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Valley fever research gets first major Arizona funding boost in 15 years

Researchers from Arizona’s three state universities will get $3.1 million to pinpoint hotspots and infection patterns for Valley fever, providing new tools to combat the fungal disease that sickens more people in Arizona than in any other state.... Read more»

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Safety violations, resource shortages put Arizona dialysis patients at heightened risk

Since 2019, nearly three-quarters of Arizona’s 130 outpatient dialysis clinics were cited for lapses in protocols designed to keep patients safe - and records show that dialysis companies often negotiate fines from the state for repeat problems down by thousands of dollars.... Read more»

Report: Child care woes cost Arizona economy $1.8 billion per year

Instability in Arizona’s child care system is costing the state an estimated $1.8 billion in economic activity a year, according to a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation report, as gaps in care force parents to forgo professional and educational opportunities.... Read more»

Patient deaths at Arizona State Hospital raise questions about staffing levels, lack of oversight

Two recent deaths in the same number of weeks at the Arizona state psychiatric hospital raise questions about a lack of hospital oversight, persistent understaffing and inadequate employee training at the facility.... Read more»

Arizona leaders’ decade of neglect imperiled fragile child care system. The pandemic nearly made it collapse.

A $1.2 billion infusion of federal funding has kept an already fragile Arizona child care sector from failing, giving state leaders a shot at reforming a broken system of their own making, and perhaps bringing hope for the stability that parents and providers have craved for years. ... Read more»

Unsafe housing jeopardizes success of community living for chronically mentally ill

In recent years, advocates have adopted the mantra “housing is health care,” saying that a place to live is one of the most important indicators of success for a person with serious mental illness - but for many, that means an unregulated, unlicensed board and care facility.... Read more»

Patients file grievances, experts want reforms at Arizona State Hospital

While institutions like the Arizona State Hospital are becoming a thing of the past nationwide, mental health advocates believe ASH has the potential to offer therapeutic treatment that will help some of the sickest people get better and lead meaningful lives in the community. ... Read more»

Forty years later, legacy of Arizona's Arnold v. Sarn lives on

Charles “Chick” Arnold, godfather of Arizona’s mental health care system and plaintiff in one of the longest-running class action lawsuits, retired in 2020, something that would not have been possible if not for attorney Josh Mozell, who took on Arnold’s caseload - and his cause.... Read more»

Valley fever vaccine for dogs shows promising results, first step toward human trials

A new 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 marks a significant milestone that could lead to a similar vaccine for humans.... Read more»

Schizophrenia upends life of accomplished academic

After going from a job teaching premodern Japanese language and literature in the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University to solitary confinement in a Phoenix jail cell, John Creamer hopes to educate others about serious mental illness.... Read more»

Crisis in mental health care: A place that should know better

Arnold v. Sarn -a class action lawsuit that called for services for people with serious mental illness- ended in 2014 with an agreement that largely replaced “shall” with “may,” encouraging the system to try its best. Now Charles “Chick” Arnold, the lead plaintiff, says the agreement should have been more aggressive. ... Read more»

Arizona leads nation in Valley fever infections—a 'disease of color'

Evidence points to Valley fever as a growing problem in Arizona - research shows the most serious form of the illness disproportionately impacts people of color, and likely those who work outdoors - but state policies shield the public from fully understanding the dangers the disease poses.... Read more»1

Arizona scientists work to unravel fungus ecology as Valley fever expands throughout West

Scientists are working to understand Valley fever - a deadly fungus with spores about 20 times smaller than the width of a human hair - that can bring on coughing, fever, night sweats and joint pain, and in more severe cases, spread beyond the lungs to the skin, brain and other organs.... Read more»

Public information lacking as COVID-19 surges in Arizona classrooms

As COVID-19 infections surge in Arizona schools, sickening thousands of students and staff and forcing thousands more into quarantine, parents—and the public at large—have been left without a comprehensive picture of where students and educators are contracting the virus. ... Read more»

Az doctors wary of controversial ivermectin COVID-19 treatment

Experts say ivermectin is an unproven COVID-19 treatment and can cause dangerous side effects. The drug is used as heartworm treatment for dogs, a horse dewormer and a human head-lice killer. Now one group is urging Gov. Ducey to make it immediately available to people at high risk for coronavirus.... Read more»

State, county policies impact rejected ballot rates in November election

Statewide, 63% of all votes rejected by election officials — or more than 17,200 ballots — were cast by voters who weren’t registered or had an issue with their registration, such as missing the state deadline. Voter registration problems are the most common reason ballots were rejected in each of Arizona’s three previous presidential elections.... Read more»

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