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Phoenix medical students cook healthy meals to pass knowledge on to future patients

Mar 19th, 2024 - UofA College of Medicine

March is National Nutrition Month, created to teach people how to make smart food choices and develop healthy habits. Now, students at one Arizona university are going from the classroom to the kitchen to learn how to cook and pass that knowledge on to their future patients.

Blue Zones Project Launched in Scottsdale Connects Health and Community

Jan 30th, 2024 - UofA College of Medicine

The Blue Zones Project: An HonorHealth Collaborative for Scottsdale hosted a free kickoff event at the Scottsdale Civic Center, where people from the community could participate in a variety of activities and learn how to build healthier habits for a better life.

Everything you need to know about niacin, one of the forgotten B vitamins

May 30th, 2023 - USA Today

Niacin is involved in hundreds of chemical reactions in our body related to energy metabolism, according to Dr. Shad Marvasti including, “lowering “bad” cholesterol, including both LDL and Triglycerides, while also raising “good” cholesterol including HDL

ABC15 Health Insider expert lists his top three resolutions for a healthier new year

Dec 30th, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

Dr. Shad Marvasti says to focus on learning the difference between whole foods and processed foods and, gradually make the shift to phase out what he calls "Frankenfoods," or highly processed foods.

Health Insider: Baking a healthier holiday with simple substitutes

Dec 16th, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

It's a tempting time of year with holiday sweets at every turn, but there are substitutes you can make when baking to create healthier options. ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says using whole wheat flour will help add fiber to your baking which has body benefits.

Health Insider: Are artificial sweeteners a healthier swap for real sugar?

Dec 23rd, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says Stevia and Monkfruit sugar have proven to be safer alternatives, but in some cases, he says reverting back to traditional sugar is the safer bet, in moderation.

Are plant based diets good for kids

Health Insider: Are plant-based diets safe for kids?

Nov 5th, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

ABC15 Health Insider, Dr. Shad Marvasti, goes over the symptoms and how can you differentiate Valley Fever from colds or COVID-19 as well as best practices to minimize your exposure risk

Officials provide tips for safe trick-or-treating around Phoenix this Halloween

Oct 31st, 2023 - AZ Family

Dr. Marvasti says it’s important for people to be aware and cognizant of drivers on the road. “I think you want to be extra extra cautious with these cars driving around,”

Phoenix October Heat Wave 2023

Heat safety reminders critical as Phoenix sets new records in autumn heat wave

Oct 17, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti has recommended replenishing electrolytes with watermelon, electrolyte packets, or a home elixir of salt and honey added to water.

Valley Fever: What to know as dust storms kick up dust, spores

Sept 1st, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

ABC15 Health Insider, Dr. Shad Marvasti, goes over the symptoms and how can you differentiate Valley Fever from colds or COVID-19 as well as best practices to minimize your exposure risk

Heatwaves and High Pollution Double Your Chance of Heart Attacks

Sep 2nd, 2023 - One Green Planet

In our ongoing efforts to live sustainably and healthily, the weather might not always be at the forefront of our minds. But recent findings suggest it should be, especially when it teams up with Pollution.

Heart attack risk doubles on days of extreme heat and high pollution

Aug 29, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

A new study is showing extreme heat and high pollution are a one-two punch for heart health and that the risk of a heart attack doubles on days when we see both weather and air pollution alerts.

Many Phoenix-area pharmacies now offering flu shot; should you wait to get yours?

Aug 23rd, 2023 - AZFamily

If you’re thinking about kind of timing it right so that you have that protection throughout the full flu season, then probably getting it more in September or early October,” Dr. Shad Marvasti

Will the collagen craze really get rid of your wrinkles?

Aug 21st, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti who says collagen powders, liquids, and supplements have shown promising results in studies.

How to boost your child's immunity ahead of winter illnesses

Aug 25, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

Dr. Shad says when the cold symptoms do start, add in herbal supplements like elderberry or Umcka. He also advises giving them more Vitamin C-rich foods and keeping them away from junk food.

ABC15 Health Insider goes in-depth on recent FDA approval of postpartum depression pill

Aug 12th, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti talks in depth about the study results that led to this approval, comparisons to previous treatments, and how all families can help create a support system for expectant mothers.

Kidney stones in kids? It's a growing problem. Here are ways to prevent them

Aug 10th, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says more humid climates are at a greater risk because of the natural way the body sheds sweat with fewer trips to the bathroom. Monsoon weather in Arizona increases the risk slightly for children.

Maricopa County Health: 12 people may have died from issues related to heat this year

July 12th, 2023 - AZFamily

“People described the dry heat of Arizona as almost putting your head or entire body into the oven. I think that’s the best way to describe it,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti, a Phoenix area doctor. “When you open the door, and you just feel that wave of heat, it’s very similar to when you open an oven”.

How the extreme heat wave in Arizona is impacting our physical health

July 17th, 2023 - AZFamily

Dr. Marvasti says if people are exposed to the intense heat for too long, people can start to get a headache, nausea or dizziness. Those symptoms typically align with heat exhaustion.

10 tips and things to know about staying hydrated during the summer

June 27th, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says to skip the sugar-filled sports drinks from the store and make your own electrolyte-packed drink by mixing about a tablespoon of honey and a quarter teaspoon of salt into your water.

Why we get addicted to junk food and how to kick the habit

June 26th, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says that the burst of happiness you get from the first bites of your favorite junk food is actually a release of dopamine in your brain, a reaction similar to any other addiction.

Health Insider: What causes colorectal cancer and how to lessen your risk

June 17th, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says more people are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer. He says years ago, red meat was linked to causing it and now research shows not enough fiber is contributing.

Maricopa County Health: 12 people may have died from issues related to heat this year

June 12th, 2023 - AZFamily

Firefighters in Casa Grande received concerning test results when nearly half of a hazmat team tested for elevated levels of arsenic during their annual heavy metal testing.

Health Insider: Managing pain caused by arthritis

Jun 10th, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says the initial treatment is prescribing NSAIDS to reduce inflammation and relieve pain, but he says there are other ways to prevent and manage arthritis.

Health Insider: Fighting allergies after Arizona's super-bloom this spring

May 30th, 2023 - USA Today

Pollen counts have continued to surge across the Valley and will continue to evolve as we head into summer. ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti is sharing tips to help keep allergies at bay.

‘Bit of a mystery’: 7 Casa Grande firefighters test for elevated levels of arsenic

June 1th, 2023 - AZFamily

Firefighters in Casa Grande received concerning test results when nearly half of a hazmat team tested for elevated levels of arsenic during their annual heavy metal testing.

Health Insider: Spicing up for better health

Jun 1st, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

In the research to use food as medicine, several spices have been proven to improve and prevent various illnesses. ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti discusses the healing powers of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and cayenne pepper.

Everything you need to know about niacin, one of the forgotten B vitamins

May 30th, 2023 - USA Today

Niacin is involved in hundreds of chemical reactions in our body related to energy metabolism, according to Dr. Shad Marvasti

Do you deal with leg cramps at night? What you should know.

May 25th, 2023 - USA Today

These are just one type of leg cramp. Leg cramping can have many causes. So to find out what you need to know about leg cramps, we spoke with Dr. Shad Marvasti.

Study shows exercise reduces risk of 13 cancers

May 9th, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

Dr. Shad says exercise will not only prevent cancer but also impacts cancer recurrence for survivors. "It can even help protect against the side effects of chemotherapy and other treatments for cancer."

Is doing a weights-only workout the best way to lose weight?

April 25th, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

"Doing more strength training will help you have more muscles and will help your bones and muscle mass," said ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti.

Doctors weigh in on #highprotein diet trend on social media

April 7th, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

The topic #highprotein has upwards of 2,000 videos with over 40 million views any given week on TikTok but ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says it's a megaphone for a myth.

Tips for safe hiking in the Valley during the heat

April 7th, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti breaks down the difference between dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke and how to treat each one.

Food, film and futurists: Here's what's happening in the Wonder House at South by Southwest

Mar 8th, 2023 - UofA News

"South by Southwest really sets the tone for innovation, new ideas, creativity and change in a number of different fields," said Shad Marvasti, director of public health, prevention

Marana twins with severe ADHD suffering amid nationwide Adderall shortage

Feb 24th, 2023 -13 News Tucson

A shortage in ADHD medication nationwide is causing big problems for millions of struggling patients. Demand has increased and a shortage of an active ingredient are to blame. Dr. Shad Marvasti, says this creates a trickling effect and more.

Your Healthy Family: Does intermittent fasting work?

Feb 1st, 2023 - Fox 4 SW Florida

Dr. Marvasti said this benefits cholesterol levels, blood pressure and weight. He said the sweet spot is fasting for 16 hours. So if your last meal is at 8 PM, you have your next meal at noon. But he said people can start with a 12 hour window.

Long-COVID brain changes causing rise in mental health issues

Jan 30th, 2023 - ABC15 Arizona

Doctors are also reporting more patients who attempted to take their life are testing COVID-positive or had recently recovered. Dr. Shad says in addition to the physiological impact on the brain, the stress of other potential long-term COVID impacts like diabetes and respiratory issues can further strain mental health.

New study and drug could change how doctors diagnose, treat migraines

Jan 24th, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

Just thinking about the throbbing pain of migraines is enough to give you a headache and when they hit, the pain can be debilitating, and some become sensitive to light. Dr. Shad speaks with Nohelani Graf at ABC15 Phoenix.

4 'health' foods that could be hurting your heart and what to eat instead

Jan 23rd, 2023 - ABC15 Phoenix

You're all ready to start eating healthier and you've revamped your fridge — but some of those newfound "health" foods could be hurting your heart. Cardiologists are flagging foods you might have considered to be among the healthiest, and our ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti agrees.

The ins and outs of intermittent fasting for weight loss and health benefits

Jan 10th, 2023 - ABC15 Arizona

ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti who likens intermittent fasting to a metabolic housecleaning for the body. On a metabolic level, it basically looks for those pre-cancer cells (and) does all the necessary repairs.

Arizona doctors discuss new guidelines surrounding childhood obesity treatment

Jan 9th, 2023 - Arizona's Family

Doctors are warning childhood obesity is becoming more of a problem nationwide and are coming out with new guidance for treating it. University of Arizona doctor Shad Marvasti wonders if doctors will overuse these treatment options instead of focusing on why adolescents are obese.

New COVID omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 is ‘spreading like wildfire’ in US

Jan 5th, 2023 - Fox News

Dr. Shad Fani Marvasti, associate professor and director of public health and prevention at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix, told Fox News Digital that each new strain develops with the intention of overshadowing those that went before it.

Beating holiday bloat: Finding a balance of food and fun at meals

Dec 17th, 2022 - ABC15 Arizona

We’ve all done it, especially during the holidays, overeating until you can’t move. It’s actually really bad for your body. ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says the drained feeling that follows a big meal is your body shutting down important functions in order to digest an extra amount of food.

Valley woman walking parade asking for new kidney

Dec 15th, 2022 - ABC15 Arizona

Kidney disease is an issue, especially in the Latino community according to ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti. "When you do an age-adjusted and sex-adjusted prevalence of end-stage renal disease, which is the kind that results in kidney failure and the need for dialysis. That's actually almost 50 higher in the Latino community,”

Arizona sees an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, among highest in the nation

Dec 5th, 2022 - AZFamily

Arizona has been leading the nation with COVID-19 cases for weeks now, and with the holidays approaching, doctors expect these numbers to rise. The numbers now indicate there is a surge and the thing that’s complicating it is that it’s not just covid, it’s also RSV and flu,” said Dr. Shad Marvasti,

2 links found that may signal reason for rise in younger cancer cases

Nov 15th, 2022 - ABC15 Arizona

Cancer is a devastating diagnosis at any time in life, but a new study finds more people are being diagnosed with cancer at a younger age, while also revealing three clear links to that increased risk. Researchers found two leading factors: Poor diets riddled with processed foods, and not enough exercise. It's a combo we've seen more people fall into, especially during the pandemic.

UArizona pilot program sending medical students into the kitchen

Nov 1st, 2022 - ABC15 Arizona

A culinary medicine pilot program through the University of Arizona is giving new doctors the practical skills to put their medical advice where their mouth is. Dr. Shad says the goal is to be able to start prescribing food along with medication prescriptions and teaching patients how to care for their bodies holistically.

Why Are Cancer Rates Rising For Those Under 50?

Oct 26th, 2022 - Newsy

A recent study in the journal Nature found prostate cancer is among 14 different cancers rising among adults under 50 at an alarming rate. Researchers say all of these cancers have specific risk factors in common like diet, lifestyle, weight, environmental exposures and our gut microbiome. I had the pleasure of speaking with Newsy about this study and the important role our diet plays.

Best ways to improve brain health

Oct 22nd, 2022 - ABC15 Arizona

A recent study in JAMA Psychiatry looked at adults in their 70s and tracked their activity with wristbands. They found those who consistently woke up by 7 a.m. and stayed active throughout the day did better on memory tests and brain teasers. I spoke with Nohelani Graf at about this study and the best ways to improve brain health.

What to know about plant-based diets

Oct 8th, 2022 - ABC15 Arizona

Having a plant-based or plant-forward diet has many proven health benefits including reversing coronary artery disease, curing Type 2 Diabetes, and also improving joint pain. I spoke with Nohelani Graf at ABC15 Arizona about plant-based meat substitutes, what to avoid and how to get the max benefits from adding plants to your diet.

What you need to know about Bell's Palsy

Sept 24th, 2022 - ABC15 Arizona

While the condition isn’t new, there has been a surge of Bell's Palsy cases recently causing doctors to study a connection with having COVID-19, which has been shown to have other neurological effects. Dr Shad spoke with I spoke with ABC15 Arizona explaining the findings of the study and talking about what to expect from a Bell’s Palsy diagnosis.

Focus on Hispanic Health

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.

Tips on how to protect your mental health as temperatures rise

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.

How does caffeinated water impact your health?

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.

Thunderstorms' impact on asthma

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.

What you need to know about COVID and Flu vaccines ahead of peak seasons

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.

Study finds COVID reinfection increases risk of lasting health problems

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.

Doctors seeing more injuries as pickleball popularity rises

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.

With kids heading back to school, what should parents look out for in their kids' well-being?

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.

Tips to get better sleep

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?

Best foods to keep you looking young

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.

Dangers that lie in monsoon floodwater

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.

What to know about Valley Fever

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.

Maintaining healthy skin during the summer months

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.

What to know about the COVID vaccine for young kids

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.

Health Insider: Back pain and tips to treat 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.

Illnesses parents should watch out for

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.

Protecting yourself during extreme heat

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.

What to do if someone is suffering from heat-related illness

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.

ACEs: What they are and how they impact your mental health

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.

How to be resilient and avoid stress-related health problems

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.

How common are mental health issues?

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.

Hepatitis cases in children on the rise in Arizona

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.

Defining mental health and the difference between acute, chronic stress

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.

More Arizonans suffering health impacts due to lack of sunshine

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.

Infertility Awareness Week: What it means, how to improve your situation

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.

How to help your body recover after a run

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.

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month: How to take action for your health

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.

Vitamin D deficiency and how to avoid it

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.

Foods can have the power to prevent cancer or even put you more at risk

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.

Reversing diabetes is possible with a healthy diet

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.

GO RED: How to take charge of your heart health

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.

Global COVID cases top 300 million with Omicron driving surge in U.S.

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.

Your Healthy Family: Diet & exercise resolutions can protect you from Omicron variant

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.

Phoenix doctor encourages healthy New Years Resolution to combat Covid-19

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."

Study Details The Impact Obesity Has On COVID-19

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.

Do plant-based diets really work? | New U November

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.

FDA panel endorses Moderna booster shot for high-risk groups six months after vaccination

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.

UArizona medical students to deliver healthy meals to cancer patients in Phoenix

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.

The Best Foods for Healthy Lungs—And the Ones You Should Avoid

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.

'I think bringing back mask mandates is a good idea': Doctor says about the Delta variant

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.

COVID vaccines lag in Southern states as Biden's July 4 deadline looms

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.

Ask a Doc: Why you should avoid excess sugar in your kid's diet and how to do it

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.

A tale of two states: Comparing Arizona and New Mexico’s pandemic responses

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.

13 Anti-Aging Supplements Doctors Trust the Most

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.

A Year In, Here's What We Know About Vitamin D For Preventing COVID

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.

7 scary things that can happen to your body if you eat too much processed food

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," 

Exercise can help your immune system fight off infections

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.

COVID Cases Explode As Hospitals Fill Up In Arizona

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.

Coronavirus Cases Jump Nearly 300% Since May 1 in Arizona

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.

COVID-19 cases spike and vaccinations stall as surgeon general warns of misinformation

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.

Trump campaign moving forward with opening centers in communities of color amid pandemic

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.

Mask mandates make a return — along with controversy

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.

Coronavirus Arizona: We've had the largest increase in COVID-19 cases in the world: Dr. Marvasti

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.

It’s not only coronavirus cases that are rising. Now covid deaths are, too.

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.”

Pandemic Backlash Leaves Cities With Less Decision-Making Power

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,

At least 60% of new coronavirus cases in Arizona were younger than 44: 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.

President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis hasn’t changed his approach to the pandemic

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.”

How to stay healthy in Arizona’s triple-digit temperatures

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.

Is the COVID-19 pandemic getting worse in Arizona? Here's what we know

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

Casos de coronavirus en Arizona siguen en aumento y muchos pacientes son trasladados a Nuevo México

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".

Arizona is seeing an increase in the West Nile virus

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.

Reports of Some Getting Pfizer, Moderna ‘Boosters’ After J&J Vaccine Prompts Calls for More Guidance

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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Building healthy eating habits for life

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.

National Nutrition Month highlights how diet is linked to major diseases

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.

CDC: Many healthy Americans can take a break from masks

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.

Expired COVID-19 at-home test could provide inaccurate results, Arizona doctor says

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.”

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