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Sad depressed pregnant teen woman
Carrying a baby to term or choosing to terminate a pregnancy are both complicated and hugely emotional decisions. Some women who have an abortion feel relieved; others struggle with depression or regret. But there are more mental health implications if a woman can no longer choose.
May. 17, 2022
Caregiver and nursing home resident
The federal government issued a report showing that nursing homes have been impacted by the workforce shortage to a larger degree than other sectors within health care. The report also touched on the mental health struggles facing these workers.
May. 16, 2022
COVID-19 vaccine at pharmacy
Many people 65 and older are not getting COVID-19 booster shots, according to Kaiser Health News. It’s unclear why given that the vaccines are shown to reduce severe illness and even prevent death among this more vulnerable population.
May. 16, 2022
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As the topic of abortion rights continue to make headlines, health care experts in Arizona are looking at data to see what kind of impact the lifting of Roe v. Wade could really have.
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May. 12, 2022
Sonora Pandemic
A mask mandate implemented in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 is set to be lifted.
May. 11, 2022
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking into one case of acute hepatitis in a child from Arizona as part of a larger investigation into recent unexplained pediatric hepatitis cases across the country.
May. 11, 2022
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Rabies is a deadly virus that infects the central nervous system and kills more than 59,000 people each year. Now, a CDC-led study has found a new variant in central New Mexico.
May. 11, 2022
Andrés Manuel López Obrador
The deal also includes a commitment to hire Cuban doctors in response to what Mexico's president calls a shortage of healthcare workers.
May. 9, 2022
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While Parkinson’s disease is most known for its motor related symptoms such as tremors, it also impacts people’s voices. Research from the University of Arizona suggests a specific gene may be related to it.
May. 9, 2022
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An Arizona law passed last year could impact the ability of women to access one form of early stage abortion. The law makes it illegal to deliver any abortion-inducing drugs to residents by courier, delivery or mail services.
May. 9, 2022
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The symptoms suffered by people living with dementia, such as anxiety or agitation, who live in the community occur at roughly the same rate as those living in nursing homes. That was just one finding from a new clinical trial.
May. 9, 2022
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In Parkinson's disease, certain neurons make too little dopamine, a chemical that helps the brain control movement. A new study identifies a neuron subtype that appears to be especially vulnerable – and important for disease risk.
May. 5, 2022
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COVID-19 cases in Arizona were near all-time low levels throughout April, but cases now appear to be trending upward again in the state.
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May. 4, 2022
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Many women struggle with mental health leading up to and after the birth of a child. It can be especially difficult for women in poverty. But the state could spend more money to extend postpartum care for those on Medicaid.
May. 4, 2022
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Long COVID-19 is not well understood, but researchers estimate about 30% of people who get infected will develop long-term symptoms. That means there are potentially more than 600,000 people experiencing long COVID-19 in Arizona alone.
More Arizona coronavirus news
May. 3, 2022
Medical Doctor Silhouette Walks in Dark Part of the Hospital Corridor
The pandemic shone a light on the limits of the health care system. But it also illuminated the distress that has long beleaguered doctors and nurses. Neither burnout nor PTSD, this moral injury could undermine medicine’s efforts to bounce back after COVID-19.
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May. 3, 2022
U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court has confirmed the leaked draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade is authentic. But it is not a final ruling.
May. 3, 2022
Border wall
A new study from a group of trauma physicians at U.C. San Diego Medical Center shows a dramatic rise in the number of people dying or suffering serious injuries falling from the border wall.
May. 2, 2022
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The Arizona auditor general said that the state board responsible for regulating the optometry profession needs to do a better job of dealing with the public.
Apr. 29, 2022
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Hundreds of millions of dollars from a 2019 opioid maker settlement with the state of Oklahoma has led to a new bond between the land-grant university there and the one here.
Apr. 29, 2022

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