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Many older Arizonans on Medicare are struggling to pay for prescription drugs. Sen. Mark Kelly heard testimony on Tuesday from aging and medical advocates about the challenges facing older adults with complex medical conditions.
Apr. 12, 2022
Five $20 dollar bills on table
Consumers in Maricopa and Pinal counties are paying an average of 10.9% more than a year ago, according to the Consumer Price Index.
Apr. 12, 2022
Valley fever coccidioides fungus
The Arizona Board of Regents is putting $4.5 million toward Valley fever research over the next three years. Valley fever is caused by a fungus found in desert soils, but not much is known about how the fungus grows and spreads.
Apr. 11, 2022
A COVID-19 testing site in Phoenix
As temperatures continue to rise in Arizona, more people will be spending time indoors to escape the heat. Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona says this may lead to an increase in COVID-19 cases.
Apr. 10, 2022
hospital bed
As of last week, health department data showed there were fewer COVID-19 patients in Arizona’s inpatient beds and ICU beds than at any point in two years, but this week, those numbers weren’t updated. The state health department is making some changes to the way it tracks the pandemic.
Apr. 8, 2022
Phoenix City Hall
COVID-19 has some Phoenix leaders pushing for a new public health adviser position. At the height of lockdowns and high community spread, Phoenix hired a public health consultant to provide guidance and review city policies.
Apr. 7, 2022
sad childing holding a stuffed bear
The Arizona School Counselors Association says because of the pandemic, mental illness in students is becoming more common.
Apr. 6, 2022
Woman with cold
Masks are coming off and social distancing has gone mostly by the wayside, which means some people are starting to get the sniffles.
Apr. 6, 2022
A child hugs his mother as she sings during a demonstration
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it will terminate Title 42 in May. As the May 23 end date gets closer, community groups along the border are preparing for the change.
Apr. 5, 2022
Longtime Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckleberry is resigning more than five months after he was seriously injured while riding his bicycle in downtown Tucson.
Apr. 4, 2022
Camelback Family Planning
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey this week signed a bill to outlaw abortions in the state after 15 weeks gestation, except in some medical emergencies. But the law hinges on a pending decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mar. 31, 2022
On Wednesday, news broke that actor Bruce Willis is taking a break from acting. The reason, according to his family who shared the news on Instagram, is aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities. What is aphasia and what causes it?
Mar. 31, 2022
hospital bed
There are now fewer COVID-19 patients in Arizona’s intensive care units or inpatient hospital beds than at any point since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest COVID-19 data update from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Mar. 30, 2022
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey
Arizona’s Republican governor signed a series of bills Wednesday targeting abortion and transgender rights, joining a growing list of GOP-led states pursuing a conservative social agenda.
Critics warn new law threatens thousands of voter registrations
Mar. 30, 2022
COVID-19 vaccine
Some experts are concerned about vaccine-immunity waning four months after the original COVID-19 booster as another transmissible variant is picking up steam. While we’ve been in this position before, what makes this round different is that the federal funds that allowed for both tests and vaccines to be administered for free is set to run out.
Mar. 30, 2022
Downtown Phoenix skyline
The “Road to Clean Air” report released Wednesday by the American Lung Association lists Phoenix and Mesa among the 25 cities that would benefit most from a nationwide shift to zero-emission power plants and vehicles.
More Arizona science news
Mar. 29, 2022
tissues and medication
If you’ve been thinking that this year’s allergy season seems to be worse right now, that's probably because it is. And the culprit is climate change.
Mar. 29, 2022
Ultrasound image of fetus
The Arizona Legislature passed a bill Thursday that would ban abortion after 15 weeks. There are very few exceptions, even in the case of rape or incest. However, there is a narrow exception for medical emergencies. What’s next if Gov. Ducey signs the measure into law?
Mar. 29, 2022
nurse in a hospital
Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill into law Friday that would extend the lifespan of temporary medical licenses, which would have become invalid if he ended the ongoing state of emergency declared at the beginning of the pandemic.
Mar. 27, 2022
bathroom scale
Severe fatty liver disease is typically associated with obesity. But a review of current research shows lean people might be as vulnerable — if not more — to the illness and its consequences.
Mar. 25, 2022


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