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COVID-19 testing sign
After Tuesday, the federal government will stop reimbursing providers for COVID-19 tests performed for patients who don’t have health insurance.
Mar. 22, 2022
teen sitting on a bed
Troubling trends in education, physical health and mental well-being among young people predate COVID-19. But the pandemic’s disruptions of daily routines, emotional support networks and vaccination rates have raised those concerns to crisis levels.
Mar. 22, 2022
Arizona State Hospital in Phoenix
A new oversight commission could be coming for the Arizona State Hospital. Currently, the state Department of Health Services is responsible for both oversight and regulation of the behavioral health facility.
Mar. 22, 2022
The Alzheimer’s Association recently released its 2022 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report. Arizona continues to have the fastest growing number of cases in the nation. It also found the state is facing a shortage of geriatricians.
Mar. 21, 2022
Botox injection
Supporters of the bill say dentists already administer Botox for therapeutic reasons and study facial structures more than any other profession.
Mar. 18, 2022
Supreme court abortion protest Washington D.C.
Advocates on all sides of the abortion debate are watching closely to see what individual states have done, or will do, when it comes to placing limits on when in a pregnancy the process will remain legal.
Mar. 16, 2022
hospital devices
The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, known as AHCCCS, administers the state’s Medicaid and KidsCare programs.
Mar. 15, 2022
Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center
The Department of Veterans Affairs released a report Monday saying that it would close medical centers in Massachusetts, New York and Ohio along with dozens of other facilities. At the same time, it wants to open new facilities elsewhere and improve access to care for hundreds of thousands of veterans.
Mar. 15, 2022
brain scan
A new study in the journal Nature found that even mild cases of COVID-19 can cause shrinkage in certain regions of the brain.
Mar. 12, 2022
Legal abortion now sign
Another Mexican state moved to decriminalize abortion this week. But in neighboring Sonora, laws penalizing the procedure remain on the books.
Mar. 10, 2022
Rep. Walt Blackman
Arizona moved a step closer Wednesday to enacting new abortion restrictions amid charges by one supporter that the laws are "close to genocide" for Black children.
Mar. 10, 2022
dialysis facility
A new analysis from the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting finds around three-quarters of the outpatient dialysis centers in Arizona have had a violation reported in the last three years.
Mar. 10, 2022
Roselyn Tso
President Joe Biden has nominated veteran health administrator Roselyn Tso to direct the federal Indian Health Service. The White House made the announcement Wednesday. Tso is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, which encompasses parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
Mar. 9, 2022
Two local nonprofit organizations will receive nearly a million dollars over the next four years to help prevent the spread of HIV among younger Latino men.
Mar. 9, 2022
Jill Biden
First lady Jill Biden was in the Tucson area Tuesday. Her first stop was a health clinic on the Tohono O’odham Nation that could benefit from federal funding as part of the newly relaunched Cancer Moonshot initiative.
Mar. 9, 2022
Joe Biden
In his first State of the Union address, President Joe Biden promised his administration would do more to improve nursing home care. Long-term care providers and aging advocates were paying close attention to the details.
Mar. 7, 2022
people holding hands
A new study in JAMA Neurology found that deaths among older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias surged during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar. 7, 2022
Covid test
Some at-home COVID-19 antigen tests contain sodium azide, which Banner Poison Control Center warns is a potentially harmful chemical. If used correctly, there should be no direct exposure to the chemical when using at-home tests.
Mar. 5, 2022
a kid sick in bed
The COVID-19 omicron variant set off a tidal wave of new infections in the U.S. that is still receding. New research by the CDC and partners in Chicago, Milwaukee, Connecticut and Utah shows substantial household spread during the surge.
Mar. 3, 2022
Arizona Capitol building
On a party-line vote, Republican members of an Arizona House committee moved along a bill that would limit the time frames governors could issue for emergency declarations.
Mar. 3, 2022


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