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Ozone is a major pollutant in Tucson's air and the problem is getting worse with climate change, as it is for many western cities.

In the heavily populated mountain valleys of the West, the odorless, colorless gas known as ozone has remained stubbornly difficult to reduce to safe levels. Read more»

A nurse administers a nasopharyngeal swab to test a patient for coronavirus.

Pfizer joins pharmaceutical giant Merck in seeking Food and Drug Administration approval for a COVID-fighting pill after clinical trials showed the pill prevented 89% of hospitalizations and deaths, and the the United States is primed to have millions of doses of the pill in hand. Read more»

Over the long term, the idea is to slow the overall inflation of drug prices, which has exceeded general inflation for decades.

The Medicare prescription drug pricing plan Democrats unveiled this week is not nearly as ambitious as many lawmakers sought, but they and drug policy experts say the provisions crack open the door to reforms that could have dramatic effects. Read more»

New research shows a surge in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in youth, and some of the biggest increases are among Black and Hispanic children.

As the number of people younger than 20 with Type 1 diabetes rose by 45% and those with Type 2 diabetes soared by 95% - researchers at Arizona State University are conducting an intervention program and study aimed at helping Hispanic youth combat diabetes. Read more»

Despite heightened concerns over obesity’s health dangers, Congress only provides the CDC with 31 cents per U.S. resident for grants to support state-based obesity-prevention programs.

The effects of obesity account for a large share of the nation's health care spending, but funding for obesity prevention and control has been inadequate for decades, and the pandemic has thrust longstanding racial and economic health disparities into bold relief. Read more»

Kai Reed was in and out of the hospital seven times for heart-related health issues in November 2019, when this image was taken.

Transgender and gender noncomforming people historically have received poorer quality health and preventative care, and transgender men and women have a four times higher risk of suffering a heart attack than people who identify as the gender with which they were born. Read more»

Much of the devastating public health impact during the pandemic can be chalked up to economic disparity. Although stock prices have recovered from last year’s decline, many people are still suffering financially, especially Black and Hispanic Americans.

In addition to killing 600,000 in the United States and afflicting an estimated 3.4 million or more with persistent symptoms, the pandemic threatens the health of vulnerable people, exacerbating the discrepancies already seen in the country between the wealth and health of Black and Hispanic Americans and those of white Americans. Read more» 1

Many news reports described the vaccine as if it were our deliverance from the pandemic, even though few details were released. Here's what we know. Read more»

Hopi Chairman Timothy Nuvangyaoma said it is 'critical' that lawmakers reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, which serves tribes across Arizona and the nation.

Hopi Chairman Timothy Nuvangyaoma said it is “critical” that lawmakers reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, which serves tribes across Arizona and the nation. Read more»

Arizona’s senators are seeking renewal of a program that helps fight diabetes in Indian Country. Native American adults have the highest rates of diabetes in the country, and COVID-19 is more dangerous and deadly for people with the chronic disease.

Arizona’s U.S. senators are pushing legislation to renew a federal program that fights diabetes in Indian Country – an initiative tribal leaders say is vital amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more»

A woman has her blood sugar tested. Diabetes was cited as the major health challenge in six of Arizona’s counties in a new national study.

Diabetes, hypertension and depression are the biggest problems facing Arizona counties, according to a new nationwide health index map that also scored counties on whether they tend to be more healthy or less. Read more»

The University of Arizona’s Dr. David Armstrong said he hopes to take part in trials of a Cuban drug that could 'make a difference and prevent amputations' for diabetics.

Heberprot-P, a drug from Cuba that can speed healing of diabetic lesions, is in the process of being approved for clinical trials. Researcher David Armstrong hopes the University of Arizona will take part in the testing before the end of the year. Read more»

Gyill Holyan, 16, rides a horse while visiting family in Bird Springs, Ariz. The San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, Ariz. serve as one of the four sacred mountains of the Navajo.

For many Americans, the word Navajo conjures up images of the World War II code talkers who used their unique language to encrypt secret radio messages sent to the front lines. Here’s what many don’t know about the most populous Native American tribe in the United States. Read more»

An ASU study, published in Journal of Functional Foods, showed that eating 1.5 ounces of almonds can reduce levels of C reactive protein, which is part of a chain that can lead to heart disease, in people with progressed Type 2 diabetes. Read more»

Free eye screenings are available Saturday at St. Elizabeth’s Health Center, 140 West Speedway Boulevard, 8 a.m. to noon. The event is sponsored by the UA Department of Ophthalmology, in conjunction with the University of Arizona Medical Center. Read more»

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