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Poor Arizona kids struggle more with asthma

Children in the state’s lower-income urban communities suffer more serious bouts of asthma caused by dirty air and other pollutants – despite decades of state and local monitoring and repeated concerns that air in their neighborhoods is dangerous to their health.... Read more»

Az researchers look to dogs to advance cancer treatments

One out of every three dogs is affected by cancer and of those, more than half of them will die from the disease. And treating cancer isn’t cheap. Treatments can include chemotherapy, surgery and radiation – with costs ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars.... Read more»

ASU professor tests 'universal' cancer vaccine

For the past 10 years, a team of researchers at ASU’s Biodesign Institute have been developing a cancer vaccine aimed at preventing all types of cancer. That vaccine has passed safety trials and is now moving on to efficacy trials in dogs.... Read more»

Will Covered California sell health insurance to the undocumented?

California legislators are attempting to clear the way for undocumented immigrants to buy health insurance through the state’s insurance exchange — potentially setting a national precedent. The fusion of illegal immigration and the Affordable Care Act, two of the most highly charged elements on the periodic table of U.S. politics, could engender a combustible reaction.... Read more»

Factchecking Trump on Obamacare rates

Republican front-runner Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed, for months, that premiums under the Affordable Care Act are “going up 35, 45, 55 percent.”... Read more»

Az researchers turn to dogs to better understand Valley fever

The Valley Fever Paws study is collecting data on breeds of dogs diagnosed with Valley fever or who were exposed to the fungus but not infected. Researchers hope the data will provide information not only on dogs, but how the disease affects people as well.... Read more»

States trying to bridge care gap for traumatized vets

Many of the hundreds of thousands of veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder are going without the help they need, which is prompting several states to step in.... Read more»

Audit: 19 tribal schools in Arizona went uninspected for four years

At least 19 tribal schools in Arizona went four years or more without the inspections that are supposed to be performed every year by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, according to a recent Government Accountability Office audit.... Read more»

Factchecking Clinton on marijuana research

Hillary Clinton said at a town hall meeting that “you can’t do any research about” marijuana because it’s a Schedule I drug. But is it? ... Read more»

Analysis

Competition suffers most if UnitedHealthcare exits Obamacare next year

If UnitedHealthcare follows through on its threat to quit the health insurance marketplaces in 2017, more than 1 million consumers would be left with a single health plan option, forecasted an analysis released Monday.... Read more»1

Feds finally forgive billions in debt for students who've become disabled

The federal Department of Education said last week it would offer to write off $7.7 billion of student debt owed by disabled individuals, taking a big step to streamline a loan forgiveness program long plagued by bureaucratic delay and inefficiency.... Read more»

Factcheck: Did Obama cut VA to fund Syrian refugees?

Did President Obama cut benefits for veterans by $2.6 billion to give the money to Syrian refugees? No. The Department of Veterans Affairs transferred funds to close a $2.6 billion gap in a health care program. The transfer is unrelated to Syrian refugee aid.... Read more»

Senate subpoenas EPA chief over Animas River spill

A Senate committee issued a subpoena Wednesday demanding that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy or an assistant administrator appear at an April 22 hearing in Phoenix on the Gold King Mine spill.... Read more»

FDA allowing folic acid in masa could cut Latino birth defects

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration announced that manufacturers can start adding folic acid to masa de maiz beginning Friday, a move long pursued by advocates who say it will curb birth defects in the Hispanic community.... Read more»

More medical marijuana dispensaries may soon crop up in Arizona

Arizona could see an increase in medical marijuana dispensaries this summer after the Arizona Department of Health Services opens up applications. It’s the first time the department will allow new dispensaries since it issued the first licenses in 2012.... Read more»

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