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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
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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
Downtown Flagstaff
Flagstaff City Council announced Wednesday that masks will not be required inside its buildings as of Monday, March 7.
Mar. 2, 2022
Nez
As states around the country drop their mask mandates, the Navajo Nation plans to keep its requirement in place.
Mar. 2, 2022
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The Legislature has been paying more attention to bills related to the state’s mental health system lately, and a lot of that has been driven by the efforts of attorney Josh Mozell.
Mar. 1, 2022
oxycodone
Arizona will get a share of a $26 billion opioid settlement by pharmaceutical distributors and a manufacturer with 52 states and territories. Arizona's cut of the settlement is $542 million paid over 18 years.
Feb. 25, 2022
Arizona Capitol building
A bill banning the manufacturing or prescribing of medication that would cause an abortion has been struck down in the state’s House of Representatives.
Feb. 25, 2022
A sign pointing to the emergency department at an Arizona hospital
The effects of extreme heat on physical illness and death are well-known. But most studies of its mental health effects are far more limited and regional. New research takes a wider view.
Feb. 24, 2022
Mayo Clinic
Work is already underway to double the size of the Mayo Clinic campus to more than 3 million square feet near Loop 101 and 56th Street in north Phoenix. Now, Mayo is looking to expand again.
Feb. 23, 2022
Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix
Health care facilities are likely to be busy for a long time to come. But for the first time in more than six months, the ICU bed occupancy rate in Arizona’s hospitals has dropped below 90%.
Feb. 22, 2022
Robert Robbins
University of Arizona President Robert Robbins says he is “cautiously optimistic” about the future of the pandemic.
Feb. 21, 2022
Colorado City sign
A small, remote northern Arizona town where a polygamist group used to be dominant makes few headlines these days. But that doesn’t mean it’s been entirely forgotten.
Feb. 21, 2022
COVID-19 causing coronavirus spike protein omicron variant model
Northern Arizona Healthcare began offering outpatient monoclonal antibody treatments this month, available for those with a high risk of developing severe Covid-19 symptoms.
Feb. 19, 2022
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A new study in Arizona will use DNA in order to determine a person’s risk of heart disease. Launched by Dignity Health, it is the first study of its kind to be conducted in North America.
Feb. 18, 2022
child wearing a mask
COVID-19 safety precautions, and possibly the novel virus itself, are credited with low influenza infection rates in Arizona.
Feb. 18, 2022
A study out of Arizona State University will explore how exercise and brain training can affect memory in people who have mild cognitive impairment.
Feb. 12, 2022

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