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Insulin price cap approved by U.S. House as Georgia’s Warnock pushes for Senate passage

The U.S. House on Thursday passed a bill on a bipartisan 232-193 vote that would limit the price of insulin, as congressional Democrats met throughout the day with health care advocates to make their case for the proposal. ... Read more»

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Western boom cities see spike in harmful ozone

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»

COVID-fighting pill is coming as U.S. preorders millions of doses from Pfizer

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»

Despite restraints, Democrats’ drug pricing plan could still aid consumers

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»

Arizona programs tackle diabetes prevention in Black, Hispanic youth as cases surge

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»

Pandemic health inequities expose need for greater obesity prevention

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»

Transgender people have higher risk of heart health issues, experts say

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»

Black and Hispanic Americans suffer most in biggest U.S. decline in life expectancy since WWII

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

Five important questions about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

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 leader: Congress must act to save 'life changing' diabetes program

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»

Congress urged to reauthorize diabetes program for Native Americans

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»

'Health index' scores Az counties on residents’ welfare, major health issues

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»

UA researcher hopes new diabetes drug can curb amputations

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»

Breaking the code of the Navajo Nation

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»

ASU study suggests almonds can help prevent heart damage in diabetics

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»

UA sponsoring free eye screenings Saturday

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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