Arizona Science Desk


Medicaid disenrollment could affect 650,000 in Arizona. Heres how to keep your coverage
Since pandemic protections ended, states have shed millions of people from Medicaid rolls, many of whom could have stayed on if they had completed their paperwork. But mailings are sometimes confusing, misrouted or subject to other bureaucratic errors.
Sept. 13, 2023
Updated COVID-19 vaccines are on the way following CDC endorsement
Arizona pharmacies and doctors offices could start providing updated COVID-19 vaccines within a few days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday recommended the shots for almost all Americans.
Sept. 12, 2023
Study: Wildfires may increase suicide risk in rural areas
Wildfire seasons are growing longer and more active, bringing smoke with well-known physiological effects. But as tiny particulates kicked up by fires drift on the wind, they might also worsen mental health and even increase suicide rates.
Sept. 11, 2023
Study: Alcohol-related deaths on rise among women
Historically, it was men who drank alcohol in higher quantities, did more binge drinking and were more likely to face the health complications stemming from alcohol use. But according to a recent study, those trends are changing and women are catching up.
Sept. 11, 2023
News from South America sparks hope for U.S. flu season
As COVID-19 reminded us, monitoring a virus, and the effectiveness of its vaccines, requires a global perspective. Early data from South America suggests good news for the upcoming flu season — at least, for those who get their shots.
Sept. 8, 2023
UA gets $30 million for new center to study properties of sound
Center director Pierre Deymier said research in topological acoustics can offer insights into fields such as quantum computing, cellphone power usage and the impacts of climate change.
Sept. 8, 2023
Skull marrow might hint at, interact with brain injuries
We tend to think of the skull as merely a “bone helmet” for the brain. But emerging research suggests the cranium and its marrow actually interact with our gray matter in ways that could aid the diagnosis and treatment of some neurological diseases.
Sept. 8, 2023
COVID hospitalizations are up among older adults
Over the past several weeks, health insurance giant Humana has reported an uptick in older adults being hospitalized for COVID-19. Humana mainly covers people ages 65 and older, who rank among the populations susceptible to the virus’s most serious effects.
Sept. 7, 2023
Maricopa County now reporting 180 heat deaths so far
The Show spoke with Dr. Geoffrey Comp, an emergency room physician at Valleywise Health Medical Center in Phoenix, about the most extreme results of extreme heat.
Sept. 6, 2023
New tools to fight RSV could aid with expected surge this fall
The Show spoke with Stephanie Innes, health reporter for the Arizona Republic, about new tools approved by the Food and Drug Administration to fight RSV.
Sept. 5, 2023
Study examines how wolf populations affect other species
A keystone species is a type of animal whose removal from an environment could drastically change an entire ecosystem. An Arizona State University professor co-authored a paper examining how changes in wolf populations affect other species.
Sept. 5, 2023
OSIRIS-REx team completes rehearsals for asteroid collection
On Sept. 24, an asteroid capsule from the OSIRIS-REx mission is set to touch down in Utah. The team, including researchers with the University of Arizona, wrapped up a series of rehearsals last week in recovering the capsule.
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Sept. 5, 2023
Conservationists ask Mexico to protect threatened firefly
The International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN, has asked the Mexican government to take steps to lessen the harm done by tourists to a threatened firefly species in which males blink together as one.
Sept. 4, 2023
Congress to begin meeting with AI tech leaders
Next week, Congress will begin a series of closed-door listening sessions with experts on artificial intelligence. The meetings will launch the long-anticipated process of hammering out rules governing AI in the United States.
Sept. 4, 2023
Lives depend on how people evacuate in hurricanes. 2 ASU professors built a simulation
The tool could help local governments understand the social psychology behind evacuations to help create better response plans, according to Michael Barton and Sean Bergin at ASU.
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Sept. 2, 2023
SRP plans to test a new kind of battery storage
Phoenix-area electric provider Salt River Project will be the first U.S. utility to adopt a new kind of battery technology at large scale. SRP announced Thursday it was planning a new battery project using Organic SolidFlow batteries made by German manufacturer CMBlu Energy.
Sept. 1, 2023
Mesolithic child burial hints at cultural attitudes at the end of the ice age
When did humans develop cultural beliefs about children, gender or burial practices? The grave of a young girl nicknamed Neve by scientists may offer clues about social views at the end of the last ice age.
Aug. 31, 2023
Health data breach hits 110K Pima County residents
Last month, Maximus Health Services – a large provider of contracted services for state, local and federal governments – reported hackers had accessed the health information of 8 to 11 million people. They’ve now confirmed the breach affected about 110,000 residents of Pima County.
Aug. 31, 2023
How Arizona artists are helping scientists explain their research
Art and science are often viewed through an either-or lens. But not in the Phoenix Bioscience Core. Ten teams brought research to life with projects ranging from mocking up headgear that monitors your health to posters encouraging “emotional contagion” and a portrait of a scientist — one that includes her organs.
Aug. 31, 2023
AI art is not eligible for copyright, new court ruling affirms
As the writer’s strike drags on, leaders are increasingly voicing concerns that studios will use generative AI write scripts and undercut human compensation. Now, a federal court ruling could throw a wrench in those plans.
Aug. 30, 2023