Meals on Wheels, ASU study how pets affect social isolation, loneliness among older adults

SUN CITY – Researchers at Arizona State University are partnering with Meals on Wheels America for a national study to understand the influence that pets have on social isolation and loneliness.


After nearly 2 million COVID-19 cases in Arizona, officials are ‘cautiously optimistic’

PHOENIX – A little more than six months after Arizona passed 1 million reported cases of COVID-19, the state is approaching 2 million. Although reported infections have slowed over the past few months, experts warn that the coronavirus that causes the disease is here to stay, and the extent of COVID’s long-term effects isn’t known.


Bill to ban drive-up voting, curbside drop boxes could harm voters with disabilities, advocates say

PHOENIX – Advocates for people with disabilities are concerned about a bill in the state Senate that would prohibit drive-up voting and curbside drop-off boxes for ballots, saying more options – not fewer – are vital for helping people exercise their right to vote.


StandDown provides veterans with haircuts, legal, medical and housing services

PHOENIX – Hundreds of veterans lined up Thursday morning to receive legal, medical, housing and other services, during the 20th annual Maricopa County StandDown.


Experts target obesity, diet, exercise to combat high cholesterol in youth

PHOENIX – With childhood obesity levels on the rise in the U.S., more experts are looking at how to prevent high cholesterol in youth to help avoid serious health problems later in life.


Court refuses to order Arizona to pay for transgender teen’s surgery

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court has refused to order Arizona's Medicaid program to pay for the sex reassignment surgery of a transgender teen who claimed the state's failure to do so amounted to sex discrimination.


Arizona’s public universities lift mask mandates under new CDC guidelines

PHOENIX – Following updated CDC guidance that masks are not necessary for everyone in areas of low to medium transmission risk, NAU, ASU and UArizona lift indoor mask requirements.


Arizona lawmakers consider Medicaid expansion for postpartum care

PHOENIX – Advocates are pushing Arizona lawmakers to expand Medicaid coverage for women after they give birth to help improve maternal health outcomes and combat rising pregnancy-related deaths.


Flu down for second year; reason may be as plain as the mask on your face

Arizona flu cases are down sharply for the second year in a row, a decline that health experts are attributing to the health and safety precautions that came with the COVID-19 pandemic.


Life expectancy fell a ‘shocking’ 1.8 years in 2020; COVID not sole culprit

WASHINGTON - U.S. life expectancy fell by an “unprecedented and shocking” 1.8 years between 2019 and 2020, a dramatic drop that experts say can only partly be blamed on the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Teletherapy expanded during the pandemic, but is it effective for behavioral health?

PHOENIX – Telehealth has been a widely used resource during the pandemic, but some experts continue to weigh the pros and cons of treating certain conditions from a distance – specifically mental illness and substance use.


Some Arizona downwinders who blame illnesses on nuclear testing remain uncompensated

KINGMAN – Residents in lower Mohave County who attribute their illnesses to the nuclear testing at the Nevada National Security Site continue to be left out of RECA compensation. New legislation is being introduced to include them in the compensation.