UA Health Sciences Researchers Outline When Play Becomes Harmful: Pokémon Go and the Potential for Increased Accidents
Augmented reality games like Pokémon Go, while holding great promise to promote exercise, also increase the potential for distraction-related death, according to one of the first articles on the subject to be published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.
The article, written by University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson surgery faculty members, Bellal A. Joseph, MD, FACS, and David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, was published in Oxford Medical Case Reports Oct. 4. The dramatic increase in smartphone adoption and computing power on ever-more capable mobile computing platforms has been associated with a rise in reports of distraction-related injury and death.
The article describes two cases with patients presenting simultaneously to the trauma center with injuries caused by or related to augmented reality-based gameplay with the Pokémon Go application. The article is among the first reports published in the medical literature of an augmented reality application-related injury requiring acute intervention in a...[read more]
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Bashas' and K-LOVE 88.1 have joined forces to conduct a breast cancer awareness drive in Bashas’ stores throughout Southern and Eastern Arizona to support breast cancer research at the University of Arizona Cancer Center.
“This is a wonderful community partnership that we are proud to be a part of,” said Andrew Kraft, MD, director of the UA Cancer Center. “Our researchers are on the leading edge of finding a cure for breast cancer, and our partners play a critical role in advancing our mission to prevent and eradicate all cancers.”
At nine grocery stores in Thatcher, Morenci and throughout Pima County, shoppers can purchase pink paper pinups with the familiar UA logo at Bashas’ registers to help UA Cancer Center researchers seeking cures for breast cancer.
“It’s our privilege to support the University of Arizona breast cancer research through donations at our registers this October and it is gratifying to know the funds we raise will be used toward Arizona cancer patients and their families,” said Bashas’...[read more]
3-D Printing and Patient Care: UA Surgeon Shares How the Technology can Saves Lives and Money in The Lancet
3-D printers are used to create three-dimensional objects by depositing material, commonly metal, plastic or ceramics, in successive layers to create a physical object from a digital file. The technology has been used to create car parts, smartphone cases, fashion accessories and even medical equipment and artificial organs.
The Lancet, a UK medical journal, asked Dr. Armstrong, professor of surgery and director of the University of Arizona Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), to share his use and vision of 3-D printing technology in medicine.
The SALSA lab regularly uses 3-D technology to make models for surgical planning before complex operations. The technology allows the clinicians to examine and even touch complicated anatomy...[read more]
UA Health Sciences Promotes Collaborative Research With Multidisciplinary Program Feasibility Awards
The most challenging diseases require a multidisciplinary approach for research and treatment. To encourage, support and ensure multidisciplinary collaboration and research initiatives, the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS) created the Multidisciplinary Program Feasibility Awards (MPFA) to enable faculty-investigators at UA Health Sciences to develop and implement collaborative, multidisciplinary research programs.
The UA Health Sciences has awarded four faculty members multidisciplinary program feasibility awards providing seed-funding toward the submission of competitive NIH grants.] The program provides faculty members with $50,000 to $100,000 per year (for two years) to facilitate the planning and execution of focused collaborations across UA Health Sciences’ colleges and the UA main campus.
The program provides seed-funding toward the submission of competitive National Institutes of Health P-series grant applications (PPG) awards or multidisciplinary research programs and center grant applications for...[read more]
$100,000 Grant to UA Researchers Will Help Increase Mammograms and Breast Cancer Awareness for Latinas in Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) has awarded a $100,000 grant to University of Arizona Health Sciences researchers to focus on promoting and increasing mammography screening among Latinas in Arizona. Jorge Gomez, MD, PhD, and Usha Menon, PhD, RN, FAAN, have been named the principal investigators for the grant, which is the first funding support that BCRF has awarded to the University of Arizona, home to the only academic health center in the state.
In the United States, about 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Although mammograms are known to help detect breast cancer early when it is most treatable, decades of research show that minority women, including Latinas, have low breast cancer screening rates.
The researchers behind this project are targeting their efforts on the U.S.-Mexico border population to break down barriers that keep Latinas from scheduling and completing their breast cancer screenings. Specific interventions have been designed to reach women who have not gone to a...[read more]
Recognized for its commitment to diversity and inclusion in the health professions, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has been honored with INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.
INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The Health Professions HEED Award is national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Requiring a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees, and best practices for both, the award also recognizes continued leadership support for diversity and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion.
“Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein...[read more]
University of Arizona research assistant professor and immunologist Adam Buntzman used CyVerse data-sharing and analysis capabilities to lead the first team to comprehensively map the human adaptive immune system.
Knowing the full potential for our immune systems to protect us from harmful pathogens brings us one huge step closer to finding cures for illnesses such as cancer, infections, autoimmune diabetes and asthma, as well as developing improved diagnostic tests and immune therapies.
"Understanding adaptive immunity is one of the grand challenges in science," said Yves Lussier, associate vice president for UA Health Sciences and executive director of the UA Center for Biomedical Informatics and Biostatics. "The unique genetics and massive diversity that occur exclusively in cells of the adaptive immune system has posed a dire need for computer tools created specifically to analyze adaptive immune receptors."
Now Buntzman and his...[read more]
Chicago-area philanthropist Jolita Leonas-Arzbaecher has made a $1 million gift to advance the work of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences.
Integrative medicine pioneer Andrew Weil, MD, is director of the UA Center for Integrative Medicine, where he also holds the Lovell-Jones Endowed Chair in Integrative Rheumatology and is a clinical professor of medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.
A long-time advocate for integrative medicine, Leonas-Arzbaecher is passionate about Dr. Weil’s vision and has followed the work of the UA Center for Integrative Medicine for many years. “Dr. Weil has been the singular driving force in integrative medicine, helping to move integrative health into everyday life. I am thrilled to know that this gift can have a profound impact on the health of people around the country,” she said.
The UA Center for Integrative Medicine is leading the transformation of health care by training a new generation of health professionals and by empowering individuals and communities to optimize health and wellbeing...[read more]
UA Cancer Center to Celebrate 40 years and Prestigious Designation with Festivities in Tucson on Sept. 28 and in Phoenix on Sept. 30
EVENT: UA Cancer Center to Celebrate 40 years and Prestigious Designation with Festivities in Tucson on Sept. 28 and in Phoenix on Sept. 30
The University of Arizona Cancer Center celebrates its 40th anniversary and the renewal of its prestigious designation from the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center.
DATE/TIME (Tucson): WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 4–6 P.M.
LOCATION (Tucson): UA Cancer Center, Kiewit Auditorium, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson
DATE/TIME (Phoenix): FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2–4 P.M.
LOCATION (Phoenix): University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, 625 N. Sixth St., Phoenix
TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Cancer Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary and the renewal of its prestigious designation by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center with events planned in Tucson on Wednesday, Sept. 28, and in Phoenix on Friday, Sept. 30, for invited members from the community.
Recognized for its...[read more]
“The Importance of Family History” is the topic of a special lecture on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.
The presentation will be given by cardiologist Michael A. LaCombe, MD, FACC, MACP, LHD (hon), and is part of the bi-annual Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine series, sponsored by the Flinn Foundation.
Dr. LaCombe is a cardiologist who has practiced in Maine for more than 40 years. He is associate editor of the “On Being A Doctor,” “On Being A Patient” and “Ad Libitum” sections of the Annals of Internal Medicine and is a professor of medicine and medical humanities at the University of New England.
He has developed a career that blends writing with the practice of medicine. He has published more than 100 essays and stories in peer-reviewed medical journals, as well as 13 books. A collection of his stories, “Bedside: The Art of Medicine,” was published by the University of Maine Press in 2010. His articles and compositions have been turned into performances and are used for teaching ethics and humanism in medical schools...[read more]