Arizona Science Desk


The Necessity Of A COVID-19 Booster Shot Still Unknown
While COVID-19 vaccines are proven to be effective, it is still unclear if a booster shot will be needed after the initial doses. Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix says it depends on immunity response.
Why COVID-19 Testing And Contact Tracing Still Matter
As COVID-19 trends downward, scientists and researchers are cautioning against de-emphasizing some of the factors that got us to this point. Two critical pieces: testing and contact tracing.
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Study Finds Surprising Variety Of Potential Hosts For Future Coronaviruses
A study suggests experts may have underestimated the surprising variety of animals that could become hosts for future coronaviruses.
Feb. 25, 2021
Study: Monarch Butterflies Continue To Decline In Mexico
The World Wildlife Fund pointed to illegal logging and climate impacts on milkweed as principal factors at play.
Feb. 26, 2021
AZ Health Department Expects Increase In Vaccine Supply In March, April
More than a million Arizonans have now had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Due to limited supply, shots are still only available to prioritized groups based on age or occupation. But the state health department expects supply to increase soon.
Feb. 26, 2021
Study: Vaccinating Older Americans Saves More Total Years Of Life
Those charged with prioritizing COVID-19 vaccines must balance stopping the most deaths against preserving the most years of remaining life. At first glance, that would seem to pit the old against the young. But new research shows the two criteria aren’t in conflict after all.
Feb. 26, 2021
How Our Homes Are Adapting To New Uses During Pandemic
When the pandemic first hit last spring, lots of people quickly moved to working from home; parents also had to find a good classroom space, as schools went remote. But, with lots of us still working from home, and some students still attending school online, our homes themselves are starting to change to accommodate these new uses.
Feb. 26, 2021
Daily Virus Cases Fall Below 1K For First Time In Months
Arizona’s daily tally of new COVID-19 cases fell below 1,000 for the first time in nearly three months Thursday. The state reported 939 new positive cases, the lowest daily report since Nov. 30.
Feb. 25, 2021
One-Dose Vaccine Could Soon Arrive In Arizona
An FDA panel will consider emergency use authorization for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Friday. Arizona’s health department director, Dr. Cara Christ, said if that vaccine gets authorization, doses could start arriving in our state as early as next week.
Feb. 24, 2021
Cancer Fund Aims To Alleviate Costs For Cancer Patients Through Venture Capitalism
An estimated 1.8 million people in the U.S. were diagnosed with some form of cancer in 2020. Research is being done around the clock for cures and improved treatments, but it's startlingly expensive. The Valley-based Cancer Fund has come online as a venture capital firm of sorts in the fight against the disease.
Feb. 24, 2021
Why 2020 Was A Stellar Year For Hunting Asteroids
The pandemic has had a huge, negative impact on so many things in our everyday lives. But it doesn’t seem to have had that effect on one particular profession — asteroid hunting.
Feb. 24, 2021
Why Yuma County Desperately Needs More Vaccines
Yuma County has been a hot spot for COVID-19 in Arizona; it has the fourth-most number of infections among counties in the state since the start of the pandemic. The Show spoke with Amanda Aguirre, president and CEO of the Regional Center for Border Health, for more about where things stand right now in Yuma County in terms of vaccines.
Feb. 24, 2021
Residents Near Luke Base Offered Bottled Water As Relief From Chemicals In Water Supply
The U.S. Air Force is providing bottled water to some homeowners and businesses located east of Luke Air Force Base. Sampling by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center and Valley Utilities Water Company show potentially harmful levels of industrial chemicals called PFASs in local drinking water.
Feb. 23, 2021
Researchers Unveil Sustainable Farming Methods For Southwest Farmers
Agriculture has been a major part of the state’s economy for a very long time, but droughts and heat waves have made many farmers’ jobs more difficult. But researchers from the University of Arizona and elsewhere around the southwestern U.S. and Mexico say they have a way for farmers to deal with climate change, while producing more and healthier food and using less water.
Feb. 23, 2021
Bill Would Allow Developers To Skip Apple Store, Google Play
Arizona lawmakers are moving forward on legislation effectively inserting themselves into the battle between phone app developers and tech giants Apple and Google. State Rep. Regina Cobb sponsored the bill that would free Arizona-based developers from having to use the Apple Store or Google Play to sell their apps.
Feb. 23, 2021
Banner CCO: Vaccine Is Way Out, But Work Remains
One of the leading medical voices in Arizona during the pandemic has been recognized for her work. Dr. Marjorie Bessel, chief clinical officer for Banner Health has been named one of the country’s 25 Women Leaders for 2021 by the health care news publication Modern Healthcare. The Show spoke with her for more about the honor and the latest vaccine shipment delays.
Feb. 22, 2021
Lenten Reflections: Abstaining From Excess During A Pandemic
The season of Lent started last Wednesday. For Catholics specifically, it is a time to focus on giving to others as well as abstaining from indulgences. But this past year has been so challenging, and suggesting people both give more and sacrifice comforts is a difficult task for spiritual leaders.
Feb. 22, 2021
Expectant Mothers Aren’t Getting Clear Guidance About COVID-19 Vaccines
Many people have questions about COVID-19 vaccinations. For pregnant women, there’s even more uncertainty — and some of the guidance has been confusing.
Feb. 22, 2021
What Happens When COVID-19 Invades The Brain
Banner Sun Health in Sun City is home to a brain and body donation program. Over the summer, the program received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to map the invasion of COVID-19 in the brain. Now, the preliminary results have been shared online.
Feb. 22, 2021
ASU Researchers Monitor Latest Mars Mission
Scientists continue to receive images and data from NASA's Perseverance and researchers from Arizona State University are monitoring the latest Mars mission.
Feb. 21, 2021
Weather-Related Shipping Delays Continue To Disrupt AZ Vaccine Plans
Expected shipments of coronavirus vaccines still haven’t arrived in Arizona after severe weather nationwide led to delays this week. The state health department shifted available doses among providers to cover appointments that were already booked. But some Arizona vaccinators did have to reschedule appointments.
Q&AZ: What You Need To Know About Getting The Vaccine
Feb. 19, 2021