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It’s a conversation no one wants to have: telling a patient that it’s time to turn in his car keys. Driving means freedom, and for many people it’s part of their identity. But however uncomfortable, it’s a crucial talk to have when certain health conditions have reached a point where driving is unsafe, both for the patient and others sharing...
Arizona State University is a key player in a new health research initiative designed to harness the expertise of scientists across the state to treat diseases like cancer and address such problems as unequal access to health care. The Arizona Wellbeing Commons is a statewide collaboration of the three public universities, health providers, practitioners and community partners such as the...
Growing up the daughter of a medical doctor, Swapna Reddy is no stranger to the health-care system. Her mother managed the front office of her father’s practice in Houston, Texas, where Reddy picked up the family business. This exposure at a young age to the ins and outs of health care gave Reddy an intimate understanding of the challenges facing...
One of the greatest difficulties plaguing efforts to find effective treatments for Alzheimer’s is the enormous lag between the disease’s inception and the appearance of clinical symptoms, according to Paul Coleman, an Alzheimer’s researcher at the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center. In a new study, Coleman and his colleagues demonstrate the promise of an early blood test for Alzheimer’s disease...
Diamonds are among the most coveted objects in the world. As gemstones, they are brilliant, rare and symbolic. As a raw material, they are a physicist’s best friend. If you think about certain characteristics of a material — hardness, for example, or ability to conduct heat — diamonds are usually at one extreme end of the spectrum. “It’s surprising that...
The title of doctor, whether medical or academic, carries a certain weight. After all, you don’t become one without a great deal of time, dedication and expertise. ASU Professor Patricia Friedrich and her husband, ASU Associate Professor Luiz Mesquita, are both doctors. Yet when they attended professional events together, she noticed an odd discrepancy. “People would refer to him as...
Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. To read more top stories from 2017, click here . Last fall the nation’s most innovative university and the world leader in patient care and research formalized a dynamic relationship of more than a decade with the announcement of the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University Alliance...
Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University Alliance for Health Care has chosen eight Alliance Fellows to be part of the inaugural Faculty in Residence program. The six-week program is designed to facilitate long-term collaborations between faculty members and research teams at Mayo Clinic and ASU. This includes fellows involved in science, engineering, biomedical informatics, economics, information systems and biomechanics. Fellows...
One of the nation’s leading proponents of digital medicine shared his thoughts and predictions on the future of health care Wednesday night at Arizona State University's Marston Exploration Theater. Eric Topol, internationally renowned cardiologist, geneticist, author and researcher, delivered the W. P. Carey School of Business' seventh annual McKenna Lecture to a crowd of more than 200 faculty, students and...
January 2017 marks the beginning of a new year, a new administration and a new opportunity to provide thoughtful input as the U.S. continues the discussion surrounding health care reform. To inform the development of alternative payment models that ensure access to, and sustainability of, high-quality health care in America, Arizona State University’s School for the Science of Health Care...

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