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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.

UA Part of $6M Statewide Investigation of American Indian Health

UANews | August 20, 2013
With a new $6 million federal grant, UA public health researchers are collaborating with Northern Arizona University and Diné College to establish the Center for American Indian Resilience. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities awarded the five-year grant for researchers to investigate health issues in American Indian communities and improve policy and education.

UA Collaborates on NASA Grant Exploring Infectious Microbes and Spaceflight Risk

UANews | August 15, 2013
UA researchers are collaborating on a three-year, $750,000 NASA grant to advance understanding of astronaut crew health and performance during space exploration missions. The project's goal is to better understand infectious disease risks to NASA crews, who are often considered to more susceptible to infections due to a reduced immune function during spaceflight missions.

UA Pharmacologists Awarded $1M to Study Post-Surgical Pain

UANews | August 14, 2013
UA pharmacologists have been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the underlying molecular causes of post-surgery pain, with hopes of developing treatments that prevent such pain from developing.