Health

Heat-relief shelters are helpful, but their hours of operation limit effectiveness

PHOENIX – There are scores of locations in metro Phoenix where homeless and low-income people can get relief from extreme heat. But most operate during daylight hours only, leaving the vulnerable to fend for themselves overnight.


Experts: $20 million for school suicide prevention welcome, more needed

WASHINGTON - Education and government officials called a $20 million grant for suicide prevention programs in Arizona schools an important first step to deal with a growing problem, even as they said much more needs to be done.


Disability service providers feel overlooked in state-Flagstaff wage spat

WASHINGTON - As state and Flagstaff officials battle over who should bear the cost of the city's higher minimum wage on state contracts, service providers for people with disabilities say they feel caught in the crossfire.


Transgender golfer shares challenges of life on and off the green

GOLD CANYON – Bobbi Lancaster is a transgender woman who lived most of her life hiding who she was. She found solace in golf, but at some point, she had to live as herself, off the course.


‘Sport Is Your Gang”: Thai boxing program appeals to impoverished young people

PHOENIX – Thailand’s version of boxing has become a force for change in underserved communities worldwide.


‘Deaths of despair’ grew slowly in Arizona, but still higher than U.S.

WASHINGTON - "Deaths of despair" - the catchall name for deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide - have grown more slowly in Arizona than in the nation as whole since 2005, but death rates in the state still exceed the nation in every category, according to a national survey.

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The heat is on: Ways coaches and athletic trainers keep athletes safe

GILBERT – Athletic trainers and coaches are working to keep high school football players safe during the hot summer months.


How Arizona’s outdoor workers stay safe in the heat

PHOENIX – Arizona’s outdoor workers share tips on how they stay safe and cool during the summer, as no federal safety standards are in place to protect them. But a new bill aims to change that.


Tiny terrors: Mosquitoes in Arizona and how to avoid them

PHOENIX – Several kinds of mosquito live in Arizona. Some can be dangerous, transmitting diseases like the West Nile virus. Some are just annoying. We show you how to stop them.


Goofball: Dangerous drug combination increases likelihood of opioid overdoses

SCOTTSDALE – A dangerous new drug trend – mixing heroin and methamphetamines – has experts worried.


Syringe program for addicts operates in legal gray area as debate continues

PHOENIX – Organizations offering drug users clean needles and educational materials have been linked to decreases in bloodborne diseases, but they’re forced to operate in a legal gray area in Arizona.