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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.
More Arizona science news
May. 3, 2022
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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
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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
Valleywise Health Medical Center
Nursing was a difficult profession before the pandemic hit. But wave after wave of COVID-19 patients, layers of PPE and the refusal of so many to get vaccinated have seen waves of nurses retire, quit and otherwise leave the profession. And one of the areas that has been hardest hit is behavioral health.
Apr. 28, 2022
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The latest COVID-19 data from the state health department shows cases in Arizona are staying relatively low. The Arizona Department of Health Services added 2,350 cases and 99 deaths to its COVID-19 dashboard in its weekly update Wednesday.
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Apr. 27, 2022
Maricopa County is putting $21.4 million toward health centers that serve low-income patients. The county is working with the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers to distribute the funds.
Apr. 26, 2022
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death for a second year — after heart disease and cancer. But what about Arizona?
Apr. 26, 2022
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Arizona’s Teen Lifeline is exactly that for young people who are struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety or thoughts of self-harm. So what the organization is seeing right now?
Apr. 26, 2022
Arizona Capitol building
Gov. Doug Ducey and fellow Republicans at the state Capitol are divided over the impact of a bill he's signed on abortion. And talks on the state budget continue.
Apr. 25, 2022
Gov. Doug Ducey is insisting that all abortions will not become illegal in Arizona even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the historic Roe v. Wade decision.
Apr. 25, 2022
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Last week, members of the Phoenix Sister Cities program drove to neighboring Sonora, Mexico, to deliver medical supplies to a children’s burn unit in Hermosillo. Phoenix and Hermosillo have shared a Sister City relationship since 1976.
Apr. 24, 2022
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The city of Surprise and Maricopa County will spend federal coronavirus relief funds to build a multigenerational community resource center.
More Arizona business news
Apr. 24, 2022
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A dozen groups across Arizona will share $5.1 million in federal funding through last year’s American Rescue Plan Act.
Apr. 24, 2022
A federal health emergency has made it easier to enroll in Medicaid. With its expiration due this summer, 25% of Arizona enrollees are at risk of losing their coverage.
Apr. 23, 2022
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Over the course of the pandemic, communities across the country have been trying to get in front of potential outbreaks by looking for the virus in wastewater. One of the earliest adopters of that method was WEST Center at the University of Arizona, which monitors wastewater from both on- and off-campus facilities.
Apr. 22, 2022
Treponema pallidum bacterium
Cases of syphilis in newborns is on the rise nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control — and Arizona is seeing a similar increase. "And syphilis has actually been increasing in Arizona since about 2014," said Rebecca Scranton with the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Apr. 20, 2022
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Late last month, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation that would delay gender-affirming surgery until the age of 18. For some trans youth and their parents, this law is a prime example of government overreach. It could also lead to an increase in poor mental health outcomes or, worse, self-harm.
Apr. 19, 2022

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