Health

FDA’s sudden increase in legal tobacco age catches retailers off-guard

WASHINGTON - Retailers and local leaders said they were "caught with their pants down" by a Food and Drug Administration announcement last week that it had raised the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.


Jury still out, but officials hopeful about ridesharing to medical care

WASHINGTON - Uber to parties, Uber to work, sure. But to the doctor's office? For some Arizona Medicaid recipients, the answer may be yes, and the state will pick up the tab.The first-in-the-nation program is just six months old, but state officials are enthusiastic about its prospects.


‘We need each other to heal:’ Native Americans help Native Americans overcome domestic violence

LAS VEGAS – Domestic violence affects 4 out of 5 Native American women – more than triple the national average. But some have found healing through what’s known as “Gathering of Native Americans” programs. These culture-based education sessions seek to foster healing through embracing community and tradition.


As maternal mortality rises in U.S., California bucks the trend

PHOENIX – The maternal mortality rate in the United States has continued to rise in recent years, but California is reversing the tragic trend.


Q&A: Facts and figures on maternal mortality in the U.S.

PHOENIX – What is maternal mortality, and what’s being done to reduce it? Here are five facts about the issue and what steps Congress and the states have taken to address it.


‘We can help ourselves:’ Native women come together to confront high rates of maternal mortality

WINDOW ROCK – Death due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth should be preventable with the right intervention and care. Recent investigations have put a national spotlight on the issue, but Native Americans are often left out of the conversation. Now, they’re changing that narrative.


Role reversal: Teen caring for father with Alzheimer’s shares her experience

CERRITOS, Calif. – Emily Jenkins has helped care for her father since he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about 10 years ago. She just turned 19.


Gym or gingerbread? Prime athletes must resist temptations of holiday goodies

LOS ANGELES – The holiday season may seem like a free pass on fitness for many, but what about athletes who have been training hard all year?


Supreme Court rejects Brnovich attempt to fast-track opioids lawsuit

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Arizona's attempt to fast-track a case against the owners of Purdue Pharma in an effort to protect assets of the company for victims of the opioid crisis.


Maricopa tapped for program aimed at HIV prevention for uninsured

WASHINGTON - Maricopa County is one of dozens of state and local governments tapped Tuesday to be part of a federal initiative to combat HIV infections, one step in an ambitious plan to end HIV in the U.S. by 2030.


California schools must eliminate lead in water, but what about nearby homes?

LOS ANGELES – California passed a law requiring schools to test for lead in their drinking water, but businesses and homes don’t have this same requirement.