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Paola Carbajal, a senior and JAG student at Tempe High School, says she wants to get a business degree and own a beauty salon.

Nearly 1,000 students over 26 schools in Arizona participate in the Jobs for Arizona's Graduates program, which helps them stay in school and teaches them how to get a job and enroll in college. The program assists students with low grades, legal issues and other at-risk factors. Read more» 1

Experts say a national drug shortage is endangering patients' health and forcing doctors, pharmacists and first responders to scramble to find supplies. The shortage is affecting pharmacists, especially in rural Arizona, who are paying more and spending more time to get drug supplies.

Experts say a national drug shortage is endangering patients' health and forcing doctors, pharmacists and first responders to scramble to find supplies. The shortage is affecting pharmacists, especially in rural Arizona, who are paying more and spending more time to get drug supplies. Read more»

Heidi Rula, medical director and integrative medicine physician at the University of Arizona’s new Integrative Health Center in Phoenix, says the center’s approach focuses on preventing health problems.

The University of Arizona Integrative Health Center, which opened recently near downtown Phoenix, offers acupuncture, chiropractic treatments, yoga classes, nutritional advice and other alternatives to primary medical care. It's based on the vision of Dr. Andrew Weil. Read more»

Dr. Bart Demaerschalk, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic Hospital, said he expects telemedicine to transition from expensive cameras onto smartphones and tablets.

Until now, telemedicine has largely involved capital-intensive studios and cameras isolated to one area of a hospital. But the Mayo Clinic and a University of Arizona center dedicated to telemedicine are pioneering work aimed at moving care to smartphones. Read more»

Adele O'Sullivan, a nun who serves the homeless community as a doctor, said she opened Circle the City to address a gap in care for homeless people who are hospitalized.

At Circle the City, up to 50 patients have beds in a dorm-like setting that's clean and well-lit. Three meals are served each day, nurses are available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and a den offers recliners, television and games. Read more»

A dust storm approaches downtown Phoenix on Aug. 11, 2012.

State departments working together to prevent fatal vehicle crashes in Pinal County dust storms say the joint efforts may be helping. Read more»

Kathy Sekardi, shown with her husband, Brian, suffered sudden cardiac arrest while working at the Arizona Supreme Court but was saved by a co-worker who performed CPR.

An Arizona Department of Health Services program that aims to reduce heart attack deaths celebrated its first participants Monday as well as a life saved. Read more»

Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Two people in Arizona received tainted pain shots with medicine from the Massachusetts facility linked to 25 deaths from fungal meningitis, according to the state's top health officer. Nationwide, more than 300 people in 18 states received the contaminated injections that have caused fungal meningitis. Read more»

Dr. Ronald Weinstein, director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program at the University of Arizona, said a $1.3 million grant will expand services offered in Arizona and other Southwest states through the Southwest Telehealth Resource Center.

A $1.3 million federal grant will allow a University of Arizona center to expand a regional program helping hospitals and health care providers get into or make better use of telemedicine. Read more»

St. Mary's Basilica, located near Monroe and Third Street, across a plaza from The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix donated $1,000 to a group leading efforts to pass a ballot measure that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota. Read more»

Teresa Vincifora, chief nursing officer at Benson Hospital, said the Univeristy of Arizona’s Center for Rural Health helped her with a training grant when her job duties expanded to include quality assurance.

Rural hospitals face challenges such as staff shortages, keeping up with technology and even attracting patients who choose to drive to a bigger city. The UA Center for Rural Health offers grants, training courses, networking opportunities and consultants to improve the quality of health care and hospitals’ finances. Read more»

Members of Pusch Ridge Christian Academy’s football team practice in Oro Valley recently.

When her son, Phillip, complained about headaches that wouldn’t go away after several days, Deannea Tanner at first chalked it up to allergies. Then Phillip, a center for Pusch Ridge Christian Academy’s football team, asked if it could be a concussion. Read more»

Charles Spencer speaks during a meeting at the Adult Loss Of Hearing Association’s headquarters. The room is looped to connect sound collected by microphones to hearing aids.

Tucson is leading the way of implementing 'looping,' a wiring system that helps those with hearing loss to understand their surroundings better. Many are changed by their experience with 'looping' facilities that they hope it will spread everywhere, and some even want it in their own homes. Read more»

Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Service, talks with Cronkite News Service reporters on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.

Arizona has done a better job than other states at developing a medical marijuana system that discourages cheating, but there's no way to guarantee that some people won't use it for recreational purposes, the state's top health official Will Humble said Wednesday. Read more»

Corina Gallardo didn’t know she had suffered a concussion as a cheerleader in junior high until she began experiencing trouble focusing and other symptoms after starting high school.

Concussions are most often associated with men's and boys' sports such as football, but girls' sports carry risks as well. According to several Arizona doctors, concussions among girls are often overlooked as a result. Read more» 1

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