Health

Grant allows Native American nonprofit to expand medical services in Phoenix

PHOENIX - A federal grant awarded to Native American Connections in Phoenix will allow the group to provide primary care medical services to patients. The group already offers substance abuse treatment and mental health services.


Periods get political: Arizonans rally to demand end to ‘tampon tax’

PHOENIX – Amid a growing push for “menstrual equity,” dozens of activists from across Arizona convened for the first National Period Day protest to call for an end to taxation of menstrual products and more widespread availability of items to help those who can’t afford them.


Taking flight: 100 Angels nonprofit provides medical relief to migrant families

PHOENIX – A new nonprofit, 100 Angels Foundation, provides medical relief to migrant families in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and other countries.


Report: Phoenix sixth-highest metro area in nation for gun suicides

WASHINGTON - The Phoenix metro area had the sixth-highest rate of firearm suicides among the nation's urban areas, according to a new report by House Democrats tying the availability of guns to the prevalence of gun suicides.


Prediabetes screenings may lower rate of diabetes among Hispanics, Native Americans

PHOENIX – Screening for prediabetes may help lower the chance of being diagnosed with the illness.


Breaking the silence: Native Americans overcome taboos in battle against suicide

WHITERIVER – Native Americans have the highest suicide rates in the U.S., and youth are especially affected. Both on reservations and in cities, efforts are underway to build resilience and break the taboo of talking about mental health.


Court: Woman injured by leaking breast implant cannot sue manufacturer

An appeals court said federal law protects the manufacturer of a leaking silicone breast implant that injured a Gold Canyon woman, who tried to sue the company for damages from the implants she received after a cancer diagnosis and double mastectomy.


‘Public charge’: How changes to federal guidelines could affect immigrants who rely on benefits

PHOENIX – Trump administration changes to the so-called public charge rule affecting immigrants have been delayed but nevertheless are stirring widespread confusion and fear in immigrant communities. An expert answers questions.


Aging baby boomers spur critical need for specialists in geriatric emergency care

PHOENIX – Banner University Medical Center is among 100 or so hospitals in the country to have a certified geriatric emergency department. But as baby boomers age, the need for specialists in older care is urgent.


Improving the health of ‘invisible’ farmworkers is a community effort in Willcox

WILLCOX – Access to health care is a big challenge in rural and agricultural areas, and some 53 percent of farmworkers in the U.S. have no health insurance. One program in Arizona is trying to fix that by teaching residents in a community filled with farmworkers to take better care of themselves.


Tribal health insurance coverage rose, but still trailed U.S. average

WASHINGTON - The number of people who showed up at at Indian Health Service facilities with health insurance rose from 64% of patients in 2013 to 78% in 2018, according to a GAO report that said growth was highest in states, like Arizona, that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare.


‘Asthma Alley’: Long Beach ranks worst in U.S. for air quality

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Out of the 100 largest cities in the country, Long Beach, California, ranked last in air quality.