Mar. 27, 2020
Biotech Company Working On Using Virus As Potential Cancer Treatment
A Phoenix-based biotech company is hoping to start human clinical trials to test whether an engineered virus can kill off cancer cells, while not hurting healthy ones. OncoMyx was formed with that goal in mind and recently finalized a licensing deal with Arizona State University's tech transfer organization.
Mar. 27, 2020
Supporters Urge Removing Barriers To Experimental Drug Therapies
The so-called "Right to Try" movement began as an effort to speed up the FDA drug approval process. It’s based on the idea that terminally ill patients should be able to use experimental treatments or therapies.
Mar. 27, 2020
Can Hobbyists Help With Protective Equipment?
As health care workers across the country report shortages of masks and other protective equipment, seamstresses and hobbyists are stepping up to help.
Mar. 26, 2020
Transmission Level Rises From Moderate To Widespread
With coronavirus cases reported in 13 counties in the state, the Arizona Department of Health Services said the state’s transmission level has escalated from moderate to widespread. About 100 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state since Wednesday, bringing the state’s new total to 508.
Mar. 26, 2020
Ducey May Expand Health Coverage To Fight Coronavirus
Gov. Doug Ducey has requested a special open enrollment period on the federal healthcare marketplace, issued an executive order to expand access to telemedicine coverage and signed legislation to establish a new assessment on hospitals to help pay for the state’s Medicaid program.
Mar. 26, 2020
Amid A Pandemic, How Are Grandparents Raising Kids Coping?
Nearly 60,000 Arizona children are being raised by their grandparents. But with the coronavirus pandemic and calls for older adults to stay away from public spaces and practice social distancing, how are Arizona's “grandfamilies” coping with what feels like an impossible situation at times?
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Mar. 24, 2020
Lessons Learned From Mexico City’s Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags
Starting this year, Mexico City implemented a change in their waste management law, and now single-use plastic bags are banned. How this environmentalist move is affecting one of the largest cities in the world — and what can we learn from it?
Mar. 25, 2020
UA Scientists Manufacturing Coronavirus Test Kits
The coronavirus pandemic has severely strained key medical resources, including testing supplies. Scientists at the University of Arizona are pitching in to help. Scientists at the UA Health Sciences Biorepository have begun making specimen collection kits for coronavirus testing.
Mar. 25, 2020
What To Do If A Household Member Must Work Outside The Home
Millions are working from home to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But one listener wanted to know what to do if a child or partner has to work outside the home. KJZZ News put the question to Will Humble of the Arizona Public Health Association.
Mar. 25, 2020
ASU Lab Researchers Look For Coronavirus Vaccine
Extensive research is taking place all over the world in the effort to identify ways to combat the effects of Coronavirus, with some teams focusing on developing a vaccine—though that is possibly a year or more away from fruition. One of the groups is based at ASU and is led by Brenda Hogue.
Mar. 25, 2020
Arizona Hospitals Prepare For Coming Surge Of COVID-19 Patients
A surge of patients with respiratory ailments hasn’t yet shown up at the doors of Arizona’s hospitals. But even though the spread of COVID-19 in the state isn’t at the level of New York or Washington state, a large influx is expected. Hospitals and government officials are moving to get supplies and increase capacity.
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Mar. 24, 2020
How Controlling Velocity Of A Single Vehicle Could Benefit Traffic
Researchers at the University of Arizona are teaming up with colleagues at UC Berkeley, Rutgers, Temple and other institutions to figure out how to improve traffic by reducing congestion — and how that could impact energy usage for all cars.
Mar. 24, 2020
Points Of View: The Toll The Coronavirus Is Taking On Our Mental Health
Anxiety, stress, depression — all of these issues can be exacerbated when there is a public health emergency. So, how can we cope? To delve into that question, The Show set up a remote Points of View roundtable discussion with Jillian McManus and Nika Gueci.
Mar. 24, 2020