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Cancer draws a line across a life: before diagnosis, and after. Who you were then, and who you are now. For many, who they are now might be a surprise. They are people who navigate river rapids, jump off cliffs and paddle dragon boats in foreign waters — even if they didn’t consider themselves athletes before. ASU alumna and breast cancer survivor Kathy Sullivan has been paddling with the Phoenix Desert Dragons for two years. The group, established in 2010, is one of 213 dragon boat teams...
In 1999, when Americans watched as Michael J. Fox — beloved to many as the smooth, wisecracking Marty McFly — swayed and shifted uncontrollably, clenching and unclenching his fists as he provided solemn testimony to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the realities of life with Parkinson’s, it drew attention to a disease that affects nearly 1 million people in the U.S. and nearly 5 million worldwide. Like many neurological disorders, Parkinson’s disease, or PD, is characterized by...
Minerals in certain natural blue clays appear highly effective against major bacterial infections.
According to a study from the National Center for Education Statistics, 92 million adults in the United States are enrolled in some type of educational program, with approximately two-thirds of them taking a work-related course. As the New American University, Arizona State University is committed to expanding access to education on all levels, reaching both degree-seeking and noncredit learners. ASU’s Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) program looks to provide learning pathways for...
Journalists from the New York Times, CBS News, the Washington Post and Univision are among the participants of a new medical journalism program created by Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Sixteen journalists from across the country are in Arizona this week as part of the Mayo Clinic-Cronkite Fellowship, which provides five days of intensive medical journalism training at Mayo Clinic campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale and the...
With the midterm elections just months away, the issue of health care is once again a topic of conversation in the halls of Congress, in boardrooms and at dinner tables across the country. To understand where the Affordable Care Act stands today and what consequences the November election may bring, ASU Now spoke with Swapna Reddy, clinical assistant professor in the College of Health Solutions. Question: What happened to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Where does it currently stand? Answer:...
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine recently held a national summit on innovations in physician diversity sponsored in part by Arizona State University. The two-day conference in February, “Pathways to Physician Diversity: A National Summit,” focused on encouraging a national conversation and exploring the current state of pathways for students traditionally underrepresented in medicine. The conference brought together stakeholders invested in improving the diversity of students entering medical...
In the search for treatments of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers are now looking for new approaches to understand how the progressive disease starts so they can better put a stop to it. David Brafman, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, partnered with Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Richard J. Caselli to use a stem-cell-based approach to identify causes of Alzheimer’s disease in people with various levels of risk based on...
The Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Faculty Summer Residency is designed to facilitate ongoing collaborations between faculty members and teams at Mayo Clinic and ASU. The intent is to provide support so that ASU faculty members may spend time over the course of the summer working as part of a Mayo Clinic team. This program is designed to assist with faculty members who also need travel support for work done outside of the state of Arizona, in particular at Mayo Clinic sites in Rochester,...
Arizona State University lost one of its most generous supporters last week with the death of Bruce Halle, who built Discount Tire from one small showroom in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1960 into one of the most successful independent tire dealerships in the industry’s history. Strong advocates for social justice, higher education, health and medical initiatives and the arts, Halle and his wife, Diane, have channeled their generosity to a range of ASU initiatives since 1985. Their most recent gift...

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