Health

Report: No amount of alcohol is safe while pregnant

No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy, according to a new report by a leading U.S. pediatricians' group. And that prevention is key because people impaired by their mother’s drinking during pregnancy do not have access to programs focused solely on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.


Experts highlight growing health care sector, Phoenix development as bright spots in state’s economy

When it comes to the state’s economic outlook, the health care industry is a plus. So is development within the city of Phoenix.

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National Latino AIDS Awareness Day: A growing concern for the community

The number of new HIV infection cases is growing in the Hispanic community at a rate three times higher than in whites and health experts and HIV/AID advocates are pushing for more testing to combat the virus.


Arizona hospitals do well on palliative care report card, could do better

WASHINGTON - One in three Arizona hospitals did not offer palliative care in 2013, but that was still good enough to earn the state a B on a national report card on the relatively new specialty practice.


Cardinals’ Stanton, former Tempe High School teacher share breast cancer stories

Tempe High School hosted its ninth-annual "Pink-Out" Game on Oct. 2. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton, as well as breast cancer survivors and students, came out to support the cause and share their personal connections to breast cancer. (Video by James Ulrich/Cronkite News)


Arizona health panel works to raise awareness on pediatric autoimmune disorder

Too many children suffering from neurological autoimmune disorders lack access to resources to correctly diagnose them, a state lawmaker contends.

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MedAire Worldwide call center reduces necessity for emergency plane landings

Flying thousands of miles above civilization may seem like a good reason to panic in the midst of a medical event, but MedAire Worldwide’s 24/7 remote medical assistance centers help passengers and airline employees cope during a crisis.

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Report: Native Americans in Arizona had nation’s highest obesity rates

WASHINGTON - Four of five adult Native Americans in Arizona were obese or overweight in 2013, the highest rate in the nation among states studied in a new report.


Audit: State agency overseeing X-ray facilities behind on inspections

The state agency overseeing X-ray facilities is overdue on inspections for about half of them, creating a public health risk, the Arizona Auditor General's Office reports.

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Report: Arizona lags most of nation in treatment available to addicts

Chris Mullin already operated two drug treatment centers in Spokane, Washington, but decided to open Recovery Oasis in Tempe because he heard there was a severe shortage in Arizona.


With caregivers aging, experts warn of stress, isolation

Hand in hand, Ken Koch walks his wife, Mary, to the dishwasher and opens it for her. She pauses and looks at the dishes, then grabs a mug and taps it on the drying towel. Into the cupboard and back again, Mary takes her time unloading.


Health expert: Innovations mean no excuses for not getting flu vaccine

During his long career in public health, including six years heading the Arizona Department of Health Services, Will Humble has seen plenty of reasons why people pass on a flu vaccination.