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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

Wildfire season surges in southern and central Arizona

Wildfire season in Arizona is gaining traction and four major wildfires — the Bighorn Fire in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, the Tortolita Fire just north of Tucson, the Blue River Fire near Alpine and the Sawtooth Fire just east of Phoenix — are currently lighting up areas of southern and central Arizona. Read more

Mind Window: An app to see inside the mind

An app was developed to quantify human day-to-day thoughts. The app is called Mind Window and is available for both iOS and Android users. The researchers who developed the app use a method called experience sampling, where data is repeatedly collected at random moments during someone’s day-to-day life.  Read more

Two professors given first Integrative Medicine in Residency Award

As holistic approaches are becoming increasingly accepted in Western medicine, the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine has taken steps to recognize two professors. On April 2, the center awarded Dr. Noshene Ranjbar and Dr. Andrea Gordon with its first-ever Integrative Medicine in Residency Innovation Award. Read more

Antibody testing in Pima County underway

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow around the nation, the University of Arizona is taking drastic steps in order to increase testing and keep Arizona’s general public as safe as possible. Read more

Pools in a pandemic: 'Extra precautions' needed to reopen

The University of Arizona Student Recreation Center pool is an oasis for students looking for a cold release from triple-digit temperatures. Despite Gov. Doug Ducey lifting restrictions on gyms and apartment pools during the COVID-19 pandemic, the pool remains closed. Read more

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities: a battleground for COVID-19

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities: The index case of COVID-19 in the U.S. started here in the state of Washington and to date, these facilities make up a very large percentage of deaths related to COVID-19. As of May 22, roughly 42% of COVID-19 deaths across the nation have occurred in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, according to The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity. Read more

Summertime sunshine: A potential link between vitamin D and COVID-19

As pretty much every state around the nation begins to open up in phases, it can sometimes be too easy to put the past behind us and forget about the nature of the highly transmissible novel coronavirus. As of May 19, there have been over 1.5 million confirmed cases alongside 92,000 confirmed deaths in the U.S. The country as a whole has seen a downward trend in both cases and number of deaths recently, but as people start to adventure out of their homes, this trend could very easily revert back upward. Read more