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90% of people with Down syndrome are at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease
People with Down syndrome are living longer than ever before. It’s an incredible shift in life expectancy, but it also means more needs to be done now to support them and their families. That’s because 90% of people with Down syndrome are at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.
CDC recommends COVID-19 booster for kids 5-11
This week, the CDC recommended a COVID-19 booster shot for children 5 to 11 years old. Following the FDA’s approval of a booster on Tuesday, the CDC made its recommendation on Thursday.
May. 20, 2022
Paper: Its time to extend ethical standards to indigenous microbiome research
The impacts of colonialism and unseemly research reverberate to this day. But, outside of the social sciences and some genomics, efforts to involve and protect indigenous peoples remain nebulous. A new perspective piece argues for embedding those ethical frameworks in the rapidly growing field of microbiome research.
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AZ could see monsoon come slightly earlier, curbing heat
Hot, dry conditions in May and June are always expected — and then hope remains that the monsoon will bring us some moisture and rain in July and August. Will that be the case this year?
May. 20, 2022
Its not just COVID. Flu cases are on the rise in AZ, too
Flu season is usually coming to an end by this time of year, but the Arizona Department of Health Services reported more than 1,000 flu cases last week — the highest count so far this season.
May. 19, 2022
Why this Arizona doctor spent a month helping in Ukraine
As the war in Ukraine approaches its third month, global concerns continue to rise. These worries have spurred volunteers from across the world to travel to Ukraine and offer assistance. One of those volunteers is Arizona surgeon Dr. Tom Rusing.
May. 19, 2022
Why breastfeeding wont solve the nationwide baby formula shortage
A nationwide shortage of formula has revived a long-running debate about using formula versus breastfeeding, and the idea that, while formula might be getting more expensive, breastfeeding is free. But writer Aubrey Hirsch begs to differ.
May. 19, 2022
COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Arizona
COVID-19 case counts in Arizona tripled over the past month. The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 7,204 new cases in its weekly update Wednesday — the third week in a row the state reported an increase in cases.
May. 18, 2022
Congress finally held a public hearing on UFOs
For the first time in half a century, Congress held a public hearing on UFOs. On May 17, Pentagon officials testified about so-called “unexplained phenomena,” although George Knapp doesn’t believe the military actually said all that much.
May. 18, 2022
California rejects $1.4 billion water desalination plant
Plans to build a new desalination plant in Southern California were rejected after more than 20 years of debate. The decision has implications for the future of the Colorado River.
May. 18, 2022
Women forced to carry pregnancy to term often struggle with mental health
Carrying a baby to term or choosing to terminate a pregnancy are both complicated and hugely emotional decisions. Some women who have an abortion feel relieved; others struggle with depression or regret. But there are more mental health implications if a woman can no longer choose.
May. 17, 2022
Spot a painted bunting and more with AZ summer birding
Birding is the art of spotting and identifying an array of bird species as they migrate and nest in the area. And it turns out, Arizonans live in a very good part of the world for birding.
May. 17, 2022
Some CBD users test positive for THC. This Arizona doctor has some theories why
Using CBD products should not get you a positive test for THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. But Banner Health’s poison control center says they’ve received an increasing number of reports from people who have failed marijuana drug tests but say they’ve only used CBD.
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May. 16, 2022
Scientists working to understand how, why some people havent had COVID despite exposures
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that a majority of Americans have been infected with the novel coronavirus since 2020. But there are people who’ve avoided it so far, and scientists are trying to figure out how and why.
May. 16, 2022
For this summer
In the middle of a parched summer in the arid West, any amount of rain can feel like a gift. But in reality, those precious summer showers barely move the needle when it comes to water.
May. 16, 2022
Regents grant ramps up study of Valley fever, ozone
A new partnership between the state’s three universities and several state agencies aims to increase understanding of issues like Valley fever and ozone levels in Arizona — and come up with solutions.
May. 16, 2022
Agency removes cap on endangered wolf population
In keeping with a 2018 court ruling, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will remove the population cap on wild Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest. But many conservation groups say the plan doesn’t go far enough – or set the right goals.
May. 13, 2022
County program helps expecting moms struggling with substance abuse
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is about six months into a new effort to help pregnant women struggling with substance abuse.
May. 13, 2022
UA professor explores the brain science behind grief
Everyone has experienced loss and the grief that comes with it. But not many people understand the brain science behind it. That’s where psychology professor and author Mary-Frances O'Connor comes in.
May. 13, 2022
UN drought report: Serious action needed to avoid bleak future
A 29% rise in the number and duration of droughts since the year 2000 has brought the world to “a crossroads.” So says a report by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, which calls for urgent action, “using every tool we can.”
May. 12, 2022
Astronomers reveal 1st picture of black hole at the center of Milky Way
Astronomers have released the first image of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way. The picture was unveiled Thursday by the international Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration.
May. 12, 2022