Health

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.


Drug Take-Back Day attacks addiction threat in Arizona

The graveyard of bright orange prescription bottles and stray single-dose tablets in many home medicine cabinets may be concealing the threat of addiction.


Mexican Consulate offers free flu shots to those in need

The Mexican Consulate in Phoenix offers free flu shots and a growing number of health services to immigrants and others in need.

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Heart Association: Set example, schedule, limit screen time to make kids move

The American Heart Association held a Twitter discussion Wednesday to provide tips on how to be more physically active. Explore the back and forth.


Yelp, ProPublica partnership gives consumers access to hospital ratings

Until recently, using the crowdsourced information on Yelp to decide which hospital to go to meant navigating star ratings and seemingly countless consumer reviews.

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Arizona among states with ‘super lice,’ more resistant to treatments

Head lice is a health issue few people want to admit to dealing with. The truth is that it’s all too common for kids to find themselves in the chair due to head lice.

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Medical simulation lab allows firefighters to prepare for unthinkable

Kneeling on the floor with only a sheet covering it, firefighter Nathan Phillips stretches a rubber tourniquet as tight as he can around the severed leg of his patient.