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Mesa firm connects service dogs with those needing assistance

Cole Ludwig’s closest friend is Bandit, a German shepherd who fetches tennis balls the 8-year-old pushes off his wheelchair and playfully takes off his owner’s socks when Cole’s mother isn’t looking – and even when she is. When Bandit barks, as he is trained to do, Cole’s parents know they need to get to their son quickly. Suffering from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, Cole has silent seizures up to 10 times a week that can cause him to stop breathing.... Read more»

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Taking insurance companies out of health care

There are many Americans who are beginning to question the contributions big insurance companies make to our health care system. And I’m not just talking about lefty advocates of a single-payer system. Corporate executives are also wondering why we need the big insurers and whether higher-quality and more cost-effective care could be provided to employees if they didn’t have to deal with health insurers at all.... Read more»

Obamacare: Q&A about taxes and insurance subsidies

Questions from readers about health insurance premium tax credits and what the penalty is for not having insurance.... Read more»

DEA: Vicodin, some other pain meds will be harder to get

The DEA is reclassifying “hydrocodone combination products” under the Controlled Substances Act, which will more tightly restrict access. The regulation, which took effect Oct.6, is a response to the widespread misuse of prescription pain killers.... Read more»

Scientists aim to build communication with parents about vaccines

A group of scientists at ASU are working to improve their communication skills to find common ground among parents who feel their concerns about vaccinating their children aren’t being heard by the health care providers.... Read more»

Az traces alcohol sources in underaged drinkers' accidents, deaths

TRACE, or Target Responsibility for Alcohol Connected Emergency, is the investigation unit of the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control. The investigators are called when underage drinking is involved in a serious accident or death, and their job is to work backward from the time of the incident to find out who supplied the alcohol.... Read more»

Texas officials expand Ebola contact investigation

Texas health officials have expanded to 100 their list of people who may have had contact with a man in the Dallas area confirmed to be infected with the Ebola virus. Eighteen people are already under observation.... Read more»

Cochise County program calls isolated residents to ask: 'Are you OK?'

Four miles from the border, the prefab house sits on acres of land. The closest neighbor is more than a mile away. Sheila Goar, 74, has lived on this land her entire life. She is the only member of her family left in the area, with a sister she doesn’t speak to and a brother in Idaho, she used to rely on distant neighbors and friends who occasionally checked in on her.... Read more»

Az wins national award for newborn screening turnaround

PHOENIX – Counting 10 fingers and 10 toes doesn’t begin to tell parents and doctors whether a baby is healthy. With that in mind, state health officials screen blood samples from newborns to identify hidden health problems that can prove fatal.... Read more»

Ebola unlikely in Arizona, but state is ready

With Texas seeing the nation’s first case of the Ebola virus, which is often fatal, health officials say Arizona has the right procedures in place in the unlikely event that a case turns up here.... Read more»

Officials monitoring people who had contact with Ebola patient

As many as 18 individuals in the Dallas area are under observation by Dallas County health officials after coming in contact with a patient confirmed to be infected with the Ebola virus, officials said on Wednesday.... Read more»

What you need to know about the Texas Ebola case

On Tuesday, federal and state health officials confirmed the first U.S. case of Ebola in a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Here’s what you need to know about the case.... Read more»

CDC confirms first U.S. Ebola case in Dallas

The CDC has confirmed that a patient in a Dallas hospital has the Ebola virus — the first case reported in the nation. the patient entered the U.S. on Sept. 20 with no symptoms after traveling to the West African nation of Liberia. The patient developed symptoms on Sept. 24 and sought care two days later.... Read more»

Suicide rate rising for Az middle-aged men

Arizona has had one of the nation’s highest rates of suicide in recent years, and while that rate has barely climbed for the state’s overall population one segment has seen a substantial increase: middle-aged men. Experts say the state’s poor economy has been a factor.... Read more»

UA’s Phoenix med school expands simulation center for hands-on learning

Launched a year and a half ago, the Center for for Simulation and Innovation tripled in size in early September to 30,000 square feet of simulation space, something leaders said is needed to accommodate an increase in students.... Read more»

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