Health

Maricopa County mental health crisis care services grow

Maricopa County’s psychiatric crisis facilities have more than doubled in the past year as care providers hope to take pressure off of emergency rooms and give police more options for people who need help, not jail time.

police photo

Regulators pull one Obamacare option as open enrollment begins

WASHINGTON - Just as open enrollment for the third round of Obamacare was beginning this weekend, federal officials removed from the marketplace an insurance cooperative that had been providing coverage to about 59,000 Arizona residents.


Coalition kicks off health care information program

The Cover Arizona Coalition, comprised of more than 900 community and statewide organizations, began its informational campaign on Monday for those seeking health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace.


As Obamacare enrollment opens, Arizona insurers continue to tweak plans

WASHINGTON - As open enrollment begins this weekend for the third year of Obamacare, insurance carriers in Arizona are "still trying to figure ... out" which types of plans work best for them and for their customers.


Scientists discover extra genes in elephants that help fight cancer

Scientists have been stumped for decades as to why elephants rarely get cancer. A new discovery, with a link to ASU, may have the answer.

Sheena the elephant

When it comes to fighting cancer through diet, it’s all about moderation

You don’t have to go vegetarian.

hamburgers

Data visualization: Newborn drug exposures

The following graphics depict the number of newborns — born in a hospital — who exhibited signs of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome or exposure to various drugs between 2008 and 2014. The study, conducted by Office of Injury Prevention Arizona Department of Health Services this past July, looked at newborns who were exposed to hallucinogens, cocaine, narcotics and alcohol. Hover over the data for more information. (Graphic by Sara Weber/Cronkite News)


As more pregnant women use heroin, meth, other drugs, more babies suffer the consequences

Nathan Lepp, a neonatologist who works with ill and premature infants, leans over a white crib to check a monitor that hangs above on the wall of the neonatal unit at Maricopa Integrated Health Systems. The white crib is empty, but a tiny knit purple hat rests on the soft sheets along with a horseshoe shaped pillow.


WHO report: Bacon and other processed meats cause cancer

Before you throw the bacon on the frying pan or order the meat lover’s pizza you may want to reconsider, after you read about the risks. A United Nations agency report released Monday stated that processed meat causes colorectal cancer, and that red meat probably causes cancer.


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.

Downtown Phoenix.

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.