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Pizza Herb Could Help Curb Foodborne Illness

UANews | February 11, 2014
Carvacrol, the primary active component in oregano oil, effectively kills norovirus, a common cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in hospitals, schools and cruise ships, UA researchers have found. Their study is the first to shed light on exactly how the plant compound renders the virus ineffective.

College of Medicine Holds Solidarity Day Events to Commemorate Tucson Shooting

UANews | February 7, 2014
The UA College of Medicine will hold a series of events and activities this week to commemorate the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting in Tucson. The events will culminate on Friday, which marks the fourth annual National Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care. The day was established to honor of the humanistic actions of the UA's Dr. Randall Friese – the first physician to treat former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot – and others who cared for the shooting victims.

No Muss, No Fuss With Child-Friendly Movie Monitors at UAMC

UANews | February 6, 2014
The UA Medical Center has installed new movie monitors that allow children to watch their favorite videos while getting an MRI, without having to wear bulky goggles or deal with a grainy picture due to magnetic interference. Watching videos can help children relax and stay still during the procedure.

Mathematical Model Developed by UA Physicists Could Help Treat Lyme Disease

UANews | February 6, 2014
A computer simulation of Lyme disease rash reveals how the bacteria and the immune cell populations change over the course of the infection. The model might help doctors better predict the spread of the bacteria in the early stages when antibiotics are most effective.

Study Looks at Cancer-Preventive Effects of Anti-Diabetes Drug

UANews | February 4, 2014
UA Cancer Center researcher H-H. Sherry Chow has received $2.8 million to study how an anti-diabetes drug may reduce breast cancer risk. Chow said recent studies found that treatment with metformin, a drug widely used to treat diabetes, appears to substantially reduce the risk for development of cancer in diabetics, including breast cancer.

Tomorrow's Pacemakers: Batteries Not Included

UANews | February 3, 2014
A collaboration between the University of Arizona and the University of Illinois has resulted in tiny power generators that can convert the motion of a beating heart into electrical energy. The technology could someday spare patients from undergoing the medical procedures necessary to replace batteries in medical devices.