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Best Of The Border (8/4 - 8/8)

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Kate Sheehy
Father Mom of Nigeria studies Spanish to better serve the Catholic Latino congregations in Arizona.

Kate Sheehy

Father Mom of Nigeria studies Spanish to better serve the Catholic Latino congregations in Arizona.

More International Priests Help Serve Southwest's Growing Catholic Population

The Catholic population in the United States continues to grow at a steady one percent each year. But the number of priests has been declining for decades.

To fill this gap, dioceses are increasingly inviting priests from around the world to serve their congregations. In the Southwest, these priests face unique challenges ministering to the needs of a growing Catholic Latino population.

Father Mom said when he arrived in Tucson from Nigeria, he realized almost immediately that he would need a crash course in Spanish.


Northern Arizona University researchers have linked uranium exposure to skin cancer.

Uranium Exposure Linked To Skin Cancer

Northern Arizona University biochemistry professor Diane Stearns said her team found once uranium was present in the skin, exposure to sunlight could be chemically toxic and lead to cancerous lesions.

It’s a bigger threat for people with a disease that causes extreme sensitivity to sunlight, and it turns out there’s a higher number of Navajo people with that disease.


Origins Of Ebola Treatment Has Roots At ASU

While the Ebola virus continues to spread in Western Africa, a seemingly effective treatment has origins from Arizona State University.

Plant research is at the root of the experimental treatment being used on two American doctors infected with the Ebola virus.

The next batch of the treatment being developed was destined to be tested on monkeys, but in light of the recent Ebola outbreak, it was sent to the affected doctors instead.