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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.


Look twice for bikes, Phoenix launches bike safety pledge

Bicyclists and motorists have a complicated relationship when sharing the roads of Phoenix. In each of the past five years, there have been an average of more than 450 bicycle involved collisions, according to the city of Phoenix website.

These signs and many others have been placed throughout Phoenix — and will continue to be placed — to help guide bicyclists and motorists in Phoenix. (Photo by Claire Cleveland/ Cronkite News)

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.


In need of classroom supplies, teachers turn to online crowd-funding

The dictionaries in the language arts classrooms at Sunnyslope Elementary School carry the wear-and-tear of some 10 years, but replacements are coming soon, thanks to a new ally: GoFundMe.

The reference books in Sunnyslope Elementary’s language arts classrooms are showing their age. (Photo by James Anderson/Cronkite News)

Phoenix shop expects last-minute surge in Halloween costume sales

Americans are expected to spend $2.5 billion alone on Halloween costumes for adults, children and their pets this year, according to the National Retail Federation.


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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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.


Expert: Monsoon’s seeming intensity has more to do with location

Broken tree limbs crushing cars. Giant walls of wind and dust moving across the Valley. Social media posts galore featuring wicked weather, including viral video of a microburst dropping on downtown Phoenix.

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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.


Report gives Arizona C-minus for kid dental sealant programs

At Native Health in central Phoenix, dentist Anh Thu Becker uses a 3-D model of molars to explain how she's going to apply a thin layer of plastic resin to 10-year-old Suzette's teeth.


Arizona receives $3.6 million grant to combat drug overdoses

Arizona has received a $3.6 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to combat prescription drug addictions, part of a federal effort to give states money to prevent overdose deaths.

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State official questions CDC report listing Arizona last for early childhood MMR

Arizona vaccination rates for MMR are lowest in the country, according to the recently released National Immunization Survey.

A photo of a woman holding her daughter as she receives seven vaccine shots.