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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows Arizona’s life expectancy decreased between 2019 and 2020, dipping below the national average.
Aug. 27, 2022
COVID-19 vaccine at pharmacy
The Arizona Department of Health Services has announced a new COVID-19 vaccine option for unvaccinated people over the age of 12.
Aug. 26, 2022
A new study found the cost of the opioid crisis in Arizona has increased. Glenn Farley, director of Policy & Research at Common Sense Institute Arizona, says the cost has gone up as more of the burden of protecting against drug smuggling at the border has shifted to the state.
Aug. 25, 2022
Navajo Nation flag
More than three months after monkeypox was first reported in the U.S., the virus has made its way onto the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation on Wednesday confirmed its first case of monkeypox in an individual who lives on the New Mexico side of the reservation.
Aug. 25, 2022
Just a few blocks from Arizona’s capitol building, the streets are lined with shopping carts, blankets and discarded furniture. Hundreds of people have set up tents or built-makeshift shelters out of crates and tarps in the area, commonly called “the zone
Some Phoenix residents and business owners say the city isn’t doing enough to address a growing encampment of people experiencing homelessness. The city has set aside money to help, but those funds may only go so far.
More Arizona housing stories
Aug. 24, 2022
teen sitting on a bed
Arizona ranks 44th in the U.S. for suicide among older adults, especially males. Now, experts are sounding a nationwide alarm about a mental health crisis in the youth population, including females. The crisis is especially pronounced among children who are Black or LGBTQ+.
Aug. 24, 2022
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
Recruiting healthy volunteers as well as those living with Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging. Now, a panel of experts has issued recommendations to improve recruitment efforts.
Aug. 24, 2022
Man holding cellphone
988, the first nationwide mental health crisis hotline, has been active for about a month and is getting a lot of interest.
Aug. 24, 2022
vials of blood in a row
The state’s largest nonprofit blood provider Vitalant has seen a 50% drop in blood supplies since the start of the summer.
Aug. 23, 2022
illustration of person with hearing aid
One in 3 Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. Hearing aids are available but not always accessible, costing thousands of dollars out of pocket. But big change is on the way.
More stories about aging in Arizona
Aug. 22, 2022
person holding their head
Some migraine sufferers are reporting increased symptoms during this active monsoon season in metro Phoenix. Studies suggest that low - or a significant drop in - atmospheric pressure can trigger an attack.
Aug. 22, 2022
xavier becerra
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra is promising that the federal government will do what it can to protect abortion rights in states like Arizona, where access to the procedure has become more limited since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.
Aug. 18, 2022
monkeypox virion
Sonora reported its first cases of monkeypox this week as cases continue to rise across the country. Sonoran health officials announced Wednesday that the state had confirmed its first cases of monkeypox in two men, ages 21 and 54.
Aug. 18, 2022
jimmy thomason
As of Aug. 18, there are 183 probable and confirmed cases of monkeypox in Maricopa County. And one of those infected is Jimmy Thomason, director of Aunt Rita's Foundation.
Aug. 18, 2022
Mark Kelly
Older adults will be seeing changes to Medicare prescription drugs after Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act. And lower-income seniors could enjoy huge benefits.
Aug. 17, 2022
monkeypox virion
Concerns about racial disparities in health care are again coming to the forefront as worries over monkeypox's transmission increase.
Aug. 17, 2022
Covid vaccine
Females who are pregnant face a greater risk of severe COVID-19 outcomes, yet their vaccination rates still lag behind. Now, a study of more than 90,000 females provides further evidence that mRNA vaccines are safe during pregnancy.
Aug. 12, 2022
Up to six months after infection, more than 70% of COVID-19 patients still have at least one symptom, but health care systems concentrate resources on treating the initial disease, not its aftereffects.
Aug. 12, 2022
Joshua LaBaer
Monkeypox isn’t spreading the same way as COVID-19, or infecting nearly as many people, but it is another public health concern in our communities. But why is society being hit by another contagious illness?
Aug. 12, 2022
University of Arizona Old Main
This month, students at Arizona’s three public universities are returning for the new semester. But the latest public health crisis with monkeypox, plus ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, plus flu season, has university officials concerned.
Aug. 11, 2022


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