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tools in an operating room
An Arizona law signed in March by Gov. Doug Ducey limits access to gender-affirming health care. Such restrictions may be among the reasons half of transgender patients in the U.S. leave their home states for surgery.
Jul. 15, 2022
Fentanyl pills
Over the past decade, the opioid crisis has led to a sharp increase in fentanyl overdose deaths throughout the U.S. Native American populations are now seeing a similar surge.
Jul. 15, 2022
Aging hands
Do you think you’re ready to age well in this country? It’s a question we don’t often think about. But it's never too early to start thinking about growing older.
Jul. 13, 2022
monkeypox virion
The number of confirmed monkeypox cases is rising in Maricopa County. Through our Q&AZ Project, a listener asked where people can get a vaccine.
Jul. 13, 2022
monkeypox virion
The case is the first detected in Arizona outside the Phoenix area so far.
Jul. 12, 2022
person holding a covid-19 home test
An omicron subvariant is quickly becoming the new dominant COVID strain in Arizona and across the country.
Jul. 9, 2022
opioid pill bottles
Arizona is receiving money as part of a settlement relating to the opioid crisis. Several pharmaceutical companies are paying for damages.
Jul. 8, 2022
In a crowd of protesters, one sign clearly reads: Keep your laws off my body.
Shasta McManus, treasurer of Arizonans for Reproductive Freedom, told Capitol Media Services her organization will not be turning in the petitions for a ballot measure it has been gathering since May. She said they were able to get only about 176,000 ahead of Thursday's deadline.
Jul. 7, 2022
Medical worker burned out
The U.S. surgeon general has issued an advisory saying Americans have a moral obligation to address long standing, crisis-level burnout, exhaustion and moral distress in health care. Such advisories are reserved for urgent public health concerns.
Jul. 7, 2022
A sign points the way to the emergency department
In November, Arizonans may be able to vote for new protections against medical debt. If they do, the Predatory Debt Collection Act would prevent bankruptcy.
Jul. 7, 2022
A new study from Northern Arizona University and TGEN suggests immune response to COVID-19 vaccines could be shaped by previous coronavirus infections.
Jul. 6, 2022
Doctor's Office
A new study says people in the U.S. are at a critical inflection point for heart and metabolic fitness. The paper finds less than 1 in 15 adults have good health in those areas, and the rate is trending downward.
Jul. 5, 2022
A mask sign at a Phoenix school
Nine of 15 Arizona counties are currently experiencing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of “high” COVID-19 transmission rates, including Maricopa County.
Jul. 4, 2022
At the State Capitol, a sign reads: Bans off our bodies. "Our" is underlined.
The Supreme Court’s recent reversal of its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling has cleared the way for Arizona to ban abortion. But with the state having approved multiple abortion bans more than a century apart, confusion remains over which law will take effect.
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Jul. 1, 2022
Hospitals are facing shortages of a contrast dye used in CT scans and other medical imaging after a COVID-19 lockdown in Shanghai cut supplies from the chief provider.
Jul. 1, 2022
Rio Sonora Valley
This August will mark eight years since a spill at a copper mine in Sonora sent millions of gallons of toxic waste into the Rio Sonora. But residents say they are just beginning to see progress in addressing the damage.
Jul. 1, 2022
After Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said a law that bans almost all abortions in the state is enforceable, some doctors denounced his interpretation.
Jul. 1, 2022
OB/Gyn chair
The future of abortion is unclear in Arizona after the overturning of Roe vs. Wade. But activists hope to get an initiative on the ballot this year to make abortion access part of state law.
Jun. 29, 2022
Marijuana plant leaf
The Arizona auditor general found in 2019 that the state Department of Health Services had misallocated money from the medical marijuana fund. A new follow-up report says the health department has been slow to implement all policies and procedures needed to keep it from happening again.
Jun. 29, 2022
sad child
A recent report by Reveal found more than 500 migrant children had contemplated or attempted suicide, with 141 occurring when they were in the Office of Refugee Resettlement custody in the U.S.
Jun. 29, 2022


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