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a pregnant person
Arizona Republican Rep. Matt Gress wants to expand a state law that provides a tax credit for children to also include the number of months a person is pregnant.
Mar. 2, 2023
Colon cancer cells
Every three years, the American Cancer Society issues an update of statistics for colorectal cancer, the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Unfortunately, this year’s report shows that several positive trends are slowing or reversing.
Mar. 1, 2023
Marijuana cannabis edibles in child resistant bottles
Last year saw an increase in the number of pediatric poison control cases tied to cannabis-related products. Out of 739 total cannabis incidents, 394 involved children — and 60% of those cases involved a trip to the hospital.
Mar. 1, 2023
Mifeprex mifepristone abortion pill package
A federal judge in Texas is expected to rule shortly in a lawsuit that aims to block access to one of the two drugs typically used in medication abortions. At the same time, Arizona has joined a multi-state lawsuit that argues the drug should be more available nationwide.
Feb. 28, 2023
psilocybin psychedelic mushroom
One bill would allow MDMA to be prescribed if rescheduled by the federal government, and another would fund a $30 million research program to study psilocybin mushrooms' ability to treat PTSD and depression.
Feb. 27, 2023
illustration of a person wearing a mask
While a lot of us are able to return to the world in this phase of COVID-19 easily enough, a lot of people can’t. Dr. Gina Touch says the diagnosis of health-specific anxiety has jumped during the pandemic.
Feb. 27, 2023
a kid in a school lunch line
School nutrition experts from across the country, including Arizona, are heading to D.C next month. They're urging lawmakers to invest in school meal programs and make meals free for all students.
Feb. 24, 2023
Mifeprex mifepristone abortion pill package
Attorney General Kris Mayes is joining 11 other states — Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Delaware, Illinois, Connecticut, Colorado, Vermont, New Mexico, Michigan and Rhode Island — in suing the FDA over its restrictions of the drug mifepristone, which is used in an abortion regimen.
Feb. 24, 2023
ASU campus
The National Institute on Aging will provide funding for research conducted by Arizona State University to study caregivers of dementia patients who have died. A grant of more than seven hundred thousand dollars will go to ASU’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.
Feb. 24, 2023
Woman getting a mammogram
Calcium phosphate, best known for making up bones and teeth, is the body’s most abundant mineral. In breast tissue, it can also offer early hints of abnormalities. But whether they’re benign or malignant has been hard to pin down — until now.
Feb. 23, 2023
Because the pandemic has so drastically changed how many of us live our day-to-day lives, it’s also taken a toll on our mental health.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a report for the first National Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted since the pandemic. It found that in 2021, teenage girls disproportionately experienced persistent sadness.
Feb. 22, 2023
a while basket filled with tampons and pads
An Arizona House committee this is scheduled to debate a bill on Wednesday that would get rid of the state sales tax on diapers and feminine hygiene products. The issue of period poverty has gained momentum in recent years, and Arizona-based nonprofit Go with the Flow has been at the forefront of those conversations.
Feb. 22, 2023
man lugging belongings
Phoenix is falling short in its plan to reach more unhoused people experiencing mental health and substance abuse problems.
More Arizona business news
Feb. 21, 2023
You’ve likely seen ads for at-home colon screening tests, as an alternative to more invasive colonoscopies. But Dr. John B. Kisiel says regardless of the method: "The most important colon cancer screening test is the one that gets done."
Feb. 20, 2023
Young woman smoking cigarette
Tempe is considering making retailers buy a license to sell tobacco in the city. A proposal from a council committee calls for a citywide registry of businesses that sell tobacco, along with a process to revoke licenses for retailers who repeatedly sell to minors.
Feb. 17, 2023
arizona state hospital
The Arizona State Hospital, which treats people suffering from serious mental illness, is now one step closer to no longer being run by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Feb. 16, 2023
The Biden administration is providing about $70 million through grants and loans for rural projects in Arizona. The lion’s share is in the form of a $53 million loan for a health care facility in Casa Grande.
Feb. 15, 2023
Kids teens using social media apps on smartphones
Schools in other states offer apps that allow students to anonymously access mental health services and report threats. Now, thanks to a bill in the House, Arizona students could get access to similar resources.
Feb. 14, 2023
Blackberries, strawberries and other cartons of produce sit in a row
The Phoenix City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a plan to attract specific proposals to 24th Street and Broadway Road.
Feb. 14, 2023
Nail salon ultraviolet UV light
A recent study found that long-term exposure to UV light as used in nail salons can cause damage that may lead to a higher risk of developing skin cancer. But how much of a health risk comes with getting a gel manicure?
Feb. 14, 2023


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