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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 - Fo 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.”

Inequities put African Americans more at risk for heart issues

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.

Nearly 75% Of Americans Are Immune To The Omicron Variant

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.

GO RED: How to take charge of your heart health

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.

January reports record-high COVID cases in Arizona

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.

Why are women more at risk for heart problems?

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,"

New COVID-19 rules have left parents confused. Here's what doctors say are best practices

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.

Here’s how you can order your free COVID-19 tests right now

Jan 18th, 2022 - Arizona Family

Americans can start ordering free COVID-19 tests this week. You can go to the federal website 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.

Health Insider predicts when omicron surge will drop off in Arizona

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.

If CDC changes mask recommendations, where can you find N95 & KN95 masks in the Phoenix area?

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.

Health Insider: what to do if you can't get a COVID-19 test

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.

Omicron and no mitigation: COVID-19 cases rocket to record highs in Arizona

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.

How COVID-19 testing factors into recent rise in Arizona cases

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.

As Arizona students, staff return from winter break, districts work to adapt to COVID-19 spike

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.

How New Year's resolutions may help fight against COVID-19

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."

Is it safe to go to restaurants as COVID-19 omicron variant spreads? How to assess risks

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.

Is it safe to go to restaurants as COVID-19 omicron variant spreads? How to assess risks

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.

Why diabetics are more susceptible to serious cases of COVID-19

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.

40% of pregnant woman deaths from COVID-19 happened in last 6 months, per new CDC data

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,”

Valley medical expert warns of long winter amid rise in COVID-19 cases

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,”

Arizona see 20% drop in number of COVID-19 tests since last week

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.

Arizona experts share how omicron became variant of concern

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.

Health Insider: Holiday get-togethers won't help slow COVID pandemic

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.

Arizona cancer survivor nearly dies from Covid-19 breakthrough infection

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.

Arizona hospital leaders urge caution ahead of Thanksgiving

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.

ABC15 Health Insider addresses concerns over child vaccinations

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.

New UArizona med students use food to fight illness in cancer patients

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.

Study shows decline in COVID-19 vaccines over time, need for booster shots

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.

COVID booster shot confusion addressed by Valley expert

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.”

Do COVID-19 booster shots put an expiration date on vaccine cards?

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.

Halloween 2021: Trick-or-treating safely during COVID-19

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,”

Pfizer seeks emergency U.S. authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11

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,"

Health Insider discusses COVID-19 vaccine for kids

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.

What to know about at-home COVID-19 test kits

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.

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