Health

The Facebook battlefield: Two mothers on opposite sides of the vaccination divide

PHOENIX – Two mothers share common ground, like suburban life, charter schools, and family dinner. They also want to keep their children healthy and safe, which is where their lifestyles divide. One believes in vaccinations, the other does not.


Public health vs. parent choice: The vaccination debate in Arizona

PHOENIX – Arizona public health officials continue to warn that the state is at risk for an outbreak due to plummeting vaccination coverage rates, and lawmakers are fighting for legislation on both sides of the debate. Parents continue to question the safety of vaccines, but there are still no viable solutions on the table.

A photo of a woman holding her daughter as she receives seven vaccine shots.

Wilderness of the world: Reconnecting with nature helps struggling teens, families heal

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST – Teenagers struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and other issues are walking through their problems, thanks to the Anasazi program.


Dust, particle pollution disproportionately affect Latino and poor communities

PHOENIX – Latino and lower-income communities of Phoenix are breathing in more polluted air than residents in other parts of the city, and a new report indicates it’s part of a national trend.


Smartphones, Snapchat, Instagram transform how today’s teens bully each other

PHOENIX – Increased accessibility to Wi-Fi, cellphones and social media platforms continues to transform how teens bully one another.


Fecal treatment leads to improved lives for children with autism

GILBERT – ASU researcher James Adams said microbiota transfer therapy has been useful in treating children with autism and their gastrointestinal issues. Ben Bonaroti participated in the treatment in 2014 and his quality of life improved.


‘A blind eye in medicine’: Bias can affect the health of patients of color

TEMPE - Unconscious bias, inconsistent training and a lack of racial and ethnic diversity among doctors leads to disparities in treatment, new research shows.


At a downtown Phoenix center, the tables are turning for people with HIV

PHOENIX – “Cookie” King, who was diagnosed with HIV 34 years ago, works at the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS helping those who walk the path she once walked. The need is great, because Maricopa County is a hotspot for HIV occurrences.