Health

West Nile virus at record high, leads to 16 deaths in Arizona

PHOENIX – The West Nile virus is at a record high in Arizona, with 156 cases so far this year, according to AZDHS. State health reports said that, by late September, 16 people have died.


Native American communities, hard hit by the opioid crisis, seek innovative solutions

Statistics show the opioid crisis is a growing problem among Native Americans, prompting organizations to look for solutions.

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Census says 55,000 Arizonans lost health insurance coverage last year

WASHINGTON - The number of Arizonans without health insurance rose by about 55,000 people last year, according to the Census Bureau, as a relatively strong economy was offset by hefty cost increases. The total number of uninsured Arizonans stood at 750,000, or 10.6% of Arizona's population.


Children with a parent behind bars face deeper struggles with mental health

PHOENIX – A new study finds that children with an incarcerated parent are more prone to mental health struggles as kids and adults.


Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em: Flavored vape ban alarms Arizona retailers

WASHINGTON - Arizona vape-store owners were alarmed by the Trump administration's announcement Wednesday that it plans to begin enforcing rules that would drive flavored e-cigarettes out of the market, an industry official said.


House members again push ‘born-alive’ abortion bill, despite long odds

WASHINGTON - Despite repeated failures, Republican leaders rallied Tuesday in support of their latest version of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, called "the most important bill in Congress."


Arizona to get $20 million of $1.8 billion fed fund to fight opioids

WASHINGTON - Arizona will get more than $20 million in State Opioid Response grant funds from the federal government, part of $1.8 billion in grants the Trump administration said it was releasing to states Wednesday.

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The mental health struggle of storm survivors: ‘It follows them forever’

MOORE, Okla. – Families, community members, psychologists and school officials say more must be done to help survivors of natural disasters recover emotionally and mentally.