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State Farm Stadium
As the state braces for an influx of people coming for the Super Bowl and related events, there are heightened concerns about the spread of respiratory viruses.
Jan. 28, 2023
Influenza virus particles
A new study found that there could be some viral illnesses that might increase a person’s chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The strongest association was between viral encephalitis and Alzheimer’s disease.
Jan. 27, 2023
man with head in hand
Sleep plays a critical role in mental health. And a new study led by University of Arizona researchers has found a link in sleep problems and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Jan. 27, 2023
Domestic-violence victim
Amid Super Bowl festivities, two NFL moms will be hosting an event in Peoria to celebrate women who have survived domestic violence.
Jan. 27, 2023
Despite recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizonans — including many long-term care staff and residents — are largely skipping the COVID-19 bivalent booster. But the shot does provide extra protection, even against some of the latest variants.
Jan. 25, 2023
Air base burn pit
New rules expand VA benefits and health care for veterans who were exposed to toxic substances, including Agent Orange and burn pits. The Show spoke about this with Chris Norton, director of the Phoenix VA Benefits Regional Office, about who this new law involves and what eligibility looks like.
Jan. 25, 2023
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is reporting its first pediatric flu death this season.
Jan. 24, 2023
psilocybin psychedelic mushroom
A bipartisan bill making its way through the Arizona Legislature aims to fund research into the benefits of psilocybin, otherwise known as magic mushrooms.
Jan. 24, 2023
estate planning document
The term death doula has been in the news a lot lately. But death doulas don’t just support a person as they navigate the dying process. They also support those looking to get their affairs in order.
Jan. 23, 2023
tents line the road in 'the zone' homeless encampment in phoenix
A state House committee later today is expected to debate a bill that aims to help deal with the state’s homeless population, but the bill isn’t the only approach lawmakers are taking with this issue.
Jan. 23, 2023
teen sitting on a bed
Anxiety and depression have been on the rise in young adults since before the pandemic, isolating teens, tweens and 20-somethings at vital junctures of social development. Experts recently discussed what researchers are calling “the loneliest generation.”
Jan. 19, 2023
Covid test
The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 2,751 cases this week, after more than 7,300 last week. But at the same time, the number of deaths reported in the state remains fairly high: 128 this week and 192 last week.
Jan. 19, 2023
smoking ashtray
Those hoping to light up a cigarette in Mexico will now be limited mostly to their homes and other private residences after a strict smoking ban went into effect this week.
Jan. 18, 2023
A positive COVID-19 test
Another COVID-19 variant is lurking in the U.S., and spreading even faster than its counterparts.
Jan. 13, 2023
marijuana gummies, soda and topical creme
The Banner Poison and Drug Information Center in Phoenix has seen a dramatic increase in calls for young children ingesting marijuana edibles.
Jan. 12, 2023
As the U.S. population ages, the number of people with vision problems — and related physical and mental health consequences — will grow. But the best vision data for seniors are 14 years old and based on outmoded tools. A new report offers an up-to-date assessment.
Jan. 12, 2023
Tempe City Hall
Nearly 30 entrepreneurs in Tempe have received grants up to $25,000. The money can be used for anything to help their business succeed — that could mean covering rent, investing in training, or buying supplies and equipment.
Jan. 12, 2023
Pap smear
The American Cancer Society has released its annual report on cancer facts and trends. The findings trumpet a victory over cervical cancer – and sound a call-to-arms for fighting prostate cancer.
Jan. 11, 2023
Brain scan
Arizona has the fastest growing rate of Alzheimer’s disease in the country. So, it was a sigh of relief for providers and those who work in the Alzheimer’s space when the FDA approved a drug that’s been shown to slow the early stages of the brain-robbing disease.
Jan. 10, 2023
Covid vaccine
With the coronavirus and the flu continuing to circulate, health experts in the state are reminding people about the importance of getting vaccinated against both. Booster shots remain helpful for tackling COVID variants, such as Omicron, according to Dr. Kiran Raman with the Arizona Department of Health.
Jan. 8, 2023

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