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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»

The best reporting on children with PTSD

What happens to children and teenagers exposed to violence in their own neighborhoods.... Read more»

Huckelberry hardball: 'Pay this bill or we'll kill these dogs'

Pima County fired back at Tucson’s refusal to pay for increased animal-shelter costs Wednesday, with a Chuck Huckelberry memo that’s reminiscent of a 1973 National Lampoon cover. The county administrator said if the city doesn’t want to pay more for the Animal Control Center, then Tucson can choose to put strays to sleep — and hire someone to do it.... Read more»2

Balance-testing app helps trainers assess possible concussions

Sway Balance, a Barrow Neurological Institute app used by dozens of high schools, is free and more accurate than usual ways of measuring players’ balance. It uses technology in smartphone and tablet operating systems that measures acceleration.... Read more»

Advocates, expert: NFL cases bringing attention to domestic violence

From the Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice to the Arizona Cardinals’ Jonathan Dwyer, cases involving NFL players are putting a national focus on domestic violence.... Read more»1

Program uses music to aid memory in Alzheimer’s, dementia patients

Music & Memory is a national program that uses second-hand iPods to bring music into the lives of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Four Valley facilities participate in the program.... Read more»

House members grill VA officials over audit of Phoenix operations

Lawmakers accused Veterans Affairs officials of trying to “whitewash” reasons behind the deaths of veterans waiting for treatment at a VA facility in Phoenix. Under intense questioning, officials said long could might have “contributed” to 40 veterans’ deaths in Phoenix.... Read more»

Number of Az uninsured dropping, still higher than nat'l average

While it fell, Arizona’s uninsured rate, at 17.1 percent, was higher than the nation’s 14.5 percent. Analysts cite several reasons why more people might have insurance, from more jobs to ‘Obamacare.’... Read more»

Health officials: New respiratory virus coming to Arizona

Enterovirus D68, part of a family of viruses associated with the common cold, can cause severe respiratory illness, particularly among those with asthma and other breathing problems.... Read more»

We're shocked by NFL player's domestic violence?

Americans were shocked when they saw NFL star Ray Rice punch out his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City elevator and drag her out, unconscious. And they were mystified when the victim not only subsequently married Rice but also stepped forward to defend him. Why? These are everyday events.... Read more»

Gun Wars

At least 28k children killed by guns over 11 years

A News21 investigation of child and youth deaths in America between 2002 and 2012 found that at least 28,000 children and teens 19-years-old and younger were killed with guns. Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 made up over two-thirds of all youth gun deaths in America.... Read more»1

Latino workers dying at higher rates in job accidents

As Latino workers take on more and more of the nation’s toughest and dirtiest jobs, they increasingly are paying for it with their lives.... Read more»1

Commentary

Ebola's spread can be stopped using well-known methods

The media’s single-minded focus on treatment is obscuring the most important fact about this current Ebola epidemic. It can be contained and stopped, within months, with tools already at hand, and at a reasonable cost.

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