Arizona Bioscience News: AZ researchers lead CTE study; Banner-UMC Tucson nearly complete; MIHS to reopen in Maryvale

April 11, 2019

By Matt Ellsworth

Brain scans on former NFL players detect abnormal proteins found in CTE / NBC News

An experimental brain scan can now detect abnormal proteins in the brains of living former NFL players affected by chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to a study by researchers at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and Boston University School of Medicine. Read More: CTE researchers discover possible step toward diagnostic test for living patients

New Banner-UMC tower to open, focuses on technology, patient comfort / Arizona Daily Star

After four years of construction, the new $446 million, 670,000-square-foot tower at Banner-University Medical Center Tucson will open to patients April 22, with expanded facilities, a focus on improving patient care and comfort, and advanced technology for medical personnel.

Maryvale regains centrally located emergency room as shuttered hospital reopens in April / Arizona Republic

The Maricopa Integrated Health System this month is scheduled to reopen Maryvale’s original hospital, which has been shuttered since December 2017, as a full-service community emergency department for adults and children as well as an inpatient hospital for psychiatric patients in the behavioral health system.

TGen finds gene associated with most common liver cancer / AZ Big Media

A pair of researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute provide the first summary of the experimental evidence supporting the AKR1B10 enzyme as a promising therapeutic target for the most common form of liver cancer, the fastest-growing type of cancer in the United States.

Arizona has tepid Q1 for VC investments after banner year in 2018 / Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona startups raised more than $73 million across 24 deals during the first quarter of 2019, based on the Venture Monitor report released by PitchBook and National Venture Capital Association.

Free test at Banner can let you see how healthy your brain is / Fox 10

Doctors at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City recently launched the free Brain Health Check-In program to help people take the first step in being proactive with their brain health. Read more: Banner emergency department to break ground in Sun City this week

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