Arizona Bioscience News: UArizona researchers find link to severe COVID-19; Hospitals face staffing shortage; HealthTech Connect launches

August 26, 2021

By Matt Ellsworth

UA researchers find enzyme similar to one in snake venom could be leading cause of COVID-19 death / KOLD

University of Arizona researchers have found the circulation of an enzyme, which is in the same family as an enzyme in a rattlesnake’s venom, may be the most important factor in predicting which patients with severe COVID-19 will pass away. Read moreUA researchers: COVID behaves like rattlesnake venom in severe cases

Hospitals urge Arizonans to get vaccinated amid staff shortages and a COVID-19 surge / Arizona Republic

A continued surge of younger COVID-19 patients, a staffing shortage, and diminishing hospital bed capacity has Arizona hospital leaders urging residents to get vaccinated.

Sicker patients, nursing shortages: Arizona hospital leaders describe strain amid third COVID-19 wave / KJZZ

The number of Arizonans with COVID-19 in hospital intensive care units is at its highest point in six months and the state’s health care facilities, which are facing a nursing shortage, are increasingly strained.

Demand for COVID-19 testing in Arizona is high; sites are working to ramp up staffing, hours / Arizona Republic

COVID-19 testing has spiked, particularly among families with children, making it harder to secure appointments at some pharmacies and leading health organizations to hire more workers.

Arizona needs more health care workers. A new $100M Phoenix medical school will help fill gap / Arizona Republic

Creighton University has opened a new health sciences campus in midtown Phoenix with plans over the next few years to have 900 students at the four-year medical school and in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pharmacy, and physician assistant programs.

University of Arizona to launch HealthTech Connect to advance health technology / az tech beat

University of Arizona Health Sciences has announced it will launch HealthTech Connect, a consortium designed to build opportunities for companies and organizations to pursue cutting-edge innovations in health technology.

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