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Alzheimer’s hits home for Tempe mayor and his family

Posted by   /  September 29, 2016  /  Government and Politics, Health Care  /  No Comments

The Mitchell family: From left are former Congressman Harry Mitchell, Allyson Mitchell, Sophia Mitchell, Marianne Mitchell and Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell./ Special to the Tribune

By Shelley Gillespie | East Valley Tribune Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell had a very personal reason for seeking “Dementia Friendly City” status for the city. His mother Marianne has suffered a 12-year decline, with Alzheimer’s disease progressively robbing her of her memories and functionality. To Mitchell’s family, which has seen Marianne deteriorate, the loss has […]

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One less battle: Treatment courts keep vets out of jail, in recovery

Posted by   /  September 27, 2016  /  Courts/Law, Health Care  /  No Comments

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By Cronkite News The way Gregg Maxon sees it, veterans have a hard enough time as it is when their service is done – they don’t need jail time added to the list. Maxon is one of many advocates for veteran treatment courts, a diversion program that takes vets who have been charged with crimes […]

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Surgeon general uses social media to address opioid epidemic

Posted by   /  September 26, 2016  /  Government and Politics, Health Care  /  No Comments

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By Zack Moran | Cronkite News The U.S. surgeon general is urging those who support the fight against the nationwide opioid epidemic to take his #TurnTheTide pledge. Dr. Vivek Murthy, the U.S. surgeon general, started the campaign – aimed mostly at health care professionals – to raise awareness about opioid abuse and help connect patients […]

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Second-hand asbestos exposure not actionable in Arizona, court rules; Evan Bolick, Rose Law Group litigation attorney, comments

Posted by   /  September 21, 2016  /  Courts/Law, Health Care  /  No Comments

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By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Arizona companies have no duty to protect family members from exposure to toxic materials their employees bring home on their work clothes, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. In the first ruling of its kind in Arizona, the judges rejected the contention of […]

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Marijuana might alleviate America’s opioid crisis, new study suggests

Posted by   /  September 18, 2016  /  Health Care, Marijuana  /  No Comments

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In 2014, more than 14,000 people ― nearly 40 per day ― died from overdoses of prescribed opiates. By Chris D’Angelo | The Huffington Post Access to medical marijuana may be cutting down on the overall use of opioids, including prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Percocet, new research suggests. In a study, researchers from Columbia […]

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California health care, tech firm building $38M, 2,000-worker regional operations center on tribal land in Phoenix area

Posted by   /  September 14, 2016  /  Health Care, Real Estate  /  No Comments

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By Eric Jay Toll | Phoenix Business Journal McKesson, a health care pharmacology, technology and supply vendor, is boosting its Valley presence with a 271,000-square-foot twinned office complex in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. This is a major expansion for the 30,000-employee, San Francisco-based McKesson. The company is the fifth announced California-based organization to […]

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Pinal County, with no ObamaCare options, gets an insurer after all

Posted by   /  September 8, 2016  /  Featured News, Health Care  /  No Comments

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By Peter Sullivan | The Hill Arizona’s Pinal County will have an insurer offering ObamaCare coverage after all, as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona announced Wednesday that it will step in to offer insurance there next year. The move averts what would have been an unprecedented situation for a county in the United States: […]

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Concussion reporting on the rise in Arizona

Posted by   /  September 1, 2016  /  Health Care, Sports  /  No Comments

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By Jonathan Saxon | Cronkite News At first blush, the statement from Dr. Javier Cardenas might have troubled some parents of young athletes. “I’m happy to tell you that more athletes are reporting concussions,” said Cardenas, a sports neurologist at the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center. What could possibly be good about an increase […]

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Arizonans should not panic about health insurance choice, feds say

Posted by   /  August 28, 2016  /  Government and Politics, Health Care  /  No Comments

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By Stephanie Innes | Arizona Daily Star Fewer health insurers and higher rates are expected on the federal marketplace, where more than 150,000 Arizonans bought plans last year. Last year, five insurance companies sold 31,161 marketplace plans to Pima County residents. Open enrollment begins Nov. 1 for coverage in 2017. So far this year, the […]

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States start to approve steep increases in health premiums

Posted by   /  August 26, 2016  /  Government and Politics, Health Care  /  No Comments

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By Louise Radnofsky and Stephanie Armour | The Wall Street Journal Obama administration looks to ease consumer concerns about rising rates with analysis showing tax credits would blunt impact for some The first handful of states have released approved 2017 rates for people who buy health insurance on their own and the results so far […]

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