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Arizona Latina moms, environmental advocates fight air pollution with electric school bus

In one west Phoenix neighborhood, several Latina moms came together in a grassroots organization that works to spark environmental change in Latinx communities to help their kids by targeting the air-fouling diesel school buses their children ride each day.... Read more»

Analysis

Can Biden’s plan to remove urban highways improve the health of American cities?

The $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework put forward by the Biden administration, which includes funding for a $1 billion “reconnecting communities” program, offers few details about ameliorating displacement, one of the many challenges faced by the new urban renewal movement.... Read more»

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»

Is blockbuster asthma drug Advair really safe?

Millions already take Advair to breathe easy, despite the drug’s “risk of asthma-related death.” Why has it taken the feds more than two decades to fully study those risks?... Read more»

Arizona program to fight climate-related health issues held out as model

Arizona was one of seven states highlighted in a CDC report on programs aimed at reducing the health problems stemming from climate change. That report, in turn, was cited by President Barack Obama as he unveiled a series of actions aimed at climate-related health issues.... 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»

Opinion

The loss of Anthony Shadid, a profound listener

Anthony Shadid was the living embodiment of the idea of ground truth. He won two Pulitzer Prizes and a legion of other professional awards and was widely regarded by his colleagues. His death in Syria of an apparent asthma attack Thursday at age 43 stunned us all.... Read more»