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UA Cancer Center Team Questions the Safety, Efficacy of Selenium to Combat, Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk

A 12-year study led by a team of University of Arizona Cancer Center researchers is bringing into question the safety and efficacy of selenium, a popular nutritional supplement touted to combat and reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

The findings indicate the need for a significant change in practice, given that selenium supplements cannot be recommended for preventing colorectal cancer.

Selenium has been a popular nutritional supplement for decades, touted for its antioxidant properties and its role in stopping free radicals from damaging cells and DNA. Studies have shown a deficiency of this micronutrient to be associated with cancer risk.

However, a randomized clinical trial involving 1,824 participants from clinical centers in Arizona, Colorado, Texas and New York indicates that selenium supplements failed to prevent the development of colon polyps, but significantly increased the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in older individuals.

“The possibility that selenium supplements may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes has been hinted at before,” said Peter Lance, MD, deputy director of the UA Cancer Center and the study’s...

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2016 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend

2016 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend

Connect with classmates, faculty, friends and other alumni for a full schedule of fun, memorable events, including great lectures and learning opportunities and special tours created just for you!

Full lineup of events Register online

For more information, contact Suzanne Jameson by email or call 520-626-4647 and remember to wear your Wildcat red and blue!

Noted Type 2 Diabetes Expert Dr. David G. Marrero to Lead New UA Health Sciences Center for Border Health

David G. Marrero, PhD, a distinguished expert in diabetes education and research, has joined the University of Arizona Health Sciences as director of the newly established UAHS Center for Border Health, which will develop programs and strategies to improve health and wellbeing along the U.S.-Mexico border and across the greater Southwest.

Dr. Marrero, whose research has focused on medication adherence, community health programs, early diabetes intervention and translational medicine, also was appointed professor of public health at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Department of Health Promotion Sciences, and professor in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology.

“Dr. Marrero is a superb addition to the UAHS team,” said Joe G.N. "Skip" Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences and the Dr. Merlin K. DuVal Professor of Medicine. “He has exceptional expertise in diabetes prevention and his proven ability to move clinical trials and translational research into the public sector will have a dramatic and immediate...

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Help Sarver Heart Center Celebrate its 30-Year History

Sarver Heart Center is celebrating its 30-year anniversary, building on its history of life-saving innovations, research and patient care by focusing on advancing heart disease research.

You can help this work to beat heart disease by joining the Sarver Heart Center Biorepository. It only takes three tablespoons of blood! Click here for more information.

Moving forward, Sarver Heart Center is focused on:

• Advanced heart disease, mechanical circulatory support, pulmonary hypertension and heart transplant
• Sudden cardiac arrest and resuscitation
• Precision cardiovascular therapies
• Cardiovascular health and wellness
• Health disparities

Learn more about the center’s past and present in this slideshow.

People on the Move at the UA Health Sciences and Banner – University Medical Center Tucson

Dr. Vasudha Goel Joins UA Department of Anesthesiology Chronic Pain Management Team

Vasudha Goel, MD, has joined the Department of Anesthesiology as a member of the chronic pain management team. She will serve an assistant professor in the department and will see patients as a Banner Health physician. The UA chronic pain management team specializes in interventional pain management: epidural steroid injections, facet and major joint injections, peripheral nerve blocks, chronic back and neck pain, headache, arthritis, complex pain syndromes, and spinal cord stimulator trials. Dr. Goel has a special interest in interventional approaches of management of cancer-related pain. For more information, please call 520-874-7246 (PAIN)

Drs. Vivian Y. Shi, Drew Kurtzman join UA Division of Dermatology

Vivian Y. Shi, MD, and Drew Kurtzman, MD, have joined the UA Division of Dermatology at the UA Department of Medicine as assistant professors...

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New UA Geriatrician to Talk ‘Lewy Body Dementia’ at Advances in Aging Lecture, Oct. 10

University of Arizona Assistant Professor of Medicine Corinne Self, MD, will present on “Understanding Lewy Body Dementia”—a common form of dementia that affects cognitive functions for organization and planning as well as visual-spatial areas—at the next talk in the Advances in Aging Research Lecture Series, Monday, Oct. 10, noon-1 p.m., in Kiewit Auditorium, University of Arizona Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Ave, Tucson.

The lecture series is hosted by the UA Center on Aging and UA Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine. The lectures are free and open to the public, and a light lunch is served.

What are LBDs?

Lewy body dementias (LBD) are the second most common form of degenerative dementia, just behind Alzheimer’s disease and affect an estimated 1.4 million individuals in the United States. LBD is an umbrella term for dementia associated with presence of Lewy bodies (abnormal deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein)...

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UA Health Sciences Researchers Outline When Play Becomes Harmful: Pokémon Go and the Potential for Increased Accidents

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...

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Bashas' and K-LOVE 88.1 Kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Drive to Benefit UA Breast Cancer Research

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’...

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3-D Printing and Patient Care: UA Surgeon Shares How the Technology can Saves Lives and Money in The Lancet

3-D Printing and Patient Care: UA Surgeon Shares How the Technology can Saves Lives and Money in The Lancet

University of Arizona professor of surgery David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, shared the potential and his lab’s current use of 3-D printing in medicine in a recently published article 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...

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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...

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