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Sept 17th, 2022 - ABC15 Arizona
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Dr. Shad spoke with Nohelani Graf at ABC15 Arizona focusing on the most pressing health issues facing the Hispanic community specifically why rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease are among the highest for Latinos.
Aug 31st, 2022 - ABC15 Arizona
We’ve all been affected by the heat, in one way or another. The high temperatures we are experiencing don’t just have the potential to cause physical damage. Earlier this week I spoke with Luzdelia Caballero with ABC15 Arizona about how these soaring temperatures can affect mental health as well.
Aug 30th, 2022 - ABC15 Arizona
For most people the start of the day begins with a cup of coffee, tea or energy drink. These days caffeinated water is making a splash. Dr. Shad speaks with Nohelani Graf at ABC15 Arizona to discuss if this caffeinated option is better for you and the health risks associated with too much caffeine.
Aug 27th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
Incidents of thunderstorm asthma have been documented in the US and Australia. Surprisingly, it's not the dust but, the lightning causing the reaction. ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti explains how the osmotic forces in lightning can rupture otherwise minuscule pollen grains and mold. The wind then releases them into the air, making them easy to inhale.
Aug 16th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
With flu season just around the corner, and updated COVID-19 boosters, health officials say when you get them is becoming more and more important. ABC15’s Heath Insider Dr. Shad says this is a balancing act health experts run into every year with the flu.
August 9th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
A new study shows reinfection of COVID-19 could increase your risk of lasting health problems. Dr. Shad Marvasti says that's a major shift in typical virus behavior where we often build up an immunity each time we get sick.
August 8th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America but as more people step onto the court, a growing number of players are also having to step into the doctor's office. Valley doctors say the issue is two-fold.
August 6th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
Kids continue returning to class all month, but many missed critical wellness checks during the pandemic. Dr. Shad Marvasti talks about which check-ups kids should update and also what they can expect from a sports physical.
July 30th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
Everyone wants a better night’s sleep but, how do we make it happen? ABC 15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti discusses the health impact of not getting sound sleep. He also outlines foods that will help and hurt your sleep answering the question, does warm milk really work?
July 23rd, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
As we age, we are all looking for ways to turn back the clock and, at the very least, not feel older. ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti discusses the five best foods for optimal aging and preventing diseases that can shorten your lifespan.
July 16th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
It’s not uncommon to see kids playing & swimming in the storm water but, there is a health danger like parasites and infections in open sores. Dr. Shad Marvasti discusses what can happen if you develop a parasite and why picking one up can be as simple as touching something sitting in flood water and then touching your face.
July 9th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
Valley Fever is a unique health risk in the desert. ABC 15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti discusses the symptoms and how can you differentiate Valley Fever from colds or COVID-19 as well as best practices to minimize your exposure risk.
July 2nd, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
We're spending more time pool and lakeside right now which means more sun exposure and an increased risk of skin cancer. In this segment, ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti talks about specific red flags to look for when you check your skin and moles.
June 21st, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
If your child has already had COVID, maybe during the Delta wave, ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says you should still vaccinate them. He says even natural immunity wanes and they can get sick again without it.
June 19th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
In this ABC15 Health Insider, Dr. Shad Marvasti talks about the red flags that should not be ignored, including shooting pain, numbness, or the loss of bladder control. He also discusses treatment options beyond prescription medications.
June 11th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
Stomach flu typically spikes among kids and teenagers during the summer. and the biggest risk is dehydration. In this Health Insider, Dr. Shad Marvasti talks about how easily Gastroenteritis is transmitted, as well as what signs to watch for in your kids.
June 4th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
As the Valley is on the brink of extreme heat, we heard from ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti to get a deeper understanding of what happens to the body when it's exposed to extreme temperatures.
June 1st, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
As the weather warms up, it's important to pay attention to your body and know the warning signs of a heat-related illness. ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti described to ABC15 some of the symptoms you should look out for.
May 28th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
We are wrapping up Mental Health Awareness month talking about ACEs — Adverse Childhood Events/Experiences. ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says these are early traumas that can impact social and emotional behaviors later in life.
May 21st, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
Stress is what we often think about first when it comes to mental health. This week as we continue to focus on Mental Health Awareness Month, we talk with ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti about the array of health issues that are caused by stress.
May 14th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In this chat, ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti talks more about how to be resilient while also seeking treatment and why combating loneliness starts with saying 'Yes' to invitations and social activities.
May 10th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
Health experts in Arizona are on the lookout for unexplained cases of hepatitis in kids. According to the CDC, more than 100 children in 24 states have tested positive for the virus. Most of those patients had to be hospitalized and five of them have died.
May 7th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
In this interview, ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti discusses basic mental health terms and outlines the difference between acute and chronic stress and the effect both can have on our overall health.
May 3rd, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
Valley doctors are seeing two health issues play out with a common denominator that's ironic in the desert — a lack of sunshine. When the real heat sets in, most people retreat indoors to hide from it and cool down with air conditioning.
April 30th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
Focusing on Infertility Awareness Week, ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti is talking about the options available for couples trying to conceive and the lifestyle changes that could aid the process.
April 23rd, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
Pat's Run is back in person after a two-year hiatus and often inspires participants to keep joining other races. Making sure your body recovers quickly and doesn't leave you aching for days is the focus of this Health Insider chat with Dr. Shad Marvasti.
April 16th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
Testicular cancer is one of the most common cancers among men. Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says it's important to listen to your body and make note of any changes you notice, as it could signal a health concern.
April 2nd, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
It's ironic to live in the Valley of the Sun and learn you are vitamin D deficient when the sun is our best source for it. In this ABC15 Health Insider conversation, Dr. Shad Marvasti is explaining that our hotter climate contributes to people spending more time inside than out.
Mar 26th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
Dr. Shad spoke with Nohelani Graf at ABC15 Arizona about how not only does nutrition have a direct correlation to cancer risk but the foods you eat could also prevent cancer, cancer recurrence and minimize the side effects of chemotherapy.
March 19th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
More than 100 million people live with diabetes and diet is key to managing the disease — but diet can also help improve and even reverse the diagnosis. ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says he's successfully used carefully customized diet plans to reverse Type 2 diabetes for hundreds of patients.
Feb 12th, 2022 - ABC15
As we focus on Heart Health Month, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women — more than any cancer. ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says several factors cause signs of heart disease to go overlooked in women. He says historically doctors put more focus on men than women, though that is changing starting with the teachings in medical school.
Jan 7th, 2022 - CBSN
The world surpasses 300 million COVID-19 cases as the spike in new infections in the U.S. fueled by the Omicron variant shows no signs of slowing down. Dr. Shad Marvasti, an associate professor and the director of public health, prevention and health promotion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, joins CBSN's Lana Zak to discuss the latest.
Jan 3rd, 2022 -Fox4 Florida
Dr. Shad Marvasti said with a majority of Americans dealing with weight problems, that can be a major risk factor for COVID-19. He hopes people will trying eating healthier in 2022, because a good diet can protect you from a severe case of the virus.
Dec 31st, 2021 -AZfamily
"Often times we take on too much, too quickly and we fail,” said Dr. Marvasti. "If you start low and go up slow, then you build momentum and that building of momentum goes toward lasting changes that can optimize your health."
Dec 20th, 2021 - Newsy
"I think it's a wake up call for us to really rejuvenate metabolic health to really pour in resources into primary prevention, to change the school lunch program, to have healthy breakfasts, breakfast and lunch available for children," University of Arizona's Dr. Farshad Marvasti said.
Nov 24th, 2021 -12News Arizona
Plant-based diets are all the rage now as Americans want to live longer, healthier lives. Dr. Shad Marvasti, Director of Public Health, Prevention and Health Promotion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix tells 12 News there’s no question, food choice can make or break longevity.
Oct 14th, 2021 -CBS News
An FDA advisory panel unanimously voted to recommend Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine booster six months after initial vaccination for vulnerable Americans.
Oct 14th, 2021 - KTAR News
University of Arizona medical students will soon deliver healthy meals to the homes of cancer patients in Phoenix as part of a partnership with a Valley-based nonprofit organization. The Joy Bus collects and cooks donated food for volunteers to deliver to cancer patients around the Valley.
Sept 15th, 2021 - Parade
“For optimal lung health make sure to drink plenty of water, as your lungs utilize water to keep your airways clean and clear of mucous and inflammatory build up,” explains Farshad Fani Marvasti, MD, the director of the Public Health, Prevention & Health Promotion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.
June 28th, 2021 -Yahoo Finance
Dr. Shad Marvasti Director of Public Health Prevention and Health Promotion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, joined Yahoo Finance Live to break down why he thinks bringing back the mask mandate to combat the Delta variant of COVID-19 is a good idea.
June 7th, 2021 -CBS News
As CBS News’ Janet Shamlian reports, there are mounting concerns about the slowing pace of coronavirus vaccinations in the U.S. as President Biden's July 4 goal nears. Southern states are struggling to convince people to roll up their sleeves. Dr. Shad Marvasti joined CBSN's Elaine Quijano to discuss the day's headlines.
March 30th, 2018 - USA Today
Too much sugar in a child’s diet is one of the major contributors to childhood obesity which can lead to premature diabetes and heart disease. Studies have shown that reducing sugar content from 28 to 10 percent of total calories in children can help them lose weight and have a significant impact on cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
March 7th, 2021 - NBC News
NBC News’ Steve Patterson travelled to neighboring states Arizona and New Mexico to get an inside look at their different approaches to handling the pandemic. Medical experts and business owners from each state weigh in on how the responses affected them.
April 26th, 2021 -The Healthy
“Turmeric is a very strong anti-inflammatory,” says Dr. Marvasti. “It also has benefits for heart disease prevention and dementia. We notice in cultures that eat more turmeric that people have a much lower incidence of dementia. Turmeric absorption in supplements can be increased with piperine or black pepper.
April 14th, 2021 - NPR
"What is clear from a number of studies is that there's a strong relationship in terms of your levels prior to infection. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with an increase in cytokines — "cell to cell chemical messengers that are responsible for inflammation" — and lower levels of protective immune cells, Marvasti said.
Feb 4th, 2018 - Insider
It's no secret that what goes in must come out. And when the foods you're putting in your body are processed, there's a good chance you'll experience some digestive issues. "These foods have various chemicals and additives in them that are very difficult for our bodies to digest and process,"
April 18th, 2020 -The Healthy
Exercise benefits your immune system in many ways. It can increase blood flow, help clear bacteria out of your airways, cause a brief elevation in body temperature that may be protective, strengthen antibodies to help fight infection, and reduce stress hormones.
December 10th, 2020 - MSNBC
With over 90% of Arizona’s ICU beds full and now with the highest COVID transmission rate in the nation, there are still no new mitigation measures since the summer here in Arizona to help stop the spread making it frustrating for nurses, doctors and health care workers as they continue to battle COVID-19.
June 12th, 2020 - CNBC
In his most watched interview with over 900,000 views, Dr. Shad joins joins 'Power Lunch' to discuss the Coronavirus crisis in the state of Arizona and what policies needs to be put in place to prevent further cases from surging across the state.
June 12th, 2020 - CNBC
Dr. Shad Marvasti, a family medicine physician and the director of public health, prevention and health promotion at The University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, joined CBSN's Lana Zak to discuss the day's coronavirus headlines.
July 25th, 2020 - ABCNews
Public health experts such as Dr. Shad Marvasti, told ABC News it would be irresponsible to open these centers during the height of the pandemic.
July 19th, 2021 - Washington Post
Two months after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaccinated individuals didn’t need to wear masks in most settings, a growing number of experts are warning it’s time to put them back on.
January 11th, 2021 - Yahoo Finance
Dr. Shad Marvasti, joins 'joins Yahoo Finance's Kristin Myers to discuss the surge in coronavirus cases in Arizona, why he believes it could have been prevented, and how hospitals are overwhelmed.
July 17th, 2020 - Washington Post
“Young people are not living in a vacuum,” said Farshad Fani Marvasti, director of public health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix. “They’re interacting with people who are more susceptible.”
July 19th, 2021 - Bloomberg Law
Leading cities through the biggest public health crisis in a century has come with a lasting side effect for mayors: state clampdowns on their authority to address the next emergency. “Our hands are tied and I think that’s a mistake,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti,
June 29th, 2020 - CNBC
Dr. Shad Marvasti, University of Arizona College of Medicine, joins 'Power Lunch' to discuss the rise in coronavirus cases in Arizona and what he's seeing on the front lines.
October 6th, 2020 - Arizona PBS
“I’m actually very disappointed and saddened by his choice of words,” Dr. Marvasti said. “I understand that maybe he is trying to show his strength. But as president it is really critical to show sympathy for the over 210,000 lives that have been lost...It’s not about fear, it’s about following the science, and in the role of president, it’s important that you reinforce the science on public health and not undermine it.”
June 29th, 2021 - Arizona PBS
It’s the end of June in Arizona. That means dangerous triple-digit temperatures are the norm. The Arizona Department of Health Services reports that nearly 3,000 people visit emergency rooms for heat-related illnesses every year. We spoke with Dr. Shad Marvasti, Director of Public Health at the University of Arizona, about how to stay safe in the summer heat.
June 6th, 2020 - USA Today
The Arizona tally of hospitalizations statewide of patients with suspected and positive COVID-19 reached a record high of 1,234 on Thursday. Hospitalization numbers are not influenced by testing rates, experts say. "I don't think the amount of testing that we have has increased that significantly, to be able to account for such a big jump in seven days. It's hard with these numbers, being as dramatic as they are, to say that it's only due to increased testing" Dr. Shad
July 20th, 2020 - Univision
En Phoenix ya se han recibido ocho contenedores refrigerados con una capacidad de almacenamiento de hasta 21 cadáveres cada uno y se espera que durante la semana lleguen seis más. Las autoridades de salud precisan que aún no entrarán en uso. Por su parte, el médico Chad Marvasati asegura que se necesitan más pruebas de covid-19 para hacerle frente a la pandemia e indica que los resultados de los test están tardando "demasiado tiempo".
Sept 29th, 2021 - Arizona PBS
Arizona is seeing a significant increase in cases of West Nile virus. Last year, as of September 20th, Maricopa County had just three cases of the virus. This year the county reported 104-cases and counting. “West Nile disease is an infection that comes from the West Nile Virus and it’s something that is seasonal in North America, it’s a seasonal epidemic, it flares up in the summer and continues into the fall and you can only get it through mosquito bites. The mosquitos have bitten usually an infected bird…and then you basically get the infection,” Marvasti said.
July 1st, 2021 - USNews
Shad Marvasti of the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix says that the CDC needs to be "proactive about trends like this" and suggests gathering together experts to come up with a consensus statement on the situation. "I think convening a consensus conference among the experts and being able to come out with some kind of interim recommendation about this as soon as possible should be a top priority for the CDC," Marvasti says.
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Mar 12th, 2022 - ABC15
The dinner table struggle is real for so many parents trying to get their kids to eat more fruits and veggies, but it doesn't have to be. As part of National Nutrition Month, ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti is focusing on child nutrition. He suggests letting your kids help create the menu, give them choices between healthy foods to use, and involve them in the cooking process so they build a sense of ownership and are more excited to try the meal.
Mar 5th, 2022 - ABC15 Phoenix
March is National Nutrition Month and highlights some of the easiest ways we can control our health. As part of his specialty, he teaches medical students at the University of Arizona how to use food as medicine pointing to specific studies where changes in diet have been proven to prevent recurrence of heart attack and stroke and have improved the blood sugar levels of diabetic patients.
Feb 25th, 2022 - Fronteras
Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona says if mask mandates are going to be eased, vaccination mandates should be in place. “You can’t not have masks and also not have vaccine requirements. So I think you at least have to choose to have something in place to protect people," Marvasti said. Marvasti added that while case numbers are dropping, the public still needs to be cautious about other possible variants, and remember that children under 5 are not able to get vaccinated.
Feb 22nd, 2022 - KTAR News
At-home COVID-19 tests became a common practice during the omicron variant surge, and like most things they expire. Dr. Shad Marvasti recommends people check to see if a COVID-19 test is expired before using it. “If you use anything like that after its expiration date, the test results are not reliable,” Marvasti told KTAR News 92.3 FM. “That is problematic depending on how long you’re going to hang on to it.”
Feb 19th, 2022 - ABC15
While more people experienced a cardiac event over the last year in relation to the pandemic, African Americans are already at a higher risk of heart disease, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti attributes the increase to having higher blood pressure, higher cholesterol, less access to quality healthcare, and chronic stress from systemic racism that leads to chronic inflammation.
Feb 18th, 2022 - Newsy
Weekly COVID-19 cases in the U.S. average 122,000. It's a dramatic 85% drop in COVID-19 cases compared to a month ago. Some hospitals may already be feeling the effects of the protection. Dr. Shad Marvasti is an associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix. He says the findings are exciting, but worries the study may give a false sense of security.
Feb 5th, 2022 - ABC15
February is Heart Health Month, a time to raise awareness and prevent the onset of heart disease. It's especially important after a new study from the Cleveland Clinic found the number of cardiac events has increased during the pandemic. ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says heart disease doesn't only follow your genetic code — everyone is at risk but it is also preventable, treatable, and reversible if you focus on your heart health.
Jan 29th, 2022 - Arizona Family
As of Saturday, more than 413,000 people tested positive for COVID-19. The state is reporting 413,150 people have been infected with the virus so far this month. Doctors say hospitals are still overwhelmed right now. Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona says right now has been the toughest for healthcare workers. "This has been challenging psychologically and emotionally," said Dr. Marvasti.
Jan 31st, 2022 - KJZZ
The former director of the FDA, and current board member of Pfizer, suggests starting to lift pandemic-related restrictions — including mask wearing. Dr. Shad Marvasti disagrees. “We have been having huge basketball games, we’ve been having football games, we’ve been having concerts and everything without mask requirements, which is one of the reasons why that approach led to Arizona being second highest in deaths per capita nationally,"
Jan 21st, 2022 - AZCentral
Two years into the pandemic, with another variant and changing quarantine rules, some Arizona families say they are facing a new wave of confusion. To help clarify the current best practices, The Arizona Republic spoke to two University of Arizona health experts: Dr. Farshad Marvasti, who goes by Dr. Shad, and Dr. Ruth Franks Snedecor.
Jan 18th, 2022 - Arizona Family
Americans can start ordering free COVID-19 tests this week. You can go to the federal website covidtests.gov to place an order. Dr. Shad Marvasti, an associate professor and director of Public Health and Prevention at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, encourages everyone to get the tests even if they haven't been exposed.
Jan 18th, 2022 - ABC15
After a record weekend of coronavirus cases reported in Arizona and 12,000 cases reported on Monday — half of what we saw Saturday — many are wondering if omicron has finally peaked in Arizona. ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti is making his prediction based on numbers in Africa where omicron first popped up and cities that have run through their peaks like New York City and Boston.
Jan 11th, 2022 - ABC15
"As the transmissibility and infectious of the virus continues to mutate with new variants, we need to have better quality masks in indoor public spaces. That's why we have to use these masks that have this nice seal and basically create the barrier that we need," said ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti from the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.
Jan 11th, 2022 - Fox10
ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says common sense will go a long way right now and if you have symptoms, it's best to assume you do have COVID, isolate and notify recent contacts. If you get sick with a fever and you can't breathe, then he says go to the hospital.
Jan 10th, 2022 - AZMIRROR
The omicron-fueled spike in COVID-19 in Arizona is reaching record highs at a pace much faster than last year’s winter surge, as hospitals across the state and around the nation begin to feel the strain of record-breaking caseloads.
Jan 8th, 2022 - AZFamily
As Omicron COVID cases rise in Arizona, testing continues to be an important way to help slow the spread of the virus. But University of Arizona Doctor Shad Marvasti says testing's role is limited with the latest rise in cases. "Don't wait for the test results to protect yourself and protect other people that you interact with," Marvasti said.
Jan 3rd, 2022 - Fox10
"Children really need to be in school, but we also really need to ensure safe learning environments and I can't see any other way of ensuring that other than to require masks and to even begin requiring vaccinations as well," said Dr. Shad Marvasti, UArizona associate professor and director of public health and prevention.
Dec 28th, 2021 - ABC15
While the number of COVID cases continue to surge, a new study shows how being overweight can lead to more severe COVID symptoms."It's so critical right now to have a healthy diet," said Dr. Shad Marvasti. "These healthy lifestyles, or lack thereof, in the American living pattern is basically a major risk factor for COVID-19 that we're not really paying attention to."
Dec 21st, 2021 - Yahoo News
Some restaurants and bars are ramping up safety measures. Some are even requiring proof of vaccination to dine indoors. But there isn't a consistent standard across the board, which leaves many diners wondering if it's safe to go to a restaurant. Here's what experts are saying about dining out during the spread of the delta and omicron variants.
Dec 22st, 2021 - AZ Central
When deciding whether or not to eat at a restaurant, many factors determine the risk. High levels of community spread, a category that currently engulfs the entire state of Arizona, puts everyone at some risk, though unvaccinated people not wearing a mask will face the most serious danger. "They have no protection against the virus," says Dr. Farshad Fani Marvasti.
Dec 21st, 2021 - KJZZ
We know that the effects of COVID-19 can be relatively mild or extremely harsh, and that those who suffer from preexisting diseases or health conditions are more susceptible to serious cases and further health complications. People who are diabetic fall into that latter category, and having diabetes can elevate the likelihood of having a breakthrough case of COVID-19. The Show spoke Dr. Shad with him to delve into the connections between diabetes and COVID-19.
Dec 21st, 2021 - ABC15
Dr. Shad Marvasti, an ABC15 Health Insider, says the rise in deaths over the past six months could be attributed to the delta variant. “When they first rolled out the COVID-19 vaccine, they didn’t have pregnant women studied in the initial research study and so there was hesitancy that I think was furthered by the fact that we didn’t have it cleared and researched in that group,”
Dec 6th, 2021 - ABC15
ABC15’s Health Insider, Dr. Shad Marvasti, says this may be the beginning of a very long winter. “It’s only going to get worse before it gets better,” he added. “It's predictable and preventable. It didn’t have to be this way, and it doesn’t have to continue this way. The moment we get everyone vaccinated, get some mask requirements in place, get some travel restrictions in place, we’re going to see a decrease in numbers within two to three weeks,”
Dec 2nd, 2021 - ABC15
Arizona on Wednesday reported over 3,100 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases as virus-related hospitalizations remained near the current surge’s peak. State health officials are attributing a drop in COVID-19 testing numbers to the Thanksgiving holiday. ABC15 finding that testing is down 20% from a week ago, and that number is likely because of many of the testing sites closing for the holiday.
Nov 30th, 2021 - ABC15
The World Health Organization is now saying the new omicron variant poses a high global risk, because of its potential to spread more easily. The Arizona Department of Health Services says, so far, there aren’t any positive cases of the omicron variant. Though medical experts say that could change, and fast. ABC15's Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says there’s evidence that the omicron variant is more infectious than other variants, including delta.
Nov 28th, 2021 - ABC15
The number of reported positive COVID-19 cases in Arizona continues to increase — a trend moving in the wrong direction, especially as families and friends gathered over Thanksgiving and will continue to get together for the upcoming holidays. ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti agrees. "I expect in about 10 to 14 days from now, probably, you know, anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 more cases per day,” he said, adding that Arizona is currently one of the states leading in deaths, overall cases, and growth rates.
Nov 23nd, 2021 - KTVZ
Doctors say breakthrough hospitalizations are very rare but are more common among those who are vulnerable. “We are seeing more breakthrough infections because of the Delta variant mostly because of how infectious it is, and I think we are seeing that more because of weaning immunity,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Nov 17th, 2021 - KJZZ
Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona College of Medicine recommends all vaccinated and unvaccinated people to get a COVID-19 test before the holiday this year. “The COVID that was circulating last Thanksgiving was not the delta variant, so it wasn't as infectious, and it didn't make as many younger healthier people as sick as delta does.” Marvasti says vaccinated people are at a lower risk for contracting the virus but recommends people think of others around their holiday table.
Nov 7th, 2021 - ABC15
One of the most common questions is if there will be long term effects from the vaccine on children? Our Health Insider, Dr. Shad Marvasti says no. While all the studies have been short term so far and we can't know all of the potential long term side effects if any, he says we do know about the real and present risks of getting COVID and the increased risk of long Covid for children with the Delta variant. The vaccine has proven 90% effective in preventing children from getting the virus.
Nov 2nd, 2021 - ABC15
Changing the way we think about food, not just as fuel but to fight illness and disease. That's the focus of a growing culinary medicine program at the University of Arizona where doctors are being trained to prescribe the right meals as medicine. It's also a lesson for the students about really listening to a patient and the value of the human connection.
Oct 17th, 2021 - KJZZ
A recent study in the Lancet Medical Journal found that the effectiveness of a COVID-19 vaccine declines after a few months, signaling the need for booster shots. Dr. Shad Marvasti of the University of Arizona College of Medicine says those with chronic illness, as well as those in jobs that often deal with face-to-face communication, should consider getting a booster shot as soon as possible.
Oct 16th, 2021 - 12News
“Because there was a back and forth.,” he said. “Initially they did release the booster shot for only people who are immunocompromised… and then they basically evaluated things further.” So, who’s eligible to get the Pfizer booster now? “If you’re over 65, you automatically qualify for a booster,” Marvasti said. “If you live in a long-term care facility like assisted living or skilled nursing facility.”
Oct 12th, 2021 - ABC15
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than seven million Americans have received a COVID-19 booster in the U.S. Some are wondering: if we need a third shot, does that put an expiration date on vaccine cards. Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says it's too early to tell but he says even two-shot protection is strong enough to carry us into the new year.
Oct 12th, 2021 - 12News Phoenix
Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine in Phoenix reflects on where we were a year ago. “Remember last year we had no vaccine, and we were basically just on the upsurge,” he said. “I think we can’t go completely big back to normal, but I think we can have more peace of mind because there are more folks who are vaccinated,”
Oct 8th, 2021 - KJZZ
Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix says if the vaccine is approved, it will be a game changer. “This is great news and it will have a huge impact once it is approved, because of the outbreaks among school-age children, particularly in that group under 12, where we have seen record numbers of COVID infections,"
Sept 21st, 2021 - ABC15
On Monday, Pfizer announced its late-stage trials of the COVID-19 vaccine show it's safe and highly effective in children ages 5 to 11. ABC15's Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says the announcement could not come at a better time, as there are a record number of COVID cases in children. He says the Delta variant is what’s causing numbers to spike, with about 30,000 kids hospitalized last month.
Sept 15th, 2021 - ABC15
The state has performed nearly 12.5 million tests since the pandemic began and nearly 20,000 just Monday alone. So, a lot of people are turning to home-test kits causing drugstores like Walgreens and CVS to sell out almost as soon as new shipments arrive. ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says the home antigen tests are a good resource to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Sept 3rd, 2021 - Tucson Weekly
Some Arizonans are seeking ivermectin, the unproven alternative treatment for COVID-19 that has become popular among conservatives as both a way to prevent and treat infections, leading to an uptick in calls to poison control centers and at least one hospitalization.
August 27th, 2021 - Arizona Republic
"With this pandemic, sometimes it’s two steps forward and one step back. Right now we are definitely in a one step back phase," said Dr. Farshad Fani Marvasti. "This is the time where we need to step back from public life and shrink our social circles once again and be careful once more and help each other get through this surge,"
JJuly 27th, 2021 - ABC15
The Arizona Department of Health Services says it will match the latest CDC guidelines for vaccinated people resuming masks indoors and on K-12 school campuses as the Delta variant continues to spread. Dr. Shad speaks with ABC15 about how getting vaccinated is still the best way to prevent severe illness or hospitalization and that wearing masks is an extra layer of protection.
June 30th, 2021 -FOX10 Phoenix
The threat of the Delta variant has some health officials rethinking COVID-19 measures, even among vaccinated people. "We definitely know it's more aggressive than previous variants and perhaps the most dangerous variant we've had so far in this pandemic," said Dr. Shad Marvasti. "Delta variant makes up 21% of all of the cases in the country, and it's doubling every two weeks."
June 30th, 2021 -Arizona PBS
It’s the end of June in Arizona. That means dangerous triple-digit temperatures are the norm. The Arizona Department of Health Services reports that nearly 3,000 people visit emergency rooms for heat-related illnesses every year. We spoke with Dr. Shad Marvasti, Director of Public Health at the University of Arizona, about how to stay safe in the summer heat.
June 29th, 2021 -KTAR News
A University of Arizona doctor on Monday recommended everyone, including those fully vaccinated, wear a mask amid a growing concern over the COVID-19 Delta variant. Dr. Shad told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad Show despite the protections provided by coronavirus vaccines, he believes it’s “premature” to stop wearing masks.
June 28th, 2021 -Fronteras
While life in our state might be getting back to normal, COVID-19 cases in Arizona have been ticking up. In the last week, cases here have increased by about 15%. The state’s Department of Health Services reported 413 new cases June 28. The Show speaks with University of Arizona’s Dr. Shad Marvasti to learn more about this recent uptick in cases and how significant it is.
June 17th, 2021 -AZ Sports 98.7fm
“My first reaction was I hope he’s fully vaccinated, because if he’s fully vaccinated, it’s likely not to be a big deal,” Marvasti told Arizona Sports’ Burns & Gambo on Wednesday. Dr. Shad, who specializes in public health and prevention at the UA’s College of Medicine in Phoenix, said the outlook for Paul returning to the team is relatively positive considering the position Phoenix is in.
May 17th, 2021 -KJZZ
Dr. Shad Marvasti, with the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix, says he expects a growing body of knowledge over the next six months. “At this point what we know from vaccine immunity is that it lasts at least six months, and studies are underway now looking beyond the six months time frame, to see whether or not there is still immunity,"
May 7th, 2021 -AZfamily
With kids still not vaccinated, University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix Dr. Shad Marvasti says now is not the time to ease up on COVID-19 protocols. "It just doesn't make any sense," says Marvasti. "There's no scientific basis or support for this. It's really just exposing everyone and creating a dangerous situation for children and families."
May 4th, 2021 -AZfamily
Doctors say we're in a race against time as more travelers hop on planes, and many still are not vaccinated. "Everywhere we go, we take variants with us," said Dr. Shad Marvasti. "If anyone is infected with the variant in New York and the Midwest, any other part of the world, and they're coming to Phoenix, Sky Harbor, they're bringing the variant with them."
April 27th, 2021 -KJZZ
The University of Arizona’s Dr. Shad Marvasti suggests that vaccinated seniors not only can, but should get out and travel. “I encourage folks, and I have encouraged patients who are seniors and in that category, to go and visit their loved ones once they’re fully vaccinated. Take precautions, but get out there and stay connected,” said Marvasti.
April 26th, 2021 -AZfamily
With evidence showing COVID spread is low outdoors, doctors think the CDC will be relaxing its stance on wearing masks outside. "I think what they have to consider carefully is whether or not there's data to support no mask wearing for people outdoors who are unvaccinated, which I don't think there's enough data to support that yet," said Dr. Shad Marvasti.
April 22nd, 2021 -AZfamily
Researchers are learning new details about the long-term effects of COVID-19. A new study shows COVID-19 "long haulers" have a significantly higher chance of dying months after their infection. "These people wouldn't have died if they didn't have complications related to the damage that COVID caused in different systems in their body, leading to blood clots, heart attack," said Dr. Marvasti.
April 22nd, 2021 -AZfamily
Dr. Shad Marvasti says under the most recent CDC guidelines, and regardless of community spread of COVID-19, masks are the first in line and should be required in all schools. Considering new strains that are disproportionately impacting younger adults and more children, among other factors, he thinks it's premature to let go of mask mandates. "We shouldn't allow any risk to be there, and I think even if it's minimal relative to adults, it's not zero,"
April 19th, 2021 -PBS Horizon
Many seniors are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and are looking forward to making travel plans. PBS Horizon spoke with Dr. Shad Marvasti to get his ideas on safe travel for seniors. "I think it’s great that people who are fully vaccinated and I think seniors in particular, it’s a great opportunity to reconnect with family and friends because you know loneliness is actually a big deal and particularly in seniors..."
April 19th, 2021 -KJZZ
"Right now, we still have too much COVID in our community. And the reason for that is, not enough people have been vaccinated fully, and we’ve already let down our guard by making us vulnerable by a lack of mask mandates and people gathering,” said Marvasti. "The odds of infection after-vaccination are on a par with the measles vaccine, which has a 98% protection rate."
April 19th, 2021 -ABC15
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday rescinded part of an executive order that required face masks be worn inside K-12 schools. Regarding CDC guidance, Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona College of Medicine said, "Unless there's some other document that we're not aware of... it's pretty clear about requiring masks, no matter how much spread there is in the community.”
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