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Non-Hispanic AI/AN population has second-highest melanoma rate
A new study that corrects the underreporting of cancer among American Indian/Alaska Native populations shows the non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaska Native population, known as AI/AN, has the second highest incidence of melanoma
Jan. 2, 2024
Valleywise opens new First Episode Center in Mesa
Valleywise Health has opened a new First-Episode Center in Mesa. The treatment and support facility will help people experiencing psychosis or other serious mental health issues.
Jan. 1, 2024
Cooler weather, possible rain in Phoenix this week
The first week of the new year will see near normal temperatures in Arizona through Wednesday, followed by cooling and possible rain heading into the weekend.
Jan. 1, 2024
Why a UA professor went camping — underwater
The Show spoke to University of Arizona professor Win Burleson, who spent the night 20 feet underwater at Biosphere 2, about the Ocean Space Habitat that he co-invented.
Dec. 28, 2023
Use by label confusion causes 7% of U.S. food waste
‘Tis the season to make way more food than we can eat. But research shows our own perceptions about food date labels might play a major role in food waste, too.
Dec. 27, 2023
AZ had stellar 23 in space research. Whats next?
Mark Marley, director of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona and head of the Department of Planetary Sciences, sat down with The Show to look back at some of the biggest stories of the year, and a look ahead to what might be in store in 2024.
Dec. 26, 2023
National health crisis touches all aspects of social connection
In May, the U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory regarding a national health crisis of loneliness and isolation. Recently, a panel of experts discussed the mental, physical and societal impacts of the problem, which predates COVID-19 but worsened during the pandemic.
Dec. 26, 2023
Older incarcerated women are often forgotten when we talk about menopause
The number of older incarcerated women is on the rise, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health. And with that comes health care needs, including menopause support.
Dec. 26, 2023
These sounds make no echoes. UA researchers say thats important for cellphones and more
Imagine a world without echoes — a place where sound runs only along an object's surface instead of bouncing off of it or ringing through its interior. That’s the world of topological acoustics, an emerging field that could one day transform everything from cellphones to computers.
Dec. 26, 2023
UA analysis of OSIRIS-REx samples matches hypotheses about asteroid Bennu
The UA-led OSIRIS-REx mission returned samples from the asteroid Bennu to Earth in late September. Analysis of their contents is now underway.
Dec. 25, 2023
ASU gets $17.5 million for semiconductor research
ASU is receiving $17.5 million from the Arizona Commerce Authority to expand semiconductor research. The money will go towards purchasing equipment from the company NXP Semiconductors to “enhance the capabilities” of the university.
Dec. 22, 2023
Holidays are ‘more stressful than tax season’ says American Heart Association survey
It may be “the most wonderful time of the year,” but a new survey by the American Heart Association shows it’s also the “stress, stressful-est season of all.” The organization has tips on how to handle the hectic holidays.
Dec. 22, 2023
What about some shut-eye while pulling Santas sleigh? Reindeer can sleep while eating, study says
Reindeer don’t get much sleep: In a herd, they take turns grabbing short naps; when fearful of predators, one hemisphere of their brain sleeps while the other keeps watch. Now, a study shows they can sleep while eating, too.
Dec. 22, 2023
New study: Tech can test for about 150 pathogens with just 1 blood test
The researchers say the tech could be helpful in numerous scenarios, including tracking diseases in communities.
Dec. 21, 2023
Poison center sees significant increase in calls about weight-loss drug
Banner Health’s Poison and Drug Information Center has seen a significant increase in calls related to the weight-loss drug semaglutide, which you may know by brand names such as Ozempic or Wegovy.
Dec. 21, 2023
Toothbrushing linked to lower hospital-acquired pneumonia rates in ICUs
Pneumonia ranks among the most common and deadliest hospital-acquired illnesses, killing 20%-30% of those it infects. But a new study suggests better oral hygiene could take a bite out of those numbers.
Dec. 20, 2023
Cat video helps ASU-led Psyche mission successfully test space broadband
The ASU-led Psyche mission has reached a milestone in testing a kind of “space broadband.” NASA’s Deep Space Optical Communications system can multiply data speeds 10- to 100-fold compared to radio. KJZZ has been following the mission.
Dec. 20, 2023
2023 was a bellwether year for heat. What does that mean for the future?
If we remember one thing from Phoenix in 2023, it will probably be the heat. This summer toppled heat record after heat record, which seemed appropriate given the fact that it was also the hottest year on record worldwide.
Dec. 19, 2023
COVID deaths down, heat-related deaths spike in 2023
At the end of last year, a look at the numbers of Arizonans who died showed that COVID-19 was still claiming many lives. This year, it’s way down on the list, which is topped, once again, by heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory illness and stroke. But, the area where we saw the biggest jump in deaths — was due to heat.
Dec. 18, 2023
Study finds benefits of uniting climate mitigation, adaptation
The UN COP 28 climate talks have ended, and only time will tell how their outcomes affect greenhouse emissions. But with extreme climate events already upon us, a new study asks, “What if we lessen heat impacts while the slow mitigation process takes hold?”
Dec. 18, 2023