Arizona Health News

A sign in front of a building identifies Valleywise Behavioral Health Center – Maryvale in Phoeni...
Kevin Stone

Valleywise Health replenishing mental health care capacity after staffing setback

Valleywise Health is working to replenish its mental health care capacity after cutting back because of staffing shortages in 2022.
16 hours ago
An elderly woman with with white hair and a cane walks alongside a woman with blond hair in the hal...
Kevin Stone

West Valley assisted-living facility settles lawsuit over secrecy practices

A West Valley assisted-living facility has settled a lawsuit over secrecy clauses in its arbitration agreements, officials announced Tuesday.
4 days ago
A gloved hand holds a Planatome surgical blade...
Kevin Stone

Planatome, a Phoenix-based surgical blade maker, plans to double size of workforce

Planatome, a Phoenix-based medical device company that makes advanced surgical blades, announced plans to double its workforce.
4 days ago
A portion of UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s campus in Minnetonka, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)...
Tom Kuebel

Cyber attack on health insurance provider could prevent Arizonans from getting prescriptions

A cyber attack against Change Healthcare has prevented some patients from being able to fill prescriptions at local pharmacies.
5 days ago
Two additional measles cases in Maricopa County were identified Feb. 22, 2024. (Photo by Fiona Good...
Danny Shapiro

Maricopa County announces 2 additional cases of measles, more possible exposure sites

Maricopa County announced two more cases of measles Thursday, about two weeks after an initial case involving an international visitor was confirmed.
9 days ago
Doctors at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix used the FARAPULSE Pulsed Field Ablation Sy...
Kevin Stone

Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix debuts new atrial fibrillation treatment

Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is now treating atrial fibrillation with a new device that reduces the risk of complications.
11 days ago
strokes risk Black Americans Arizona Valley doctor...
Serena O'Sullivan

Black Arizonans more at risk of developing strokes than other racial groups, Valley doctor says

Smoking and taking the wrong blood pressure medication are some reasons why Black Americans have a higher risk of developing strokes.
11 days ago
Supporters of Issue 1, the Right to Reproductive Freedom amendment, attend a rally in Columbus, Ohi...
Associated Press

Lawmakers look to protect health-related data as it’s used in abortion battle

Lawmakers in multiple states are looking to keep health data private as some information is being used in the abortion debate.
14 days ago
Arizona Sen. T.J. Shope is sponsoring a bill that would make "magic mushrooms" legal for medicinal ...
Danny Shapiro

Arizona Sen. TJ Shope believes ‘magic mushrooms’ could help those suffering from PTSD

Arizona Republican Sen. T.J. Shope is hoping to pass a bill that would legalize "magic mushrooms" with the purpose of helping those suffering from PTSD.
17 days ago
A woman checks liquids in a nursing home....
Serena O'Sullivan

Health care report says Arizona will have the nation’s biggest nursing shortage in 2025

The nursing shortage in Arizona will be the worst in the nation's in 2025, according to the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis.
16 days ago
A 10 pack and one dose bottle of measles, mumps and rubella virus vaccine, made by MERCK, sits on a...
Kevin Stone

Measles case involving international visitor confirmed in Maricopa County

A case of measles involving an international visitor has been confirmed in the Valley, Maricopa County health officials announced.
18 days ago
Watch out for brain injuries in winter sports...
Serena O'Sullivan

Arizonans who love winter sports should know these brain injury warning signs

Winter sports are common in northern Arizona's snowy mountains. Watch out for brain injuries, one Valley doctor says.
19 days ago
Four people in Arizona are sick from a listeria outbreak in California. (CDC Photo)...
KTAR.com

Arizonans among those sick with listeria after cheese, dairy product recall

Four people from Arizona are sick with listeria following an outbreak linked to cheese and dairy products that were recalled Monday, health officials said.
25 days ago
Developing skin cancer during the winter big risk for Arizonans...
KTAR.com

Arizonans need to protect their skin from UV rays during winter, Valley doctor says

One Valley doctor wants to correct common misconceptions Arizonans have that can make them vulnerable to skin cancer during the winter.
26 days ago
OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy...
Kevin Stone

Arizona gets $8M in settlement with marketing firm accused of fueling US opioid epidemic

Arizona's portion of a international marketing firm's multimillion-dollar settlement over its role in the U.S. opioid crisis is about $8 million.
29 days ago
A Narcan vending machine was opened in Phoenix on Jan. 19, 2024. (KTAR News Photo/Colton Krolak)...
Colton Krolak

Free Narcan vending machine unveiled at Phoenix clinic

Valle del Sol unveiled a Narcan vending machine stocked full of opioid reversal medication at its Phoenix clinic on Friday.
1 month ago
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KTAR.com

Valley fever endemic among respiratory illnesses plaguing Arizona

Coming into the back half of flu season, respiratory illnesses such as Valley fever, Covid-19 and influenza are as prevalent as ever.
29 days ago
This combination of photos provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Jan. ...
Associated Press

Charcuterie salmonella cases double, CDC expands warning

The CDC is expanding a warning about salmonella poisoning tied to charcuterie meat snack trays sold at Sam's Club and Costco stores.
1 month ago
A magnifying glass enlarges the word "cancer" on a newspaper...
Kevin Stone

Health experts warn Arizona residents about invisible threat of radon gas

Health experts are warning Arizona residents about the invisible threat of radon gas, a naturally occurring substance known to cause lung cancer.
2 months ago
Adding fruits and vegetables are a more sustainable technique to keeping up with your New Year's di...
Tom Kuebel

Benefits of sustaining your New Year’s diet go beyond losing weight

A Valley health expert says that when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet, adding fruits and vegetables can be a better approach than eliminating bad foods all together.
2 months ago
Atlantic Home Health Care...
Serena O'Sullivan

Home health care company that operates in Arizona to pay $10 million in false claims case

Atlantic Home Health Care, which operated in Arizona, was accused of misusing funding to give kickback payments of up to $5,000.
2 months ago
Saving Arizona Blood Drive...
Serena O'Sullivan

Vitalant seeks 500 blood donors in Valley to replenish supply after holidays

Blood donation company Vitalant teamed up with local businesses to encourage Arizonans to donate at the Saving Arizona Blood Drive in 2024.
2 months ago
Banner seeing more poison calls related to weight-loss drugs like Ozempic...
Serena O'Sullivan

Banner seeing more Valley poison calls related to weight-loss drugs like Ozempic

Banner Poison and Drug Information Center an uptick in calls in the Valley reporting health issues related to weight-loss drugs such as Ozempic.
2 months ago
Arizona will receive 55,000 units of opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone during the next two yea...
KTAR.com

Arizona to receive 55,000 units of naloxone over next 2 years as part of national opioid settlement

Arizona will get 55,000 units of opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone during the next two years from Teva Pharmaceuticals as of part its national settlement.
2 months ago