Healthcare Archives

Hooked: Heroin’s Hold on Arizona

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As the drug pours into the state, an epidemic of addiction threatens a generation of young people, their families and their friends.    

Arizona ranks No. 22 for senior health

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Arizona ranked No. 22 for senior health this year, according to the third edition of United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities. Nationwide, the report shows positive trends for senior health, especially for those measures that look at whether seniors are getting the right care in… Read More →

Youth football tackles concussion issues

Dr. David Dodick, director of the Mayo Clinic concussion program in Phoenix.

Brian Brooks still remembers the first time he watched his son sustain a head injury playing tackle football. The hit left 10-year-old Carson down on the field, injured – and Brian with a parent’s worst nightmare. “Of course, my first impulse was to run down to the field immediately,” Brian said. “It was very hard… Read More →

Phoenix Children’s Hospital names physician in chief

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Stacy Nicholson, MD, MPH, has joined Phoenix Children’s Hospital as Physician in Chief. In this role, he will be accountable for leadership and direction of the medical specialist divisions. Dr. Nicholson will also provide executive oversight to Phoenix Children’s medical education initiatives and programs. Dr. Nicholson will lead a myriad of medical divisions, including: Critical… Read More →

Carrington College attempts to break world record

Routine screening tests can be one of the most important personal health strategies

In observance of National High Blood Pressure Education Month in May, Carrington College’s 18 campuses nationwide are attempting to earn the Guinness World Record title for the mostgiven in an eight-hour period. On Thursday, May 21, Carrington College’s four Arizona campuses encourage members of the community to get their blood pressure taken by Medical Assisting… Read More →

Barrow Neurosurgical Associates appoints new CEO

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Barrow Neurosurgical Associates (BNA), the largest physician-owned neurosurgical and spine practice in Arizona, has appointed John Kinna as Chief Executive Officer. “Kinna brings strong leadership skills and the experience and knowledge necessary to help Barrow Neurosurgical Associates achieve success,” said Robert Spetzler, MD, president of BNA. “He will help us aim to position ourselves as… Read More →

Mountain Vista Medical Center expands partnerships

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Starting this Wednesday, May 20, some patients in Mesa and Apache Junction will begin to receive the urgent care they need without leaving home. Apache Junction residents Rhonda Barber and her mother, Jeannie, have both utilized the services of the Community Care Unit (CCU) for their urgent care needs on multiple occasions. Rhonda recently had… Read More →

$150K awarded in BioAccel Solutions Challenge

From left: Chris Faller, COO of TinyKicks; MaryAnn Guerra, CEO of BioAccel; France Dixon Helfer, president & CEO of TinyKicks; Ron King, chief science and business officer of BioAccel.

TinyKicks and Omni BioCeutical Innovations won $135,000 in the second Scorpion Pit early-stage funding competition sponsored by BioAccel and powered by the Arizona Board of Regents. The competition, dubbed the Scorpion Pit, was held on Friday, May 15, at the Croft in downtown Phoenix. The bioscience companies were selected for investment from local investors, called… Read More →

Unregulated e-cigarette industry raises health concerns

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It’s common now to spot someone in public holding an electronic cigarette and “vaping,” or inhaling and exhaling a cloud of flavored vapor. Oxford Dictionaries even picked up on the trend, naming  “vape” the 2014 word of the year, signifying the beginning phase of replacing an age-old habit of smoking tobacco. But is vaping a… Read More →

The CORE Institute set to see S. Arizona patients

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Arizona’s largest orthopedic and neurology practice, The CORE Institute® powered by Excellence Headquarters®, will begin seeing its first orthopedic patients in Green Valley starting June 1. Earlier this year, The CORE Institute and Green Valley Hospital executed an orthopedic service line co-management agreement. Under the agreement, The CORE Institute will provide orthopedic physician call coverage… Read More →

TGen breast cancer study is journal’s most cited

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At its Annual Meeting, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) announced that a scientific paper describing potential drug targets following the unprecedented genomic sequencing of 14 metastatic triple-negative breast cancer patients was the most cited study in 2013 of any published that year by AACR’s journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. In the study, genomic sequencing… Read More →

Free reconstructive surgery available to patients in need

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Ciao Bella’s Helping Hands, which officially launched this week, is a new community service project focused on improving the lives, self confidence and self worth of any uninsured individual who has suffered a disfiguring illness, surgery, accident or birth defect. Once a month, the staff from Ciao Bella Medical Spa and Vein Clinic will select… Read More →

10 important signs of mental illness

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Nearly 1 in 5 American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. In Arizona, it is estimated that nearly 42,000 people are seriously mentally ill. What’s even more concerning is how mental health is increasingly affecting our youth. About 11 percent of… Read More →

GCU names new dean of nursing school

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Dr. Melanie D. Logue, who got her start in nursing as a student at Grand Canyon University, taught in its Family Nurse Practitioner Program and chaired the university’s Doctor of Nursing Practice, has been named dean of the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions. GCU President Brian Mueller and Provost Dr. Hank Radda announced… Read More →