WASHINGTON – Talen Spitzer was a healthy 10-year-old from Queen Creek a little more than two years ago when, in a matter of minutes, he lost control of his muscles and his hands were paralyzed. His mother, Rochelle Spitzer, said doctors didn’t know what was wrong with him at first because everything else seemed normal..
PHOENIX – Arizona’s Medicaid agency has blended its health-care programs for mental and physical health for 1.5 million people in a move to increase efficiency and improve patient health. The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, known as AHCCCS, now contracts with organizations to manage coverage of such physical ailments as diabetes and heart disease,.
PAGE – Years into a record-breaking drought across the Southwest, officials of the seven states along the Colorado River finally forged an agreement in 2007 on how to deal with future water shortages. Then they quietly hoped that wet weather would return. It didn’t. Those states now are back at the negotiating table to hammer.
PHOENIX – Physical destruction from hurricanes is easy to see, but such disasters also bring psychological and emotional damage to victims. Lillian Ortiz was in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria struck just one year ago. “This is what was traumatic to me, leaving and knowing the conditions, wondering if I couldn’t survive a night, wondering.
TEMPE – Scientists intend to make Arizona a national hub for research on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other degenerative brain diseases. Experts say the state has the second-highest growth rate in the nation for Alzheimer’s disease. The ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center, part of Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, officially opened its doors Monday with plans.
WASHINGTON – After several years of double- and triple-digit increases in health insurance premiums, Arizona could see premiums fall more than 4 percent in 2019, one of only 11 states looking at a drop, according to a new analysis. It’s a sharp turnaround for Arizona, a state where a premium increase of 116 percent in.
WASHINGTON – Health care advocates Wednesday urged Attorney General Mark Brnovich to pull Arizona out of a multistate lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, saying the court case could deny coverage to vulnerable state residents. Planned Parenthood, the Human Rights Campaign and Protect our Care delivered a July 9 letter from.
PHOENIX – Friday night, under the lights. Basha and Cesar Chavez high schools were battling it out in the third game of the 2014 football season. As the clock ticked down toward the end of the first quarter, Cesar Chavez threatened to score. On fourth and goal, the only thing stopping Cesar Chavez was one.
WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain has discontinued treatment for the deadly brain cancer he has been living with since last summer, his family announced Friday. The six-term Republican announced his diagnosis of glioblastoma in July 2017 and has already beaten the odds against the very aggressive form of cancer. It can be particularly hard on.
LOS ANGELES – Jazmarie Mader, an Arizona State women’s soccer player, was on a flight back home to Phoenix in 2016 when she felt nauseated. She headed toward the restroom and tried to push the door open. The next thing she said she remembered was waking up on the restroom floor, surrounded by flight attendants..
LOS ANGELES – Can’t leave the house without getting bitten? Legs swollen from scratching? Welcome to the crowd. Because yes, the mosquitoes are worse this year. Why? There’s a new type of mosquito hunting across the southern United States. You might have heard of it – the Aedes mosquito – which first showed up in.
CHANDLER – Every night, about two dozen men and women gather on a street corner and go through the same routine: A monitor searches their backpacks, suitcases and toiletry bags. They go over the rules, then board a bus to where they’ll “camp out,” eat dinner, say a prayer and bunk down for the night..
NOGALES – Some residents in Santa Cruz County are warning that the pipeline carrying raw sewage from Mexico into the United States could rupture as it did during last year’s monsoon, spewing millions of gallons of waste into the Nogales Wash over seven days. The wash is a main tributary of the Santa Cruz River,.
PHOENIX — Back when he played for Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Danny Coulombe dominated on the diamond. A talented left-hander with a devastating curveball, Coulombe averaged more than two strikeouts per inning during his junior and senior seasons. But as his baseball career continued to unfold, setbacks abounded. The southpaw — who is now.
PHOENIX – In today’s sports environment, high school athletes are thrust into the limelight sooner and face higher expectations. Becoming an elite-level prep athlete can require a year-round commitment. From ESPN’s non-stop coverage of college football’s National Signing Day to high school freshmen deciding to commit to collegiate athletic programs, athletes with dreams of playing.
GILBERT – Vilma Bose places headphones over her ears and is greeted by the sounds of droning conversation, a fire engine and a door slamming. Next, she’s escorted to a dimly lit room and given a list of tasks to complete within five minutes. Find the white shirt, and put it on. Organize the pills.
WASHINGTON – A Navy widow whose husband died from kidney disease cannot sue the Veterans Affairs medical center that delayed his treatment, only to send a letter two weeks after his death urging him to seek immediate care. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Felisa Tunac waited.
PHOENIX – Arizona’s wettest month is upon us, but rain won’t be the only thing that arrives with these August monsoon storms. Standing rainwater provides optimum breeding conditions for mosquitoes, which have the potential to cause serious illnesses, including the West Nile virus. “It’s really important that after a rainstorm comes through that you clean.
TEMPE – Tempe Meals on Wheels depends on volunteers to make deliveries and run the organization, but Arizona’s summer heat creates challenges – mainly, a shortage of hands. That can have dangerous consequences to elderly clients, many of whom live alone. “Everybody heads for the hills in the summer,” said Gwen Hanna, president of the.
LOS ANGELES – Mountains. Forests. Starry nights. Smog. Smog? Sadly, yes. The air in two popular national parks in California is as dirty as it is in Los Angeles – the smoggiest city in the country. “When you think of national parks, you think of these as being really pristine areas, almost areas you want.
PHOENIX – Grey Ruegamer described himself as a “tall, skinny fat kid” his freshman year at Arizona State University. At 6-foot-4, the center weighed 245 pounds. But by the end of his senior season, the scale read close to 290. On NFL Draft day in 1999, however, Ruegamer learned those extra 45 pounds wouldn’t be.
PHOENIX – Three years after the suicide of a decorated Army Ranger, friends and family of the victim are calling on state legislators to mandate the collection of data on suicide rates for military veterans in Arizona. At a news conference on Monday, State Rep. Jay Lawrence, Republican chairman the Arizona House’s Military, Veterans and.
WASHINGTON – The White House’s decision to suspend billions in Obamacare “risk adjustment” payments to insurance companies could hit tens of thousands of Arizonans in the pocketbook, as insurance companies grapple with new market uncertainty. That was the assessment of advocates and insurers both after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service this month stopped.
PHOENIX – Despite significant seizures of fentanyl over the past year, the lethal synthetic opioid keeps pouring into the country across Arizona’s border with Mexico, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Arizona Department of Public Safety say. “We are the tip of the spear for drug trafficking,” said Doug Coleman, the DEA’s special agent in.
PHOENIX – Another football game hadn’t gone Joe Schiller’s way, and the thousands of dollars of debt he had accumulated from betting was about to bury him. With his life spinning out of control, he hopped in his car with his then-pregnant wife’s paycheck in his pocket and went into hiding for two months. Mo.
MESA – Mesa police have adopted their first therapy dog, primarily to provide smiles and comfort to those who have been traumatized by crime. Macy, a 16-week-old English Labrador puppy, will be trained to work in the special victims unit as a therapy dog for children and adults. “What we’re hoping is that down the.
PEORIA — Every year, football players around the country succumb to injuries that put their seasons in peril. For Zach Hunzinger, a pain revealed a far more serious issue. The Liberty High School football standout was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, in his knee and started chemotherapy soon after. The diagnosis came after Hunzinger.
PHOENIX – A dozen people waited at Phoenix Walgreens on a Wednesday in late June to get tested for HIV. One by one, they were called into a small room, asked a few general questions and had a finger pricked to draw blood. The results followed quickly – the entire process took about five minutes..
WASHINGTON – Rabies cases in Arizona have risen sharply this year compared with the same time last year, and state health officials said the problem is only likely to get worse as the temperatures rise. There were 81 confirmed rabies cases in animals reported to the Arizona Department of Health Services through May, up from.
PHOENIX – Metro Phoenix was among the Top 5 largest metro areas with the most days of smog in 2016, according to a national study released Wednesday by an Arizona research group. Experts say that’s a serious health concern for the 4.6 million people who live in the area because breathing contaminated air increases the.
PHOENIX – Arizona anti-abortion activists hailed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling supporting pregnancy centers as a win for free speech and religious rights. “The ruling means that Arizona city government will not be able to compel a pro-life pregnancy center to communicate a message that violates their deeply held convictions,” said Cathi Herrod, president of.
TEMPE – As Jordan Woodruff sits in his black and red gaming chair, he issues directives into his headset to an online crew playing the popular game “Overwatch.” “All right, push up with me, guys.” Woodruff, 28, who lives in Tempe, said he plays and livestreams video games on the popular streaming website Twitch approximately.
PHOENIX – Arizona is expanding drop-off services for unused and old medications to 13 pharmacies and additional police stations in a continuing battle against opioid abuse. “We know that so many times it’s friends, family, grandparents, kids that end up getting access to these dangerous opioids,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said, announcing the program.
PHOENIX – A recent study identified Phoenix as a “hotspot” for potential disease outbreak because of the high rate of parents who opt out of vaccinating their children. Arizona is one of 18 states that allow exemptions from vaccination because of personal beliefs, according to the study published in the Public Library of Science. Many.
PHOENIX – LGBTQ teens are at risk of high rates of depression, sexual assault and discrimination, according to a national survey released Wednesday by a human rights group. The survey of 12,000 youths – including 330 in Arizona – show many LGBTQ youths still suffer compared to those who are cisgender, leaders of the Human.
PHOENIX – When Mary Jo Fasani was pregnant, she needed 100 units of blood for her daughter to survive. “Being O negative is such a rare type,” she said. “I was having to get blood transferred from New Mexico, Kentucky, Ohio, all across the nation because we didn’t have enough in our own supply.” Fasani,.
PHOENIX – Mark Maddox is left with fragments of what should be his fondest memories: He’s lost the details of a family trip to Disney World, and forgotten most of what happened in the three Super Bowls he played in. Sometimes, he watches video of his games to help jog a memory impaired by too.
WASHINGTON – Methamphetamines were the drug of choice 10 years ago when Arizona began working on a coordinated program to keep drug-addicted parents and their newborn children together. The concept was not new, said Suzanne Schunk, vice president of family support services at Southwest Human Development, which helped the Arizona Department of Child Safety develop.
PHOENIX – High suicide rates have largely been associated with younger populations, but middle-age suicides are beginning to rise throughout the country, a new report says. In 2016, the population group at the highest risk for suicide was 45 to 54, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. recorded 8,437 suicides.
PEORIA – On a scorching summer day, children run and laugh as they pelt each other with dodgeballs in the gym of Sundance Elementary School. OK, guys, pipe down, a volunteer counselor tells them. Lunch is about to be served. They scramble over to rows of long tables, demolishing hamburgers and yogurt parfaits swirled with.
SCOTTSDALE – One-third of recreational waterborne disease outbreaks occur at hotel pools or hot tubs, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that urges people to take precautions regardless of where they swim over the summer. More than half of the outbreaks occur during the summer, but they also spike in March..
PHOENIX – Temperatures have soared above average for early June, and the National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings for parts of central Arizona. Local nonprofits are helping to combat the scorching conditions by providing water and air-conditioning to those in need. The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Survival Squad has set up hydrations stations.
PHOENIX – Sexually transmitted diseases reported in Arizona from January through April have increased 19 percent over the same period last year, possibly because of increased awareness and improved treatment, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Nicole Capone, spokeswoman for DHS, said 15,710 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported from January.
SCOTTSDALE – As Robert “Bob” Lane wrapped his hand, boxing trainer Marty Barrett landed a verbal jab: “Let’s go, fat boy!” Lane, 71, looked over his shoulder to see Barrett smirking. “I guess that’s me. I say all these nice things about you,” Lane replied, prompting laughter. Barrett, who towers over Lane’s 5-foot frame, playfully.
PHOENIX – Rep. Martha McSally on Wednesday blamed the country’s lack of border security as one reason for Arizona’s opioid epidemic. “The overwhelming majority of drugs, up to maybe 90 percent, come through the nation’s ports of entry,” she told the House Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee. “In order to mitigate these illicit paths ….
PHOENIX – Meika Lively has her own language, understood by family members and others close to her. As a 33-year-old with Down syndrome and the speech and hearing problems common for those with the condition, she’s found a way to communicate, sometimes using hand signals or props. She expresses disgust, a universal “Eeckk,” as her.
TEMPE – Arizona State University scientists will work with Tempe to detect opioids and other drugs in city wastewater, an exploration that could serve as an early-warning system in the ongoing opioid crisis. The city and the ASU Biodesign Institute each will contribute $35,000 to study wastewater for opioids, cocaine, marijuana and other drugs as.
WASHINGTON – When Brophy College Preparatory student Diego Morris needed a life-saving experimental treatment that was not available in the United States, he and his family did the only thing they could do. They moved to London for a year where the drug regimen had already been approved. “It was time-sensitive,” said a cancer-free Morris,.
PHOENIX – When 7-year-old Monibelle Townsend heard her family’s smoke alarm go off and smelled smoke, she said she knew what to do, thanks to training she had received at school just days before. She woke up her grandmother and 6-year-old brother and escorted them to safety. Her home was destroyed by the fire, but.
FOUNTAIN HILLS – As the sun started to set beyond the red, rocky backdrop of McDowell Mountain Regional Park, hundreds of runners lined up to battle the 50-kilometer trail run that lies ahead. The Adrenaline Night Run is part of Aravaipa Running’s Insomniac Night Series, consisting of nine nighttime trail races orchestrated throughout Arizona’s hot.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. has only about a quarter of the beds that the Treatment Advocacy Center considers a safe minimum for mental health care. And Arizona has only about a third of the national rate. But despite the numbers – Arizona ranked 49th on Mental Health America’s 2018 report on the State of Mental.
PHOENIX – The Ultimate Fighting Championship first came into the public consciousness late in 1993. Few rules existed. Fighters were matched up against each other regardless of weight. A 400-pound man could, and did, fight a 220-pound competitor. Weight didn’t matter as much as knowing what your opponent didn’t know. A relatively unassuming 180-pound man.
WASHINGTON – Life expectancy for American Indians is decades longer than it was in the 1960s, nearly closing the gap with the rest of the U.S. population, according to government data. But that doesn’t mean every Native American has seen the same gains, according to experts, who say pockets of problems remain, particularly on traditional.
PHOENIX – Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski committed suicide Jan. 16. A day later, family and friends remembered Madison Holleran, a member of the track and field team at the University of Pennsylvania who jumped to her death off a parking garage four years earlier. In February, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan tweeted in the.
PHOENIX – When Noah Altman moved from Yuma to Phoenix in 2010, he finally felt at peace. He suddenly went from a small border town to a city where there was “gay everything!” This included a gay Denny’s, affectionately known within Phoenix’s gay community as “Jenny’s,” at Camelback Road and Seventh Street, along with gay.
PHOENIX – If you think it’s hot now, just wait: Some climate researchers predict Arizona’s warming climate will have a substantial effect on water supplies and demand by 2060. Not all climate forecasts are so dire, but experts say Arizonans need to prepare for extreme heat, drought and related events. The problem is not centuries.
PHOENIX – Sister Adele O’Sullivan, a nun and doctor, once treated a homeless man who had scorched his feet walking on hot pavement. She took care of his burns, then realized she didn’t have shoes to give him. “We take care of whole people,” she said. “Bodies, minds, spirits. It didn’t take me long to.
PHOENIX – Businesses and research groups know a lot more about you than you might think. The recent Cambridge Analytica data breach at Facebook, where a political data firm connected to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign was able to access private information on millions of users, shows the immediacy and power of data-collecting and aggregating.
PHOENIX — Gene therapy could be the key to curing rare and life-threatening diseases, but high costs and potential negative effects are slowing the fledgling field, experts say. In gene therapy, normal genetic material replaces missing or defective genes to cure disease. In December, the Food and Drug Administration approved Luxturna, the first commercial gene.
PHOENIX – Chronic sleep disorders can lead to heart attacks, hypertension, stroke and other major illnesses, according to sleep specialists. Insomnia and sleep apnea are familiar to most Americans, and up to 70 million adults in the U.S. are affected by sleep disorders, according to the federal Institute of Medicine. Aside from illnesses, sleep deprivation.
PHOENIX — Concussions in athletes have received attention in recent years, but experts are now looking to also address the needs of a large, yet overlooked, population – domestic abuse victims. One in three women and one in four men have been physically abused by an intimate partner in their lifetime. There are 10 million.
PHOENIX – ZIP codes may serve as significant indicators in assessing the health of metro Phoenix residents and just how long they might live. “Your ZIP code is more important to your health than your genetic code,” according to a report by the Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities. That report found that transportation, safety and.
SCOTTSDALE – IVs commonly are associated with illness and hospitals. But in recent years, businesses across the country – including here in metro Phoenix – have begun using them to deliver health and wellness treatments. The Drip Room in Old Town Scottsdale provides a range of intravenous drips, from detox and anti-aging to hydrogen peroxide..
PHOENIX – Federal guidelines that govern genetic testing were relaxed last year, raising concerns about safety and accuracy, an Arizona legal expert says. “To be able to understand our own bodies and our own futures is wonderful. It’s just a matter of us making sure that we aren’t getting ahead of the science – that.
PHOENIX — Imagine you’ve just been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and need surgery. Instead of looking at shadowy black and white 2-D images you can’t decipher, you put on goggles and “walk through” the cancer using augmented reality. As a result, you can better grasp your disease, said Dr. Matthew Welz, a neurological.
PHOENIX – Computer hackers soon could cross into a new frontier, one that would give them power to kill through insulin pumps, defibrillators, pacemakers and other personal medical devices. With the availability of more technology for personalized health care, millions of patients are gaining access to tools connected to online networks, but the devices are.
PHOENIX – Stroke victims who have only minutes to get treatment before their brains suffer permanent damage are getting help faster through the eyes of cameras on a mobile stroke van, doctors at Barrow Neurological Institute said. “The fact is, we know time is brain,” said Gabriel Gabriel, a registered nurse who oversees the unit..
PHOENIX — Doctors can misdiagnose Valley fever, a fungal disease that lurks behind such common symptoms as coughs, headaches and fatigue, because they’re not familiar with the respiratory disease, medical experts say. That could prolong patient suffering and even result in death. Misdiagnosis not only hinders recovery, it can worsen Valley fever, said John Galgiani,.
PHOENIX – It was Cinco De Mayo in 2016 when 20-year Navy veteran Dave Delano found himself in the emergency room suffering a severe panic attack. Delano, who was part of 10 deployments, including two to Iraq, is one of many veterans who struggle with post traumatic stress disorder and depression. “I was fighting for.
CHANDLER – Joanna Sweatt is familiar with fear. Still, strapped into a race car with engines revving up in the desert, the Marine vet is a little nervous. Her fingers dig into her thighs and her face tightens as she sits in the passenger seat. Beside her is a professional drift-car driver who has done.
TEMPE – A student singing project. A short film. A dance concert on the library lawn. A collection of skydivers’ stories about sexual misconduct. These were among the concepts discussed at the kickoff event this week for Arizona State University’s CounterAct initiative, which aims to launch 880 creative actions to counteract the 880 acts of.
PHOENIX – Maricopa County residents who are deaf or have other disabilities now can text 911, expanding rapid response in a medical or police emergency to an underserved community. Officials said the text service will help more than 150,000 people in metro Phoenix who are deaf or hard of hearing, speech impaired or unable to.
TEMPE – Stepping into the evening darkness from their silver Kia, a mother and her 20-something daughter walked toward the line of orange and clear bins filled with packets of fresh hypodermic syringes. The daughter, dressed in a college T-shirt, leaned against her mother as they waited for two kits of “short needles” and alcohol.
PHOENIX – Christin Lipinski’s battle with flesh-eating bacteria started when she was diagnosed with the flu in January. The Peoria woman was only a little worried when she had pain and soreness in her upper left arm. She thought she had pulled a muscle. She remembers going to the hospital with a fever, but nothing.
TEMPE – A bearded man sporting a flannel shirt and worn Converse sneakers passes out syringes and vials of colorless liquid to a group of eager students. Nathan Leach of the Sonoran Prevention Works, a nonprofit for people affected by drug use, is arming the public with naloxone, a life-saving antidote to an opioid overdose..
SCOTTSDALE – Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke met Monday with Arizona tribal leaders to discuss possible solutions for the national opioid crisis, which affects Native Americans more than any other minority. Plans to end the crisis, Zinke told a news conference, include sending first-responder tool kits directly to tribes, which are sovereign nations, rather than.
WASHINGTON – The opioid crisis has hit rural Native Americans significantly harder than any group in the nation, and the problem may be even worse because of racial misclassification on death certificates, federal data show. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said rural areas as a whole saw a 325 percent.
PHOENIX – The countdown ended. Phoebe Chang, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, wearing a tight grin, ripped open the ribbon on a box holding her future. Blue and red balloons were attached to a gold satchel that contained the news of where she will spend the next four.
PHOENIX – Supporters of abortion rights spoke out Tuesday against a Senate bill that would require women seeking an abortion to answer detailed questions, such as the reasons they want to end their pregnancy, before undergoing the procedure. Eight women stood silently on both sides of a lectern outside the state Capitol, wearing red cloaks.
SCOTTSDALE – Parents and their children sat in a classroom at the Scottsdale Gun Club, just past rows of rifles, ammo and novelty T-shirts, including one with a picture of a T-rex and the caption “Small Arms Dealer.” Elementary school-age children fidgeted in their seats, next to mothers and fathers, listening to the instructor. In.
QUEEN CREEK – A suicide prevention group rallied Friday in front of Queen Creek High School to show support for students, who have lost five classmates to suicide since May. The fifth death was reported just this week. The event was hosted by Project Connect Four, created by mothers in the Valley concerned about rising.
As the nation continued to grieve the loss of 17 high school students in the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, Cronkite News took a look into how many deaths among Arizona children involve firearms. According to a 2017 report by the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program, firearms-related fatalities increased by 29 percent from.
PHOENIX – Since state officials identified dozens of Arizona public schools with elevated levels of lead contamination in water fixtures, nearly half the schools still are undergoing repairs or tests for levels that could affect students, faculty and staff members. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in December said about 96 percent of the state’s.
Widespread flu activity has made the 2017-18 season one of the worst in years, especially in Arizona. Every county in the state has confirmed an influenza case this season, and about 19,000 more Arizonans have been infected compared with last year. The middle-aged and elderly in particular are being affected more than normal. Follow us.
SCOTTSDALE — The name John MacLeod means something in Arizona sports history. He is the Phoenix Suns’ winningest coach, amassing 579 victories in 13 seasons, and in 1976 became the first coach to lead Phoenix to the NBA Finals, a feat only one other man has accomplished. Although basketball is a significant part of MacLeod’s.
PHOENIX – Dozens of states in the U.S. regulate the tattoo industry. They often require the businesses to have licenses and the customers to remain sober. Yet Arizona is one of the few states that has minimal restrictions. The state requires tattoo artists to use sterilized needles and prohibits minors from getting tattoos without an.
TEMPE – The opioid crisis in Arizona is likely to grow, a DEA agent warned Wednesday, praising the state’s efforts so far and saying it’s time to stop playing the blame game. “For right now, unfortunately, it looks like the problem is getting worse before it gets better,” said Doug Coleman, a special agent for.
DOLAN SPRINGS – From his days as an undercover narcotics investigator, Jay Fleming knows what it’s like to watch someone in the throes of an overdose – and watch people run away rather than call for help. “People shouldn’t die over a bad decision,” said Fleming, who worked for the Spokane Police Department in Washington.
PHOENIX – Medical-marijuana businesses and advocates oppose a bill that would make it a felony to publish unverified information about dispensaries, saying it’s an effort to block business. Sen. David Farnsworth, R-Mesa, sponsored a bill to punish any “listing or menu service” in Arizona that publishes information about a dispensary without verifying its registration and.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday signed into law a sweeping plan to confront the opioid crisis that provides $10 million for treatment, restricts timetables for opioid prescriptions and protects from drug prosecution Good Samaritans who call for emergency help if someone overdoses. Ducey, in the Capitol rotunda, signed the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act,.
PHOENIX – Jovanna Calzadillas is heading home from a Phoenix hospital, three months after she was shot in the head after a mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival. She was not expected to live but doctors – and her family – refused to give up. “I feel strong and positive,” the Queen Creek.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday called a special legislative session to battle the opioid epidemic in Arizona, asking lawmakers to fund and expand healthcare. The governor, under what he calls the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, is asking lawmakers to dedicate $10 million to improving health care access for uninsured or underinsured Arizonans, increase.
WASHINGTON – Gilbert high school senior Melanie Marol complained about the Washington weather but little else Friday, as she joined thousands of pro-life marchers with high hopes for their cause under the Trump administration and a Republican Congress. “You don’t really hear people talk about abortion that much, but people high up were talking about.
PHOENIX – Health insurance for thousands of low-income children in Arizona’s KidsCare program would be preserved, even if federal funds are yanked, under a measure approved Thursday by an Arizona legislative committee. The House Health Committee voted in favor of HB 2127, the bill designed to prevent a funding freeze for KidsCare, the state’s version.
WASHINGTON – Federal officials issued guidelines Thursday that will let Arizona and nine other states move ahead on proposals to require that able-bodied Medicaid recipients are either working or involved in “community engagement activities” to be eligible for coverage. The guidance released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is not final approval of.
PHOENIX — About one in five, 43.8 million, or 18.5 percent: these numbers all represent the number of people in the United States who experience mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in young people ages 10 to 24, according.
PHOENIX — Every time Catherine Baimonte visited her mother at an assisted-living facility in Colorado, her mother’s health worsened. Baimonte, a retired Avondale teacher, remembers one of those visits. Her mother forgot how to shower. Do you need help? Baimonte asked. She stepped in and out of the shower to help. “Finally, we got out,.
PHOENIX – Elyse Guidas wants to increase access to healthy foods in low-income areas. She works as the executive director of Fresh Express, a nonprofit that sells fruits and vegetables from a retired Valley Metro bus fitted as a mini grocery store. The truck sells the foods at cost, below market price. It makes 20.
PHOENIX – Some tap water might smell like chlorine. Or it looks a little cloudy. Or maybe it doesn’t taste quite right. Those are just some of the reasons millions of Americans turn to bottled water. Bottled water has become the No. 1 beverage choice in the U.S., with 12.8 billion gallons sold in 2016,.
SCOTTSDALE – They have names like Kale and Clover, Flower Child and Grabbagreen. If you’re searching for a vegan or vegetarian restaurant in Scottsdale, you likely don’t have to look far. HappyCow, which provides a dining guide for vegans and vegetarians, lists dozens of eateries in Scottsdale. The area has so many offerings, Wallethub recently.
PHOENIX – When the officials at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix found out they won a quarter million-dollar grant to improve their urban farm, they already had a plan to install an irrigation system, plant fruit trees and add shade to extend the growing season. Those improvements will help the nonprofit.
PHOENIX – “I love how you treat me,” was one of the last things 18-year-old Mitchell Warnock said to his mother before committing suicide a year ago. “I couldn’t stop screaming. My husband found him,” said Lorie Warnock, Mitchell’s mother. “If I had found him, I think that I would have to be institutionalized. I.
TEMPE — Scott Johnson, an avid Minnesota Vikings fan, has not missed watching a game in nearly 20 years, he said. He also admits to once skipping a good friend’s wedding to attend a Vikings game against the Lions and remembers watching another on his phone during a family member’s funeral. Sports fandom comes in.
WASHINGTON – With one week left to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, advocates are urging Arizona consumers to “window shop” for insurance plans that may be cheaper than they expected or, in some cases, essentially free. “People don’t know about the discounts until they try,” said Allen Gjersvig, director of navigator.
WASHINGTON – Halfway into the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment season, the number of people signing up per day is sharply higher than it was last year, with about 500 more Arizonans signing up every day this year. The increase, at both the state and national levels, has come as a pleasant surprise to advocates.
PHOENIX – As he caught an edge on the ice and catapulted backward toward the boards, Sheldon Wilson abruptly hit his head and had to be removed from the ice. “I knew something was wrong,” said his mother, Jodie Wilson, a day after her son was sidelined because of an injury. “He was complaining of.
PHOENIX — When there’s an emergency, the first rule is to call 911. But St. Luke’s Emergency Department director Elizabeth Waack said it is also critical to use those minutes before help arrives to give assistance. “The time it takes for EMS and that help to arrive could be one, three, five, or even longer.
WASHINGTON – A new report says death rates in Arizona from drugs, alcohol and suicides could grow by 38 percent over the next decade unless action is taken now to head off the problem. The report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust used data from the Centers for Disease Control.
PHOENIX — Arizona health professionals have educated 4,000 students on the effects of opioid abuse and plan to expand the program to student-athletes statewide by January. The program teaches student-athletes, parents and coaches about addiction, overdoses and deaths that have ravaged the nation. A pilot program in the Tempe Union High School District addressed the.
Jack Mills lived in a world of his own as an infant, unable to connect on a social or emotional level. “Jack was a very hard baby,” his mother, Jeni Mills, said. “He cried 24/7 for his first two years of life. At 15 months, he didn’t make much eye contacted and didn’t like to.
PHOENIX — Dolores Escobar takes a 30-minute bus ride every Sunday from her house to the closest water-vending machine and carries eight empty gallon jugs with her to refill them. During hot seasons, she travels twice a week. She spends nearly $50 a month on the water, plus her bus tickets. The Phoenix resident said.
WASHINGTON – The House Friday passed a GOP bill to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years by pulling funds from other programs under Obamacare, angering Democrats who called the cuts unnecessary. It’s unclear how far the bill will go in the Senate, which is working on its own proposals, but if action.
PHOENIX — Even with an initial ruling of “blunt-force trauma,” questions and emotions run deep about the death of a Moon Valley High School football player. Carlo Sanchez, 16, collapsed after completing a play against Cactus High School on October 20 and passed away later in a local hospital. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office.
WASHINGTON – Arizona is one of the few states expected to see a decrease in average premium costs during the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period that opened Wednesday – if consumers can figure out how to sign up. The window to enroll has been cut in half from previous years, to 45 days, hours.
PHOENIX — Moon Valley High School captains brought out a No. 33 jersey to the coin toss. They placed white roses at the 33-yard line. And fans and players alike partook in 33 seconds of silence for the late Carlos Sanchez. As if senior night and the team’s last regular season home game were not.
PHOENIX – State leaders and public health officials on Thursday praised President Donald Trump after he declared a public health emergency on the nation’s opioid crisis, saying it’s a good first step. However, at least one local health care professional said it wasn’t enough. Doug Coleman, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
PHOENIX – The founder and owner of the Chandler-based pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics Inc. was arrested in Phoenix on Thursday, charged with using bribes and fraud to profit from illegal distribution of a fentanyl spray meant for cancer patients. John Kapoor appeared before U.S. District Judge Michelle Burns on Thursday afternoon for an initial appearance..
SCOTTSDALE – Maricopa County prosecutors, Mesa police and health care leaders are teaming up to research the prevalence of concussions in domestic violence victims. County prosecutors said a study could lead to better treatment for domestic violence victims as well as more prosecutions against their attackers. The county attorney’s office dealt with more than.
PHOENIX — “Let’s all take one deep breath together, and I’d like you to turn to the person to the left, or right of you and I’d like you to say to them, ‘I’m glad you’re here and I will not forget this moment,’” said Jenny McLellan, in front of those who attended the 22nd.
PHOENIX – Maryvale residents said they were concerned about the recent announcement their nearest hospital would close, leaving some to question where they will go in an emergency. Abrazo Community Health Network on Wednesday announced it will close its Maryvale campus on Dec. 18. Leslie Jones, 64, said as a longtime resident of the West.
TEMPE — As Nick Crawford begins filling a chamber with fresh, oxygenated air, Brayden Smith puts on a robe and prepares for his weekly cryotherapy session at the Cryo Recovery Lab in Tempe. It has become a routine of sorts for the senior defensive lineman at Ironwood Ridge High School in Tucson. After a game.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s actions this week to dismantle Obamacare created what health experts called “political smoke” just weeks before the next open enrollment period, which they said could hurt enrollment for 2018. Trump, citing Congress’ inability to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act, issued an executive order Thursday to let businesses group.
After a third concussion, Lisa Caiazzo was terrified for her daughter’s future. “She was talking funny. She didn’t make sense. She was so out of it. She just wanted to sleep,” she said of Alexa. “She walked out, she was … Oh God. Her eyes were like … It was like you were looking right.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, on Thursday promised a vote “sooner rather than later” on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which passed the House earlier this week but has regularly died in the Senate. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, would ban abortions after 20 weeks, except in some cases.
WASHINGTON – The House voted along party lines Tuesday to approve Rep. Trent Franks’ bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in cases of rape, incest or threats to the life of the mother. The Glendale Republican said his Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act addresses what he called the “greatest and most.
WASHINGTON – With Congress focused on the fight over an Obamacare replacement, lawmakers failed this week to take action on programs that protect 22,000 low-income kids in Arizona and help pay for uncompensated care at state hospitals. The Children’s Health Insurance Program – which goes by the name KidsCare in Arizona – is set to.
WASHINGTON – Senate leaders abandoned their latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying Tuesday that they would turn their attention to tax reform after key GOP defections doomed the health care proposal. The announcement came one day after Sen. Susan Collins of Maine joined fellow Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona.
WASHINGTON – House leaders said they hope to have a vote as soon as next week on a bill by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, that would prohibit abortions in most cases after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Franks has introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act at least three times, and it has failed each time,.
TUCSON – Researchers at the University of Arizona say they’ve made progress in developing a vaccine that could protect dogs from Valley Fever, a potentially deadly respiratory disease common in the Southwest. The National Institutes of Health recently awarded the Valley Fever Center for Excellence a four-year, $4.8 million grant to speed up the development.
WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain said Friday that he cannot “in good conscience” vote for the latest plan to replace Obamacare, a surprise announcement that may have killed the bill for Senate leaders who can only afford to lose two GOP votes. The Arizona Republican joins Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, in coming out against the.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. John McCain, a key vote in the failure of the last Obamacare repeal attempt, refused to say Tuesday how he will vote on a new GOP plan, which is being supported by his fellow Republicans, Gov. Doug Ducey and Sen. Jeff Flake. The bill would strip out many provisions of the.
PHOENIX – Phoenix has been identified by the Department of Justice as a major human trafficking destination but a local hospital is training health care workers to spot and help the men and women who have fallen victim to prostitution. Personal accounts, prevention measure and treatment methods were part of a September training at St..
PHOENIX — Football now comes with a soundtrack. From high school to the NFL, athletes can be spotted before games with a popular piece of equipment. Headphones. In the Valley, the music high school players and coaches listen to ranges from hardcore rap by Tupac to easy listening by Bette Midler. “Football is definitely.
TEMPE — The Arizona State women’s triathlon team took no time to see success at the NCAA level, and the Sun Devils already are tasked with repeating as national champions in just their second season. Following the team’s inception in 2016, ASU became the first triathlon team in the Pac-12 but had just seven athletes on.
PHOENIX – A new study shows people with heart disease still may be able to enjoy fatty foods. Increasing the intake of fats could be good for heart health. Brooke Haack considers that good news. She and her daughter Haley have the same genetic condition – alarmingly high cholesterol that puts them at risk of.
PHOENIX – Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s new emergency department greets visitors with a plethora of brightly colored art installations – from plastic flowers that seem to blossom out of the ceiling, to framed Warhol-esque animal caricatures that line the hallways. But it’s not necessarily the child-friendly feel of the $65.5 million structure that has its employees.
PHOENIX – At 7 years old, Jean-Francois Favory walked into a government hospital for a surgical procedure in his home country of Mauritius. When he woke up, he learned the unthinkable: He no longer had use of his legs. During the procedure, a medical error left Favory a paraplegic. He left the hospital in a.
TEMPE — After suffering a right groin injury, Matthew Watson’s recovery was accelerated by learning he favored his left leg during competition. How did the Phoenix Rising FC defender find out? His wireless half-shirt, equipped with GPS, told him. As technological advances have become an integral part of professional athletic training, the Rising have utilized.
SCOTTSDALE – Arizona is in the middle of rattlesnake birthing season, leading to an increased risk of snakebites, according to poison control experts. “We have about 300 rattlesnake bites every year. We are right on track right now,” said Maureen Roland, a registered nurse for Banner Poison and Drug Information Center. Some slither.
PHOENIX – Arizona environmental officials on Wednesday warned visitors and residents to only eat limited amounts of certain kinds of fish contaminated with mercury found in three fishing areas in the state, adding to a growing list of advisories against fish consumption in lakes and streams. Yellow bass in Canyon Lake in Maricopa County and.
PHOENIX – Arizona officials on Wednesday said they want to limit doctors to prescribing no more than five days’ worth of opioids for people who haven’t already been on the powerful pain medication. The proposal is part of the governor’s plan to combat opioid abuse in the state. Gov. Doug Ducey had asked the Arizona.
PHOENIX — Some refer to it as a marathon. Others allude to a battle of wits between the strong and the weak-minded. No matter how it’s phrased, MLB’s 162-game regular season is a grueling six-month fight from start to finish. For professional baseball players, early season success can be followed by bouts of struggles. Many.
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Chandler-based opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics Inc. and three doctors. The suit alleged that they participated in fraudulent practices, which led to overprescription of a powerful opioid drug, according to a statement released Thursday. The lawsuit claims the company used fraudulent marketing practices.
CROW AGENCY, Mont. – When John Doyle first noticed signs of trouble in the Little Bighorn River, he was still a young member of the Apsaalooke Nation in southeastern Montana. Stagnant water would pool in some areas, filling with algae. It wouldn’t even freeze in the cold of winter. Later, catfish would turn up with.
PHOENIX — After Coyotes forward Shane Doan announced his retirement in a letter to the team and his fans, members of the Arizona hockey community reflected on the impact he had on the sport locally. The Coyotes’ all-time leader in goals (402), assists (570) and games played (1,540), among many other statistics, made a lasting.
YUMA, Ariz. – Nestor Alaniz didn’t get a permit to build a well in his mother’s backyard, and he didn’t get it inspected. In fact, he didn’t even know how to dig a well. He learned by watching tutorials on YouTube while his brother, a construction worker, helped him drill the 25-foot-deep hole. They built.
PHOENIX – In Ringwood, New Jersey, Ford Motor Co. dumped more than 35,000 tons of toxic paint sludge onto lands occupied for centuries by the Turtle Clan of the Ramapough Lenape tribe, poisoning groundwater with arsenic, lead and other harmful chemicals. Today, more than 43 years after the dumping ended, those toxins are still in.
CASCO, Wisc. – Lynda Cochart did not realize her water was contaminated with coliform bacteria until she contracted MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant skin infection. She believed it came from the water in her well in Casco, Wisconsin. “There’s no other way I could have gotten it,” she said. A year later, U.S. Department of Agriculture microbiologist.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – When Ceon Dubose Palmore got thirsty at school, an administrator had to escort the 15-year-old past trash-bag-covered fountains to a faucet two floors down. Like many schools across the country, her Washington, D.C. middle school discovered lead in its drinking water, making most fountains unsafe to drink. It took months to install.
WOLFFORTH, Texas – As many as 63 million people – nearly a fifth of the country – from rural central California to the boroughs of New York City, were exposed to potentially unsafe water more than once during the past decade, according to a News21 investigation of 680,000 water quality and monitoring violations from the.
VICTORVILLE, Calif. – Once a fighter jet training base critical to the Cold War, little remains of the former George Air Force Base but rows of dilapidated houses, a dismantled military hospital and dangerous chemicals from pesticides, jet fuels and other hazardous wastes that have poisoned the water for decades. “Now when I see the.
PHOENIX — Exercising in the Arizona heat can be a dangerous — and mind-altering — decision. “(I) was doing 16 miles on the mountain and was coming down and started hallucinating,” former Arizona State runner Victoria Jackson said. “So I started thinking that I saw water bottles stashed out in the desert and was looking.
PHOENIX — With a floppy hat on her head and sunblock in hand, Viv Hynes prepares to play a round at the TPC Scottsdale golf club. It is above 100 degrees outside. “It’s mostly the prices,” the Scottsdale resident said. She’s not alone. With consistently nice weather and more than 300 courses — including ones that.
WASHINGTON – Faced with a “hard decision” on the budget, the Department of Veterans Affairs is again considering new limits on the Individual Unemployability benefit that currently helps more than 200,000 disabled veterans. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, telling a House panel this summer that providing unemployment benefits to vets “above the age of 80.
PHOENIX — In the 2017 version of the Black Canyon Ultras 100-kilometer race, which began in Mayer and finished in New River, 74 participants — nearly a quarter of the competitors — did not finish the race. Some dropped out before even starting and some attempted to complete the race but could not. “I was running and.
PHOENIX — Jonathan Meldrum, a former offensive lineman at Syracuse, struggled through his sophomore year in college. “I didn’t want to wake up, I didn’t want to get out of bed and I felt physically ill every single day.” After battling depression in high school, he took antidepressants, saw counselors and therapists and eventually managed.
WASHINGTON – When a study showed American youth were significantly more obese than their European peers, it shocked the president into creating a council aimed at combating the childhood obesity epidemic and increasing physical fitness throughout the country. It wasn’t the current president, or the last one or the one before that who sprang into.
PHOENIX – When Christina Barth was a dietitian for an elite youth soccer team, she encountered many different eating patterns among, what she described as, the “mini-professional athletes”. “I saw athletes that ate terribly, but they still performed pretty well. But I would always tell them, “Just imagine if you were eating really well how.
SCOTTSDALE — The final whistle blows, bringing another Phoenix Rising FC practice to an end. Well, almost. Instead of heading into the locker room, manager Patrice Carteron marshals his team from the practice field to three red tents emblazoned with the club’s crest and begins handing out yoga mats. In a matter of minutes, the.
PHOENIX – Every morning, Blaise Becker wakes up just after 4 a.m., packs his hockey bag and heads off to Arcadia Ice Arena. The goaltender plays in a local adult league from 5:30 to 7:15 and follows that up with an individual training session with his goalie coach that runs until about 9 a.m. Then,.
TEMPE — Despite an eye-opening study about trauma found in the brains of deceased NFL players, it won’t keep them from playing the sport they love, several Arizona State athletes said. “It don’t bother me,” running back Demario Richard said. “It’s football. It’s a gladiator sport. It’s either you are with it or you’re not.”.
WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain’s decision to buck his party early Friday and vote against a GOP plan to repeal Obamacare was both hailed as an example of “amazing courage” and derided as “betraying his conservative constituency.” The Arizona senator joined Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine to vote against.
WASHINGTON – Both Arizona senators joined the majority of their fellow Republicans and voted by the narrowest possible margin Tuesday to allow debate on measures that could repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act. The 51-50 vote marked the emotional return of Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who said he could not vote for the “shell.
PHOENIX – Mike Johnson, a 50-year-old flight reservation agent, endures summer’s blistering heat and hours of relentless sun behind his home’s shuttered blinds, saying he loses sleep and weight. It isn’t clear whether he has summer depression, a rare seasonal disorder, but he feels especially sad and frustrated at this time of year. Medical experts.
SCOTTSDALE – Traci Temple St. John suppressed the trauma of her childhood for years. Adults said they loved her, then physically and sexually abused her, she said. Then, at 50 years old, she found the body of the man she loved. He had killed himself. A new therapy tool, a technology incorporating sound and touch,.
WASHINGTON – The outpouring of support following this week’s announcement that Arizona Sen. John McCain has an aggressive brain tumor came from the expected Washington heavyweights, including current and former presidents, lawmakers and Cabinet members. It also came from some unexpected sources: pro athletes like Larry Fitzgerald, authors like Stephen King and actress Rosie O’Donnell..
WASHINGTON – A Senate proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no replacement plan in place “would immediately and painfully disrupt the health care system” and could force as many as 709,000 Arizonans off coverage, advocates said this week. “This bill not only will take us back to the days before health reform, when.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Flake said fellow Arizona Sen. John McCain “sounded great” in a phone conversation Monday, just three days after McCain underwent surgery to have a blood clot removed from above his left eye. “I hope that we can get him back here as quickly as possible, we need him,” Flake said of.
PHOENIX – David Barnard felt a pain in his chest. His vision blurry and his left arm limp, he turned to his friend. “We need to go to the hospital now,” Barnard said. “I was scared to death,” Barnard said. “I had just been in the gym that morning, completely fine.” The heart attack Barnard.
TEMPE – Chronic pain grips Lauri Nickel every day, day after day. “It’s like someone has got a claw that is made out of stainless steel and the points are sharp and it’s gripped around your spine,” Nickel said. “Then attached to it is a chain and a ten pound weight. That’s just what the.
WASHINGTON – As calls of “Trumpcare kills” and “health care is a human right” echoed through the halls of Capitol office buildings Monday, Lauren Klinkhamer stood quietly in Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s office and told staffers, “I don’t want to die.” The Tucson resident fears she would be among the 22 million Americans, and as.
TEMPE – Aryana Dahlgren, a 19-year-old college student, identifies as a gay woman, but has not come out to her family. Dahlgren said her family has strong ties to their traditional Indian culture and she fears that they would not understand. Dahlgren’s grandmother, who lives with them, is adamant about what she expects of her.
WASHINGTON – When protesters descended on Sen. Jeff Flake’s office this week to demand that he vote against the Senate’s health reform bill, it was just the latest in a campaign by local and national groups to pressure the Arizona Republican. Flake, one of just eight Republicans up for re-election next year, is among a.
WASHINGTON – Despite recent declines in the number of opioids prescribed in the U.S., prescriptions are still three times higher than they were in 1999 – and most Arizona counties are prescribing at rates well above the national average. Those numbers were included in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday, “Where.
Have you gone to the pool this summer? Maybe you have ventured to your local ice rink to play hockey or skate? With the peak of the summer upon us, people in Arizona are looking for ways to get out of the house and stay cool at the same time. But, the urge to cool.
WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of House members unveiled a raft of proposals Tuesday aimed at combating the nation’s drug epidemic, saying they felt compelled to come together on what is not a partisan issue but “an American issue.” Recommendations from the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force – which focused on preventing overdoses, addiction recovery, synthetic.
PHOENIX – Arizona leaders of an array of organizations, ranging from AARP to Planned Parenthood, joined a chorus opposed to a Senate health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. A news conference Tuesday at Chicanos Por La Causa drew attention to the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate that the proposed plan would reduce the.
The heat in Arizona, specifically the Phoenix area, finds a way to affect everyone. According to Arizona Department of Health Services, approximately 2,000 people are sent to the hospital every year because they are suffering an illness caused by heat. While Arizona is known for its excessive heat in the summer, being active and exercising.
According to Stop Sports Injuries, 40 percent of sports injuries treated in hospitals are attributed to children ages 5 to 14. Cronkite News is writing a story about people 14 and under who became injured playing a sport in school and continued to play. Did you play sports in school and become injured? Are you.
WASHINGTON – The Congressional Budget Office said Monday that Senate Republicans’ plan to replace Obamacare would reduce the federal budget deficit faster than a House-passed health care bill, but would cost 22 million people their health coverage. That estimate, only slightly less than the House 23 million that the CBO said would be affected by.
Angry protesters rallied outside Sen. Jeff Flake’s Phoenix office Friday, demanding that he vote against a Republican health care bill that new analyses claim could hit Arizona particularly hard. The Senate plan to replace Obamacare would cost the state as much as $7.1 billion through fiscal 2026, according to an estimate released Friday by the.
WASHINGTON – The Senate Republican plan to replace Obamacare was quickly attacked by Democrats and kept at arm’s length by Arizona’s Republican senators, who seemed less than eager to comment on a bill few had seen before its release Thursday. The 142-page “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” would cut deeply into Medicaid funding and.
The American Psychological Association cites multiple studies on the impact exercise can have on mental health. Regular physical activity can alleviate mood, relieve stress and even treat symptoms of depression, anxiety and ADHD. Do you or your child engage in physical activity on a regular basis? Do you feel that it has had any effect.
Plenty of notable professional athletes have publicly acknowledged they have or are currently dealing with anxiety or depression, including Pittsburgh Steelers legendary quarterback Terry Bradshaw and Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke. The two disorders can also affect high school and college athletes. Cronkite News is working on a story about this topic. If you are.
SCOTTSDALE- July 10, 1913, is widely regarded as the hottest day recorded in the United States. On Tuesday, temperatures in Phoenix reached 119, only 15 degrees lower than that scorching day in Death Valley, California. That didn’t stop Valley residents and visitors from pursuing their daily fitness fix. They took to trails, bike paths and.
Gov. Doug Ducey intends to use thermal camera technology along freeways and increase public awareness regarding wrong-way driving in Arizona. Whether you or someone you know has been involved in a wrong-way driving incident, we want to know the impact of that experience. Please tell us about it. We will not publish your response without.
As the summer months heat up the desert, we want to know how you, your family and friends “beat the heat” with summer activities. Let us know by answering the questions below and we may include your recommendation in an upcoming story. We will not publish your response without your permission. A journalist from Cronkite.
PHOENIX – Phoenix Christian pitcher Steven Cochran powered his Cougars to a Class 2A state championship on May 13 with a complete game performance, allowing six hits in a 9-2 win over Wilcox High School. But Cochran came close to not being allowed to throw a single pitch on the biggest stage. The night before,.
WASHINGTON – A program that lets veterans with other-than-honorable discharges get emergency mental health care is just one of the steps the Department of Veterans Affairs is taking to address increasing suicides by vets, the secretary said Wednesday. Secretary David Shulkin said during what he called a “State of the VA” address at the White.
PHOENIX – Dena Wilson never doubted what she wanted to do with her life while growing up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Her mother worked at the Indian Health Service as a social worker, and aside from a brief desire to be a bird in kindergarten, Wilson knew she wanted to.
PHOENIX — Gisele Bündchen, wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, recently told a national audience on “CBS This Morning” that her husband had a concussion last year, but “we don’t talk about it.” Soon others players around the NFL acknowledged that they played with what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines.
PHOENIX – One of the most high-profile diving accidents of all time still resonates with many. “There was this ‘wham’ and this big gasp from the crowd,” Arizona State diving coach Mark Bradshaw said. “The best diver in the world (just) hit the board.” That diver was Greg Louganis and the nationally televised collision during.
PHOENIX — It was a shotgun accident in a small Indiana town. The guns weren’t locked up. A neighborhood boy found a 12-gauge and wanted to play with 4-year-old Nick Pryor. The pair went outside. Pryor’s life was forever changed. “I spent three weeks afterwards, numerous surgeries, when they decided that they were going to.
PHOENIX — Mohamed Raafat was hanging out at school and perched on a children’s car when a friend abruptly moved it. Just like that, his life changed. Raafat, then 14, suffered a spinal injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Now, 11 years later, he has traveled 7,500 miles to visit Ability 360.
PHOENIX — Nick Lowery played football at the highest level for 18 years, but more than two decades after his 1996 retirement he continues to impact the game by improving the safety of the sport. Head injuries are the game’s biggest problem, and the three-time Pro Bowl kicker is trying find a solution by teaming.
Dwayne Phelps remembers white sheets, sterile walls and white-hot pain. He stared at blinding lights and watched as the doctors walked out of his hospital room. They told him he’d never use his right arm again, and he became overwhelmed by guilt. Phelps had been in a severe motorcycle accident — and he knew it was his.
Many people lose sight as they grow older, but there are more than 15,000 visually impaired Arizonans between the ages of 18 and 34. In this episode, we hear the stories of two of them. Hiris Vela, 20, and Elijah Harris, 19, are both community college students who grew up legally blind in Arizona. They.
Hopi Jr./Sr. High School, one of the few high schools serving students on the Hopi Reservation in Northern Arizona, has hired investigators to examine its special education program, according to Bertha Parker, a public relations consultant representing the school. In an email, Parker said the investigators are Joanne C. Phillips, the president of consulting company.
On this episode of In Focus, we look at the foster care system in Arizona, specifically for those in the system over the age of 18. Although foster children can leave the foster care system when they turn 18, they can sign a voluntary agreement to continue until they turn 21. Why might some teens.
There are nearly 10,000 homeless people in the state of Arizona, including veterans, the elderly, individuals, youth and families. In this episode of In Focus, we explore issues that especially affect two populations of homeless young adults: pregnant women and those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Ten percent of homeless women are pregnant,.
PHOENIX — Being 15 years old isn’t easy for a lot of people. You’re a freshman in high school and really starting to come into your own. You’re trying to figure out where you belong and what you want to do with your future. Imagine going through your early teenage years without the support and.
Are you an Arizonan with orthorexia nervosa? Share your experience with us. “Orthorexia nervosa” was coined in 1996 by Dr. Steven Bratman to describe an “unhealthy obsession” with healthy foods and dieting, and the perceived benefits of those diets. More information about orthorexia nervosa can be found here. Cronkite News is looking for individuals who.
Raising a child with autism can be incredibly challenging under the best of circumstances. For families who live in small towns, far from big-city resources, it can be even harder. In this episode of In Focus, we talk with Elizabeth Gullikson, a 30-year-old mother and resident of Yuma. Her four-year-old son, Gavin Cunningham, has autism..
PHOENIX — More than four in ten adults in Arizona know someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers, according to a new Morrison-Cronkite News poll. “Opioid addiction knows no boundaries,” Special Agent Douglas W. Coleman, Phoenix division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said. “It affects every demographic. It affects rich, poor, black, white. It.
PHOENIX — More than four in ten adults in Arizona know someone who who has been addicted to prescription painkillers, according to a new Morrison-Cronkite News poll. The Morrison Institute surveyed 800 randomly selected adults in the state, choosing a sample representative of the state’s population and demographics. The interviews were conducted March 11-18 and.
Young adults — especially those ages 18 to 25 — are at a higher risk for depression than people in any other age group. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 34, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this episode of In Focus,.
Cronkite News is reaching out to see if you or if someone you know has unfortunately been affected by cancer. We are looking for people in Arizona who are on the journey to recovery and could provide insight about detection, treatment options, factors that may have lead to the diagnosis and how to keep spirits.
Getting a goodnight’s sleep isn’t always easy, especially when you’re a young adult balancing school, work, clubs and social pressures. According to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health in 2010, more 60 percent of the 1,125 university students studied reported poor quality sleep. That can have a deep impact on health, learning.
PHOENIX – Valley Parkinson’s patients are turning to non-contact boxing to help punch back at their disease. Scottsdale resident Steve Shenkman, 66, knows moves such as a jab, cross and hook well. Doctors diagnosed Shenkman with Parkinson’s disease six years ago, and he boxes two to three times a week to help ease his symptoms..
The metropolitan area of Phoenix is known as the one of the warmest in the country, according to ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. It’s also one of the fastest growing. As a result of growth, an ASU researcher found that the urban heat island effect on the outer edges of the metro.
WASHINGTON – Daniel Restrepo admits that he may have gotten politically complacent while President Barack Obama was in office, years in which he felt that “the march of progress was always this steady constant thing.” All that changed for the Arizona State University biology major when Donald Trump won the presidential election. “I was kind.
PHOENIX – A three-year study of the Arizona State University football team will help researchers develop tools to better diagnose and prevent sports-related concussions and other injuries or diseases. The study, conducted by the Translational Genomics Research Institute, drew data from sensors placed inside players’ helmets during practices and games from 2013 to 2016. It.
PHOENIX – Dozens of people gathered at the state Capitol Thursday cheered after the House of Representatives delayed its vote on healthcare legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. “We’ve held them off for a few hours,” said Rodd McLeod, a spokesman for the Alliance for Health Care Security who also organized the.
PHOENIX – Hunter Bishop leans up against the railing of the dugout at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, sunflower seeds stuffing his mouth. Every part of him – except for maybe his slender 6-foot-5 frame – looks the part of an ordinary Division I baseball player. However, there’s more to the Arizona State freshman outfielder. He has.
PHOENIX – Thirteen-year-old Sophie Stern loves watching aspiring fashion designers compete on Project Runway. The fashionista wears high heels every day, even with her favorite outfit – a shirt with jeans. Stern, who has Down syndrome, will soon get to live out her fashion dreams, modeling in the fourth annual Downright Beautiful fashion show on.
A University of Arizona study observed women from ages 50-79 over three years and concluded that divorced women made healthier lifestyle choices than those who stayed married. According to the data, women who were already married and stayed married gained weight and decreased their physical activity. Meanwhile, those who started the study while married and.
Cronkite News is interested in hearing how you may be affected if changes are made to the Affordable Care Act. We would like to hear from business owners, consumers and anyone else who might be affected. Share your experience with us by answering the questions below. We will not publish your response without your permission..
PHOENIX – Arizona’s asthmatic children might breathe easier this fall if legislation shielding public and charter schools from lawsuits for dispensing aid without parental consent becomes law. House Bill 2208 would allow public and charter schools to stock and administer asthma medication to students during an emergency. “(This) could be the difference between a life.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and 15.9 million family and friends are their caregivers. In Arizona alone, 130,000 people aged over 65 are living with this disease. Cronkite News wants to hear from family members who are the primary caregivers for Alzheimer’s patients and from.
Arizona enacted a law last year to allow the purchase of the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone without a prescription, but training for pharmacists and the state Medicaid program’s inability to cover the cost without a prescription have slowed access to the drug. Naloxone under the brand Narcan, when administered during an overdose, can save.
Transitioning from your own home to a nursing home or assisted living can be difficult enough, even before the stress of tackling cost, health care and insurance plans. If you or your loved ones have had experience with this process, Cronkite News would like to hear about it. Share your story and let us know.
PHOENIX – “Please don’t ask me to do that,” Dr. Paul Liu, a pediatric critical-care physician, said to grieving parents who had asked him to quietly end their child’s life. Liu said he was frank with the parents, who wanted to put a stop to their sons’s suffering from a terminal illness. He advised them.
SCOTTSDALE – A California-based health diagnostics company has chosen Maricopa County as the pilot testing site for Communidy, a free web app that allows users to see the age and county of people who currently have the flu. The app, which displays real-time data from doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics and labs, may encourage people to.
WASHINGTON – Enrollment in what could be the last open season for Obamacare fell in both the state and nation this year, a victim of confusion and uncertainty over the future of the program, supporters said. The number of Americans who signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act on the federal marketplace fell.
Following up on HookedRx, a documentary and series of stories about prescription opioid addiction, Cronkite News wants to continue the discussion about prescription opioid use in Arizona. We want to know if you would be interested in attending an event that would give community members the opportunity to connect and further discuss the issue of.
PHOENIX – A new report from an Arizona State University professor predicts that repealing “Obamacare” could cut Arizona jobs and send the state into a “health care recession.” Lee McPheters, a research professor of economics, discussed the findings of his January study in a conference call Wednesday. Since 1995, one out of every five new.
PHOENIX – Phoenix is one of the sunniest cities in the United States, and yet some school districts don’t allow students to apply sunscreen while on school property without a doctor’s note or prescription. A bill working its way through the state Legislature would change that. If it became a law, House Bill 2134 would.
Cronkite News is launching a podcast about health care in Arizona, and we want to hear from you. What questions do you have when it comes to your health? Is there a topic you’d like to know more about? What issues should we explore? Let us know by answering the questions below. Your story could.
PHOENIX – Arizona has shown job growth in a majority of its employment areas in the past year, which experts hope will continue through 2017. The Office of Economic Opportunity’s latest jobs report indicated six of the 11 employment sectors gained jobs over the year. Nonfarm employment gained about 32,000 jobs over the year, according.
WASHINGTON – The number of abortions in Arizona fell in 2015, continuing a four-year trend that began in 2011, according to Arizona Department of Health Services. The department said there were 12,479 abortions and 85,024 births in 2015, the latest year for which numbers are available, for a rate of 9.5 abortions per 1,000 women.
WASHINGTON – Pro-life lawmakers renewed demands Thursday to strip funding from Planned Parenthood, pointing to new charges from a pro-life group that said the health organization does not provide the prenatal care its defenders claim. The event outside the Capitol was organized by Live Action, a nonprofit anti-abortion group that said it contacted 97 Planned.
Cronkite News is working on a podcast about young adults in Arizona who have autism spectrum disorder. Do you or someone you know have an experience to share? Let us know by answering the questions below. We will not publish your response without your permission. A journalist from Cronkite News or the Public Insight Network.
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. But many Latinos lack proper access to health.
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. “I wasn’t always a Trump guy in the primary because he wasn’t always with us on.
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. Jessica Rigler, who oversees public-health preparedness at the department, said 2016 was a “banner year for flu.” From October to mid-January, Arizona had 1,407.
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. The report by the Trust for America’s Health said those funds came from the Prevention and Public Health Fund created as.
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. Debbie Moak, director of the office, said at a news conference on Tuesday to discuss Arizona’s opioid.
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. The 227-198 vote came one day after the Senate approved the measure, also mostly along party lines. One Republican.
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. While Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake have long opposed “Obamacare,” program advocates criticized the Senate for voting to repeal without offering a plan.
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. Ducey said on Monday that he had sent a letter to the Arizona Medical Board and Arizona.
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. Gov. Doug Ducey was one of the Arizonans who watched the documentary. “It is.
Alexander Sandweiss from the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Arizona explains what happens to the body when someone uses opioids. This video is part of “Hooked Rx: From Prescription to Addiction,” a Cronkite News investigation of prescription opioid abuse in Arizona. Watch the documentary and view our multimedia package at hookedrx.com.
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. “A critical component to fighting this opioid epidemic is ensuring our state’s.
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. That’s right. At the Tempe lab of scientist Rolf Halden, researchers study samples of sewage sludge from wastewater treatment plants across the.
PHOENIX – The Arizona health community distributed 305 million pain reliever pills last year – enough to provide 24-hour medication for every adult in the state for two weeks straight, according to the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. As those pills, like other medications, are taken or tossed, some of the chemicals found in them can.
PHOENIX – State officials said federal funding has helped jump start awareness campaigns and drug monitoring efforts to combat the prescription drug epidemic in six of Arizona’s 15 counties. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention selected Arizona for a four-year, $3.6 million grant to combat the opioid addiction epidemic. Arizona is one.
PHOENIX – Veterinarians must register with the Drug Enforcement Administration before they can prescribe narcotics. They must go through extensive training on how to treat animals in pain. And they must keep tight controls on the narcotics they keep in the office. But the more than 4,000 licensed veterinarians in Arizona don’t have to participate.
PRESCOTT – Their three-bedroom house in Prescott is nearly empty: a blank slate for three young men looking to start over. At night, they work restaurant jobs. During the day, they sit on the front porch, smoke cigarettes and try to resist a relapse. Nikolas DeLucia, Joe Wallischeck and Brian Ladyman met at the Promise.
PHOENIX – Joyce Rash, who lives in Canada but spends her winters in Arizona, was using muscle relaxers and traditional physical therapy to help with her leg pain, but they weren’t working. “The muscles in my leg were so tight I could hardly walk,” Rash said. “I was walking with a cane. I was seeing.
FLAGSTAFF – Joshua Johnson’s title at Northern Arizona University reads athletic trainer. But he calls himself a “performance enhancer.” He’s among a new breed of college athletic trainers across the country who have adopted a different philosophy in treating injuries. Their goal is preventing injuries in the first place – and using drugs, long a.
BOULDER, Colo. – It’s been nearly 10 years since Jake Plummer retired from football. He still experiences soreness and pain from his neck and shoulders to the soles of his feet. It’s an ache that Plummer and many other former and current NFL players have managed for years with the use of potentially addictive pain.
LEXINGTON, Ky. – “When you’ve made the decision to go to rehab, you’re gonna go in there guns blazing,” said Rex Chapman, a Phoenix Suns guard from 1996 to 2000 who later spent time in the team’s front office. “Meaning you’re gonna take probably more (drugs) than you normally take because this is your last.
WASHINGTON – More than 100,000 people rushed to sign up for Obamacare on the day after the election, despite President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act in his first 100 days in office – or perhaps because of it. But health policy experts say that whatever Trump and the Republican Congress do.
PHOENIX – A Cronkite News survey of high schools in Maricopa County found that many are willing to invest in the highest-quality football helmets in order to ensure the safety of their players. Of the 81 schools contacted by Cronkite, 28 responded to the survey and provided information about the primary helmets used by their.
GLENDALE – Dylan Leblanc, a former football player at Ironwood High School, remembers being upset at an opposing player about a hit that he absorbed during a game. And then, everything turned to fog. The next thing he knew, he was being transported to a hospital with a concussion. “The first week after (the concussion).
MESA – Bike. Peach. Umbrella. Skyline High freshman lineman Noah Barta struggled to remember those words after he was blindsided on a kickoff return during a Sept. 30, 2015 game against Westwood. On the sidelines, Mike Coutts, Skyline’s athletic trainer, took Noah’s helmet away, barring any chance of him playing another snap. In one of.
WASHINGTON – Get ready to roll up your sleeves. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending against nasal-spray vaccines for the upcoming flu season, in which it expects to see a variant of 2009’s H1N1 virus. And while Arizona is still about a month away from peak flu season, medical experts are advising.
WASHINGTON – Diabetes, hypertension and depression are the biggest problems facing Arizona counties, according to a new nationwide health index map that also scored counties on whether they tend to be more healthy or less. The report Tuesday by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association looked at every county where the insurer has clients and.
Arizona State University senior Taylor Randle loves dogs. For the last 18 months, she has been raising Kristoff, a service dog in training. She has been by his side almost everyday as he learned the skills he will need to help his future partner. “I’ve actually been around him since the day he opened his.
PHOENIX – School nurses do more than bandage scraped knees – they often provide a lifeline to student’s medical care for a chronic condition like asthma or diabetes, advocates say. A national pediatrician’s group recommends every school have a nurse, but Arizona does not require that standard. That means inconsistency among district schools and charters,.
Dr. Richard Brady owns a veterinary clinic in Cottonwood, Arizona. Up until a few months ago, he was having problems with teens purchasing tobacco products at the store next door and then loitering in front of his shop. Then the town raised the smoking age to 21. Testifying in front of the Clarkdale, Arizona, City.
MESA – Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s running mate, sounded a continuing campaign drumbeat on Wednesday, saying the rising costs of “Obamacare” and Hillary Clinton’s “open borders” immigration policy show why Arizona voters should remain faithful to the Republican Party. “Arizona, we must ensure that Hillary Clinton is never elected president,” said Pence, who spoke to.
WASHINGTON – Arizona residents can expect to see the largest rate increases in the nation when open enrollment for Obamacare begins next week, but advocates say those increases should be offset by similarly large increases in tax credits for consumers. A Monday report by the Department of Health and Human Services said a 27-year-old Arizona.
PHOENIX – Better get the Band-Aids out. This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends against nasal spray flu vaccinations, saying it’s less effective than the shot. That means Arizona nurses and doctors will inject thousands of people the old-fashioned way, resulting in sore arms and lots of tears. It may make a.
PHOENIX – It seems like a normal room: There’s a can of hairspray by the mirror, a red trash can by the desk, an extension cord plugged into the wall and a teddy bear wearing a tie-dye shirt on the bed. Unscrew the bottom of the can, and you’ll discover pills. Unfold the tinfoil in.
WASHINGTON – Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell predicted Wednesday that 13.8 million people will sign up for Obamacare when open enrollment begins Nov. 1, even though they will face fewer options and higher premiums in states like Arizona. Burwell’s comments come as regulators in Arizona approved premium increases ranging from 51 to 74.5.
Cronkite News is working on a series of stories on concussions in high school athletes. We would like to hear from anyone who has experienced a concussion playing high school sports, as well as parents, trainers or coaches who might know someone who has. Have you ever been part of a high school team that.
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PHOENIX – Shared syringes can lead to shared diseases among opioid users, according to a Phoenix organization determined to improve safety. Sonoran Prevention Works wants to decrease the spread of Hepatitis and other diseases among opioid users and others who share syringes. The group conducts seminars about the need to dispose of syringes or at.
WASHINGTON – A south Phoenix congressional district posted one of the nation’s largest decreases in people without health insurance since the start of the Affordable Care Act, according to a recently released analysis of Census Bureau data. Arizona’s 7th District saw the fifth-steepest decline of all 435 congressional districts, with the percentage of uninsured residents.
TUCSON – Pima County’s Medical Examiner reported 17 fentanyl-related deaths last year, up from seven in 2014 – a deadly trend involving one of the most potent synthetic opioids in the world. “The fentanyl compounds seem to be what’s new and interesting,” said Dr. Greg Hess, Pima County’s chief medical examiner. Fentanyl is a drug.
PHOENIX – For someone like Marsha Burton, who is diabetic, has high blood pressure and relies on food banks to help her put food on the table, affording certain types of foods that help her manage her medical condition can be difficult. Food banks in the Valley have been making their donation boxes more health.
PHOENIX – RimaAnn Nelson is the right choice to take over the Phoenix VA Health Care System, according to Department of Veterans Affairs undersecretary David Shulkin, despite objections from Arizona’s congressional delegation and her record of managing a facility that failed to meet sanitation standards that potentially put thousands of veterans at risk of being.
WASHINGTON – Two years after problems with health care were first uncovered at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital, an inspector general’s report released Tuesday said patients there “continued to encounter delays in obtaining” care. The report by the VA Office of Inspector General cited persistent problems with delayed care and patient consults at the Phoenix.
WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers are expressing concern over the “questionable record” the newly appointed director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System racked up in her previous VA positions. In separate letters Friday to President Barack Obama and VA Secretary Robert McDonald, the state’s senators and four of the state’s House members raised questions.
WASHINGTON – Arizona communities need to do more to combat and treat drug addictions or face potentially devastating long-term consequences, Coconino County’s chief health officer said during a national conference call this week. Dr. Marie Peoples said cities and towns in Arizona are “behind the eight ball” in terms of providing treatment for opioid addicts..
PHOENIX – A 368-mile round-trip car ride awaits Bruce Clark-Frye each week to get treatment at Phoenix Children’s Hospital – the place his parents say is their best hope for their child to one day be cancer-free. The 6-year-old from Yuma was diagnosed with leukemia just over a year ago. He was one of 307.
PHOENIX – Grand Canyon University has invested millions of dollars in transitioning its athletic programs to NCAA Division I. The school has upgraded its coaching staff, its athletic facilities and now, is in the process of upgrading its sports medicine department. Amanda Beers, a GCU student who works in sports medicine, said there are advantages.
PHOENIX – Doctors are recommending new detection and treatment guidelines for Valley Fever, a deadly and debilitating infection that mimics the flu. More than 4,000 cases have emerged so far this year, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. People inhale fungus in soil, causing a fungal infection that can leave patients exhausted and.
PHOENIX — Standing firmly in a political divide drawn along party lines, U.S. Senators John McCain and John Barrasso blamed federally subsidized health care for a shift in Arizona’s insurance industry. Arizona’s McCain and Barrasso, of Wyoming, reiterated Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which they called an.
Many states have laws exempting parents from providing medical care to their children if it doesn’t agree with their religious beliefs. Arizona, Connecticut and Washington state all have provisions that specifically exempt those who practice the religion of Christian Science from child abuse and neglect laws. The religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses also preaches against certain.
WASHINGTON – National broadcasters, anti-drug advocates and a bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday unveiled a campaign to target opioid addiction, an effort that was partly inspired by a 2015 documentary on heroin addiction in Arizona. The National Association of Broadcasters said public-service announcements it produced with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids will run on TV.
WASHINGTON – Three Valley mayors were among 77 who urged congressional leaders Tuesday to do what everyone seems to agree is necessary – pass stalled legislation to fund Zika virus research before they go on another recess. The House in June approved $1.1 billion for Zika research that had been shifted from other programs, but.