Families at Parkinson’s center say Ali’s courage ‘gave us all inspiration’

PHOENIX — Karen O’Donnell may have only met Muhammad Ali twice, but Ali's efforts in the fight against Parkinson's disease have been invaluable to her and her husband, John, who has suffered from the disease for 23 years.

Dr. Abraham Lieberman, former director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute.

What you should know about Parkinson’s, the disease Muhammad Ali fought for 32 years

PHOENIX – Muhammad Ali, the boxing great and Paradise Valley resident who died Friday at age 74, lived with Parkinson’s for more than three decades.


3D-printed heart helps family cope with toddler’s lifetime of heart surgeries

PHOENIX – Just days after she was born, Jemma Starks nearly died. Surgeons have operated on her three times over her 2½ years to keep her heart beating.

A doctor, young girl and her mother

Measles outbreak spreads to the Valley

PHOENIX — A measles outbreak is moving north in Arizona. State health officials report 11 confirmed cases of measles in Pinal and Maricopa counties.

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Arizona surveillance helps track Zika, but residents can help, too

WASHINGTON - Phoenix is one of the best regions in the nation when it comes surveillance of mosquitos that can carry the Zika virus, one of the hard science approaches that could help check the spread of the disease, an Arizona epidemiologist said Wednesday.


New heart procedure reduces patient recovery time

PHOENIX — A relatively new heart surgery procedure radically lowers the recovery time for patients and may help save lives, according to medical experts who are training physicians in Arizona on the method.


Arizona summit on Zika teaches health officials how to tackle virus

PHOENIX — Arizona health officials joined the global battle to fight the Zika virus in a daylong summit Tuesday, educating doctors and other medical professionals and emergency personnel on ways to prevent and handle the mosquito-born virus that causes devastating birth defects.


What price a miracle? Limited access to hepatitis-C drug sparks debate

WASHINGTON - Jose Robles is the picture of health. And because of that, he has to remain sick, even though new drugs would likely cure him of the disease he's had since birth.


Short on Z’s in AZ: A third of Arizonans don’t get enough sleep

WASHINGTON - One word keeps coming up as Amber Stites describes her night - late.


ASU professor tests preventive cancer vaccine

For more than 10 years, professor Stephen Johnston and a team of researchers at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute have been developing a cancer vaccine aimed at preventing all types of cancer.

More than one million people in the United States get cancer each year, according to the American Cancer Society. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Children living in lower-income areas are more susceptible to asthma

Children in the state’s lower-income urban communities suffer more serious bouts of asthma caused by dirty air and other pollutants - despite decades of state and local monitoring and repeated concerns that air in their neighborhoods is dangerous to their health.


Health care organizations respond to stressful wait times

When you arrive to the doctor’s office, chances are that you’re about to wait. And wait. And wait some more.