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Three conservative judges with a history of rulings restricting abortion access signaled they will side with a group of doctors challenging the approval of an abortion drug. Read more»

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky speaks during a COVID-19 response press briefing about new studies on the effectiveness of booster shots against the omicron variant on Jan. 21, 2022.

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is stepping down at the end of June after 2½ tumultuous years leading the nation’s primary public health agency — and much of the Biden administration’s effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more»

A member of the National Guard during Operation Guardian Support in Nogales, Ariz. in 2018.

The Biden administration will send an additional 1,500 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to support border officials ahead of an expected influx of migrants seeking asylum following the end of Title 42 next week. This will "argument" the 2,500 military personnel already on border. Read more»

The departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services will also end their requirements for Head Start educators, health care facilities that take Medicare and Medicaid and some foreign nationals crossing the border.

White House officials announced Monday that they will end the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federal employees, contractors and international travelers when the COVID-19 public health emergency ends on May 11. Read more»

Medication abortion stands as one of the last options for people seeking reproductive health care in areas where new restrictions have followed the Supreme Court’s decision to end the federal right to abortions.

The Supreme Court on Friday stopped new restrictions on mifepristone from going into effect and limiting access to the procedure nationwide, a pause on lower court rulings restricting the use of the popular abortion pill that will stay in place while the appeal proceeds. Read more»

El Centro de Salud Rural de la Universidad de Arizona envió mensajes de texto sobre COVID-19 a 3,000 suscriptores que viven en áreas rurales durante la pandemia. Desde entonces, los mensajes de texto evolucionaron para incluir otros problemas de atención médica para personas de color y otras comunidades desatendidas.

Los mensajes de texto que actualizan a los residentes rurales de Arizona sobre el COVID-19 ahora se están ampliando a otros problemas de salud para enviar mensajes de texto a las personas que tienen menos acceso a la atención médica. Read more»

School buses assemble in the shape of an assault rifle in Houston on July 14, 2022. The protest was organized by Change the Ref, a group that advocates for gun control. Gun deaths are driving a historic spike in child mortality rates.

After decades of steady improvement, the death rate of America’s children and teens shot up between 2019 and 2021 — and gun-related deaths represented the largest share of the increase — by far. Read more»

El autismo en Arizona y en todo EE. UU. está en aumento a medida que la conciencia ha llevado a una detección más temprana en las comunidades de color, dijeron el lunes expertos en salud de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades.

El autismo está en aumento, ya que la conciencia ha llevado a una detección más temprana en las comunidades de color, y la investigación reveló que el trastorno del espectro autista no se basa tanto en las "diferencias biológicas" como en las circunstancias socioeconómicas. Read more»

Reproductive health experts across the country, especially those in the South, a region with high maternal mortality rates and the most abortion bans, agreed that the full spectrum of maternal health care needs improvement.

U.S. maternal mortality rates keep growing, an anomaly compared to other economically similar countries, and nine states - including Arizona - are waiting on approval from the CDC to expand postpartum Medicaid coverage to reduce the numbers. Read more»

Autism in Arizona and across the U.S. is on the rise as awareness has led to earlier detection in communities of color, health experts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

Autism in Arizona and across the U.S. is on the rise, as awareness has led to earlier detection in communities of color, and research revealed that autism spectrum disorder is not based so much on “biological differences” as on socioeconomic circumstances. Read more»

Apple snail eggs stick to Salt River vegetation on Feb. 24, 2023. Arizona Game and Fish asks visitors to whack the eggs into the water to help eliminate the invasive snail population.

Arizona Game and Fish wants to rid the state of the invasive gastropod pest apple snails - which probably came to Arizona through the aquarium pet trade - and it’s counting on responsible pet owners, outdoor enthusiasts, citizen scientists and volunteers to help. Read more»

Medical care of autistic adults is marked with bias from doctors who may question their autistic identity, talk down to them or be reluctant to make accommodations, advocates say. It’s why they say autistic patients often have to advocate for themselves in the doctor’s office.

Doctors often show bias toward autistic adults, showing skepticism about their autistic identity, using ableist language or failing to recognize autistic people may react differently to sensory stimuli like pain, and this leads to distinct challenges for autistic adults. Read more»

The Biden administration’s new rule will bar from asylum all non-Mexican migrants who arrive at the southern U.S. border without having first sought and been denied asylum in at least one of the countries they passed through on their journey.

Anticipating a potential surge of migrants at the southern border, the Biden administration announced a crackdown on those seeking asylum after unlawfully entering the U.S.- a proposed change that has been condemned by immigration rights groups. Read more»

Arizona law prohibits edibles from being designed to look like children’s candies, such as gummy bears. and marijuana gummies for adults must be labeled with the specific dose on individual gummies and their container. State law limits edibles to a maximum of 10mg of THC per edible and 100mg of THC per package of edibles.

The number of children who mistake edible marijuana for candy is on the rise, with panicked parents calling Arizona poison control centers for help- and experts say nearly 60% of 394 pediatric cannabis incidents last year required a hospital visit. Read more»

A family requested asylum at the Dennis DeConcini port of entry in Nogales in October 2021, but were rebuffed by federal officials who argued that Title 42 kept them from accepting people seeking protection in the U.S.

The U.S. Supreme Court canceled arguments in a case over the emergency health order the federal government has used for nearly three years to quickly turn away migrants, including those seeking asylum, at the southern border. Read more»

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