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CDC and FDA issue joint pause on Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine

On Tuesday morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a joint statement calling for a pause on the administration of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) coronavirus vaccine. The call came after the two agencies reviewed data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals who received the vaccine. Read more

UA COVID-19 Test Tracker

Daily (4/13)
1,119 6 0.5%
Total (8/4)
248,253 4,275 1.7%
Includes tests since August 4, 2020
Data from https://covid19.arizona.edu/updates
Updated April 13, 2021

The future for allergies: No more EpiPens?

Let’s say you have a child who has a severe peanut allergy. While they grab onto the monkey bars at a playground, peanut oil residue gets on their palms and they wipe their face. They go into anaphylactic shock and there is no EpiPen near you. What do you do? What could have you done to weaken their severe allergic reaction?  Read more

Multiverse theory: The possibilities of the universe

Throughout the existence of life on Earth, we have always been plagued with the question — are we alone? Regardless of humanity’s contrasting beliefs, there has always existed the undeniable fact that we are alive and something has made us this way. Read more

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation recognizes Banner Health hospitals for their commitment to LGBTQ health care

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization. HRC engages with communities and politicians to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. Their work touches all facets of society including political advocacy, support for disenfranchised LGBTQ communities as well as activism against stigma and limited access to LGBTQ-aware health care. Read more

UA professors' outlooks on online STEM education six weeks into fall semester

 Zoom is known globally as the go-to website for online schooling. Although it has made teaching accessible to millions of students, there is no doubt that the company has had its issues. Three University of Arizona professors have varying levels of frustration when it comes to teaching via Zoom. On a scale from one to 10, 10 being the most frustrated with Zoom, the professors' answers varied from three to 10 to even saying that it depends on the day.  Read more

Infection, isolation, confusion and resilience: The impact of COVID-19 on group homes for people with developmental disabilities

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.” Read more

Zoom MD: UA first-year medical students begin their virtual education

After six weeks of rigorous studying, first-year medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine have completed their first course — the Foundations Block. This rigorous six-week endeavor lays the grounds for the study of medicine. Central to this achievement is the advent of Zoom in medical education, a response to the raging COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more

New study finds less than 10% of Americans have antibodies against novel coronavirus

Now nearly seven months into the pandemic, the world has seen a wide gamut of strategies to battle the coronavirus. In Sweden, the futile attempt to induce herd immunity led to a sharp increase in the number of deaths nationwide. In the U.S., despite nearly 7.5 documented infections and over 200,000 reported deaths, a new study published in The Lancet on Sept. 25 found that under 10% of Americans have antibodies against the coronavirus. Read more