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Life expectancy fell a 'shocking' 1.8 years in 2020; COVID not sole culprit

U.S. life expectancy fell by an “unprecedented and shocking” 1.8 years between 2019 and 2020, a dramatic drop that experts say can only partly be blamed on the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more»

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COVID-19 on track to be leading cause of death in Arizona in 2021

COVID-19 claimed almost 15,800 lives in Arizona this year, putting it on track to be the leading cause of death in the state in 2021 - a change from 2020, when the virus was the third-leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer.... 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»

Analysis finds COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in Arizona

A new report by the Arizona Public Health Association found that COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in Arizona during the pandemic, unlike in other similar states that had more aggressive mitigation measures. ... Read more»1

Scientists search for cause of mysterious COVID-related inflammation in children

More than 5,200 of the 6.2 million U.S. children diagnosed with COVID have developed MIS-C, a rare but life-threatening complication of COVID-19, and pediatric intensive care units are now struggling to save the latest round of extremely sick children.... 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»


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»

The deadliest year: Overall death toll grew by 25% in Arizona in 2020

Total deaths in Arizona rose 25% in 2020 over the previous year, with some counties seeing increases approaching 50% for the year in which COVID-19 became a leading killer in the state. ... Read more»

Study finds ‘mortality gap’ among middle-aged whites

Death rates among middle-aged white Americans, and suicide and substance abuse are not the biggest culprit, according to a new study.... 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»

The politics of poison

How politics derailed EPA science on arsenic

A ban on arsenic-containing pesticides was lifted after a lawmaker disrupted a scientific assessment by the EPA.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Mediterranean diet slashes risk of heart disease

The Monday Political Face-Off featured commentators Vince Rabago and John Munger. Also, Larry Sakin of the Sakin Foundation and Pamela Francis of the Educational Enrichment Foundation talked about a celebrity spelling bee to raise money for the foundation. Plus, Jack Challem, the nutrition reporter.... Read more»

Deadly breakfast? Study connects bacon, premature death

Researchers found that those who consume processed meats are more likely to die early of cardiovascular diseases or cancer.... Read more»

Cancer number one killer of Latinos, replacing heart disease

A new study says cancer is now the number one killer of Latinos in the United States. ... Read more»

Atrial Fibrillation Month calls attention to silent killer

September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month, calling attention to a condition that affects 2.2 million Americans. Sometimes called the silent killer because if often goes unnoticed, "afib" puts people at risk for heart attack, stroke and dementia.... Read more»

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