Tucson massage therapists have completed training in a research project to combat tobacco use, the No. 1 preventable cause of disease and death in the United States.
The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute and conducted by the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, is called Project Reach. That’s because its purpose is to teach others how to reach out and help someone else quit tobacco. Participating licensed massage therapists are better equipped with the skills and knowledge to help their clients quit tobacco, and to help clients help a loved one quit tobacco.
As part of Project Reach, participating massage therapists took part in training sessions and received client information handouts so that the massage therapist can help their clients quit tobacco. The training offered information about tobacco use and its health effects. Massage therapists... [read more]
The fourth annual “Travels in Medicine: Exploring the Global Health Community,”an exhibit of photographs that provide vivid and inspirational depictions of health care beyond our borders, is on display from Monday, April 1, through Friday, May 10, in the Arizona Health Sciences Library (AHSL), Tucson Campus, Java City area, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.
Open to the public, the free exhibit may be viewed Sundays through Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The exhibit features photographs taken in the United States and abroad by students in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and UA College of Pharmacy. The subjects depict the photographers’ global health experiences, including community outreach, international development, health training... [read more]
The MD-PhD Program of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has announced the acceptance of Adam Bernstein and Farid Eythrib to the program, which is designed for students planning careers in academic medicine and biomedical research. Bernstein and Eythrib will join six other MD-PhD students currently in the program.
In addition to attending medical school, MD-PhD students receive extensive research training and pursue doctoral studies through a number of UA graduate and interdisciplinary programs. Typically, completing the requirements for the medical and doctorate degrees takes seven to eight years.
“Our goal is to provide an academic environment that offers our MD-PhD students exceptional training from bench-to-bedside,” says Emmanuel Katsanis, MD, director of the MD-PhD program. “Our trainees acquire in-depth knowledge of human disease, develop... [read more]
When a child is hospitalized in critical condition, optimal delivery of nutritional support plays a vital role in the child’s outcomes.
Unfortunately, no solid data exists regarding the best way to feed critically ill children.
“There are important gaps in knowledge regarding timing, route, dose and type of nutritional support needed for critically ill infants and children,” said Katri Typpo, MD, assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics and researcher with the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center.
A new Steele Center research project aims to bridge that gap, with the first randomized trial of IV nutrition (known as TPN, or total parenteral nutrition) for pediatric critical illness.
Dr. Typpo recently received a two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH-NICHD) to investigate the... [read more]
Building upon a long tradition of mutual support, the University of Arizona Arthritis Center (UAAC) will once again team up with the UA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics as it introduces the 2013 Desert Diamond/University of Arizona Arthritis Center Double Play Luncheon to benefit the UAAC and its research efforts.
This unique event will be held Thursday, April 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 6360 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. The event is sponsored by Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment.
Guest speakers will be Greg Byrne, UA vice president for athletics, and Andy Lopez, UA head baseball and NCAA champion coach.
Active on both the Pacific-12 Conference and National Collegiate Athletic Association levels... [read more]
The UA Steele Children’s Research Center welcomes Heather Walsh as associate director of development, Phoenix.
In this role, Walsh will coordinate and implement development activities for the Steele Center as it expands to Phoenix. She will manage a comprehensive development program with elements of minor, major, planned, annual, corporate and foundation giving.
Before joining the Steele Center, Walsh was vice president of programs with New Pathways for Youth (formerly Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk) in Phoenix.
Walsh earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Briar Cliff University (Sioux City, Iowa), and is completing a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix.
“I am humbled to have been selected to represent the Steele Children's Research Center and the Arizona children and families who have been impacted by their great... [read more]
Relief for those suffering from the pain of arthritis or fibromyalgia will be addressed in “Keeping Joint Pain at Bay,” a free presentation, open to the public, on Wednesday, May 1, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, Chase Bank Auditorium (Room 8403), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. Light refreshments are provided.
(Please note: There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, in The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus visitor/patient parking garage. Free parking is available after 5 p.m. in the UA Zone 1 permit and metered parking lot No. 2030 just south of the parking garage at East Mabel Street and Martin Avenue.)
Pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to reduce pain and inflammation in those suffering from one of the more than 100 forms of arthritis or from fibromyalgia – a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain, diffuse tenderness and other symptoms – will be... [read more]
The world’s first and second robot-assisted extrapleural pneumonectomy for the treatment of mesothelioma have been performed by Farid Gharagozloo, MD, professor and section chief of thoracic surgery, robotic cardiothoracic surgery and esophageal surgery at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery.
After the first successful surgery at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus on Jan. 9, Dr. Gharagozloo performed the same procedure on Jan. 14 on Chandler, Ariz., resident Carlos Tarazón.
Tarazón, 67, had been given no hope by Phoenix doctors when he received the devastating diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a highly invasive cancer, often linked to exposure to asbestos. The disease occurs in the inner lining of the chest cavity and the outer covering of the lung. It is usually fatal within a year after diagnosis.
Tarazón was told nothing could be done... [read more]
Focusing attention on mental health issues and concerns that affect women of all ages, the 12th Annual Women’s Mental Health Symposium will be held Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., at the Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson. What began as a local conference has evolved into one of the longest-running annual conferences on women’s mental health in the country.
The symposium is open to the public as well as to all specialties of health-care providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, psychologists, social workers, counselors and medical students and residents. This accredited academic CE (continuing education) event integrates best practice tools and recent evidence-based data from leading researchers and clinicians in Tucson and the nation.
Brain Immune Interactions: The Science of Health and Well-Being will be addressed by keynote speaker Esther Sternberg... [read more]
Third-year UA College of Medicine – Tucson pediatric resident Marie Olson, MD, has a tender spot for her Latino patients. “I find them warm, centered, trusting and engaged,” says Dr. Olson. “And, I want to improve my Spanish because I love these patients.”
So, in February, Dr. Olson traveled to Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala, to volunteer her medical skills and work on her Spanish for a month at Hospitalito Atitlán.
Nestled in the Guatemalan highlands, Hospitalito Atitlán is a small hospital serving 75,000 Mayans living on the southern shore of Lake Atitlán. It is the only facility offering 24/7 emergency and surgical care – with an emphasis on women and children.
The closest hospital where additional services are available is at least two hours away. “And that is by speeding ambulance,” Dr. Olson says.
She speaks from experience. One day, Dr. Olson spent three terrifying hours trying to save the life of a... [read more]