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Indigenous people have been uniquely affected by the end of Roe. Now, states with some of the largest Indigenous populations also have some of the strictest restrictions on abortion.
Oct. 6, 2023
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For many Spanish speakers, like Hernández, finding affordable and accessible mental health care in Phoenix can be nearly impossible - despite the fact that the Hispanic population became the largest racial demographic in the city in 2021.
Oct. 5, 2023
neurons
Barrow Neurological Institute has received a $16.7 million award from the NIH, its largest grant ever from that agency. The funds will support Barrow as it helps coordinate a new national consortium to study Lou Gehrig’s disease.
More Arizona science news
Oct. 5, 2023
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While this July was the hottest on record in the Valley, Sonia Singh with the County Department of Public Health says multiple factors lead to heat illness and death.
Oct. 5, 2023
Tracy Kidder
Tracy Kidder told The Show the story of one person in Boston who’s created a solution of sorts to the problem of getting health care for people living on the streets.
Oct. 4, 2023
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Confusion about what artificial intelligence and machine learning mean in a healthcare setting makes it easy to assume the worst. But experts say AI can be a boon to doctors, nurses and patients if we use it correctly — and know what we want out of it.
Oct. 3, 2023
Rescue helmet used by the Phoenix Fire Department
Phoenix held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for Fire Station 62 at 93rd Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road. Two dozen firefighters are expected to work out of the nearly 21,000 square foot facility. It will include a new fire engine and ambulance to better serve the growing community.
Oct. 3, 2023
Flagstaff train station
The federal government has joined more than a dozen former Union Pacific workers — including some in Arizona — in a lawsuit against the rail company over its use of vision tests to disqualify employees.
Oct. 3, 2023
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The Show spoke with behavioral health consultant and licensed social worker Kate Chandler about how mental health problems and substance abuse collide for people who are experiencing homelessness.
Oct. 3, 2023
The ruling orders Arizona to require Arizona to provide coverage for surgery as a treatment for gender dysphoria.
Oct. 2, 2023
Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff
The Show spoke with Will Humble, former director of the Arizona Health Department, and now executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association, about what a medical school at Northern Arizona University could mean for Arizona.
Oct. 2, 2023
Phoenix pollution
Long-term exposure to air pollution has increasingly been linked to strokes, which affect almost 800,000 Americans each year. Now, a meta-analysis shows short-term exposures pose heightened stroke risks, too.
Sep. 29, 2023
Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff
Northern Arizona University has announced it’s designing a new medical school intended to prepare doctors for primary-care work in the state’s rural, underserved and Indigenous communities.
Sep. 29, 2023
Caregiver and nursing home resident
Heather Hudson, executive director at Haven Health in Prescott, shared her concerns about how federally-regulated nursing homes may soon be required to meet certain staffing mandates.
Sep. 29, 2023
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A recent study by the National Institutes of Health confirms that hearing aids can help slow cognitive decline in older adults. The NIH looked at nearly 1,000 people between the ages of 70 and 84.
Sep. 29, 2023
Newborn baby girl sleeping in a maternity ward at a hospital
A new report from the nonprofit Zero to Three, which focuses on infants and toddlers, ranks Arizona in the bottom tier of states for the well-being of babies and policy responses to their needs. The group counts roughly 235,000 babies in Arizona in its latest yearbook of states.
Sep. 28, 2023
COVID-19 vaccine
Earlier this month, President Joe Biden declared the COVID-19 pandemic over. But many experts say COVID still isn’t just another seasonal respiratory virus and, even if it were, it would be hard to manage when people are struggling to get, and pay for, vaccines.
Sep. 28, 2023
maricopa county medical examiner's office
Maricopa County has confirmed 295 heat deaths so far this year. 298 more deaths are still under investigation. Those numbers are about 33% higher than at the same point last year.
Sep. 27, 2023
pregnant woman
As the mother of three and a midwife, Lakisa Muhammad told The Show that she’s seen the kind of discrimination Black women face in the labor and delivery room countless times, and she’s experienced it herself.
Sep. 27, 2023
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A rezoning referendum for building a new Flagstaff hospital campus near Fort Tuthill County Park will be decided by residents in November. Northern Arizona Healthcare, the organization in support of the campus’s development, will hold a forum to take questions about the project.
Sep. 23, 2023

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