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A new study suggests culturally tailored programs might help raise colonoscopy rates among Hispanic adults. That group generally has low screening rates, even though colorectal cancer ranks as its second leading cause of cancer deaths.
Feb. 11, 2022
COVID test
The kits will be distributed at four locations across the city, including the Tempe Public Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested individuals are encouraged to arrive early. Each kit contains two rapid tests that provide results within 15 minutes.
Feb. 11, 2022
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Phoenix is hiring caseworkers for its expanded community assistance program. Last year, council members approved $15 million to add five civilian crisis response units and create nine behavioral health units to respond to 911 calls.
Feb. 10, 2022
Stethoscope in a doctor's office.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will allow federally funded family planning clinics to make abortion referrals for now. Arizona joined 11 other states suing to reinstate rules that were put in place under former President Donald Trump.
Feb. 9, 2022
Camelback Family Planning
Arizona Republicans are moving swiftly to outlaw abortion after 15 weeks ahead of a highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision that could bring seismic changes to abortion availability in the United States.
Feb. 4, 2022
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Phoenix expects to have a single coordinated heat response plan fully operational by May 1. The citywide plan will focus heavily on several blocks around the Human Services Campus between downtown and the state Capitol complex. It’s where hundreds of people are living in tents.
Feb. 3, 2022
Containing an emerging epidemic requires tests that can track its spread. But many gold-standard technologies are bulky, expensive and slow to deploy. A new paper offers a promising alternative.
Feb. 3, 2022
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Hermosillo, the capital of neighboring Sonora, was hit hard by the pandemic. But a new survey shows that city residents are starting to feel more optimistic about the future.
Feb. 3, 2022
COVID test
On Wednesday, the Phoenix City Council unanimously approved spending $15 million in federal funds to expand testing and vaccines services and $10 million on at-home tests and masks.
Feb. 2, 2022
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey
Gov. Ducey recently attended the winter meeting of the National Governors Association at the White House. Following the gathering that ended Monday, he took to Fox News on Tuesday and criticized President Biden's top-down federal strategy of handling the pandemic without listening to states.
Feb. 1, 2022
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Lawyers challenging the quality of health care in Arizona's prisons say corrections officials don’t have the capacity to improve staffing problems that have put incarcerated people with medical and mental health issues at risk of harm.
Feb. 1, 2022
10 year old boy child COVID-19 vaccine bandage
Scottsdale is offering COVID-19 vaccine clinics at two community centers through March. People can walk in or register online.
Feb. 1, 2022
A mask sign at a Phoenix school
The former director of the FDA, and current board member of Pfizer, suggests starting to lift pandemic-related restrictions —` including mask wearing. Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix disagrees.
Jan. 31, 2022
Vaccination card
Proof of vaccination has become increasingly more important around the world, but some people’s vaccination records may not match the name on their IDs. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, a listener asked: Is there a way to update your name on your vaccine records if you get it changed?
Jan. 29, 2022
Qiyun Zhu
Inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis are on the rise and can lead to worse hospitalization outcomes for older patients. Current treatments target the symptoms, not the causes. A new study might help change that.
Jan. 28, 2022
Hugo Lopez-Gatell
Reported COVID-19 deaths shot up this week in Mexico, with daily tolls last reported in October.
Jan. 28, 2022
Hospitals statewide continue to struggle with staffing shortages as the pandemic enters its third year. So Maricopa County is launching a new program aimed at building up the nursing workforce.
Jan. 27, 2022
A positive COVID-19 test
Wednesday marks two years since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Arizona and the state’s health care system is facing more strain than ever.
Jan. 26, 2022
A COVID-19 vaccine event
When it comes to the percentage of residents in long-term care who are boosted, the figure is low. Slightly more than 40% have received their third dose. And with the omicron variant spreading like wildfire in long-term care, AARP Arizona is calling on nursing homes to require boosters for staff and residents.
Jan. 24, 2022
Hospital patient in wheelchair
A study from University of Arizona Researchers finds that focusing on cholesterol build up helps reduce factors that may be associated with dementia in stroke patients.
Jan. 24, 2022


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