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On Friday, Feb. 26, the Arizona Center for Disability Law, along with various other disability rights advocacy organizations and members of the disability community, sent a letter to Gov. Doug Ducey requesting a meeting to engage with disability rights organizations to discuss vaccine access to members of the Arizona Long Term Care System and their caregivers regardless of age and setting.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorization to be distributed and used for people ages 18 and above this past Saturday, Feb. 27. This comes the day after an independent advisory committee to the FDA voted to endorse the vaccine.
The pandemic hit people in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities community with many challenges and left an already marginalized group even more vulnerable. Prioritization of vaccination in this group is crucial, but Arizona’s vaccination plan for this community has been variable based on where one lives.
The Pima County Health Department has designated the University of Arizona to be one of the points of distribution for vaccination as a part of Phase 1B in the vaccine rollout plan. The UA will administer the Pfizer vaccine at no out-of-pocket expense. They will primarily be serving teachers, educators and childcare workers. This includes teachers, faculty and staff at the K-12 schools in Pima County, Pima Community College and over 15,000 faculty and staff at the UA.
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Exciting results from a new clinical study showed that a personalized vaccine combined with an immunotherapy drug had a promising response rate in patients with advanced incurable head and neck cancer.
The University of Arizona, in partnership with Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, made Arizona one of the 11 states that are participating in the National Institute of Health’s Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities. With a $1 million-a-year grant, the Arizona CEAL COVID Consortium is working with over 30 community leaders and organizations to identify and combat COVID-19-related health disparities.
One of the significant truths the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed is the vulnerability and disparity of resources between rural hospitals and academic centers like the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and an international team of researchers shows about 14% of cerebral palsy cases may be tied to de novo genetic mutations or mutations that appear in a child but not in the parents.
Pregnancy can be a very special, important, vulnerable and challenging time, characterized by uncertainties and worries. These uncertainties have been increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Group homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been one of the hardest hit by this pandemic. The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities defines intellectual disability as “a disability characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills.”
Recent new research from the University of Arizona College of Medicine shows that green light therapy has the potential to be a treatment for painful migraines.