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UA Surgeon Removes Softball-Sized Brain Tumor in New UAMC Procedure

UANews | September 23, 2013
Jessica Valenzuela suffered from headaches for years, and they got worse when she became pregnant with twins. After delivering her two boys, the headaches became debilitating, and a scan revealed a softball-sized tumor on the right side of Valenzuela's brain. The UA's Dr. Travis Dumont was able to remove the tumor, performing a procedure never before done at The University of Arizona Medical Center.

UA Receives CDC Grant for Disaster Preparedness

UANews | September 20, 2013
The Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center at the UA's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health has been awarded a three-year $600,000 cooperative agreement to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help communities prepare for public health emergencies and mass casualty events. The research is a collaborative effort between federal, state, tribal and local partners.

UA Nursing Professor Receives $1.3M to Analyze Impact of Nursing Unit Communication on Patient Safety, Outcomes

UANews | September 17, 2013
Barbara B. Brewer, clinical associate professor at the UA College of Nursing, has been awarded a four-year, $1.3 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to study the top reason for medical errors: communication issues. Brewer and her team will advance the scientific application of social network analysis – the mapping and measurement of communications patterns – in 26 nursing units nationwide, with the goal of improving patient safety and quality outcomes.

Effects of Climate Change on West Nile Virus

UANews | September 9, 2013
A UA study provides projections of how climate change may affect populations of West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes across the southern U.S. in the coming 40 years. While changes are expected to vary strongly by region, researchers say the southern states should expect a general trend toward longer seasons of mosquito activity and smaller midsummer mosquito populations.

UA Surgeons First in World to Robotically Implant Heart-Assist Device

UANews | September 5, 2013
UA surgeons Dr. Zain Khalpey and Dr. Robert Poston became the first to implant a left ventricular assist device using a surgical robot in John Hulslander, 67, who was losing his battle with ischemic cardiomyopathy. Since the groundbreaking surgery in May, four more patients have undergone the robotic procedure at The University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus.

Nationally Recognized UA Division Provides Patients Sinus Relief

UANews | August 23, 2013
Nationally renowned surgeon Dr. Alexander Chiu and his team at the UA Medical Center are developing methods to better treat sinusitis, an inflammation of the nasal sinuses that affects millions. In a recent challenging case, Chiu removed polyps from a patient in a way that would result in no facial scars, less pain and easier recovery.