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Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences have been awarded $1.3 million to study disparities in immune system response to COVID-19 through antibody testing in Arkansas. The study will follow about 450 men and women who are racially, ethnically and geographically diverse to examine the short and long-term impact of the virus on people of color.

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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest in Fayetteville is operating a drive-thru clinic for patients seeking medical exams, but are too wary of entering a medical facility during the pandemic. Dr. Hunter Judkins, medical director of the Family Medicine Residency Program, initiated the novel extension clinic.

 

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A federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant award is enabling the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest to develop a rural training track for medical school residents. Family physician Ronald Brimberry, M.D., an associate professor at UAMS-NW’s Family Medicine Residency Program, will direct the training track.

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Seven months into the global pandemic, most of us have grown accustomed to wearing cloth or surgical face masks to help prevent the spread of a COVID-19, but for individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired and rely on lipreading to understand what's being said to them, masks pose a serious communication barrier. At least there is a clear solution, experts say. 

A new campaign to create more conversations between medical professionals and patients includes three basic, but important, questions. Sheila Rene Garcia-Oliver, nurse educator with Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education with UAMS, tells us about the "Ask Me 3: Good Questions for Your Good Health" initiative.

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New models and simulations released by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Public Health show, among other things, that new daily COVID-19 cases could be reduced by two-thirds in a situation where all Arkansas students would attend school virtually.

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To help little ones cope with fears that may come with having an instructor with a partially covered face, Arkansas State University Childhood Services and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences partnered to create an informational book called My Teacher Wears a Mask. The book helps children understand the mask is for safety and contains activities adults can complete with kids to help them feel more comfortable with masks.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock released its latest COVID-19 forecast on July 30. Short-term models predict Arkansas will have a total of 55,000 coronavirus cases by Aug. 10. The report includes projections for hospitalizations, the need for intensive care and deaths, as well. It also examines the impact of COVID-19 on children and young adults as students get ready to return to school.

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Opinions on the use of face coverings continue to evolve since a COVID-19 pandemic was declared. Two experts with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences reveal which masks are best to wear, how to use them and what protections face coverings offer.  

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Researchers from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are creating and testing a long-lasting liquid anti-bacterial, anti-viral surface spray coating for both domestic and commercial use.

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