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(NAPSI)—It’s a fact: as men age, their bodies produce less testosterone. However, some men, whose bodies make very little or no testosterone, could have a condition called hypogonadism. The effects of hypogonadism and “Low T” could be a game changer for some men.
(NAPSI)—Each year in the United States, nearly 16,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer. And on any given day, as many as 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Beyond its debilitating symptoms, the death rate for Alzheimer’s is on the rise.
(NAPSI)—If you’re a man who is carrying a few extra pounds, there’s good news. Any time can be the right time to start and strengthen healthier habits and lose the weight.
The development of the University of Arizona’s presence in downtown Phoenix continues, with another milestone hit this week.
(NAPSI)—As mothers, we tend to put everyone else first. Our children and our family are often our #1 priorities—we do whatever is necessary to make sure their needs are met, often times pushing our own needs to the side, including those things we need to do to make sure we keep ourselves healthy. As we celebrate the coming of spring and the joy of Mother’s Day, we take time to reflect on what motherhood means, and now is the perfect time to think about steps you can take to better ensure that you will be there for your children, to guide and celebrate them along the way for years to come.
A team of researchers in the University of Arizona’s College of Pharmacy has discovered a molecular pathway that could be key to creating new therapeutics that would slow or even reverse the progression of end-stage liver disease.
As the United States’ longest running conflict – the Afghanistan War – draws to a close, the demand for medical, social, financial, educational and other services for veterans is increasing dramatically.
U.S. Rep. Ron Barber has acted to spur research into preventing suicides – an especially troubling problem in Arizona which has a suicide rate almost 30 percent above the national average with one person dying by suicide every eight hours.
1. The House votes to raise the debt ceiling
1. Lou Reed dies at 71
The University of Arizona's Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques Center is recognized in a new survey as an international model for higher education institutions when it comes to aiding students with learning and attention challenges.
Albert Pesqueira, Assistant Chief of Support Services at the Northwest Fire District, announces his retirement after 44 years in the fire service. His last day in office will be Friday, September 20, 2013.
1. MANNING VERDICT EXPECTED TODAY
It is likely a daily occurrence: People hold well-intentioned meetings that ultimately turn out to be ineffective.
Why? The list of variables can be astonishingly long, said Joseph Bonito, a University of Arizonacommunication professor who specializes in small group communication.
A clash in personality types can result in failed meetings just as a differentiation of rank can result in lower engagement. Likewise, the failure to communicate expectations during and after the meeting can be problematic.
Despite such a striking range of variables, because meetings purportedly exist in certain settings to engage interaction and important decision-making processes, Bonito's research agenda advances what is known about effective and ineffective group-based communication and successful decision making processes.
"How we communicate, how we discuss is essential," said Bonito, who specifically studies the communication patterns that lead to effective decision making.
Bonito is currently engaged in two investigations of group communication, one involving staff members in smoking cessation programs; the other studying individuals involved in Lego building competitions.
"Part of what happens when we have group discussion is somewhat predictable and formulaic, but a lot of it is also unpredictable and dynamic," he said. "The question is how those two parts are put together by people in groups to come up with an outcome that is reasonable and acceptable to all."
In one study, Bonito serves as the co-investigator with other researchers at The University of Arizona Cancer Center on a National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute grant. The team is examining the North American Quitline Consortium, a network of publicly funded smoking cessation providers in the U.S. and Canada.
Research findings on the quitlines has already been peer-reviewed and published in an April issue of Health Communication.
Bonito was lead author on the co-authored paper, "Assessing the Preconditions for Communication Influence on Decision Making: The North American Quitline Consortium," with researchers from the State University of New York at Brockport, the North American Quitline Consortium, or NAQC, and the UA Cancer Center.
All 50 states in the U.S. have quitlines, which were mandated by a court settlement after tobacco companies were sued for misleadingly marketing their product, contributing to nicotine addiction.
The quitlines provide services to smokers who want to discontinue their smoking habit. Smokers call to speak to a quitline representative, who makes available a variety of services, such as counseling, a nicotine patch, or a "text to quit" service that provides smokers with a daily message on the benefits of living a smoking-free life.
For the investigation, Bonito and his team targeted 269 participants, all affiliated with the NAQC, and evaluated how the information regarding smoking cessation services was being shared. For example, quitlines have conferences, bulletin boards and blogs where service providers post information about a service that they believe to be successful in helping smokers quit.
"Communication patterns in groups tend to rely on a variety of factors," said Jennifer Ervin, a UA communication graduate student and Bonito's research assistant. "These factors include: What is the ultimate goal of the group? Does a consensus need to be made? Is there a clear solution or is it more subjective? Is equal participation required?"
In order to answer these questions, Bonito and his colleagues embarked on a network analysis that included sending quitlines a survey for three consecutive years.
Among other things, the team found that perceived organizational values and attitudes greatly influenced decisions around adopt cessation practices. Also influential were mandates and budgeting considerations. But the team found that those "internal constraints," such as values and attitudes internal to an organization, were important contributors to the adoption of quitlines.
Ultimately, the team's findings indicated that consensus was crucial in determining the adoption of quitlines; that assigning an individual decision-maker was less effective. The finding is somewhat counter to the belief that there must exist a single, leading voice to enact change.
In an unrelated but thematically similar project, Bonito is leading an investigation of communication among Lego League building teams.
Bonito and his collaborators are studying the decision-making processes of local Lego robotics teams, a project inspired by his four-year stint as the coach of his son's team.
The main goal of the Lego robotics teams is to teach children how to work together and the importance of teamwork, Ervin noted.
"It's really exciting to see these children evolve and learn to work together," she said.
Each group is given sets of instructions for how to build and program their robot to perform certain tasks. Groups then compete at regional, state and national competitions where robot performance and design are judged, as are teamwork skills, which include clarity of team goals, balanced involvement and time management.
Bonito and his team are investigating how team members set certain group-based values, work together and manage the communication process. The team videotapes the children as they work in groups to assemble a Lego robot. The researchers also will gauge team success, based on the evaluation of judges, to determine which communication practices contribute to performance for those who place well in the competition versus those who do not.
"I am fully convinced that children learn about teamwork from, among other things, how their families handle decision making on issues large and small," Bonito said. "This gives us a chance to see how children learn about and practice team work."
In fact, the next phase of Bonito's work on the developmental teamwork processes of children includes asking parents to explain how they taught their kids about teamwork.
Coupled with the investigation of smoking cessation teams, Bonito hopes the Lego team investigation will eventually enhance what is known about effective group-based communication.
"If it were so easy to predict group outcomes from the types of people chosen to be in a group, what is the point in having a meeting at all? But we expect something to happen in meetings – that's what group discussion is all about," Bonito said.
"We assume that group decision making is superior to how individuals decide, but that doesn't happen by magic," he said. "There is something about that process that leads me to believe that communication scholars can have some bearing on understanding why. By being able to understand things, we can tell people how to be better at what they do."
Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals, Inc., or CPP, has helped launch a phase-III clinical trial to test the efficacy of a combination drug that has shown promise of preventing colon cancer. CPP was founded in 2008 to apply decades' worth of systematic, basic research led by University of Arizona professor emeritus Eugene Gerner and former UA researcher Frank Meyskens to improve clinical practice.
Hit the links for Tucson’s newest golf tournament: ZERO Prostate Cancer Golf - Tucson! Join Arizona Institute of Urology and ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort. The tournament is part of the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge, America’s premier men’s health event series, taking place in cities across the nation in 2013.
Men and women approaching age 50 often shudder when their doctor informs them it’s almost time for a screening colonoscopy. But regular screening, beginning at age 50, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For four years, students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix have worked toward "Match Day" – the day they learn where they will spend the next several years as resident-physicians, a major step in building a medical career.
Instead of being attentive to what is right, some people tend to overemphasize what is wrong: why relationships do not work out, why diets fail, why personal finances are out of order, why bad luck always seems to arrive.
Pima County Public Health Director Francisco García has been named to a federal task force designed to improve the health of all Americans.
Ground officially was broken today on The University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center/Dignity Health outpatient facility in downtown Phoenix.
Located on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus at 625 N. Sixth St., on the northwest corner of Fillmore and Seventh streets, the center is expected to be open in 2015. The University is leasing the land from the City of Phoenix.
The 220,000-square-foot, five-story, $100 million facility will offer comprehensive cancer services, including infusion, radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging, endoscopic/interventional radiology, a women’s center, specialized cancer clinics, patient wellness and support services, a prevention/executive health clinic, clinical lab space and other related support spaces.
Under an affiliation agreement approved by the Arizona Board of Regents and Dignity Health Arizona, St. Joseph’s, which is a part of Dignity Health, will operate inpatient clinical cancer services at its main hospital campus and outpatient services at the new downtown facility. Until the new facility opens the hospital will continue to provide outpatient services.
"Today the University of Arizona Cancer Center begins to fulfill the promise to serve the entire state of Arizona made to former State House Speaker Burton Barr in 1982 when the Arizona Legislature approved our state funding, and to the National Cancer Institute in 2009 when it approved our Cancer Center Support Grant for the seventh time," said Dr. David S. Alberts, UACC director.
"We believe this facility and the extraordinary combined medical talents from St. Joseph's and UA Cancer Center will allow us to reach new heights in providing extraordinary cancer care," said Linda Hunt, president and chief executive officer, Dignity Health Arizona.
"This groundbreaking reflects the University of Arizona's commitment to bettering the lives of all Arizonans," saidUA President Ann Weaver Hart. "We are most grateful to our partners and the City of Phoenix for helping to achieve this milestone. The potent combination of leading-edge research and exemplary patient care means that today is a new day for cancer patients in Arizona."
"The University of Arizona Cancer Center and the College of Medicine, both located on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, officially will make downtown Phoenix a world-class center for medical innovation and care," Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. "Not only will the UACC be an economic engine for our city and state, contributing to our downtown urban core, but we'll also be on the forefront of cancer care and finding the cure. Thank you to our partners at UA and St. Joseph's for working with the City of Phoenix as we continue to work together toward a strong future."
The UA Cancer Center is one of just 41 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. It is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center headquartered in Arizona and serving the entire state through a network of affiliated health-care organizations and community physicians.
Follow the project’s construction progress online.
The construction is the latest project for the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, which is anchored by the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix and includes the Translational Genomics Research Institute. The university colleges of public health, pharmacy and nursing all have activities on the downtown Phoenix along with programs from Northern Arizona University’s College of Health and Human Services.