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New skin test accurately diagnoses Parkinson’s disease

11/23/2020

New research out of Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI) shows for the first time a simple skin test can accurately identify Parkinson’s disease. This is a real breakthrough since there is currently no reliable test for the disease.

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Chief Scientific Officer joins Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative

11/23/2020

The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is pleased to welcome Robert Alexander, MD, as chief scientific officer for the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative (API). Through charitable support, the Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation will fund the first two years of this position.

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Banner Alzheimer’s Institute leads new discoveries in prevention research

11/23/2020

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI) researchers recently identified how a rare gene protected a woman from developing Alzheimer’s disease even though she was at high risk. In the study published this year, a woman who carried a gene mutation known to cause early-onset Alzheimer’s around the age of 40 did not develop signs of the disease until her 70s. The findings suggest there may be a new way to treat or prevent the disease.

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Virtual Toy Drive helps stock Banner Children’s toy closets

11/09/2020

Due to COVID-19 visitor restrictions and infection prevention protocols in place to keep our patients and hospital workers safe, the Banner Health Foundation is asking the community to donate toys virtually this year rather than in person at Banner Children’s medical centers.

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Novel clinical trial saves 12-year-old Savannah in her third cancer battle

11/02/2020

Leukemia, lymphoma and brain tumors are among the most common cancers affecting children. A hematological disease, leukemias are cancers of the bone marrow and blood and occur at the highest rate, accounting for almost 1 out of 3 cancers in children. Not only was Savannah Perez one of those 60 children, the Tucson resident has battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia three times – starting at age 3, with a grueling three years of treatment.

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