Health

What you need to know about novel coronavirus and how to avoid it

PHOENIX – Cases of novel coronavirus, which has spread from China to the U.S., continue to grow, but the risk to Americans who have not visited Wuhan, China, is low, the CDC says.


Coronavirus hits AZ: Officials confirm case in Tempe, one of five in U.S.

PHOENIX – A Maricopa County resident who recently returned from Wuhan, China, is one of five confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in the U.S. That person was identified as a "member of the ASU community," but officials would not say whether the patient is a student or employee.


Speak Up, Stand Up: Arizona students gather to address suicide, bullying, addiction

PHOENIX – Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life held its fourth annual conference to promote suicide and bullying prevention among Arizona students, with largest attendance yet.


Native American veterans still struggling to get the health care they were promised

KYKOTSMOVI – Access to VA health care has been a challenge for Native Americans for decades, and they suffer some of the worst health outcomes. Now, advocates are hoping a new law could expand health care for Native American veterans.


Hispanic children less often diagnosed with autism, CDC says

PHOENIX – Autism is diagnosed 1.6 times less often in Hispanic children when compared with their white, non-Hispanic counterparts. Language is just one of the reasons, experts say.


Genetic testing urged for women with a family history of breast cancer

PHOENIX – Medical professionals highly recommend that women with a family history of breast cancer be tested for mutations on two genes known as BRCA.


Heat deaths continue to rise, as federal disaster relief continues to lag

WASHINGTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency doles out billions annually in response to tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters, but the deadliest disaster goes largely unfunded - extreme heat, cited as the cause of death for about 100 people a year in Maricopa County alone.


High suicide rates in Arizona lead to prevention awareness efforts

PHOENIX – The local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention sponsors walks around Arizona to bring awareness to the problem, especially among ages 15-34.


U.S., Arizona life expectancy fell, driven by deaths of younger people

WASHINGTON - After decades of increases, life expectancy in the U.S. ticked down slightly over three recent years, a drop blamed on a rise in "cause-specific" deaths like suicides and drug overdoses. The decline was mirrored in Arizona, but life expectancy remained higher than the national average.


Social seclusion cited as one factor affecting senior health

WASHINGTON - Pick up the phone and give Grandma a call - advocates say more quality time with elderly citizens could help turn around Arizona's faltering standing in a national report on senior health, with experts citing social seclusion as one of the biggest factors affecting senior health.


ASU develops program to prevent debilitating chronic anxiety in children

PHOENIX – Compass for Courage is helping children deal with and avoid the disabling mental disorder, which can change the way children typically learn, behave and handle their emotions.


Native Americans fight historical discrimination to lower diabetes, obesity rates

PHOENIX – Obesity and diabetes disproportionately affect Native Americans, and many communities are taking steps to curb the costly, devastating and sometimes deadly diseases.