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AZ Humane Society: Zero reported cases in state of mystery dog illness
Dogs in over a dozen states have been diagnosed with a respiratory illness, and no one knows much about it. Symptoms of the illness include lethargy, loss of appetite and coughing.
Dec. 1, 2023
In insects, which came first: the stinger or the venom?
While arachnids like scorpions often steal the spotlight, Arizona is home to many stinging insects as well, including honey bees, velvet ants and tarantula hawks. But which came first: The stinger or the venom? A new paper might have the answer.
Dec. 1, 2023
UA scientists find life ingredient phosphorus in galaxys outskirts
A handful of elements are considered vital for life. Now UA researchers have found one of them – phosphorus – in a surprising location: the far fringes of our Milky Way galaxy. The discovery could transform our understanding of how the element forms and where we should look for life.
Dec. 1, 2023
Controlled burns scheduled near Tonto National Forest, Fredonia and Munds Park
Even as climate change warms the Sonoran Desert, Valley residents can look forward to cooler temperatures during the holidays. The season also marks the arrival of prescribed burns in the Arizona high country.
Nov. 29, 2023
The difficulty and opportunity in diagnosing psychosis in young people
The Show spoke with Dr. Aris Mosley, medical director for the First Episode Center in Avondale, about serious mental illnesses and how she talks about mental health differently.
Nov. 29, 2023
What was that ring around the moon Sunday night?
If you went stargazing Sunday night, you may have seen a white ring around the moon. It's called a lunar halo.
Nov. 27, 2023
Arizona will open a psilocybin research grant application window soon
The Arizona Department of Health Services will open a grant application window in about a month for research institutions interested in conducting studies which measure the efficacy of psilocybin mushrooms.
Nov. 27, 2023
Music could help sleep problems during menopause, study shows
Could music be the key to helping women who are experiencing sleep problems during menopause? A recent study suggests that it could.
Nov. 27, 2023
Advocates fear wildlife, dark sky effects when stadium lights turn on at U.S.-Mexico border
Conservationists say they are concerned about stadium lights being built along the border in places known for their dark skies, and one nonprofit says the lights could be harmful to southern Arizona wildlife.
Nov. 27, 2023
Arizona doctors among boycott of journal Nutrients
More than 1,100 experts have joined the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in boycotting the medical journal Nutrients over ethical concerns. The move follows a tepid response to a letter sent last year and signed by 800 doctors, nurses and scientists, several from Arizona.
Nov. 27, 2023
Flu, RSV cases are on the rise in Arizona
This fall, the Arizona Department of Health Services has already tracked more than twice as many flu cases than what’s typical for this time of year. RSV caseloads are about average, but they’ve increased about 21% just since last week.
Nov. 24, 2023
Help the Desert Botanical Garden track Arizonas monarch butterflies this winter
Arizona’s cooler months are when you’re most likely to spot monarchs fluttering around the state, and the Desert Botanical Garden is asking for your help tracking the beloved butterflies this winter.
Nov. 24, 2023
UA team spots Chinese rocket booster, raises questions
In March 2022, a rocket booster slammed into the far side of the moon, creating two craters 100 feet apart. A UA team finds the object came from a Chinese rocket that likely carried an additional undisclosed payload.
Nov. 24, 2023
How rare are tornadoes in Arizona?
The tornado that tore through the small town of Star Valley last weekend is a relatively rare event in Arizona. The state usually sees roughly four or five tornadoes each year.
Nov. 22, 2023
Take precautions for COVID-19 this Thanksgiving, health department says
With Thanksgiving and other holiday gatherings approaching, Dr. Kirin Raman with the Arizona Department of Health Services said Arizonans should take precautions as COVID-19 and other seasonal respiratory infections spread.
Nov. 21, 2023
Only 6% of nursing home residents got COVID boosters
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, only 6% of residents in Arizona nursing homes are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines. For staff, that figure is even lower. Just over 1% received the latest booster or the bivalent shot in the past two months.
Nov. 20, 2023
Phoenix program finds success preventing diabetes in Latino communities
Latinos are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So, how do you educate a community about their risk?
Nov. 20, 2023
New glue could make plastic bottles easier to recycle
Researchers at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom have invented a reversible glue. It’s based on the same forces that make a balloon clingy after it’s been rubbed on hair or clothing.
Nov. 20, 2023
Why more students are choosing technical training instead of — or before — college
While enrollment recovers in colleges and university, career and technical education (CTE) programs are increasing dramatically.
More Arizona education news
Nov. 20, 2023
Menopause adds up to $1.8 billion in lost workdays, study shows
Mood changes and hot flashes are common mesopause symptoms that don’t just happen at home. They happen at work, too.
Nov. 18, 2023