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Sun in the blue sky with tree branches.
Maricopa County health officials have confirmed 30 more heat-related deaths since last week, bringing the total to 89 so far this year. A county official says these numbers continue the grim pattern that 2023 will surpass last year’s heat-related death record.
Aug. 17, 2023
Plastic production has swelled from 1.5 million tons in 1950 to 390 million tons in 2021. Today, microplastics are found on land, sea and air, and humans take them in through food, breathing and body cavities. But what about fully enclosed organs, like the heart?
Aug. 16, 2023
Jen Piatt and Dr. DeShawn Taylor
The abortion landscape in our county and in Arizona has been upended in the last year. What was once a constitutional right was gone overnight — and providers, experts and advocates on both sides have been navigating a new reality ever since.
Aug. 16, 2023
Fentanyl pills
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of kids dying from fentanyl overdoses between 2013 and 2021. A new investigation finds in several of these cases, the families involved were on the radar of child welfare agencies in the states in which they lived.
Aug. 16, 2023
pregnant woman
Doulas in Arizona can now be licensed by the state health department. The new licensing program launched this month.
Aug. 15, 2023
two condoms on a counter
The heat is already making pregnancy much more dangerous. And The 19th health reporter Shefali Luthra says it's also putting contraception at risk.
Aug. 15, 2023
Person holding a transgender pride flag
A federal appeals court will allow two transgender girls to play on girls sports teams at their respective schools in Arizona, at least for now.
Aug. 14, 2023
Narcan nasal spray product package
The city of Phoenix hopes to help counter the ongoing opioid crisis by making Narcan kits available for free at each of its 17 public libraries.
Aug. 14, 2023
Aging in America is expensive. According to a 2023 report from the National Council on Aging, millions of Americans either have no assets, are struggling financially or have lost financial ground in the last few years.
More coverage of aging in Arizona
Aug. 14, 2023
University of Arizona
Researchers at the University of Arizona Cancer Center recently received a $1.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to fund a research and training program to serve students.
Aug. 13, 2023
Arizona Autism Charter Schools ribbon cutting
A network of charter schools that caters to students on the autism spectrum is expanding to Tucson. A new campus will be open to Pima County students on Friday, Sept. 1.
Aug. 11, 2023
In April, we told you the story about a man living with early onset Alzheimer’s. At the time he was waiting for the Alzheimer’s drug Leqembi to be approved by the FDA. It finally was in July.
Aug. 11, 2023
birth certificates
An ongoing federal legal battle over the rights of three transgender Arizona children will now impact the broader transgender community in the state.
Aug. 10, 2023
COVID-19 coronavirus illustartion
A multi-institution study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the portion of adults reporting long COVID-19 symptoms has dropped. It also says one in four people with the illness still report being unable to fully carry out daily activities.
Aug. 10, 2023
Syrian refugees learn English
Phoenix is using $8.3 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to support local nonprofits that serve refugees. And a state committee created this year will evaluate policies, address labor shortages and examine existing programs.
Aug. 10, 2023
Firefighters work odd hours, often involving one or more 24-hour shifts, with mandatory overtime — not the best recipe for a healthy sleep pattern. The University of Arizona College of Public Health has received a $4 million NIH grant to help firefighters get the shuteye they need.
Aug. 10, 2023
Gov. Katie Hobbs (first row, far left) sits next to Leonard Chayrez, who has early-onset Alzheimer's, and his longtime partner Mark Garrity at an event Aug. 9, 2023.
On Wednesday, Governor Hobbs and three Arizona lawmakers were honored for including money to tackle Alzheimer’s disease in the state budget that passed in May.
Aug. 10, 2023
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is working on regulations to protect pregnant workers. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is meant to cover gaps in existing law for workers affected by pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.
Aug. 9, 2023
a pregnant person
Research suggesting links between heat and miscarriages has inspired a new study to monitor the temperature and humidity felt by pregnant people at various stages of pregnancy. The project, which kicked off in May, is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Aug. 9, 2023
The Arizona sun behind a palm tree
Maricopa County is investigating 345 possible heat deaths so far this year. That’s a 20% increase from the same point last year.
Aug. 9, 2023


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