Cancer trial survey seeks participants

A University of Arizona graduate student wants the public's help to complete a thesis she is writing about cancer research trials.

Female cancer survivors who have participated in a research trial in the last five years are needed to answer a 40-question survey on the University of Arizona Cancer Center's website:

The survey can be completed online in about 10 or 15 minutes and responses are confidential - no personal information will be collected.

Responses are requested by early July.

PTSD screenings to be held Thursday

On Thursday, the national nonprofit Screening for Mental Health Inc. will hold Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Screening Day.

The initiative is an outreach, education and screening program to raise awareness about PTSD.

Thousands of colleges, community-based organizations and military installations will be hosting a screening program. Members of the public are urged to visit to take a self-assessment online and to learn more about the condition.

Sometimes traumatic events, such as the Jan. 8, 2011, shootings in Tucson, affect an entire community. In other instances, traumatic events can affect a single individual.

Symptoms of PTSD often include reliving the event through nightmares and flashbacks; avoiding situations that are reminders of the event such as large crowds or driving a car; developing negative changes in beliefs or feelings; and feeling hyper-alert or easily startled.

Senators' bill targets health worker need

In an effort to build a stronger health-care workforce and ensure patients have better access to the medical care, U.S. Sens. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, and Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, have proposed legislation called the Building a Health Care Workforce for the Future Act.

The bill would help make it easier for students to pursue careers in health care, with an emphasis on primary care, and encourage providers to work in medically under-served communities.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, by 2020 there will be a nationwide shortage of 91,000 physicians. Approximately half of the shortage will be in primary care.

Specifically, the bill includes state scholarship programs that provide states with federal matching funds.

The bill would also authorize grants to medical schools to improve competencies in priority areas, including educational innovations in promoting primary and behavioral health integration; cultural competency; and team-based care.

Contact Star health reporter Stephanie Innes at or 573-4134.