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Valley fever has sickened nearly 9,000 Arizonans this year. It’s more common in Arizona than in any other state. Since it’s a respiratory illness, one KJZZ listener asked through our Q&AZ reporting project, if the masks we wear to prevent COVID-19 might also prevent Valley fever.
Oct. 20, 2021
child getting vaccinated
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a study showing the effectiveness of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents aged 12 to 18. The numbers are very promising.
Oct. 20, 2021
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The newest report from America’s Health Rankings shines a light on the unique challenges faced by women and children — especially in light of the pandemic. In Arizona, in particular, it finds anxiety has increased more than 20% among children and teens since 2017.
Oct. 20, 2021
child wearing a mask
A Food and Drug Administration panel is expected to meet next week to consider emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11. Maricopa County Public Health is already making a plan to get Arizona children vaccinated.
Oct. 19, 2021
COVID-19 testing site in Phoenix
Arizona reported more than 5,000 new COVID-19 infections Tuesday. State health officials said the high number was a result of a reporting system update over the weekend. But on average, Arizona is still reporting more new cases per capita than much of the country is.
Oct. 19, 2021
a COVID-19 vaccine
Public health officials have faced a challenge dealing with anti-vaccination sentiment, but this reluctance is not focused on COVID-19 vaccines alone. Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix says the hesitancy toward the COVID-19 vaccine is expected to compound the upcoming seasonal flu season.
Oct. 19, 2021
blood donation
The blood bank Vitalant is urging blood donors to donate. They are providing more blood than they are receiving, on top of experiencing a recent increase in demand.
Oct. 18, 2021
man with hands in his lap
Arizona has the fastest growing number of cases in the nation of Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association.
Oct. 15, 2021
underground needle exchange supplies
Community health leaders say two new laws could help round out Arizona’s efforts to combat overdose deaths, which are on the rise even after a bipartisan effort to pass the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act in 2018.
Oct. 15, 2021
Esteban Moctezuma Barragán
Mexico has moved the headquarters for a program that helps migrants access healthcare from the East Coast to Phoenix. The country’s ambassador to the United States took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday at the Mexican Consulate office near downtown.
Oct. 13, 2021
Valleywise Health Medical Center
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 are gradually slowing down in Arizona. But health care facilities remain extremely busy statewide.
Oct. 13, 2021
perscription drugs
A survey from OH Predictive Insights found a majority of Arizona voters would support congress to take action to lower drug prices.
Oct. 13, 2021
Arizona State University campus
Nationally anxiety and depression scores worsened. Arizona's universities were no exception to the data.
Oct. 12, 2021
COVID-19 vaccine at pharmacy
Pfizer is seeking emergency U.S. authorization for its COVID-19 vaccination for kids between the ages of 5 and 11. Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix says if the vaccine is approved, it will be a game changer.
Oct. 8, 2021
Flagstaff City Council
The city of Flagstaff has approved a $2.5 million plan to dispatch mental health professionals instead of police officers to certain calls.
Oct. 7, 2021
Mark Brnovich
Attorney General Mark Brnovich is requesting to enforce a restrictive abortion law that was blocked by a federal judge. The law in question would charge doctors as criminals for performing abortion surgeries due to genetic defects.
Oct. 7, 2021
A room at an emergency department
Hospital ICU beds in the state were 94% full as of this week, an all-time high for the pandemic. There are also more emergency department beds in use now than there were during the pandemic’s winter peak.
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Oct. 6, 2021
Phoenix Children's Hospital
The pandemic is taking a toll on our mental health. And experts are seeing a spike in children who need mental health services.
Oct. 6, 2021
Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix
Live Nation-operated venues in Phoenix require vaccinations or a negative COVID-19 test to attend concerts and events. The company owns many venues in the state, such as the Van Buren, Arizona Federal Theatre and Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix.
Oct. 4, 2021
covid prevention pills
Initial results from trials of a new Merck COVID-19 treatment are showing promise, and other, similar pills, could also be on the way.
Oct. 4, 2021

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