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The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 11,498 new COVID-19 infections in its weekly update Wednesday — the highest weekly case count since February. “We’re definitely in a surge here in Arizona," said Dr. Josh LaBaer, executive director of ASU's Biodesign Institute.
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May. 25, 2022
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Rising Youth Theatre is tackling the subject of mental health in their new, original production, "Keysmash."
May. 24, 2022
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The pandemic has not only taken a physical and financial toll, it has heavily impacted our mental health. And for many paid caregivers in nursing homes, these last two years have been traumatic.
May. 24, 2022
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Neighboring Sonora plans to join a federal plan that seeks to expand health care access. The plan includes turning over state health care facilities to federal control and investments in infrastructure and staffing.
May. 23, 2022
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It’s called “fem-tech.” Applications like those used to track periods and fertility are a billion-dollar industry. But if Roe v. Wade is overturned in the coming months, could the digital trail left behind by users become evidence in court?
May. 23, 2022
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Medicaid rolls grew in Arizona and elsewhere during the pandemic. What might happen to those recipients when the federal public health emergency ends?
May. 23, 2022
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Last week, researchers launched a registry geared toward ensuring LGBTQ-people are represented in Alzheimer’s studies.
May. 23, 2022
Boy in COVID-19 mask gets bandage after vaccine shot
This week, the CDC recommended a COVID-19 booster shot for children 5 to 11 years old. Following the FDA’s approval of a booster on Tuesday, the CDC made its recommendation on Thursday.
May. 20, 2022
Sonora Pandemic
Sonora’s governor said officials were moving to revoke a state mask mandate early this week. But legislators now say it’s staying in place for at least a bit longer.
May. 20, 2022
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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