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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. Those included in the recommendation are people ages 65 and older, adults with underlying health conditions and those with an increased risk of contracting the virus due to their job.

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 – The 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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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,” 

July 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 -Arizona Sorts 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 of the UArizona College of Medicine, 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.”

Why are younger people more likely to experience side effects after vaccine?

April 19th, 2021 -12News Phoenix

More than half of all adult Americans have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The younger you are, experts say the more likely it is that you will experience a side effect. "It's actually expected to see more side effects the younger you are because our immune system has a more robust response to the vaccines," Dr. Farshad Marvasti.  

How long does protection last after your COVID-19 vaccination?

April 16th, 2021 - CBS5 3TV

The COVID-19 vaccine gives many people hope, but not all the answers. Researchers still want to know how long people are protected after getting the shot. If you had COVID-19 already, Marvasti recommends getting vaccinated within three months. "Myself and my colleagues diagnose people with re-infections who were sick in June and July of last year,"

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

April 14th, 2021 -KJZZ NPR

"What is clear from a number of studies is that there's a strong relationship in terms of your levels prior to infection," said Dr. Shad Marvasti. 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.

The Best Foods For Healthy Lungs

August 1st, 2019 - Parade

Fail Well Live Well And Be Well

May 7th, 2018 - DrWeil.com

Avoiding Excess Sugar in Your Kid's Diet

March 30th, 2018 - USA Today

Preventing Obesity to Achieve Optimal Health

March 14th, 2018 - National Alliance 

Staying Connected Means Staying Happy

March 12th, 2018- DrWeil.com

Food For Thought: Food as Medicine

Dec 23rd, 2017 - BahaiTeachings.org

Achieving Optimal Health in All Aspects of Life

Dec 23, 2017 - Grand Canyon Bahai Conference

Ask a Doc: Can Food Replace Medicine?

September 28th, 2017- Arizona Republic

Aug 11th, 2017 - Association for Baha'i Studies North American Conference

Food in the Care and Prevention of Disease

July 6th, 2017 - Stanford O'Connor Family Medicine Residency Program

Invited Keynote Address, Aging and Wellness in Asia Pacific Islander Communities

March 18th, 2017-Asian Pacific Medical Student Association (APAMSA) Regional Conference

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