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Bottle of prescription medication
Some big changes are coming to Medicare. As part of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, lawmakers moved to make certain prescription drugs more affordable.
Aug. 10, 2022
Man yawning at his desk
It’s said “a good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” But many Arizonans find long, hot summer days, demanding work schedules and even pandemic side-effects can foul up their 40 winks — a deficit that can lead to health nightmares.
More Arizona science news
Aug. 9, 2022
monkeypox rash
Maricopa County has reported more than 100 cases of monkeypox so far. The good news is monkeypox is not COVID-19, and Maricopa County epidemiologist Dr. Nick Staab is optimistic.
Aug. 9, 2022
A positive COVID-19 test
Persistent loss of smell due to COVID-19 could be connected to long-term cognitive impairment.
Aug. 9, 2022
monkeypox virion
Health officials in Pima County say the county is ramping up to offer more monkeypox vaccines as additional supplies arrive in the coming weeks.
Aug. 8, 2022
monkeypox virion
The Maricopa County department of public health will hold additional monkeypox vaccine clinics Monday and Wednesday.
Aug. 6, 2022
A new, comprehensive review of research shows climate hazards have intensified almost three-fifths of human infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Climate change is already worsening the effect.
Aug. 5, 2022
monkeypox rash
The White House on Thursday declared monkeypox a public health emergency. Cases are on the rise nationwide, including in Arizona.
Aug. 4, 2022
A COVID-19 test site at Metrocenter in Phoenix
COVID-19 remains widespread in Arizona. The state health department this week is reporting 74 deaths from the virus and more than 15,000 new infections.
Aug. 3, 2022
The "Earth thermometer" sculpture
Staying out of the heat – especially in Arizona this time of year – is always good advice. But new research shows it might be especially vital for people who use certain cardiovascular medications.
Aug. 3, 2022
monkeypox virion
Monkeypox is disproportionately impacting the MSM community, or men who have sex with men.
Aug. 3, 2022
Therapy session
The CDC says suicide is one of the leading causes of death in Arizona. Mental health professionals discuss what is making suicide so prominent and how it can be prevented.
More Arizona Science Desk news
Aug. 1, 2022
Prostate cancer micrograph
Prostate cancer patients have a new treatment, and Dr. Phillip Koo says lots of patients will qualify to use it.
Aug. 1, 2022
Matt Solan and his dog, Foxy
From airplanes to coffee shops to classrooms, it’s hardly unusual to see a service animal. And not just the classic seeing-eye dog — nowadays there are emotional support horses and therapy parrots. But there is a place that does not allow any kind of service animal: the Arizona State Hospital.
Jul. 29, 2022
Because the pandemic has so drastically changed how many of us live our day-to-day lives, it’s also taken a toll on our mental health.
The past seven years have been the warmest on record, and climate change promises more extreme weather events to come. Research shows high heat can harm physical well-being, but what about mental health?
Jul. 28, 2022
A positive COVID-19 test
More than 14,000 people participated in a Maricopa County Department of Public Health survey on the impacts of COVID-19 and other pandemic concerns.
Jul. 28, 2022
Covid vaccine
COVID-19 cases have plateaued at a high level in Arizona. The Arizona Department of Health Services added 17,249 new cases and 70 deaths to its dashboard in its weekly update Wednesday.
Jul. 27, 2022
8 year old girl child COVID-19 vaccine shot
Sonoran officials say they are continuing to roll out vaccinations for children ages five and up in the hopes of getting shots in arms before the new school year begins in August. It’s been a month since Sonora started vaccinating children ages 5 to 11, using the two-dose Pfizer vaccine.
Jul. 27, 2022
person sitting in a dark room
Two years ago, residents in long term care were in isolation and often suffering. Nursing homes had shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. A lot has changed since — some good, some not so good.
Jul. 26, 2022
Paved street
On a summer day in Arizona, asphalt and other ground surfaces can get as hot as 180 degrees. As temperatures hover in the triple digits this summer, the Arizona Burn Center — Valleywise Health is reporting an alarming rise in contact burns.
Jul. 25, 2022


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