Arizona Bioscience News: New hospital to replace Maricopa Medical Center; UA awarded $3M for cerebral palsy study; Banner Health to increase valley fever screening

December 6, 2018

By Matt Ellsworth

Health care district board picks new chair, moves forward on Valley hospital construction / Phoenix Business Journal

The Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board voted to issue $450 million in bonds to build a new hospital to replace Maricopa Medical Center near downtown Phoenix while adding new ambulatory facilities and renovations of outpatient facilities and Maryvale Hospital.

University of Arizona researcher awarded $3M to study cerebral palsy / KTAR

A researcher at the University of Arizona has received a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study genomics in cerebral palsy, focusing on the one-third of people with cerebral palsy who don’t have the typical risk factors.

For a family with near-certainty of early Alzheimer’s, the search for a cure begins within / Being Patient

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is leading a clinical trial of an extended Colombian family with near certainty of getting Alzheimer’s disease with the first results expected in 2022.

Banner Health to start screening more pneumonia patients for valley fever / Arizona Republic

Phoenix-based Banner Health has a new protocol for physicians that the company suspects will increase screenings for valley fever, a potentially deadly and often misdiagnosed upper-respiratory infection.

UA Cancer Center hits major milestone in liver cancer research / KVOA

Immunotherapy will be used for the first time in clinical trials to treat liver cancer at the University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.