Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 surging, delta dominant in Arizona; CATS Tonometer cleared to market device; TGen study looks at reaction times

July 22, 2021

By Matt Ellsworth

COVID-19 is surging again in Arizona, ASU disease expert says / Arizona Republic

Arizona is in another surge of COVID-19, Biodesign Institute executive director Dr. Joshua LaBaer says, but most likely will look different from the previous surges and probably result in fewer hospitalizations and deaths.

The delta variant is now the dominant COVID-19 strain in Arizona, researcher says / Arizona Republic

The highly contagious delta variant appears to be the dominant strain of the COVID-19 virus in Arizona, mirroring what’s happening nationwide. Read more: Unchecked, COVID-19 could spawn variant current vaccines can’t stop

Local startup wins OK to market eye diagnostic device / Arizona Daily Star

Tucson medical startup CATS Tonometer has won federal clearance to market a disposable version of its device to measure internal eye pressure, with plans to start selling the instrument this fall.

Several factors besides age can affect mental processing speed / KJZZ

A TGen-led study using findings from its MindCrowd research project shows mental reaction times can slow due to normal aging as well as disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

Banner Health is requiring employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine by Nov. 1 / Arizona Republic

Phoenix-based Banner Health, Arizona’s largest private employer, says its entire workforce must get a COVID-19 vaccine by Nov. 1, becoming the first health system or hospital in the state to publicly announce mandatory COVID-19 vaccines. Read more: Banner Health mandating Covid-19 vaccine as condition of employment 

Arizona universities study vaccine hesitancy among Latinx communities / KNAU

More than three and a half million people have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Arizona, but only sixteen percent of those are Hispanic or Latino, even though that group is a third of the state’s population.

Navajo officials confident about reopening amid spread of delta variant in U.S. / Cronkite News

Cases of the delta variant are rising quickly in the U.S., but Navajo officials say they made the right decision earlier this month to reopen parts of the nation at 50% capacity.

Creighton University set to open Health Sciences Campus in Phoenix / KJZZ

Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, president of Creighton University, speaks about the school’s plans to open its 180,000-square-foot, $100 million Health Sciences Campus next month at Park Central in Phoenix.

University of Arizona study looks at cannabis terpenes and pain relief / KJZZ

Members of the pharmacology department at the University of Arizona College of Medicine are using a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study terpenes and chronic pain.

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