AZ requests test kits for influenza strain
In response to a new strain of influenza reported in China, the Arizona State Laboratory has ordered H7N9 influenza test kits from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
China is continuing to report more and more cases of the new H7N9 Influenza virus, Arizona Department of Health Director Will Humble wrote in his blog last week.
So far, 108 cases have been confirmed, with a death rate of about 20 percent. All the cases appear to have jumped from birds to humans, meaning that there's no human-to-human transmission, Humble wrote.
There is a concern that if a person becomes infected with a seasonal influenza strain and the new H7N9 strain at the same time, the two viruses could create a new strain that could be communicable humans to human, Humble said.
Author to speak about heart disease tonight
Best-selling author and heart disease expert Dr. Dean Ornish is scheduled to speak tonight in DuVal Auditorium at the University of Arizona Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.
The free public event is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.
Ornish is the founder and president of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
Parking is available in the University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus visitor-patient parking garage. The fee is $1.50 per hour, cash only. Free parking is available after 5 p.m. in the UA Zone 1 permit and metered parking lot 2030, just south of the parking garage at East Mabel Street and Martin Avenue.
Joint pain topic of Wednesday lecture
The public is invited to a free public lecture titled "Keeping Joint Pain at Bay" at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
The presentation will be held in the Chase Bank Auditorium at the University of Arizona Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.
Dr. Jeffrey R. Lisse, professor of medicine and chief of the division of rheumatology at the UA College of Medicine in Tucson, will talk about the latest research in arthritis pain management.
Lisse's research focuses on new therapies for arthritis and osteoporosis. He currently is vice president of the Arizona Osteoporosis Coalition and president of the Tucson Rheumatism Society.
Seating is limited, and registration is requested. Visit arthritis.arizona.edu, email email@example.com or call 626-5040 to register. Notification of cancellations also is requested.
Garden Kitchen to host a free salsa fiesta
The Garden Kitchen in South Tucson is hosting a salsa fiesta from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The free Salsa y Salsa event is part of South Tucson's Fit First Saturdays and will include salsa music, salsa dance lessons and a contest for the best salsa recipe in South Tucson. The Garden Kitchen is at 2205 S. Fourth Ave. It is a nutrition education facility and joint effort with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Pima County, and the city of South Tucson.
The Salsa y Salsa fiesta is funded through a grant from the O'Brien Diversity Endowment to fund Connecting through Culture.
The purpose is to develop closer ties between the University of Arizona and the residents of South Tucson and the surrounding areas.
Dance against cancer at event next month
A local event called Dancers Against Cancers will celebrate Livestrong Day with a dance and walk on Saturday, May 18.
The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. at Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road.
No dance experience is necessary, but preregistration is required.
For more details, go to tucsonforlivestrong.org, contact Linda at 440-7206, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Star medical reporter Stephanie Innes at email@example.com or 573-4134.