With record-breaking heat and an increasing number of days exceeding triple digit temperatures, a CDC report reveals that Arizona residents seeking refuge from extreme heat may face barriers to indoor, air-conditioned centers designed to shield them from dangerous heat.
A national epicenter for Valley fever infections, Arizona gets first major state funding boost in 15 years
Top researchers from the state’s public universities will get $3.1 million to pinpoint hotspots and infection patterns for Valley fever, a fungal disease that each year sickens thousands and kills dozens in Arizona. The funding marks the first significant state investment targeting the respiratory condition in at least 15 years.
Repeat safety violations, critical resource shortages put Arizona dialysis patients at heightened risk
Since 2019, nearly three-quarters of Arizona’s 130 outpatient dialysis clinics were cited for health and safety violations that could put patients at an increased risk for life threatening infections. COVID-19 has further compounded those risks as clinics face nationwide medical staffing and supply shortages.
The state agency that oversees Arizona’s psychiatric hospital says patient safety is a top priority. But, in October, two patients fatally injured themselves in as many weeks.
A Valley fever vaccine for dogs appears to provide a safe and effective defense against the fungal illness that sickens thousands of pets in Arizona each year, and it also marks a significant milestone that could lead to a similar vaccine for humans.
Some of the sickest people in Arizona live in some of the worst places, like unlicensed boarding homes considered by many to be a thing of the past.
Advocates for people with serious mental illness call for reforms at the Arizona State Hospital, and more beds.
With the goal of helping the very sickest people with mental illness, Josh Mozell has taken on Chick Arnold’s caseload – and his cause.
Arnold v. Sarn, a class action lawsuit that called for services for people with serious mental illness regardless of cost, celebrates its fortieth birthday this year. The litigation ended in 2014 with a settlement agreement that largely replaced “shall” with “may,” encouraging the system to try its best while softening requirements, and permanently doing away…
John Creamer, an accomplished academic, initially resisted his schizophrenia diagnosis after a psychotic episode altered his life and career.
Evidence points to Valley fever as a growing problem in Arizona, yet little is known about who is most impacted by a pathogen that now sickens more people here than in any other state. Research shows the most serious form of the illness disproportionately impacts people of color, and likely those who work outdoors, but…
Valley fever has been known to scientists for more than 100 years, but its ecology remains shrouded in mystery, making it difficult for researchers to learn more about its impact on people and its imminent spread from climate change.
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