Health

State medical cannabis programs failing to make enough progress, advocacy group finds

BY: - February 3, 2023

WASHINGTON — A report from a patient advocacy group found the future of medical cannabis in the states is hazy unless costs are decreased, product safety standards are improved, and civil rights are strengthened for patients and prescribers.  Americans for Safe Access issued its annual State of the States report on Thursday. The organization, a […]

Parents of teen killed in accidental shooting hope ‘Christian’s Law’ will save lives

BY: - January 24, 2023

The lives of Bruce and Claire Petillo were forever changed on Sept. 5, 2021, when their teenage son went to spend the night with a friend and never returned after being killed in an accidental shooting.  Christian, according to his mother, was impetuous, fun loving and good at every sport he tried, much to the […]

The Navajo Nation has lifted its mask mandate, fully reopening to the public

BY: - January 23, 2023

Almost three years after it was instituted to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Navajo Nation has lifted its mask mandate, making mask use optional in public spaces and businesses for the general public. By removing the mask mandate, the Navajo Nation is now considered fully reopened to the general public. “It’s time for the […]

Bipartisan bill aims to use ‘magic mushrooms’ to help veterans

BY: - January 20, 2023

Arizona veterans struggling with their mental health want new solutions, and Dr. Sue Sisely believes that psilocybin, the psychedelic ingredient in “magic mushrooms,” could be the answer.  But so far the only controlled trials on psilocybin to treat medical conditions have used a synthetic, one-molecule version of the substance, which is vastly different from a […]

Federal judge allows Arizona to implement genetic-abnormality abortion ban

BY: - January 20, 2023

A ruling Thursday from a federal judge that reinstates an abortion ban from 2021 has once again complicated the legal landscape for providers in Arizona.  U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Rayes refused to block a law that prohibits doctors from performing abortions due to the fetus’ genetic abnormality, saying that the overturning of Roe v. […]

Republicans are already talking about a government shutdown in July

BY: - January 17, 2023

The Arizona Legislature has been in session for barely a week, and already Republican lawmakers are saying bipartisanship appears firmly out of reach and the state is headed for a government shutdown this summer.  “What we need to really look at — in my opinion and based on this discussion — is how do we […]

U.S. House Republicans push through two anti-abortion measures in first work week

BY: - January 12, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday approved its first abortion-related measures under a new Republican majority, eliciting strong support from GOP members and opposition from Democrats, who rejected the legislation as misleading and incomplete.  Republicans, who secured a four-seat majority during the November midterm elections, said the bill setting medical standards on a national […]

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Time is running out. Get covered by January 15.

BY: - January 12, 2023

If you don’t have health insurance — or just want to explore your options — go to healthcare.gov on or before Jan. 15 to get covered with affordable health insurance now. Having and keeping good quality affordable health care is personal for me. The Affordable Care Act saved my life. In 2017, I walked into […]

Arizona recreational marijuana sales hit new record, medical sales slip again

BY: - January 10, 2023

For the eighth straight month, and the eleventh time in the past year, medical marijuana sales dropped from the month prior, clocking in at about $31 million in October 2022.  By contrast, adult-use cannabis sales that voters approved in 2020 hit a new high in the same month, with more than $85.4 million in estimated […]

Community response helped reverse COVID’s devastating toll on Indigenous communities in Arizona

BY: and - January 6, 2023

When COVID-19 first hit the U.S. in early 2020, urban centers like New York City became a focus of national attention. But as the disease spread throughout the U.S. later that spring, the Navajo Nation emerged as a disease hotspot, with case rates rising higher than anywhere else in the country. Newly compiled data reveals […]

COVID-19 no longer grabs headlines, but still poses a threat

BY: - January 5, 2023

WASHINGTON – Almost three years after the first COVID-19 cases were detected in Arizona, here’s what we know: It hits the elderly hardest, it spikes in summer and winter, it killed men in Arizona at sharply higher rates than women and new strains continue to evolve. And it’s not going away. “COVID is here to […]

Arizona’s 1864 abortion ban doesn’t overrule 50 years of more recent regulations

BY: - December 30, 2022

Abortions in Arizona are legal up to 15 weeks of pregnancy, after an appeals court ruled late Friday that the state’s Civil War-era abortion ban doesn’t overrule nearly 50 years of laws tightly regulating abortions and instead only applies to non-physicians who might try to provide abortions. In a unanimous ruling, the three-judge appellate panel […]