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Schizophrenia upends life of accomplished academic

After going from a job teaching premodern Japanese language and literature in the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University to solitary confinement in a Phoenix jail cell, John Creamer hopes to educate others about serious mental illness.... Read more»

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'Tainted' blood: COVID skeptics request blood transfusions from unvaccinated donors

The nation’s tensions over COVID-19 vaccinations have spilled into an unexpected arena: lifesaving blood transfusions - with some patients who are skeptical of the shots demanding transfusions only from the unvaccinated, an option blood centers insist is not feasible.... Read more»

What is 'brain fog,' and why are COVID-19 long-haulers more susceptible?

COVID-19 "long-haulers" – patients who had the disease and recovered but still can’t “get going” as they did before falling ill -- are some of the most at-risk for "brain fog."... Read more»

From doughnuts to pot to cash, incentives rise as vaccination rates slide

With COVID-19 vaccination rates declining in Arizona and other states, entities are using incentives - from free doughnuts at Krispy Kreme shops, scratch-off lottery tickets in Pima County, and cold, hard cash from of California - to reverse the trend and get more shots into more arms.... Read more»

Evidence points to safety of COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant women

Clinical trials and medical studies have indicated that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women, but online posts misrepresent unverified reports to misleadingly suggest “920 women” lost babies because they received the vaccination.... Read more»

'Better than the hospital': pandemic boosts home care for serious illnesses

Since the pandemic began, a growing number of health systems are offering people with more serious health conditions hospital-level treatment in the comfort of their homes, and studies suggest at-home care provides better outcomes for patients and costs less to provide than traditional inpatient care.... Read more»

Optimism grows as COVID-19 vaccinations ramp up, cases fall, but experts warn against complacency

A top Arizona health official said the number of COVID-19 cases in the state is “definitely trending in the right direction,” but he cautioned that “we need to keep following guidelines.” “We need to keep wearing masks, and we need to keep staying separated,” said Dr. Joshua LaBaer.... Read more»

Pandemic exposed social inequities, created backlogs of care, Mayo specialists say

Disadvantaged populations are at risk because they work jobs deemed essential, which increases their potential for exposure to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and have less access to health care resources, according to a panel of the Mayo Clinic medical team.... Read more»

Ducey rejects new COVID-19 limit in Az, as analysts foresee swamped hospitals

Gov. Ducey again rejected calls for tougher statewide COVID-19 restrictions Wednesday in the face of what experts called a pending “catastrophe,” opting instead for more funding for nurses and more pleas for personal responsibility.... Read more»

COVID-19 on pace to become third-leading cause of death in state

Six months after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Arizona, the disease is well on its way to becoming the third-leading cause of death in the state this year, following cancer and heart disease, according to state data.... Read more»

ASU researchers develop cheaper, faster saliva test for COVID-19

Arizona’s first saliva test – designed by scientists at ASU to make university-wide testing feasible in the fall – already has been administered to more than 6,000 people, according to Vel Murugan, an associate research professor at ASU’s Biodesign Institute. It’s an alternative to nasopharyngeal swabs, which are uncomfortable and can be dangerous to frontline workers.... Read more»

AZ businesses have gotten $489M in CARES Act money so far. Here’s where it’s going.

Businesses headquartered in Arizona have received roughly $489 million from the CARES Act, a $2 billion COVID-19 aid package approved by Congress last month.... Read more»

Ducey says University of Arizona will produce 250K tests for COVID-19 antibody

The University of Arizona will produce 250,000 tests for COVID-19 antibodies that will determine whether people have been infected with the virus, potentially showing who might have immunity.... Read more»

Arizona sun may spur summer SAD: a rare, lonely depression

Medical experts link Summertime Seasonal Affective Disorder to the change in seasons, driving insomnia, agitation and intense sadness. It’s more common in hotter climates like Arizona, with its string of triple-digit temperatures, experts say. Heat, light, circadian rhythms and even the empty streets during a sizzling day could be triggers.... Read more»

McCain to return to Arizona for cancer treatment

Sen. John McCain will return to Arizona to undergo radiation treatment and chemotherapy at the Mayo Clinic, his office said. McCain was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer after surgery to remove a two-inch clot from his brain two weeks ago.... Read more»

McCain votes to allow Obamacare debate: Congress 'getting nothing done'

"We're getting nothing done," McCain said. "We've tried to do this by coming up with a proposal behind closed doors.... I don't think that is going to work in the end. And it probably shouldn't." With complete text and video.... Read more»

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