Health

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.


Group urges opioid users to clean syringes to avoid Hepatitis C

PHOENIX – Shared syringes can lead to shared diseases among opioid users, according to a Phoenix organization determined to improve safety.


South Phoenix saw big health coverage gain, still trails state, U.S.

WASHINGTON - A south Phoenix congressional district posted one of the nation's largest decreases in people without health insurance since the start of the Affordable Care Act, according to a recently released analysis of Census Bureau data.


Powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl makes a deadly mark in Arizona

TUCSON – Pima County's Medical Examiner reported 17 fentanyl-related deaths last year, up from seven in 2014 – a deadly trend involving one of the most potent synthetic opioids in the world.