Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; Banner MD Anderson’s new lung cancer technology

September 9, 2021

By Matt Ellsworth

About 15% of COVID-19 cases in Arizona last month were breakthrough infections. Here’s what that means / Arizona Republic

About 15% of August COVID-19 cases in Arizona were breakthrough infections—up from 14% in July—which comes in tandem with a rise in cases over the summer as the highly contagious delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus took hold in the U.S. Read more: Unvaccinated Arizonans remain large majority of state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations

COVID-19 cases hit plateau in Arizona, but doctors warn increases on the way / Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona’s top doctors are seeing a gradual plateau in COVID-19 cases in Arizona, but it’s too early to breathe a sigh of relief—they expect hospitalizations to continue to increase. Read more: Delta variant continues to strain Arizona hospitals, nearly all patients are unvaccinated

UA prof exploring promising new COVID treatment / Tucson Local Media

A University of Arizona researcher is the senior author of a recently published study correlating higher levels of the sPLA2-IIA enzyme—which typically protects our bodies from pathogens by identifying bacteria membranes and ripping them apart—to COVID-19 severity and death.

New technology at Banner MD Anderson improves lung cancer diagnosis / AZ Big Media

A new robotic technology innovation that holds promise to fight lung cancer–the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide–is now in use at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Here are the companies making waves in Arizona’s technology industry / AZ Big Media (Op-ed)

Arizona has cemented itself as a more than legitimate option alongside the major U.S. technology hubs for our positive business climate, low corporate taxes, and the quality of life we offer executives and employees.

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