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Doc Talks: The Future of Medicine

Banner – University Medical Center and the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson invite the public to join their nationally recognized physician-scientists Tuesday evenings in February for a look into the future of medicine and personalized health care.

This free, educational and engaging lecture series takes place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28, at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive in Tucson.

Topics and speakers are as follows:

Feb. 7: Preserving Memories: What it Will Take to End Alzheimer’s

Eric Reiman, MD, executive director of the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, University of Arizona professor of psychiatry and director of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium, will discuss the latest research and lifestyle interventions surrounding this feared disease. Dr. Reiman’s research was the topic of a 60 Minutes TV segment in November.


Feb. 14: Precision Medicine: Turning Sick Care into Health Care

Charles Cairns, MD, dean of the University of Arizona College of...

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Dr. Esther Sternberg is Keynote Speaker at University of Arizona Arthritis Center’s 15th Annual Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference, Jan. 28

Esther Sternberg, MD – internationally recognized for her discoveries proving the role of the brain’s stress response in arthritis, autoimmune and other debilitating illnesses – will be the keynote speaker at the University of Arizona Arthritis Center’s 15th Annual Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference.

The conference will take place Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. Registration and check-in begin at 8 a.m.

Dr. Sternberg serves the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) as professor and director of research with joint appointments in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and UA College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. She is the founding director of the UA Institute on Place and Wellbeing in the UA College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

She also is a member of the UA Arthritis Center...

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UA Cancer Center Teams up With Tucson Jewish Community Center to Deliver Four-Part Cancer Education Series

The University of Arizona Cancer Center is partnering with the Tucson Jewish Community Center (the Tucson J) to deliver a free four-part educational series on cancer beginning in early February.

Cancer directly impacts 1 out of every 3 people. Science and technology have transformed the fight against cancer since then-President Richard Nixon called for a War on Cancer by signing the National Cancer Act of 1971. Now there is a renewed effort to push the boundaries of medicine in a search for a cure with President Obama’s Cancer Moonshot.

From precision medicine, to novel drug development, to the new frontiers of immunology, researchers and clinicians from the UA Cancer Center and Banner – University Medical Center will discuss the state of cancer research and its impact on the newest and most promising cancer-fighting treatments moving into the clinic.

The “Bear Down. Beat Cancer” series, which is open to the public, will focus on trends in research and clinical care involving such topics as breast cancer, head and neck cancer,...

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Sarver Heart Center 30th Anniversary Lecture Series: ‘Resuscitation Research: More Ways to Cheat Death,’ Jan. 18

As part of the 2016-2017 University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center’s 30th Anniversary Commemoration, the community is invited to the upcoming lecture Resuscitation Research: More Ways to Cheat Death.” The lecture will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 6 – 7:15 p.m., in Room 5403, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.

World-renowned for decades of research, the UA Sarver Heart Center Resuscitation Research Group has investigated methods that have the potential to double the chance of survival from sudden cardiac arrest. These studies led to new CPR guidelines that advocate chest-compression-only CPR. The research group also has contributed life-saving protocols developed for emergency responders and hospitals.

“Sudden cardiac arrest is responsible for an estimated 300,000 deaths each year in the United States—about one every minute. It is a major public health issue,” said Gordon A. Ewy, MD, professor emeritus and director emeritus of the UA Sarver Heart Center.

Dr. Ewy and Karl B. Kern, MD,...

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Vitamin E and Selenium Don’t Prevent Polyps That Can Lead to Colorectal Cancer

Eight years ago, results from a landmark cancer prevention trial run by the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) showed that a daily dose of vitamin E and selenium did not prevent prostate cancer. In fact, the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) showed that vitamin E supplementation increased the risk of prostate cancer in healthy men.

Now, a SWOG review of ancillary SELECT results definitively shows that these two antioxidants also don’t prevent colorectal adenomas – polyps that are the premalignant precursors to most colorectal cancers. Results are published in Cancer Prevention Research.

“The message to the public is this: Vitamin E and selenium will not prevent colorectal adenomas, which are surrogates for colorectal cancer,” said Peter Lance, MD, lead author of the journal article and member of the University of Arizona Cancer Center. “We have no evidence that these supplements work to prevent cancer.”

Despite the billions spent in the United States each year on vitamin supplements, there is scant evidence they prevent cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, which funds SWOG through...

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Dean Cairns and Medical Student John Dicken Honored at ACEP16

John Dicken, a fourth year COM-T medical student, was awarded Best Medical Student Paper of the 2016 American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Research Forum in Boston. Dicken received the award at the 2016 ACEP Awards Luncheon on October 15 in Las Vegas.

Dicken J, Viscusi C, Bradshaw H, Pacheco G,Patanwala A, Sakles J. The Effect of Age on the First Pass Success of Pediatric Intubations in the Emergency Department. Oral Presentation at ACEP Annual Research Forum; October 2015; Boston, MA.

Dicken originally started doing research with Dr. John Sakles in the emergency department four years ago. Prior to this, the effect of age on intubations was not well-studied. Dicken found that there is a low success rate of very young pediatric patients who are intubated.

“This is an area that needs more research in the future, and physicians should be trained in this area because of the lack of success,” Dicken said.

COM-T Dean Charles Cairns, MD, was also recognized at the Awards Luncheon for 18 years of service on the Emergency Medicine Basic Research Skills Faculty.

The ACEP issued the following statement...

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Wildcat Hockey Team to Host Third Annual `Pink the Rink’ Jan. 20

The University of Arizona hockey team wants to put cancer in the penalty box and invites fans and cancer foes to join the effort on Friday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m., when the Wildcats will sport pink jerseys honoring those who have suffered from cancer during their game against Utah at the Tucson Convention Center.  

Community members are invited to purchase and place the name of a loved one on a special jersey to be worn by an Arizona player during the game. There will be a post-game ceremony to present the jerseys, as well as a special program featuring the stories of those being honored. Honorees may include cancer victims, cancer survivors or individuals currently battling the disease. They also may choose to honor those who care for patients in the home, or those who volunteer through community work or have dedicated their careers to battling cancer. Jerseys are $250 and all proceeds go directly to the University of Arizona Cancer Center.

For more information and to purchase a jersey or tickets, please visit: The first 500 ticket...

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Cancer Program Earns Accreditation and Commendation from Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

The cancer program at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson  has been granted three-year accreditation with commendation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

Staffed by the world-class cancer specialists of the University of Arizona Cancer Center, Banner – UMC Tucson’s oncology program is the only cancer program in Southern Arizona with this elite accreditation, and one of only seven statewide.

“It has been approximately 20 years since there was a CoC-accredited program here,” wrote the commission surveyor in his evaluation following an on-site inspection in the fall. “The leadership of Banner and the University have committed to seeking and succeeding as a CoC-accredited program. They do not accept half-way measures in anything they do. The enthusiasm that emanates from them is infectious.”

To quality for voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 quality standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care from prevention,...

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SPS 2017 Telehealth Conference Names National Advisory Board

The award-winning Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) at the University of Arizona Health Sciences has announced the appointment of the National Advisory Board for the third national Telemedicine and Telehealth Service Provider Showcase (SPS), to be held Oct. 2-3, 2017, in Phoenix.

The 25 board members are nationally recognized thought leaders, health-care innovators and champions who have made major contributions in the telemedicine arena. Members of the SPS 2017 board are:

Joseph S. Alpert, MD, editor-in-chief, The American Journal of Medicine; professor of medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Richard S. Bakalar, MD, managing director, advisory services in healthcare solutions, KPMG, LLP, Denver, Colo.David C. Balch, MA, chief technology officer, Vesalius Ventures, Houston, TexasJoel E. Barthelemy, president and chief executive officer, GlobalMed, Scottsdale, Ariz.Rashid Bashshur, PhD, senior adviser for eHealth, eHealth Center, University of Michigan Health System, Ann ArborAnne E. Burdick... [read more]

Holiday Miracle on Ice: Tucson Roadrunners Hockey Player Thanks Teams for Saving his Life

A little over a month since his collapse on ice as he warmed up for a Tucson Roadrunners hockey game, team captain Craig Cunningham, shared his thoughts on the health-care team that saved his life at a news conference at Banner – University Medical Center.

To view the video of the news conference, copy and paste the link below to your web browser:

The 26-year-old Cunningham said he doesn’t remember collapsing on the ice Nov. 19 or the frantic life-saving efforts that ensued. The last thing he remembers was playing the weekend before.

He thanked Tucson firefighters, the trainers from his hockey team and the doctors and nurses who worked to save his life. “Without them, I wouldn’t be here,” Cunningham said.

His mother, Heather Cunningham, holding back tears, expressed gratitude to Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. “Craig would not be here with us today if these people had not gone that extra mile. They made difficult decisions without hesitating and acted effectively under extreme pressure. When they had run out of options, they created new options by pushing...

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