Health

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.

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.

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.