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Opioid addiction, overdoses at center of special legislative session

Posted by   /  January 21, 2018  /  Government and Politics, Health Care  /  No Comments

Legislative package sets $10M for treatment, restrictions for doctors By  Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will call for a special session on Monday to push a spate of changes to prescription and treatment laws in an effort to confront the opioid crisis engulfing the state. The proposal attacks the opioid […]

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[OPINION] Stop calling it an opioid crisis

Posted by   /  January 19, 2018  /  Health Care  /  No Comments

Prescription painkillers are not the problem (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.) By Jeffrey A. Singer, MD | Foundation for Economic Education he National Center for Health Statistics reported last month that a record 63,600 deaths occurred in 2016 due to overdoses. Digging deeper into that number shows over 20,000 of […]

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Hospital care will add some money for education

Posted by   /  January 19, 2018  /  Education, Health Care  /  No Comments

Executive plan increases hospital assessment by $35 million Arizona hospitals will pay more under Gov. Doug Ducey’s $10.1 billion spending plan. The governor’s proposal, released last week, shows $79 million in “efficiency savings” or cuts to agency budgets for things like employee vacancies and lower utility bills. But one item listed as an “efficiency savings” […]

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As federal shutdown looms, legislators approve Arizona CHIP health care funds for children

Posted by   /  January 19, 2018  /  Government and Politics, Health Care  /  No Comments

By Fortesa Latifi | Cronkite News ealth insurance for thousands of low-income children in Arizona’s KidsCare program would be preserved, even if federal funds are yanked, under a measure approved Thursday by an Arizona legislative committee. The House Health Committee voted in favor of HB 2127, the bill designed to prevent a funding freeze for […]

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Keeping drug use clean

Posted by   /  January 16, 2018  /  Government and Politics, Health Care  /  No Comments

Bipartisan bill seeks to legalize needle exchanges in Arizona Antonio Noori Farzan | Phoenix New Times For years, most of Arizona’s needle exchange programs have operated underground. Under state law, hypodermic syringes are considered to be a form of drug paraphernalia, meaning that anyone found to be distributing syringes or needles can be charged with […]

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[IN-DEPTH] NFL concussion settlement hardly settling for one family

Posted by   /  January 13, 2018  /  Health Care, Sports  /  No Comments

Mike Webster survivors left out of awards By Ken Belson | The New York Times When the Pittsburgh Steelers begin their march to a potential seventh Super Bowl championship on Sunday afternoon, Garrett Webster will be delivering pizza from his 14-year-old Honda Pilot. This might surprise fans and his customers, but Mr. Webster, the 33-year-old […]

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Don’t let them see you sweat

Posted by   /  January 11, 2018  /  Featured News, Health Care  /  No Comments

The most stressful jobs of 2018 By Angela Gonzales | Phoenix Business Journal areerCast unveiled its list of the most and least stressful jobs of 2018, with the least stressful job paying a pretty good salary. CareerCast evaluated 11 stress factors: travel required, growth potential, deadlines, working in the public eye, competition in the field, physical […]

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An Apple a day might hurt children’s brains

Posted by   /  January 9, 2018  /  Featured News, Health Care, Media and Entertainment, Science  /  No Comments

By David Gelles | The New York Times A creator of the iPhone called the device “addictive.” A Twitter founder said the “internet is broken.” An early Facebook investor raised questions about the social network’s impact on children’s brains. Now, two of the biggest investors on Wall Street have asked Apple to study the health […]

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Nearly 7 in 10 Americans have done drugs on the job, survey finds

Posted by   /  January 3, 2018  /  Health Care  /  No Comments

By Kathy Cline | KTAR.com The opioid epidemic has officially manifested itself in the workplace, a recent survey has found. The survey from Detox.com found that, out of 1,121 people surveyed, nearly 7 in 10 American workers said they have done drugs on the job or while heading to their job. In addition, the survey […]

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Maybe the NFL is coming out of the fog on how it handles concussions

Posted by   /  December 31, 2017  /  Health Care, Sports  /  No Comments

Announced changes follow “an ugly incident . . .’ “The NFL and the players’ union announced a series of changes Friday to the way potential concussions are handled,” AP reports. Why it matters, per AP: “The NFL has been under increased scrutiny the past several years over player safety when it comes to head injuries. […]

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