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A Phoenix city councilwoman is calling on her colleagues to do more when it comes to housing and homelessness. “If there was a real desire from everyone on the council, things could change,” said Betty Guardado, whose district includes west Phoenix.
More Arizona housing stories
May. 3, 2023
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Arizona ranks 44th in the nation when it comes to average patient safety scores in the state’s hospitals, according to a new report from the nonprofit, Leapfrog Group, which monitors hospital safety processes, accident prevention and medical errors.
May. 3, 2023
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Preliminary findings from the CDC’s 2022 National Health Interview Survey are out. And they point to rates of cigarette smoking falling. But electronic cigarette use is on the rise. So, how does Arizona compare?
May. 3, 2023
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Abortion rules are still up in the air in Arizona as two conflicting laws – and the question of which should take precedence — are being debated in court.
May. 3, 2023
A COVID-19 testing site
With the ending of the COVID-19 public health emergency later in May, brick-and-mortar and mobile COVID-19 testing sites run by Embry Health are facing a new future.
More Arizona prison news
May. 2, 2023
Gummy vitamins for children close-up.
A new study of the popular gummy form of the supplement, melatonin, shows you can’t always count on what’s on the label. Like other supplements, researchers found 22 out of 25 melatonin gummies contained sometimes vastly different amounts of melatonin than their labels said.
May. 2, 2023
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The Biden Administration last month issued an executive order on caregiving. It’s designed to improve care for kids, those with developmental disabilities and seniors.
May. 2, 2023
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The CDC is working on guidelines for using an antibiotic called doxycycline as a kind of ‘morning after pill,’ that people could use after having sex without using a condom. Recent studies have shown it’s effective at reducing these sexually-transmitted infections in many people – but notably, not cisgender, heterosexual women.
May. 1, 2023
Therapy session
Dozens of community groups plan to take part in a behavioral health expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat. May 6 at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Phoenix.
Apr. 28, 2023
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Public health officials in the state say a new strain of coronavirus known as XBB.1.16 may be linked to an uptick in pink eye cases.
Apr. 28, 2023
Jonathon Bailey
Veterans are four times more likely to take their own lives. In a program designed to touch two lives at once, a nonprofit organization, Soldier's Best Friend, is offering help for combat veterans suffering from PTSD or traumatic brain injuries by teaming them up with dogs who need homes.
Apr. 28, 2023
Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture wastewater monitoring
The University of Arizona’s Yuma Center for Excellence for Desert Agriculture led the nation in using wastewater to monitor community COVID-19 transmission at the height of the pandemic. But the technology didn’t end there.
Apr. 27, 2023
Dictionary definition of the word menopause.
Menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes or sleep disturbances can negatively impact women in the workplace and cost billions in lost work time. That’s according to a new study by the Mayo Clinic.
Apr. 26, 2023
Yuma Regional Medical Center has announced plans to build a permanent memorial, honoring residents who died from COVID-19.
Apr. 25, 2023
U.S. Supreme Court building
The U.S. Supreme Court stepped in to protect access to the widely-used abortion pill mifepristone late last week after a federal judge in Texas made the unprecedented decision to impose a nationwide ban on the drug.
Apr. 25, 2023
Arizona wildflowers Mexican poppies and lupine
It’s been a colorful spring so far across much of Arizona, as our wet winter has led to wildflower superblooms. But, some of those blooms are also producing pollen, which is not great news for allergy sufferers.
Apr. 24, 2023
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On April 1, Arizona’s Medicaid program, AHCCCS, began its redetermination process. The idea is to make sure all 2.5 million members still qualify for AHCCCS. So where do things stand today?
Apr. 21, 2023
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Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S., and the Skin Cancer Foundation ranks Arizona third for melanoma incidence and second for melanoma deaths. But the jury is still out on the risks and benefits of annual screenings for people without symptoms.
Apr. 20, 2023
Phoenix leaders are looking for developers to add downtown housing and meet every day retail needs.
Apr. 20, 2023
Leonard and Mark
We bring you news from throughout the state, the most important stories that impact everyday Arizonans. Behind the headlines are real people, and we’re sharing their stories as part of a new feature we’re calling Voices of Arizona. Meet Leonard Chayrez of Phoenix who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Apr. 20, 2023


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