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Arizona Child Fatality Review Program report
Every year, the Arizona Department of Health Services releases its Child Fatality Review. It just provided its report for 2020, and it shows troubling signals.
Nov. 29, 2021
Caregiver and patient
One in five adults in the U.S. provide unpaid health care and support to a family member or friend. But caregiving can also take a mental toll, one that can hinder vital tasks like giving medicines or managing finances.
Nov. 26, 2021
Dr. Richard Carmona
Leaders from nine Arizona hospital systems appeared in a rare joint press conference Tuesday alongside representatives from the Arizona Department of Health Services to discuss the state's worsening COVID-19 outbreak.
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Nov. 23, 2021
Arizona’s Children Association is using a $200,000 grant it recently received to expand the children and family behavioral health services it offers in Mohave County.
Nov. 23, 2021
Hacienda HealthCare
The former CEO of Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix has been sentenced, after being indicted in August 2020 for intentionally misallocating state funds.
Nov. 19, 2021
COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Arizona are trending in the wrong direction. Reflecting the latest spike, more than 25,000 new infections and 250 fatalities have been reported in the past week alone around the state.
Nov. 19, 2021
CHOP PolicyLab COVID projection
COVID-19 continues to spread quickly in Arizona, and modelers are now projecting exponential growth into December. One expert says a "major resurgence" is likely.
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Nov. 18, 2021
a COVID-19 vaccine
People with cancer face a higher risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19, and experts recommend they get vaccinated. But data on the effectiveness of immunization in patients undergoing cancer treatment has been lacking. A new study tries to change that.
Nov. 17, 2021
Man holding cellphone
The coronavirus pandemic has piled on new stressors even as safeguards like social distancing have removed customary supports. Mental help hotlines can provide much-needed help and offer a societal barometer for unseen, psychological pressure changes.
Nov. 17, 2021
A COVID-19 testing site
A poll found more Arizonans are optimistic about the outcome of the pandemic in the next month than aren't. But vaccine hesitancy might be at odds with that.
Nov. 17, 2021
Navajo pandemic
The U.S. has recently been reporting about 170 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people per week. That's a lot, but Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado are each reporting rates at least twice as high.
Nov. 16, 2021
Lisa Shubitz
Valley fever can be a grueling disease, and it’s more common in Arizona than anywhere else. University of Arizona researchers say they’ve found a vaccine that can prevent Valley fever in pets. They’re hopeful it will protect humans someday, too.
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Nov. 12, 2021
A sign near a COVID-19 testing site
As Arizona continues to report over 3,000 new coronavirus cases a day, it also continues to trail the national average in full vaccinations.
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Nov. 12, 2021
caregiver
In 2019, more than 200,000 deaths in the U.S. involved sepsis, an extreme and potentially life-threatening complication of some infections. Three-fourths of those deaths occurring among seniors.
Nov. 10, 2021
person in scale
The fields of fitness, nutrition and obesity are fraught with popular misinformation and fads. Recently, the age-old debate over calories versus carbs has received renewed attention. But the two viewpoints share one trait in common: Neither has stemmed the decades-long epidemic of obesity.
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Nov. 9, 2021
Inside an EnVision Center
Tempe will join a hundred other communities across the country offering EnVision Centers. A vacant building at 1310 E. Apache Blvd. is being refurbished to become the EnVision Center and Resilient Energy Hub.
Nov. 9, 2021
cigarette in an ashtray
Navajo Nation President Johnathan Nez signed the Air is Life Act into law Saturday. The law prohibits the use of commercial tobacco products in enclosed spaces and indoors.
Nov. 6, 2021
Syringe
About 100 countries have introduced vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV) to try to eliminate cervical cancer. An observational study from England offers the best evidence yet that they do just that.
Nov. 5, 2021
TGen COVID-19 Pet Testing
More than 180 dogs and cats in the U.S. — one-tenth of them in Arizona — have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Now, TGen’s infectious disease arm in Flagstaff has found the first direct genetic evidence in the U.S. of an owner transmitting the virus to his pet.
Nov. 5, 2021
covid vaccine
The Biden administration set Jan. 4 as the deadline for American workers to either get vaccinated for COVID-19 or get tested regularly for the virus. Gov. Ducey is calling the rule a “direct attack” on personal liberties and businesses. But some Arizona workplaces have already implemented vaccine requirements with little pushback.
Nov. 4, 2021

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