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a pregnant person
Research suggesting links between heat and miscarriages has inspired a new study to monitor the temperature and humidity felt by pregnant people at various stages of pregnancy. The project, which kicked off in May, is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Aug. 9, 2023
The Arizona sun behind a palm tree
Maricopa County is investigating 345 possible heat deaths so far this year. That’s a 20% increase from the same point last year.
Aug. 9, 2023
A Chandler police SUV.
Chandler is offering a new health tool for its police officers with the goal of preventing and early detection of heart disease.
Aug. 8, 2023
Tempe is inviting residents and business owners to learn how the city is addressing the opioid crisis.
Aug. 8, 2023
yes and no bubbles on a ballot
A coalition including the ACLU, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona and NARAL Arizona is launching a new political action committee to get abortion rights onto Arizona ballots in 2024.
Aug. 8, 2023
U.S. Marines in Vietnam in April 1968.
Arizona Veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange and other toxic substances can file a claim for PACT Act-related disability benefits.
Aug. 8, 2023
Bottle of ketamine capsules.
Dr. Mohab Ibrahim is director of the Chronic Pain Management Clinic at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and he joined The Show to explain what ketamine does and how people can use it to help them.
Aug. 7, 2023
The emergency department at an Arizona hospital
The Show spoke about heat-related deaths this year with Frank LoVecchio, an ER physician at Valleywise Health.
Aug. 7, 2023
Martinus Evans holds his book
Martinus Evans started running after a doctor told him he was fat and couldn’t do it. Now he has run multiple marathons in a body weighing 300-plus pounds, and he wants us all to think differently about what it means to be active.
Aug. 4, 2023
Tissue engineering, gene editing, organs-on-chips: There’s no question cell cultures and cell lines have transformed biology and medicine. But as science approaches the limits of what one or two cell types can do, researchers are turning to a newer tool — one that can imitate bodily environments and mimic not just cells, but tissues and organs.
More Arizona science news
Aug. 2, 2023
Group at the Arizona Diaper Bank.
Arizona is one of 12 states and two tribal communities to receive a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services for a Diaper Pilot Program. Introduced Monday, the Arizona program will provide free diapers to qualifying low-income families in 10 counties.
Jul. 31, 2023
pregnant woman
The Show spoke about skyrocketing maternal mortality rates with Dr. Sara Salek, chief medical officer for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or AHCCCS, Arizona’s Medicaid program.
Jul. 31, 2023
President Joe Biden
A 2008 law banned private insurance companies from putting more restrictions on access to behavioral health care than their threshold to unlock medical or surgical benefits. The Biden administration moved this week to strengthen parity because it says people struggling with mental health still face greater barriers to treatment.
Jul. 28, 2023
Many long COVID-19 sufferers describe cognitive impairments not unlike dementia. Recently, the Arizona governor’s office awarded Barrow Neurological Institute $10 million to study possible differences and similarities between those symptoms and Alzheimer’s disease.
Jul. 28, 2023
A nuclear bomb being tested in Nevada in 1957.
The summer blockbuster “Oppenheimer” has brought renewed attention to the dawn of the nuclear age. And on Thursday, the U.S. Senate endorsed a major expansion of a compensation program for people sickened by radiation exposure from weapons testing during the Cold War.
Jul. 28, 2023
heat hiking sign
New research from Arizona State University is showing that the dangers of extreme heat go well beyond dehydration and heat stroke.
Jul. 28, 2023
A Phoenix skyline
For the month of July, the average overnight low temperature was nearly 91 degrees — the warmest overnight monthly average on record for Phoenix. Those hot nights are part of a climate change trend with concerning public health consequences.
Jul. 28, 2023
Valley fever coccidioides fungus
Seasonal spread of Valley fever is typically very unpredictable. But researchers say new data analysis is giving clues that the fungal respiratory infection is spiking right now.
Jul. 27, 2023
Phoenix Children's Avondale
West Valley families now have a closer option for children’s medical care. Phoenix Children’s Hospital on Wednesday opened a new emergency department in Avondale.
Jul. 27, 2023
Stethoscope on a table.
A federal lawsuit filed this week alleges Cigna, a health insurance giant with 18 million U.S. members, violated California law by using a computer algorithm to automatically deny hundreds of thousands of patient claims.
Jul. 27, 2023


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