April 22, 2014
April 21, 2014
April 18, 2014
Bisbee has a new ER, twice the size of the old one. Oro Valley Hospital now has a certified pediatric ER. Sierra Vista and Green Valley are building new hospitals that will open in 2015.
April 17, 2014
The American Cancer Society's study of government data has revealed some positive and improved statistics regarding colon cancer. The number of Americans 50 and older with colon cancer plunged 30% from nearly three decades ago according to this new study. The number of Americans with colon cancer has been declining since the mid-1980s due to a higher rate of colonoscopies, access to information, and advancements in technology.
April 11, 2014
In 1997 the Federal Communications Commission enacted a rule that cell phones without a calling plan needed to still be able to call 911. Good idea at the time, but today pranksters are using untraceable, out of service, phones to call emergency centers with false calls. One man in the Bay Area has made 30,000 false calls since 2007. No one has died because resources are tied up with false calls, but many priority police and fire calls have been delayed while rescuers scour areas to which pranksters have called them.
April 4, 2014
You've seen the news. You have heard the dispute - is autism on the rise or are more pediatricians willing to make the diagnosis? But what is the number? Autism, the Centers for Disease Control estimates, affects 1.2 million kids. This number goes across the whole spectrum of this disorder, from almost unnoticeable to debilitating.
March 28, 2014
Every day, four percent of hospitalized patients fight an infection picked up at a hospital or healthcare facility. Out of 34 million hospitalizations, there are 721,800 infections; 80,000 of whom are suffering with more than one hospital acquired infection.
March 21, 2014
More osteopathic physicians, nearly 25 percent of the 2,064 2014 graduates, have chosen to go into family practice than any other medical specialty, says the American Academy of Family Physicians. Overall, 53 percent of osteopathic physicians choose primary care (family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics) and will begin training in those specialties this summer.
March 17, 2014
The town of Ajo's population is below 3,500, despite being named one of the best and most affordable places to retire in the U.S. and it is served by a a federally qualified health center that has to send 40% of labs elsewhere and must put all but routine health visits on the road to...Phoenix.
March 7, 2014
Many people, whether they are intimidated by the red tape or worried about cost, who lack health insurance tell local navigators they'll risk fines and see how things work out during the coming year rather than obtain insurance by March 31. Navigators pose a different strategy: get covered and see how things work out.
February 28, 2014
Our region is in the middle of a four-year experiment. It tests whether the community can define its most important public health challenges and then tackle them, as a community, rather than rely on government and large health providers. Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation, through its executive director, has been part of the planning process since 2010. The 2013-2017 health improvement plan looks like:
February 26, 2014
The Cover Arizona Coalition