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Marijuana plant leaf
Last month, President Joe Biden asked federal officials to review how marijuana is scheduled under federal law. If marijuana is reclassified, it could impact the long-term care industry.
Nov. 4, 2022
cots in a room
Over the next two years, Phoenix plans to add 769 beds to emergency shelters and temporary housing facilities. That’s in addition to 475 beds added this year.
More Arizona housing stories
Nov. 3, 2022
The coronavirus pandemic disrupted personal, professional and social life in ways that still reverberate. It also set back health progress in the U.S., including reversing a feat the CDC once called “one of the ten greatest public health achievements of the last century.”
Nov. 3, 2022
A sign at the playground at Cortez Park
On Wednesday, the Phoenix City Council approved a pilot program to add overnight security to 11 city parks, along with Cholla Trail at Camelback Mountain.
Nov. 2, 2022
Phoenix Children's Hospital
The virus known as RSV is surging nationwide and children’s hospitals are bracing for what could be a difficult winter.
Nov. 2, 2022
Hospital patient in wheelchair
There are more and more people over the age of 65, and that number is projected to hit 95 million by 2060. The challenge: We are seeing more costly illnesses and disabilities later in life.
Oct. 31, 2022
Flu shot
According to one viral infection physician, flu season has not hit Arizona residents as hard as those living in other parts of the country. But Dr. Devin Minior with Banner Health still recommends getting vaccinations soon.
Oct. 30, 2022
pelican in the water
The recent deaths of more than a dozen pelicans at Phoenix Zoo were caused by an avian virus first detected in Arizona in June. Arizona Game and Fish wildlife veterinarian Anne Justice-Allen says other cases showed up among Canada geese in Chandler and Gilbert last month.
Oct. 29, 2022
As many Republican politicians, including some running for office in Arizona, sow doubt about health experts and promote debunked COVID-19 cures, scientists continue to spend time and effort confirming they still don’t work. New research offers the latest on ivermectin.
Oct. 28, 2022
Older woman at home
Autism spectrum disorder, known as ASD, isn’t a new diagnosis. But what is new are the conversations being had about older adults with ASD. Many live at home with aging parents, and there is growing concern about where some of these individuals will live in the coming years.
Oct. 27, 2022
single bed
The Phoenix City Council approved up to $10 million for the nonprofit St. Vincent de Paul to provide shelter and services to people experiencing homelessness.
Oct. 26, 2022
COVID-19 vaccine at pharmacy
After several weeks of improvements, Arizona’s latest COVID-19 numbers show virus transmission may be increasing again in the state.
Oct. 26, 2022
OB/Gyn chair
Women in Arizona who are less than 15 weeks pregnant and are seeking an abortion will be able to do so, at least until the end of the year.
Oct. 26, 2022
10 year old boy child COVID-19 vaccine shot
The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting an uptick in the amount of cases of respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV.
Oct. 22, 2022
hospital bed
Arizona ranks ninth for the most Health Professional Shortage Areas, and the Health Resources and Services Administration has designated the state a medically underserved region. An NAU survey dives more deeply into the state’s unmet needs.
Oct. 20, 2022
Fortesa Latifi
It's often assumed that young people are immune from chronic illness. But for many young adults, reality is very different. And Fortesa Latifi says disabled and chronically ill people are often underrepresented in mass media — even more so when they’re young.
Oct. 20, 2022
Pills in prescription medication bottle
A stunning 90% of people with Down syndrome are at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. And the average onset of dementia is age 53.
Oct. 17, 2022
person with a hearing aid
Starting Monday, people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss will be able to buy a pair of hearing aids over-the-counter. It’s big news because prescription hearing aids are often unaffordable and therefore inaccessible to many.
Oct. 17, 2022
ASU campus
ASU has received a new $1.2 million grant over five years to support underrepresented minority students who have undergraduate degrees in computer science, mathematics or statistics.
Oct. 16, 2022
hospital bed
The U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary is praising Arizona for groundbreaking work in Medicaid reform.
Oct. 14, 2022


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