Health

‘I didn’t want to get out of bed’: Athletes battle mental health issues, too

PHOENIX -- Jonathan Meldrum, a former offensive lineman at Syracuse, struggled through his sophomore year in college.


Presidents’ fitness councils make slow progress against childhood obesity

WASHINGTON - When a study showed American youth were significantly more obese than their European peers, it shocked the president into creating a council aimed at combating the childhood obesity epidemic and increasing physical fitness throughout the country.


Poor nutrition can hurt young athletes as they grow

PHOENIX - When Christina Barth was a dietitian for an elite youth soccer team, she encountered many different eating patterns among, what she described as, the “mini-professional athletes”.


It’s a bit of a stretch, and that’s what Phoenix Rising does to keep its players healthy

SCOTTSDALE — The final whistle blows, bringing another Phoenix Rising FC practice to an end.


Sports specialization can lead to overuse injuries in young athletes

PHOENIX - Every morning, Blaise Becker wakes up just after 4 a.m., packs his hockey bag and heads off to Arcadia Ice Arena.


‘It doesn’t bother me’: ASU football players react to eye-opening CTE study

TEMPE -- Despite an eye-opening study about trauma found in the brains of deceased NFL players, it won’t keep them from playing the sport they love, several Arizona State athletes said.


McCain, two other Republicans, help defeat repeal of Obamacare

WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain's decision to buck his party early Friday and vote against a GOP plan to repeal Obamacare was both hailed as an example of "amazing courage" and derided as "betraying his conservative constituency."


Arizona senators join razor-thin majority to OK health care debate

WASHINGTON - Both Arizona senators joined the majority of their fellow Republicans and voted by the narrowest possible margin Tuesday to allow debate on measures that could repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act.


Arizona sun may spur summer SAD, a rare, lonely depression

PHOENIX – Mike Johnson, a 50-year-old flight reservation agent, endures summer’s blistering heat and hours of relentless sun behind his home’s shuttered blinds, saying he loses sleep and weight.


Technology helps trauma survivors accelerate PTSD treatment, recovery

SCOTTSDALE – Traci Temple St. John suppressed the trauma of her childhood for years. Adults said they loved her, then physically and sexually abused her, she said.


Outpouring of support for McCain comes from far – and weird

WASHINGTON - The outpouring of support following this week's announcement that Arizona Sen. John McCain has an aggressive brain tumor came from the expected Washington heavyweights, including current and former presidents, lawmakers and Cabinet members.

A McCain intern answers questions at Phoenix campaign headquarters. (Photo by Socorro Carrillo/Cronkite News)

Advocates: Obamacare repeal would ‘painfully disrupt’ Arizona care

WASHINGTON - A Senate proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no replacement plan in place "would immediately and painfully disrupt the health care system" and could force as many as 709,000 Arizonans off coverage, advocates said this week.