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A jar of tea sits in the sun in Tempe on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023.
Through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked: Is it safe to make and drink your own sun tea in Arizona? While Arizona's weather makes it the perfect place for making sun tea, the brewing method actually poses some health risks.
Aug. 24, 2023
maricopa county medical examiner's office
The Maricopa County Medical Examiner says he is certain the number of heat-related deaths this summer will surpass last year’s record.
Aug. 23, 2023
Arizona Supreme Court building
Abortion is currently legal until 15 weeks gestation in Arizona. But a near-total ban on abortions dating back to the Civil War era has never been repealed in the state.
Aug. 23, 2023
David Hondula
David Hondula, director of Phoenix's Office of Heat Response and Mitigation, joined The Show to talk more about the high numbers of heat-related deaths so far this year.
Aug. 23, 2023
COVID-19 coronavirus illustartion
The Show spoke with Dr. Nick Staab, assistant medical director with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, about what's happening now with COVID-19 and what to expect through the fall.
Aug. 22, 2023
University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine Julie Funk
Three years ago, the University of Arizona founded the College of Veterinary Medicine, the first public veterinary school in the state. Now, the college’s first class of students is set to graduate.
Aug. 19, 2023
Planned parenthood
The Show spoke with Adrienne Mansanares, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, who says they’ve seen an influx of patients needing abortion care, including many from Arizona.
Aug. 18, 2023
Federal officials are concerned it’s too hard for Arizonans to get help enrolling in Medicaid coverage. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says Arizona is one of 16 states where phones aren’t being answered quickly enough.
Aug. 17, 2023
Sun in the blue sky with tree branches.
Maricopa County health officials have confirmed 30 more heat-related deaths since last week, bringing the total to 89 so far this year. A county official says these numbers continue the grim pattern that 2023 will surpass last year’s heat-related death record.
Aug. 17, 2023
Plastic production has swelled from 1.5 million tons in 1950 to 390 million tons in 2021. Today, microplastics are found on land, sea and air, and humans take them in through food, breathing and body cavities. But what about fully enclosed organs, like the heart?
Aug. 16, 2023
Jen Piatt and Dr. DeShawn Taylor
The abortion landscape in our county and in Arizona has been upended in the last year. What was once a constitutional right was gone overnight — and providers, experts and advocates on both sides have been navigating a new reality ever since.
Aug. 16, 2023
Fentanyl pills
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of kids dying from fentanyl overdoses between 2013 and 2021. A new investigation finds in several of these cases, the families involved were on the radar of child welfare agencies in the states in which they lived.
Aug. 16, 2023
pregnant woman
Doulas in Arizona can now be licensed by the state health department. The new licensing program launched this month.
Aug. 15, 2023
two condoms on a counter
The heat is already making pregnancy much more dangerous. And The 19th health reporter Shefali Luthra says it's also putting contraception at risk.
Aug. 15, 2023
Person holding a transgender pride flag
A federal appeals court will allow two transgender girls to play on girls sports teams at their respective schools in Arizona, at least for now.
Aug. 14, 2023
Narcan nasal spray product package
The city of Phoenix hopes to help counter the ongoing opioid crisis by making Narcan kits available for free at each of its 17 public libraries.
Aug. 14, 2023
Aging in America is expensive. According to a 2023 report from the National Council on Aging, millions of Americans either have no assets, are struggling financially or have lost financial ground in the last few years.
More coverage of aging in Arizona
Aug. 14, 2023
University of Arizona
Researchers at the University of Arizona Cancer Center recently received a $1.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to fund a research and training program to serve students.
Aug. 13, 2023
Arizona Autism Charter Schools ribbon cutting
A network of charter schools that caters to students on the autism spectrum is expanding to Tucson. A new campus will be open to Pima County students on Friday, Sept. 1.
Aug. 11, 2023
In April, we told you the story about a man living with early onset Alzheimer’s. At the time he was waiting for the Alzheimer’s drug Leqembi to be approved by the FDA. It finally was in July.
Aug. 11, 2023


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