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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
 Rachel L. Levine
U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Adm. Rachel Levine recently traveled to Tucson, where she presented a new Environmental Justice Index. The effort stems from a January 2021 executive order formalizing the Biden administration’s commitment to environmental justice.
Dec. 9, 2022
captiol museum
A committee in the Arizona House has been working to help solve the state’s growing teen mental-health problem. The committee adopted a final list of recommendations during a meeting on Thursday.
Dec. 9, 2022
An antiviral medication used to treat influenza
Health officials around the country are talking about the so-called "tripledemic" of RSV, the flu and COVID-19. And Dr. Claire Nechiporenko of Phoenix Indian Medical Center shares those concerns.
Dec. 9, 2022
Mayo Clinic
A Lake Havasu City man recently became the first patient in Arizona to receive a heart transplant using “heart-in-a-box” technology.
Dec. 8, 2022
Phoenix Fire rescue
Phoenix leaders approved $7.8 million to add 58 firefighter positions during Wednesday’s City Council meeting.
Dec. 7, 2022
University of Arizona students
COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are trending high in the state. But experts are still wrestling with the complexities of long COVID. A new CDC project at UA could provide a better grip on the condition, especially in underserved communities.
Dec. 7, 2022
A sign points the way to the emergency department
Arizona’s hospitals continue to see high volumes of patients with respiratory viruses amid a severe season for RSV, influenza and COVID-19.
Dec. 7, 2022
neurons
A new drug to treat cognitive decline and help fight the cause of brain deterioration in those with Alzheimer’s is now poised for Food and Drug Administration approval. It’s called Lecanemab, and it works by attacking sticky plaque buildup in the brain, sort of how cholesterol-fighting drugs work.
Dec. 2, 2022
two condoms on a counter
Sex is good for your health later in life, but, like younger people, older adults are at risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections.
Dec. 1, 2022
a kid sick in bed
Influenza, COVID-19 and RSV cases are ramping up in Arizona, and all present with similar symptoms: coughing, fever, congestion. But the way to treat each illness is different.
Dec. 1, 2022
A mask sign at a Phoenix school
Health officials are warning that RSV, flu and COVID-19 are all on the rise. Pima County Public Health Director Dr. Theresa Cullen says it’s not surprising because people are returning to pre-pandemic normalcy, which means less mask wearing.
Nov. 29, 2022
University of Arizona battery-free, light-powered pacemaker rendering
Researchers at the University of Arizona are working on a new kind of pacemaker that would be battery-free and cause wearers less pain.
Nov. 28, 2022

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