Health

New fellowships help train doctors in battle against drug addictions

PHOENIX – The opioid crisis has underscored the shortage of U.S. doctors trained in addiction medicine, but two new Arizona fellowships hope to encourage more doctors to enter the field.


Report: Arizona kids more fit than U.S. kids, but U.S. is pretty sorry

WASHINGTON - Arizona's schoolkids are doing better than their peers nationally when it comes to physical activity, according to a national report card.But that's nothing to brag about: The report card said kids nationwide are not even close to being active enough.


Hispanics, blacks more likely to develop Alzheimer’s; cardiovascular diseases may be a factor

LAVEEN – The family network of care for Santiago González has become, over the years, as familiar as the lyrics of his favorite music. The family is like those of many of more than millions diagnosed in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s. But older Hispanics are more likely than older whites to be diagnosed with the brain disease, which affects memory.


Alzheimer’s disease also upends the finances and lives of those caring for patients

PHOENIX – More than 14 million people are expected to have Alzheimer’s by 2050, but the brain disease affects people of all ages as caregivers grapple with the social and financial costs of a devastating diagnosis.


Played among livestock, medicinal plants, ‘rez golf’ builds community among Navajo

LOW MOUNTAIN – “Rez golf,” played with secondhand clubs on rugged courses amid rocks, livestock and medicinal plants, is gaining popularity among Navajos.


Street medicine: Bringing health care to Phoenix’s unsheltered homeless

PHOENIX – As Phoenix’s unsheltered homeless population continues to grow, a new collaborative street medicine program connects those in need to existing health care services.


Caught between DACA and ACA, Dreamer’s hopes for kidney transplant dim

PHOENIX - Paul, 21, has been waiting for a transplant since his kidneys stopped working at age 2, but the wait has been complicated by the fact that Paul, a DACA recipient. He has learned that immigration status doesn't determine your place on the transplant list, as much as your ability to pay.


Farmers, USDA celebrate demise of pink bollworm, a cotton-killing pest

PHOENIX – The pink bollworm has destroyed cotton crops in the United States for a century. But it’s been eradicated from cotton-producing areas in the lower 48.


Syphilis is on the rise across Arizona, particularly in women and babies

PHOENIX – More cases of syphilis have been reported in the state of Arizona. Specifics groups impacted are women and babies.


Partnership unveils program to identify, head off youth sports injuries

WASHINGTON - A Mayo Clinic official was in Washington recently to join other youth sports leaders launching a national collaborative project aimed at preventing youth sports injuries through greater awareness, better data collection and tools like a quick field test for concussions.


Alzheimer’s research funding reaches $1.9 billion, but experts say it’s still not enough

PHOENIX – Federal research funds that could lead to the prevention, cure or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease has reached $1.9 billion annually but still lags far behind research money for cancer and HIV/AIDS, experts said.


ACA open enrollment begins with lower prices, more choices in Arizona

WASHINGTON - Open enrollment began Thursday for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, with most Arizonans seeing more choices and better prices, a sharp change from recent years when the state was the poster child for Obamacare problems. Open enrollment runs through Dec. 15.