Health

Hispanics, blacks more likely to develop Alzheimer’s; cardiovascular diseases may be a factor

LAVEEN – The family network of care for Santiago González has become, over the years, as familiar as the lyrics of his favorite music. The family is like those of many of more than millions diagnosed in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s. But older Hispanics are more likely than older whites to be diagnosed with the brain disease, which affects memory.


Alzheimer’s disease also upends the finances and lives of those caring for patients

PHOENIX – More than 14 million people are expected to have Alzheimer’s by 2050, but the brain disease affects people of all ages as caregivers grapple with the social and financial costs of a devastating diagnosis.


Played among livestock, medicinal plants, ‘rez golf’ builds community among Navajo

LOW MOUNTAIN – “Rez golf,” played with secondhand clubs on rugged courses amid rocks, livestock and medicinal plants, is gaining popularity among Navajos.


Street medicine: Bringing health care to Phoenix’s unsheltered homeless

PHOENIX – As Phoenix’s unsheltered homeless population continues to grow, a new collaborative street medicine program connects those in need to existing health care services.


Caught between DACA and ACA, Dreamer’s hopes for kidney transplant dim

PHOENIX - Paul, 21, has been waiting for a transplant since his kidneys stopped working at age 2, but the wait has been complicated by the fact that Paul, a DACA recipient. He has learned that immigration status doesn't determine your place on the transplant list, as much as your ability to pay.


Farmers, USDA celebrate demise of pink bollworm, a cotton-killing pest

PHOENIX – The pink bollworm has destroyed cotton crops in the United States for a century. But it’s been eradicated from cotton-producing areas in the lower 48.