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Will Prop. 205 make it easier for Arizona vets to treat their PTSD with pot?

While several veterans interviewed support researching the medical effects of marijuana for PTSD treatment, they have mixed feelings about Prop. 205, which would legalize recreational pot use in Arizona.... Read more»

UA study clears 'Patient Zero' as cause of U.S. HIV-AIDS epidemic

Researchers at the University of Arizona have traced the earliest the HIV-AIDS epidemic in the United States back to its earliest stages. The research shows the virus first took hold in New York City.... Read more»1

CDC cautions against nasal spray flu vaccination this season

Better get the Band-Aids out. This year, the CDC recommends against nasal spray flu vaccinations, saying it’s less effective than the shot. That means Arizona nurses and doctors will inject thousands of people the old-fashioned way, resulting in sore arms and lots of tears.... Read more»

Az faces steepest Obamacare hike in U.S.; subsidies could curb pain

Arizona residents can expect to see the largest rate increases in the nation when open enrollment for Obamacare begins next week, but advocates say those increases should be offset by similarly large increases in tax credits for consumers.... Read more»

Ducey limits initial opioid prescription to 7 days

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday signed an executive order that will prohibit millions of Arizonans from filling initial prescriptions for more than seven days’ worth of opioids.... Read more»

Despite premium increases, feds forecast 1 million more Obamacare signups

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell predicted Wednesday that 13.8 million people will sign up for Obamacare when open enrollment begins Nov. 1, even though they will face fewer options and higher premiums in states like Arizona.... Read more»

Sanders in Tucson: 'Crystal clear' differences between Trump and Clinton

With just three weeks until Election Day, U.S. Bernie Sanders returned to Tucson to stump for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, telling a crowd of nearly 5,000 people on the University of Arizona mall that "Our job is to defeat Trump."... Read more»

Powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl makes a deadly mark in Arizona

Pima County’s Medical Examiner reported 17 fentanyl-related deaths last year, up from seven in 2014 – a deadly trend involving one of the most potent synthetic opioids in the world.... Read more»

Prop. 206

Study: Minimum wage bump would result in minimal job losses

The Grand Canyon Institute, a centrist Phoenix think tank, said the minimum-wage increase proposed in Prop. 206 could result in from zero to 26,000 lost jobs by 2020. Arizona is adding about 15,000 jobs each quarter, which would more than make up the difference, economic analysts said.... Read more»1

Settlement against Yavapai hospital called win for whistleblowers

A national expert on whistleblowers Wednesday welcomed the multimillion-dollar settlement of charges against the Yavapai Regional Medical Center as “a great example” of how the system should work.... Read more»

VA official: Nelson right choice to head Phoenix hospital, despite objections

RimaAnn Nelson is the right choice to take over the Phoenix VA Health Care System, according to Department of Veterans Affairs undersecretary David Shulkin, despite objections from Arizona’s congressional delegation and her record of managing a facility that failed to meet sanitation standards that potentially put thousands of veterans at risk of being exposed to HIV.... Read more»

Inspector general report says problems persist at Phoenix VA hospital

Two years after problems with health care were first uncovered at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital, an inspector general’s report released Tuesday said patients there “continued to encounter delays in obtaining” care.... Read more»

How the nation’s opioid epidemic is morphing — and growing

The nation’s opioid epidemic shows no signs of abating—and in fact may be headed in a far more dangerous direction.... Read more»

Lawmakers question credentials of new Phoenix VA director

Arizona lawmakers are expressing concern over the “questionable record” the newly appointed director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System racked up in her previous VA positions.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

What are crafters of anti-pot ads smoking?

I'm not going to get in the business of fact-checking every claim made between now and Election Day but I've rarely seen or heard of an ad as factually challenged as the first 30-second spot aired by the group out to beat back Prop. 205, the effort to legalize marijuana for personal use in Arizona.... Read more»1

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