Colon Cancer Expert Joins UA/Banner as Chief of Gastroenterology

Tucson, Arizona - Juanita L. Merchant, MD, PhD, a renowned physician-scientist who has made paradigm-shifting contributions to understanding the gastric response to chronic inflammation and colon cancer, joins the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson faculty this month as the new chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Medicine.

Leader in Disabilities Education Jared Schultz, PhD, Joins UA College of Education and UA Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities

Tucson, Arizona - Dr. Schultz will teach graduate counseling courses in the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program in the UA College of Education. As the research director for the Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities, he will conduct research on current programs, as well as develop new research and programming initiatives.

NIH and Prostate Cancer Foundation launch large study on aggressive prostate cancer in African-American men

Washington, DC - The largest coordinated research effort to study biological and non-biological factors associated with aggressive prostate cancer in African-American men has begun. The $26.5 million study is called RESPOND, or Research on Prostate Cancer in Men of African Ancestry: Defining the Roles of Genetics, Tumor Markers, and Social Stress. It will investigate environmental and genetic factors related to aggressiveness of prostate cancer in African-American men to better understand why they disproportionally experience aggressive disease - that is, disease that grows and spreads quickly - compared with men of other racial and ethnic groups.

New hospital certification raises standard of care for patients with advanced heart failure

Dallas, Texas - Ensuring patients with heart failure have access to the latest evidence-based care, and improved outcomes and quality of life, is at the core of a hospital certification program offered by the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and The Joint Commission, the nation’s largest independent health care evaluation organization. Advanced Certification for Heart Failure is the first of multiple, jointly offered cardiac certifications that will be made available to hospitals seeking to implement exceptional efforts to foster better quality of care and outcomes for patients with cardiovascular disease.

Win Opportunity Knocks Recalls Fresh and Frozen, Raw Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. Coli O45, O103 and O145 Contamination

Washington, DC - Win Opportunity Knocks, doing business as Ottomanelli Wholesale Meats Inc., a St. Petersburg, Fla. establishment, is recalling approximately 6,020 pounds of fresh and frozen, raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O45, O103 and O145, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.