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COVID-19 home test
COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Arizona as the state health department added 4,973 cases in weekly numbers Wednesday morning. Deaths from the virus have gone up however.
Dec. 28, 2022
covid memorial
Arizona has surpassed Mississippi to become the state with the highest per capita death toll from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dec. 26, 2022
Newborn baby girl sleeping in a maternity ward at a hospital
As 2022 comes to a close, we look back on the most popular baby names, as released by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Things have changed a lot since Jacob and Jessica topped the list.
Dec. 26, 2022
hospital bed
Once again, life expectancy has decreased in the U.S. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control which cited COVID-19 and drug overdoses from fentanyl as the greatest contributing causes.
Dec. 25, 2022
Measles Virus
Following decades of progress and a 2000 declaration that the disease had been eliminated in the U.S., health officials are sounding a global alarm: Measles is regaining ground, and the recent polarization of vaccines isn’t helping.
Dec. 22, 2022
Command office
Mexico is implementing a new program meant to better coordinate health care across the country, and it’s being piloted in Sonora.
Dec. 22, 2022
The need for faster publication of findings sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic increased the acceptance of research published in preprint services like medRxiv. But how reliable are they? A new study tried to find out.
Dec. 21, 2022
Phoenix Children's Hospital
Phoenix Children’s Hospital reports it has seen a number of invasive group A strep infections since early November. These infections have recently been seen in Europe, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking into a possible increase in the U.S.
Dec. 20, 2022
Valleywise Health Medical Center
Kids are more likely to get seriously sick from the flu, RSV and COVID-19, all of which are seeing skyrocketing rates right now. So what does an influx of sick kids look like on the frontlines?
Dec. 19, 2022
The U.S. population is aging, and more people than ever are experiencing a natural waning of cognitive function. But a new study suggests two candidates for slowing that decline — exercise and meditation — might not help after all.
Dec. 16, 2022
Childhood obesity kids shoes on scale
The percentage of children with obesity and severe obesity has nearly quadrupled over the last 50 years. This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its body mass index charts to better accommodate the trend.
Dec. 15, 2022
COVID community levels
Arizona’s health department reported 11,550 new COVID-19 cases in its weekly update Wednesday. That’s a decrease from last week, but the state's outbreak remains among the worst in the country.
More Arizona politics news
Dec. 14, 2022
blood drive
For some, the winter holiday season means a busy schedule of travel and celebrations. The holidays also signal one of the toughest times of year to maintain the state’s blood supply.
Dec. 14, 2022
Phoenix City Hall
Phoenix leaders are closer to sending a $500 million dollar general obligation bond program to voters after approving recommendations presented by a citizen's committee Tuesday.
Dec. 13, 2022
flu medication
COVID-19, influenza and RSV have been showing up in large numbers this season, causing a shortage in over-the-counter drugs such as pain relievers, cough syrup and some antibiotics.
Dec. 13, 2022
danny neumann
Even as we celebrated health care workers during the pandemic, not many of us decided to change the course of our entire lives and become one. Danny Neumann is not most of us.
Dec. 12, 2022
Yavapai County is home to some smaller rural communities including Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome and Camp Verde. It’s also home to thousands of older adults who come to the area to retire. But a growing challenge is access to health care.
Dec. 12, 2022
Alcoholic drink
Throughout the pandemic, we reported on the increased use of alcohol and drugs among people 65 and older. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report saying that deaths resulting from these substances are on the rise.
Dec. 12, 2022
Chris Hemsworth Limitless
Recently, actor Chris Hemsworth revealed in his new documentary "Limitless" that he carries two copies of the gene APOE4, putting him at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. So, what is the impact of learning this genetic information and if everyone should learn their APOE4 status.
Dec. 12, 2022
Pharmacist administers a flu shot
Health officials in Arizona are urging people to mask up, as reported cases of flu and RSV are still trending higher at this time of year than in 2021. COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations, as a result, also remain problematic.
Dec. 10, 2022


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