Health

Children with a parent behind bars face deeper struggles with mental health

PHOENIX – A new study finds that children with an incarcerated parent are more prone to mental health struggles as kids and adults.


Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em: Flavored vape ban alarms Arizona retailers

WASHINGTON - Arizona vape-store owners were alarmed by the Trump administration's announcement Wednesday that it plans to begin enforcing rules that would drive flavored e-cigarettes out of the market, an industry official said.


House members again push ‘born-alive’ abortion bill, despite long odds

WASHINGTON - Despite repeated failures, Republican leaders rallied Tuesday in support of their latest version of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, called "the most important bill in Congress."


Arizona to get $20 million of $1.8 billion fed fund to fight opioids

WASHINGTON - Arizona will get more than $20 million in State Opioid Response grant funds from the federal government, part of $1.8 billion in grants the Trump administration said it was releasing to states Wednesday.

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The mental health struggle of storm survivors: ‘It follows them forever’

MOORE, Okla. – Families, community members, psychologists and school officials say more must be done to help survivors of natural disasters recover emotionally and mentally.


Heat-relief shelters are helpful, but their hours of operation limit effectiveness

PHOENIX – There are scores of locations in metro Phoenix where homeless and low-income people can get relief from extreme heat. But most operate during daylight hours only, leaving the vulnerable to fend for themselves overnight.


Experts: $20 million for school suicide prevention welcome, more needed

WASHINGTON - Education and government officials called a $20 million grant for suicide prevention programs in Arizona schools an important first step to deal with a growing problem, even as they said much more needs to be done.


Disability service providers feel overlooked in state-Flagstaff wage spat

WASHINGTON - As state and Flagstaff officials battle over who should bear the cost of the city's higher minimum wage on state contracts, service providers for people with disabilities say they feel caught in the crossfire.


Transgender golfer shares challenges of life on and off the green

GOLD CANYON – Bobbi Lancaster is a transgender woman who lived most of her life hiding who she was. She found solace in golf, but at some point, she had to live as herself, off the course.


‘Sport Is Your Gang”: Thai boxing program appeals to impoverished young people

PHOENIX – Thailand’s version of boxing has become a force for change in underserved communities worldwide.


‘Deaths of despair’ grew slowly in Arizona, but still higher than U.S.

WASHINGTON - "Deaths of despair" - the catchall name for deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide - have grown more slowly in Arizona than in the nation as whole since 2005, but death rates in the state still exceed the nation in every category, according to a national survey.

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The heat is on: Ways coaches and athletic trainers keep athletes safe

GILBERT – Athletic trainers and coaches are working to keep high school football players safe during the hot summer months.