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COVID-19 continues to spread quickly in Arizona, and modelers are now projecting exponential growth into December. One expert says a "major resurgence" is likely.
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Nov. 18, 2021
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People with cancer face a higher risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19, and experts recommend they get vaccinated. But data on the effectiveness of immunization in patients undergoing cancer treatment has been lacking. A new study tries to change that.
Nov. 17, 2021
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The coronavirus pandemic has piled on new stressors even as safeguards like social distancing have removed customary supports. Mental help hotlines can provide much-needed help and offer a societal barometer for unseen, psychological pressure changes.
Nov. 17, 2021
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A poll found more Arizonans are optimistic about the outcome of the pandemic in the next month than aren't. But vaccine hesitancy might be at odds with that.
Nov. 17, 2021
Navajo pandemic
The U.S. has recently been reporting about 170 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people per week. That's a lot, but Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado are each reporting rates at least twice as high.
Nov. 16, 2021
Lisa Shubitz
Valley fever can be a grueling disease, and it’s more common in Arizona than anywhere else. University of Arizona researchers say they’ve found a vaccine that can prevent Valley fever in pets. They’re hopeful it will protect humans someday, too.
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Nov. 12, 2021
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As Arizona continues to report over 3,000 new coronavirus cases a day, it also continues to trail the national average in full vaccinations.
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Nov. 12, 2021
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In 2019, more than 200,000 deaths in the U.S. involved sepsis, an extreme and potentially life-threatening complication of some infections. Three-fourths of those deaths occurring among seniors.
Nov. 10, 2021
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The fields of fitness, nutrition and obesity are fraught with popular misinformation and fads. Recently, the age-old debate over calories versus carbs has received renewed attention. But the two viewpoints share one trait in common: Neither has stemmed the decades-long epidemic of obesity.
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Nov. 9, 2021
Inside an EnVision Center
Tempe will join a hundred other communities across the country offering EnVision Centers. A vacant building at 1310 E. Apache Blvd. is being refurbished to become the EnVision Center and Resilient Energy Hub.
Nov. 9, 2021
cigarette in an ashtray
Navajo Nation President Johnathan Nez signed the Air is Life Act into law Saturday. The law prohibits the use of commercial tobacco products in enclosed spaces and indoors.
Nov. 6, 2021
Syringe
About 100 countries have introduced vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV) to try to eliminate cervical cancer. An observational study from England offers the best evidence yet that they do just that.
Nov. 5, 2021
TGen COVID-19 Pet Testing
More than 180 dogs and cats in the U.S. — one-tenth of them in Arizona — have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Now, TGen’s infectious disease arm in Flagstaff has found the first direct genetic evidence in the U.S. of an owner transmitting the virus to his pet.
Nov. 5, 2021
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The Biden administration set Jan. 4 as the deadline for American workers to either get vaccinated for COVID-19 or get tested regularly for the virus. Gov. Ducey is calling the rule a “direct attack” on personal liberties and businesses. But some Arizona workplaces have already implemented vaccine requirements with little pushback.
Nov. 4, 2021
COVID-19 vaccine at pharmacy
About 3% of adults in the U.S. have a condition that suppresses their immune system, which raises concerns that they might not receive as much protection from mRNA-based coronavirus vaccines. A study released by the CDC bears that out.
Nov. 4, 2021
Will Humble
With breakthrough cases hitting 50,000, officials say it's time to get to the bottom of it. Will Humble with the Arizona Public Health Association says releasing data from vaccine sites can determine problems with specific vaccines or cold chain issues.
Nov. 3, 2021
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Arizona has now been averaging more than 2,000 COVID-19 infections per day for three months. The long plateau of the state’s third wave continues to strain hospitals.
Nov. 3, 2021
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The vast majority of employees at several major Arizona hospitals have met the deadline to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Tens of thousands of health care workers at Banner Health, Dignity Health, Valleywise Health and HonorHealth had until Nov. 1 to get the shot.
Nov. 2, 2021
U.S. Supreme Court building
The United States Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in a divisive Texas abortion case Nov. 1 that could have future implications in other states hoping to pass sweeping laws that restrict abortion — including Arizona.
Nov. 1, 2021
A pharmacist administers a COVID-19 vaccine
With the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5-11 approved by the Food and Drug Administration, parents now wait on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Arizona Public Health Association Executive Director Will Humble says he expects that approval as early as Thursday
Nov. 1, 2021

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