Health

Program helps Latinos diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

PHOENIX – Hispanics suffer from Parkinson’s disease at twice the rate of other ethnic minorities, likely due to environmental factors such as prolonged exposure to herbicides and insecticides or to metals such as copper, manganese and lead, according to a report from Washington University in St. Louis.


Franks hopeful for ‘born alive’ abortion bill with Trump in White House

WASHINGTON - Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, said he has high hopes that his twice-defeated Born-Alive Survivors Protections Act will pass this year with President Donald Trump in the White House and Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress.


Health officials: Number of flu cases on the rise in Arizona

PHOENIX – Arizona flu cases are on the rise in Arizona, up 28 percent since October compared to the same period last year, according the the Arizona Department of Health Services.


Report: Obamacare repeal could hit state public health funding

WASHINGTON - Repealing the Affordable Care Act could cost Arizona more than $46 million in federal public health funds over five years, according to a report released Tuesday by a national health policy organization.


$3.5 million allocated for high school substance abuse prevention

PHOENIX - The Governor's Office for Youth, Faith and Family will release about $3.5 million in new funding for substance abuse prevention programs for high school youth - a key demographic to target when tackling Arizona's opioid epidemic.


Arizona lawmakers mirror House, split by party on Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers followed the rest of the House Friday as it split largely down party lines to approve a budget resolution that marks the first step toward the long-held Republican goal of repealing Obamacare.


Arizona senators follow party-line vote on Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON - Arizona's senators joined all but one of their fellow Republicans early Thursday to narrowly approve a budget resolution that is the first step in overturning the Affordable Care Act.


Medical boards looking at Ducey’s recommendation of opioid education

PHOENIX - Medical professionals say Gov. Doug Ducey’s letter urging that Arizona doctors receive more education on drug addiction is a step forward in the battle against opioid abuse, but that the curriculum must be detailed and useful.


Nearly 900K people watched “Hooked Rx” documentary

PHOENIX – Based on early television viewership projections, nearly 900,000 viewers tuned in to "Hooked Rx: From Prescription to Addiction," a Cronkite News report on Arizona's prescription opioid epidemic, according to early Nielsen rating numbers. That number is expected to rise.


Opioids and the body: The science of an overdose

Opioids and the body: The science of an overdose


Gov. Ducey pushes to require drug-addiction training for doctors

PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey sent a letter to the Arizona Medical Board and the Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners pushing to require all Arizona physicians to complete continuing education in drug addiction, he said during his State of the State speech Monday.


Wading through the yuck, researchers study wastewater sludge for public health clues

TEMPE – Pristine white lab coats hang on a wheeled rack. Handwritten measurements and equations are crammed on whiteboards. And a long line of freezers are filled with containers of super-concentrated human waste.