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From the American College of Surgeons: Universal Helmet Laws Reduce Traumatic Brain Injuries in Young Motorcyclists, According To Trauma Surgeons

Bellal Joseph, MD, FACS, a trauma surgeon and associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, was senior study author and a contributing study author, respectively, of two studies presented this week in San Francisco at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Joseph is a contributing author of a study that indicated young motorcycle riders are significantly less likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury if they live in a state with universal motorcycle helmet laws, instead of a state with age-restricted laws.

Two news releases from the American College of Surgeons outlining the findings of these studies are attached.  Contact information is provided on those releases. The releases also note other UA faculty members who were additional authors of the studies.

CONTACT: 
Sally Garneski, 312-202-5409
or Dan Hamilton, 312-202-5328
E-mail: pressinquiry@facs.org

SAN FRANCISCO: Young motorcycle riders are significantly less likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury...

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From the American College of Surgeons: Injury Prevention Intervention Cuts Distracted Driving in Half, According To Trauma Surgeons

Bellal Joseph, MD, FACS, a trauma surgeon and associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, was senior study author and a contributing study author, respectively, of two studies presented this week in San Francisco at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Joseph was senior author of a study that outlines how a simple injury-prevention intervention designed to raise awareness about the use of communication devices while driving reduced the incidence of distracted driving by half among health-care personnel.

CONTACT: 
Sally Garneski, 312-202-5409
or Dan Hamilton, 312-202-5328
E-mail: pressinquiry@facs.org

SAN FRANCISCO: A simple intervention designed to raise awareness about the use of com-munication devices while driving reduced the incidence of distracted driving by 50 percent in hospital personnel, according to findings from a single site study presented today at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Driving distracted, caused by any...

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UA Arthritis Center Presents ‘The Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle: Foods that Heal Inflammation,’ Nov. 5

“Our strength, vigor, health—and even the span of life itself—depend upon what we eat,” proclaims an advertisement in The Atlantic Monthly magazine—in February 1922.

What we know now about how foods influence health will be explored in a free presentation, “The Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle: Foods that Heal Inflammation,” by nutritionist and registered dietician Kelly Grant, RD, NC, of Kelly Grant Nutrition and formerly with Canyon Ranch and Miraval Health Resorts, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6-7:15 p.m., at the University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, DuVal Auditorium (Room 2600), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. (If seating in DuVal Auditorium reaches capacity, the talk also will be videostreamed live to UAMC Room 5403).

What we eat affects everything we do. Our diet directly influences levels of inflammation, ease of digestion, hormone balance and regulation of blood sugar and cholesterol. Sleep quality, bone density, muscle tone, skin elasticity and tone, brain function, genetic expression and disease also are directly affected by what we consume...

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Arizona Telemedicine Program Founding Director Dr. Ronald S. Weinstein Honored by the ‘Custodian’ of the Nation’s First Telemedicine Program, the Center for Connected Health

Ronald S. Weinstein, MD, founding director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) at the Arizona Health Sciences Center and one of the “fathers” of telemedicine, will be honored for “distinguished service in advancing technology-enabled care delivery and help promoting health and wellness,” on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the 11th Annual Connected Health Symposium, hosted by the Center for Connected Health, Partners HealthCare, in Boston, Mass.

The Center for Connected Health is part of Boston-based Partners HealthCare, a non-profit integrated health system, and was started in 1994 by two of the nation’s leading academic medical centers: Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass General), both affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

“It’s a homecoming for me,” said Dr. Weinstein, who did his residency in pathology at Mass General, and participated there in the very first telemedicine cases in the country, in 1968.

“That program is of enormous historical interest, and to receive an award from the people...

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UA’s Dr. Sean Elliott Appointed to Governor’s Council on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response

Pediatric infectious diseases physician, Sean Elliott, MD, professor of pediatrics and medical director of infection prevention for the University of Arizona Health Network, has been appointed by Gov. Jan Brewer to the newly established Council on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response.

The council is comprised of leading experts from the fields of health, human services, public safety, emergency and military affairs, education and more.

Dr. Elliott, together with a multi-disciplinary team at UAHN, has created an “infection-prevention SWAT team,” developing protocols and training for infection control to safely care for patients and to protect the well-being of staff and clinicians throughout the network.

“The Governor’s councils have been formed before—as in the council for H1N1—and they bring together the resources of the state to improve communication, training and understanding,” said Dr. Elliott. “Since we are about to enter the flu season, this council is particularly important.”

According to the Office of the Governor, the “Council has been charged with developing...

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Sen. Tom Harkin is honorary speaker at University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine’s Fellowship in Integrative Medicine graduation

U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa) will be awarded an honorary fellowship from the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) on Thursday, Oct. 23.

He will join faculty, staff and the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine graduating Class of 2014 Summer—57 practitioners from 27 states and six countries—in celebrating AzCIM’s work and achievements in the transformation of health care. The graduation ceremony will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Rd., Tucson.

Senator Harkin has been a long-time supporter of preventive health care, wellness and integrative medicine, paving the way for significant policy improvement and receptivity to integrative practices during the past 20 years. At this special ceremony, AzCIM will recognize Sen. Harkin’s support and leadership, celebrate the next class of leaders in the integrative medicine field, and honor 20 years of dedication to health and wellness.

AzCIM was founded in 1994 by Andrew Weil, MD, and now is recognized as the pioneering...

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UA Neurosurgeon Featured in Acclaimed Documentary on Care for the Dying Beginning Oct. 23

Allan Hamilton, MD, a renowned neurosurgeon at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery, is among a dozen physician-experts from some of the nation’s top medical institutions, such as Yale University School of Medicine and Duke University Medical Center, featured in the documentary, Consider the Conversation 2: Stories about Cure, Relief and Comfort.

Nominated for a regional Emmy Award by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the film focuses on the important role of the doctor-patient relationship and on the impact of meaningful communication with patients and their families who are faced with severe chronic disease or terminal illness.

The film by independent filmmakers Terry Kaldhusdal and Michael Bernhagen will premiere locally on the Arizona Public Media UA Channel Thursday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. It also will air Friday, Oct. 24, 2 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 26, 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27, 3 a.m., and Thursday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m.

In Consider the Conversation 2, Dr. Hamilton, executive director of the Arizona...

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UA Steele Children’s Research Center Receives $20,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research

Tee Up For Tots donated $20,000 to the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center for its pediatric cancer research in haploidentical hematopoietic cell transplant.

Overall, Tee Up For Tots raised more than $34,000 through its 16th annual golf tournament that took place at the OMNI Tucson National Resort in August.

In addition to their support of pediatric cancer research, Tee Up For Tots donated $5,000 to UAMC Diamond Children’s and $9,000 to the Tee Up For Tots Family Assistance Program, which directly benefit patients with cancer and their families.

Haploidentical hematopoietic cell transplant (HHCT) makes allogeneic bone marrow transplant possible for virtually every patient using a family donor, even when they are not a full match. Support from Tee Up For Tots will fund studies at the UA Steele Center exploring the application of this approach for pediatric solid tumors.

“Once again, we would like to thank Tee Up For Tots for their support to help us find more effective treatments for pediatric cancers,” said pediatric oncologist...

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UACC and BIO5 researcher awarded $1.59 million NCI grant to study drug resistance in lymphoma tumor treatment

Jonathan H. Schatz, MD, was recently awarded a 5-year, $1.59 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study ways to effectively combat drug resistance when treating lymphoma — a study that may have wide-ranging impact when it comes to treating a variety of cancers.

The study, titled “A New Treatment Paradigm for ALK-Driven Cancers Exploiting Oncogene Overdose” officially began Sept. 19 and will run through 2019. Dr. Schatz and his team will examine growth mechanisms of tumors driven by anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) and how they develop resistance to treatment.

“As you treat these tumors with ALK inhibitors, the protein becomes over-expressed, generating resistance to the treatment, but this causes an oncogene overdose effect when the inhibitor is no longer present,” Dr. Schatz said. “Understanding this overdose effect is a major goal of the grant project. The results could teach us a lot about how to effectively treat these cases.”

Dr. Schatz is an assistant professor of medicine. He is a member of University of Arizona Cancer Center’s Therapeutic Development Program and an investigator in the Clinical &...

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Impact of Lifelong Cytomegalovirus Infection on Aging and the Immune System Focus of UA Research

The study, funded by a $2.3 million five-year NIH grant, is critically important to understanding how to improve older adults’ responses to vaccination against the infectious diseases that remain among the major causes of mortality of those over age 65.

A virus that infects us when we’re young and then hides in our cells throughout our lives without causing symptoms may weaken the ability of our immune system to defend  against influenza, West Nile or other viruses as we age.

How the cytomegalovirus (CMV) – one of the herpes viruses – impacts the aging of our immune system is being studied by researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, funded by a $2.3 million five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health.

“It is critically important to understand the causes and consequences of lifelong CMV infection for immunity and aging. CMV is present in 70 to 90 percent of people over 65, which by 2050 will translate into 70 million people in the United States and more than 1 billion people in the world,” said Janko Nikolich-Žugich, MD, PhD, chairman of the...

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