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New UNR Study Reveals Public's View On Vaccines

• KTVN Channel 2 News

"Even though we can build a vaccine, will people take it once you build it," asked University of Nevada, Reno Doctor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health Dr. Mark Riddle. The question of whether Nevadans trust the efficacy and safety of the Coronavirus vaccines came out in a study from University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.


Officials: Some Vaccination Slots Going Unused in Vegas Area

• U.S. News & World Report

A study released Tuesday by University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine researchers charted an increase in the number of people saying they would likely get the vaccine once it becomes available to them — up to 73% in January from 64% in December. Dr. Mark Riddle, primary study investigator, said the results might reflect increased public confidence that vaccines are safe and effective and that people who have been hesitant are changing their minds.


Officials: Some vaccination slots going unused in Vegas area

• East Oregonian

A study released Tuesday by University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine researchers charted an increase in the number of people saying they would likely get the vaccine once it becomes available to them — up to 73% in January from 64% in December. Dr. Mark Riddle, primary study investigator, said the results might reflect increased public confidence that vaccines are safe and effective and that people who have been hesitant are changing their minds.


Officials: Some vaccination slots going unused in Las Vegas area

• Fox 5 Las Vegas

A study released Tuesday by University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine researchers charted an increase in the number of people saying they would likely get the vaccine once it becomes available to them — up to 73% in January from 64% in December. Dr. Mark Riddle, primary study investigator, said the results might reflect increased public confidence that vaccines are safe and effective and that people who have been hesitant are changing their minds.


New UNR Study Reveals Public's View On Vaccines

• KTVN Channel 2 News

"Even though we can build a vaccine, will people take it once you build it," asked University of Nevada, Reno Doctor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health Dr. Mark Riddle. The question of whether Nevadans trust the efficacy and safety of the Coronavirus vaccines came out in a study from University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine


Statewide survey shows 73 percent of Nevadans likely to get COVID-19 vaccine when available

• Carson Now

Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Sciences, Immunize Nevada, and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, released the latest findings from an ongoing study to learn what Nevadans think about COVID-19 vaccines, and their acceptance toward taking the vaccine — once one is available to them.


UNR Med Professor contributes to report on “Creating an Anti-racist Cardiovascular Community”

• KOLO Channel 8 News

Statistics show Hispanic and Black Americans have higher rates and worse outcomes of cardiovascular disease. A local cardiologist has collaborated with other doctors around the nation to not just write an article about ending systemic racism and micro-aggressions in her field, but she is calling on her colleagues to do the same. This is all in an effort to bring in more doctors of color and build more trust amongst minorities. “What we’ve written here are low hanging fruit. Things that don’t cost money, that don’t require huge structural changes and yet can have a big impact,” Dr. Lorrel Toft explains.


Against the odds

• The Nevada Independent

The last year laid bare Nevada’s chronic underfunding of public health systems, a lack of investment in aging state infrastructure, including its unemployment system and continued economic overreliance on the tourism industry. It also saw resilience in the face of despair.


UNR researchers say titanium coating has an impact on the coronavirus

• KOLO Channel 8 News

At the Center for Molecular Medicine, the coating is placed on a glass surface. Then droplets of the coronavirus were placed on top. In one dish a control group is present to compare a treated and untreated surface. “All of them were inactivated in a very brief exposure of the UV light,” says Professor Subhash Verma of the viruses on the treated glass. Verma is an Associate Professor of Microbiology with the University of Nevada Reno, School of Medicine. Dr. Verma says ultimately the titanium coating could be placed in a spray to treat surfaces. Or it could be put in building materials—all to keep the virus at bay.





Is Nevada's leading COVID-19 expert hopeful about ending the pandemic? Maybe

• Reno Gazette Journal

Pandori, who leads the Nevada State Laboratory on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, is almost as new to Nevada as the virus. He jumped into the role in November 2019 and today, over a year later, is brutally skeptical about the future — and the eradication of COVID-19. “This pandemic isn’t going to one day just disappear,” he said, despite the miraculous speed of two vaccines and the hope they control the spread. Pandori is part mad scientist, in the best sense of the description. What he says is often gospel to the likes of Gov. Steve Sisolak and Washoe County Health District Officer Kevin Dick.


A Year In The Pandemic: KUNR Special Coverage

• KUNR

This week marks a year since the first presumptive positive COVID-19 case was announced in Nevada. Since then, Nevadans have endured the upheaval the pandemic has caused in their lives. isten to “A Year In The Pandemic,” a one-hour special hosted by KUNR's Anh Gray and Lucia Starbuck. This KUNR special first aired on Wednesday, March 3. Dr. Mark Pandori, director, Nevada State Public Health Laboratory can be heard from minutes 38 - 41 in the segment.


A WHAT transplant? It’s true — No. 2 can be No. 1 at saving lives

• Green Valley News

“Our bodies have evolved in cooperation with our microbiome, which is a constellation of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other organisms. And we are dependent upon them to help us digest food, and develop our immune responses and prevent diseases,” said Dr. Mark Riddle, who studies the gut microbiome at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.


California coronavirus variant among those spreading in Nevada

• Las Vegas Review Journal

The director of Nevada’s public health lab isn’t too worried yet about a new pair of coronavirus variants first detected in California, despite one researcher there stating that “the devil is here” following the discovery.


A rural remedy to health care access

• High Country News

Project ECHO specialists in Reno, Nevada, for example, helped mental health professionals diagnose behavioral health conditions and treat patients with schizophrenia across the state. “(It’s) really about identifying those people early on and getting them to these services quickly,” Troy Jorgensen, program manager of Project ECHO Nevada, told me.


Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Feb. 17-23, 2021

• KUNR

The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory confirmed the existence of the B-1-3-5-1 strain in Washoe County, Thursday, Feb. 18. According to lab director Dr. Mark Pandori, the sample was traced to a person who traveled from South Africa and began showing symptoms after arriving in Reno. He saids the new strain underlines the continued need to keep the virus in check. "If we allow variants to come out, and then those variants to variate and change on themselves, we are going to potentially be in a situation where we are facing a whole new foe."


As The Vaccine Rolls Out, New COVID-19 Variants Show Up In Nevada

• KNPR

Dr. Pandori compared that to the UK variant, which doesn't produce more virus, but on a per-virus-particle basis, is more infectious. "There's a quality and a quantity concept," he said, "You can be more infectious because the viruses themselves are more infectious, or you can be more infectious because you're shedding more virus."



Nevada Reports 1st Case of Virus Variant From South Africa

• U.S. News & World Report

The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory said Thursday that the mutated version of the virus was confirmed a day earlier in a sample traced to a person who traveled from South Africa and began showing symptoms of COVID-19 when arriving in Reno.


People: UNR Med's Stephanie McCurry-Tenney elected local NAACP president

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

Stephanie McCurry-Tenney, office manager and events coordinator of the Sanford Center for Aging — part of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine — was recently elected president of the Reno-Sparks Branch of the NAACP, effective Feb. 3.


Nevada reports 1st case of virus variant from South Africa

• Elko Daily Free Press

The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory said Thursday that the mutated version of the virus was confirmed a day earlier in a sample traced to a person who traveled from South Africa and began showing symptoms of COVID-19 when arriving in Reno.


Nevada reports 1st case of virus variant from South Africa

• KTVN Channel 2 News

The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory said Thursday that the mutated version of the virus was confirmed a day earlier in a sample traced to a person who traveled from South Africa and began showing symptoms of COVID-19 when arriving in Reno.