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Biology of the Brain

• Peak NV, p.p. 22-23

Every person carries around a 3-pound universe filled with billions of cells that communicate and orchestrate everything we do — from thinking to moving to sensing. It makes sense that such a busy planet of activity can get stressed or damaged as we age.

US reinfection case raises question: how long does Covid immunity last?

• The Guardian

A man in Nevada was infected with Covid-19 in March. He recovered and then tested negative for Covid-19. His would have been an unremarkable story amid a pandemic that has infected millions of people in America – if he had not been infected again less than six weeks later.

Flu shot even more vital this season

• KOLO Channel 8 News

This year, health authorities are hoping more patients take heed and get this year’s influenza vaccine. “We do know people who get the flu shot are less likely to get the flu and less likely to be hospitalized from the Influenza,” says Dr. Catherine McCarthy with University of Nevada Reno, School of Medicine Family Medicine Program.

High blood pressure, a silent disease in children

• Galena Times, p. 5

Most of us associate high blood pressure or hypertension with a condition in adults requiring medical attention. Dr. Max J. Coppes, professor and Nell J. Redfield chair of pediatrics at UNR Med and physicianin-chief at Renown Children’s Hospital discusses hypertension in children and reports that "4% of children aged 12 to 19 have hypertension and another 10% have elevated blood pressure," and how you can make a positive difference as a parent in the long-term health and wellbeing of your child, if hypertension is detected.

Nevada athletics: Wolf Pack team physician Mark Stovak one of 16 doctors advising NCAA

• Reno Gazette Journal

Dr. Mark Stovak, a team physician for Wolf Pack athletics and a professor at the University’s School of Medicine, was named to the NCAA’s revamped COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group. Stovak is one of just 16 medical professionals from across the country to be named to the Medical Advisory Group.

COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group


The NCAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group includes medical professionals from all three divisions and each of the Autonomy 5 conferences, plus representatives from organizations and medical groups that have been working collaboratively with the original advisory panel and NCAA membership. UNR Med's Dr. Mark Stovak, team physician at Nevada and second vice president of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine was selected as a committee member.

Nevada Business Magazine Healthcare Heroes 2020

• Nevada Business Magazine

Nevada Business Magazine honored UNR Med faculty and medical students as part of the 2020 Healthcare Heroes Awards. UNR Med honorees included Mark Pandori, Ph.D., director, Nevada State Public Health Laboratory; Northern Nevada Innovator of the Year, and Medical, Physician Assistant Nursing, Health Sciences and Social Work Students of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and University of Nevada, Reno; Northern Nevada Volunteers of the Year.

First UNR Med Physician Assistant Class picks up diplomas

• KOLO Channel 8 News

Practicing social distancing and mask wearing, the first graduating class from UNR Med’s Physician Assistant Studies Program picked up their diplomas on the afternoon of September 1, 2020.

25 Year Old May Have Gotten Covid-19 Coronavirus Twice, And The Reinfection Might Have Been Worse

• Forbes

Throughout this bleeping pandemic, a key question has been whether you can get the Covid-19 coronavirus more than once. Well this past week, several different reports seemed to kick the “can” around. And now there’s a report of a 25-year old man in Reno, Nevada, getting re-infected that adds to the can-can dance. Oh, by the way, the news was worse the second time around.

REPORT: Nevada man re-infected by COVID-19 after fully recovering

• KSNV News 3 NBC Las Vegas

“We examined the genomic material of the viruses and samples to investigate this," said Mark Pandori, Ph.D., Director at Nevada State Public Health Laboratory. “It is just one finding, but it shows that a person can possibly become infected with SARS-CoV-2 a second time.”

Doctors find possible case of Covid-19 reinfection in US


"After one recovers from COVID-19, we still do not know how much immunity is built up, how long it may last, or how well antibodies play a role in protection against a reinfection," Mark Pandori, the director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, said in a news release Thursday.

Nevada man becomes first in the US to catch COVID-19 twice

• The New York Post

Dr. Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, said in a statement that the fact that a person was reinfected “on such a short timeline” indicates “there may be implications for the efficacy of vaccines developed to fight the disease,” as well as for herd immunity.

COVID-19 reinfection reported in Nevada patient, researchers say

• The Washington Post

Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory reported that genetic sequencing of the virus revealed that he had been infected with a slightly different strain, indicating a true reinfection.

Nevada lab confirms 1st coronavirus reinfection in the US

• ABC News

Earlier this week, the world was dealing head-on with what was believed to be the world's first documented case of coronavirus reinfection in Hong Kong. Now, less than a week later, researchers in the United States are reporting their first documented case of a patient who got COVID, recovered and then got it again.