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The CDC recommends a handful of vaccinations for 11- and 12-year-olds, along with catch-up and booster inoculations for teens over 15. But gaps remain, and the COVID-19 pandemic may have slowed progress toward closing them.
Sep. 3, 2021
Cathi Herrod
Now that the Texas ban on abortion after fetal heartbeat detection has been enacted, some anti-abortion activists are seeing it as an inspirational policy.
Sep. 3, 2021
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Maricopa County officials are seeing a significant increase in West Nile virus cases. Last year, three human cases of West Nile virus and one death were recorded in the county, said Department of Public Health epidemiologist Melissa Kretschmer.
Sep. 2, 2021
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A year and a half into the pandemic, Arizona is in the midst of a third major wave of COVID-19 infections. Statewide, COVID-19 ICU bed use increased 300% throughout July and August. For some nurses, the last few weeks have felt like a recurring nightmare.
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Sep. 2, 2021
Christian Kirk
A decade ago, Barrow Neurological Institute teamed up with the Arizona Interscholastic Association and the Arizona Cardinals to create a landmark concussion education program for high school athletes. Since then, Barrow Brainbook has reached more than 1 million young Arizonans.
Sep. 1, 2021
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“With this new surge of COVID-19, we’re seeing more kids showing up and testing positive,” said Dr. Wassim Ballan, a pediatric infectious diseases physician with Phoenix Children’s. “The rate of hospitalization is definitely going up in the pediatric population.”
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Sep. 1, 2021
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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey still doesn’t want COVID-19 vaccines to be mandatory for college students, even though Pfizer’s vaccine now has formal authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.
Aug. 31, 2021
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The Pima County Animal Care Center is seeing an increase of parvovirus cases in dogs. The highly infectious virus can kill animals in a matter of days, and has been spotted in nearly 50 dogs in less than a week.
Aug. 28, 2021
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Arizona has now recorded more than 1 million cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. The grim milestone comes as hospitalizations in the state continue to climb.
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Aug. 26, 2021
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The CDC is investigating two salmonella outbreaks linked to Italian-style meats like salami and prosciutto, and Arizona ranks among the states hardest hit.
Aug. 26, 2021
Don Herrington
Arizona’s Department of Health Services will have a new leader starting this week. Gov. Doug Ducey announced Don Herrington will succeed health department director, Dr. Cara Christ, who is stepping down Friday to take a job in the private sector.
Aug. 26, 2021
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The number of Arizonans with COVID-19 in hospital intensive care units is at its highest point in six months and the state's health care facilities are increasingly strained.
Aug. 25, 2021
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Diabetes affects 13% of all U.S. adults, and 35% meet the criteria for prediabetes. As diabetes prevalence in the U.S. surges among both children and adults, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has lowered its recommended screening age for overweight adults from 40 to 35.
Aug. 25, 2021
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“I’m sure that it’s a combination of the delta variant, and the fact that kids are going back to school, and many of them are not wearing masks at this point, and the fact that there’s no vaccine available to them," Dr. Josh LaBaer with ASU's Biodesign Institute said.
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Aug. 24, 2021
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Take-home COVID-19 tests are now available for students and staff in Maricopa County school districts.
Aug. 24, 2021
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Private businesses in Arizona are free to require that their workers be vaccinated against COVID-19, Attorney General Mark Brnovich has concluded. He said companies have right to make the same demand of customers.v But the attorney general, in a 40-page legal opinion issued Friday, said neither of those rights is absolute.
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Aug. 21, 2021
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With the pandemic forcing people into isolation, the Arizona Department of Health Services has launched a public awareness campaign about the effects of social connection on mental and physical health.
Aug. 20, 2021
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Pima County is continuing to see a rise in new COVID-19 infections. “This is a very high number for us overall. Our number is approximately 168 cases per 100,000. This is [a significant increase] compared to where we were three to four weeks ago," said Dr. Theresa Cullen is the county’s health director.
Aug. 20, 2021
Hermosillo Vaccines
This week, neighboring Sonora, Mexico, surpassed an important milestone in its COVID-19 vaccination campaign: more than 2 million shots have been given across the state.
Aug. 19, 2021
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COVID-19 cases are continuing to grow consistently, even as more Arizonans are getting vaccinated. And late next month, the federal government is expected to begin offering booster shots as a way of stopping the delta variant’s expansion in its tracks. In the meantime, researchers and scientists are doing their best to learn more.
Aug. 19, 2021

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