Health

Experts: It’s not too late to vaccinate for possibly strong flu strain

WASHINGTON - Get ready to roll up your sleeves. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending against nasal-spray vaccines for the upcoming flu season, in which it expects to see a variant of 2009's H1N1 virus.


‘Health index’ scores counties on residents’ welfare, major health issues

WASHINGTON - Diabetes, hypertension and depression are the biggest problems facing Arizona counties, according to a new nationwide health index map that also scored counties on whether they tend to be more healthy or less.

Diabético pode ter vida saudável se detectar cedo a doença

Pup with a Purpose: Service dog trained to help child with diabetes

Arizona State University senior Taylor Randle loves dogs. For the last 18 months, she has been raising Kristoff, a service dog in training. She has been by his side almost everyday as he learned the skills he will need to help his future partner.


Valley school districts recognize need for school nurses

PHOENIX – School nurses do more than bandage scraped knees – they often provide a lifeline to student's medical care for a chronic condition like asthma or diabetes, advocates say.


Cities, two states raise the smoking age to 21 in effort to curb use

Dr. Richard Brady owns a veterinary clinic in Cottonwood, Arizona. Up until a few months ago, he was having problems with teens purchasing tobacco products at the store next door and then loitering in front of his shop. Then the town raised the smoking age to 21.


Mike Pence chides ‘Obamacare’ at Mesa rally

MESA – Mike Pence, Donald Trump's running mate, sounded a continuing campaign drumbeat on Wednesday, saying the rising costs of "Obamacare" and Hillary Clinton's "open borders" immigration policy show why Arizona voters should remain faithful to the Republican Party.


Arizona faces steepest Obamacare hike in U.S.; subsidies could curb pain

WASHINGTON - Arizona residents can expect to see the largest rate increases in the nation when open enrollment for Obamacare begins next week, but advocates say those increases should be offset by similarly large increases in tax credits for consumers.


CDC warns against nasal spray flu vaccination this season

PHOENIX – Better get the Band-Aids out. This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends against nasal spray flu vaccinations, saying it's less effective than the shot.


AZ officials build mock teen bedroom to expose hidden signs of drug addiction

PHOENIX – It seems like a normal room: There’s a can of hairspray by the mirror, a red trash can by the desk, an extension cord plugged into the wall and a teddy bear wearing a tie-dye shirt on the bed.


As rates rise and options fall, Burwell sees increased health coverage

WASHINGTON - Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell predicted Wednesday that 13.8 million people will sign up for Obamacare when open enrollment begins Nov. 1, even though they will face fewer options and higher premiums in states like Arizona.

Rising Rates

What is your experience with concussions in high school sports?

Cronkite News is working on a series of stories on concussions in high school athletes. We would like to hear from anyone who has experienced a concussion playing high school sports, as well as parents, trainers or coaches who might know someone who has.


Have you or someone you know been through rehab for prescription drugs?

As part of the Cronkite News investigation about prescription opioid use, we'd like to learn more about drug rehabilitation centers.