Arizona Bioscience News: NIH study on Hispanic response to illness; Humans can give pets COVID-19; Arizona cases surging

November 4, 2021

By Matt Ellsworth

UA researchers study why Hispanics fare better than whites when illness strikes / Arizona Daily Star

The University of Arizona $3.4 million study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, will investigate the social support networks and health outcomes of more than 670 Hispanic and non-Hispanic late-stage lung cancer patients over nearly three years.

Arizona leads U.S. in rate of surging COVID-19 cases / KJZZ

Arizona is leading the U.S. with a 50% bump in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks while much of the country is recovering from the most recent surge.

Arizona study shows COVID can go from humans to pets, but not other way / KTAR

A Translational Genomics Research Institute ongoing study—the first to include genomic sequencing of COVID-19 in infected people and their pets—has genetically documented the transmission of COVID-19 from humans to pets but not in the other direction.

Researchers say they have a vaccine that prevents Valley fever in dogs / KJZZ

Researchers from the University of Arizona College of Medicine say they’ve found a vaccine that effectively prevents Valley fever in dogs with hopes the two-dose veterinary vaccine could be on the market by 2023.

Arizona hospitals with Nov. 1 vaccine deadlines all report more than 95% compliance /KJZZ

Banner Health, Dignity Health, HonorHealth, and Valleywise Health all reported that more than 95% of its employees in Arizona hospitals have been vaccinated by their Nov. 1 deadline, with unvaccinated employees either being terminated, placed on unpaid leave, or granted an extension.

Microorganisms in gut can be influenced by a child’s socioeconomic status, study says / KOLD

A nationwide study led by Translational Genomics Research Institute found that a child’s socioeconomic status could influence the gut microbiome— a mix of trillions of microscopic organisms within the digestive tract—and shape the child’s health throughout his or her lifetime.

Questions and answers about giving the COVID-19 vaccine to kids ages 5-11 years old / Arizona Republic

State health officials say Arizona providers are ready to give the COVID-19 vaccine to every child whose family requests it and that federal partners have indicated pre-ordered vaccine doses will be on the ground within a day of the CDC director’s approval.

4th annual “Sisters in STEM” event kicks off at Saguaro High School /

The “Sisters in STEM” event invites elementary and middle school girls to take part in hands-on STEM activities including experiments in chemistry, biology, robotics, technology, engineering, and math.

Upcoming Events

November 5-7: International Oncolytic Virus Conference

November 9: BIO5 Ignites Science—Diverse Backgrounds and Thinking in STEM

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