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Arizona flu season 2022
Flu season is usually coming to an end by this time of year, but the Arizona Department of Health Services reported more than 1,000 flu cases last week — the highest count so far this season.
May. 19, 2022
People with Down syndrome are living longer than ever before. It’s an incredible shift in life expectancy, but it also means more needs to be done now to support them and their families. That’s because 90% of people with Down syndrome are at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.
May. 19, 2022
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A nationwide shortage of formula has revived a long-running debate about using formula versus breastfeeding, and the idea that, while formula might be getting more expensive, breastfeeding is free. But writer Aubrey Hirsch begs to differ.
May. 19, 2022
My body, my choice
Another state in Mexico decriminalized abortion this week. It’s the eighth of Mexico’s 32 states to legalize the procedure. It marks a major step forward, but advocates say there’s still a long way to go to guarantee access to pregnant people across the country.
May. 18, 2022
Camelback Family Planning
The recent leak from the U.S. Supreme Court about the likelihood of Roe v. Wade being overturned has led to individuals and groups being forced to consider what happens to state laws related to abortion — and where the procedure will remain legal.
May. 18, 2022
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Arizona voters may get a chance to keep abortion legal even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
May. 18, 2022
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
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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