Health

Trouble sleeping this year? You’re not alone, Arizona researchers say

PHOENIX – In this episode of Arizona in Focus, sleep researchers explain why so many people during the COVID-19 pandemic are struggling with insomnia.


ACA enrollment uptick a ‘pleasant surprise’ after years of declines

WASHINGTON – After years of steady declines, enrollment in Affordable Care Act coverage ticked up in Arizona and held steady in the U.S. this year in what one advocate called a "pleasant surprise" after a challenging year.


With focus on COVID-19, experts fear opioid crisis may worsen unseen

WASHINGTON - With the world focused on COVID-19, local and national experts say a growing number of opioid overdoses and deaths is being overlooked, an increase they fear may be driven in part by the pandemic's upheaval to lives and our livelihoods.


Over par: Arizona’s golf scene thrives during COVID-19 pandemic

PHOENIX – With more free time, Arizonans are flocking to play golf in 2020. See how courses have adjusted their operations to stay open during the pandemic, and how they’ve fared.


‘I wanted to do more than hold a sign’: Street medic crew forms out of Black Lives Matter protests

PHOENIX – Desert Action Medical Network is a group of street medics – from paramedics to people with basic first-aid knowledge – who have attended more than 80 protests in metro Phoenix, offering medical care to more than 60 people.


A mother’s journey: How one Arizona woman navigated domestic violence amid a pandemic

Experts around the world are reporting increasing domestic violence during the pandemic. But in Arizona, some advocates say victims may not be in a position to seek help or move into a shelter. This is the story of one woman who found the courage to do just that and, along with her children, come out on the other side.


Transgender patients face uphill battle for care amid discrimination, doctor shortage

PHOENIX – The estimated 1.4 million adults in the United States who identify as transgender face numerous obstacles when seeking health care.


House calls: Arizona lawmakers land in COVID-19 quarantine more often

WASHINGTON - Four of Arizona's nine House members have quarantined since the start of COVID-19, either because they were exposed or tested positive themselves, giving Arizona has the highest percentage of delegation members who have quarantined.


Struggles of Cave Creek district are emblematic of Arizona schools during COVID-19

CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Unified School District students, parents and teachers are dealing with long term substitutes reflecting the struggles of other schools.


Pandemic, Trump and racism drive voter turnout in some tribal communities

Native American voters say they were driven to vote by COVID-19, racism and President Trump’s disregard for sacred tribal land.


Holiday punch: COVID-19 worries mean no holiday party for most offices

WASHINGTON - Offices across the country are canceling holiday parties, finding ways to celebrate virtually or with other COVID-19 safeguards in place. Just 23% of businesses said they plan a year-end party this year, a reversal from the 76% who did so last year.


First COVID-19 vaccines, vaccinations expected in Arizona by Dec. 15

WASHINGTON - Arizona health officials said they expect to get the first of more than 380,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine by Dec. 15 and will begin vaccinating health care workers and first responders shortly thereafter.