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Health expert: Innovations mean no excuses for not getting flu vaccine

Lindsey Nelson Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 Health expert: Innovations mean no excuses for not getting flu vaccine During his long career in public health, including six years heading the Arizona Department of Health Services, Will Humble has seen plenty of reasons why people pass on a flu vaccination. But he said egg allergies, fear of needles and worry that the vaccine will lead to the flu are no longer “get out of jail free” cards, starting with the fact that the flu vaccine can be delivered by nasal spray or dermal patch. There’s even a vaccine produced without chicken eggs, he notes. Stopping the spread Get the flu vaccine. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Keep hands away from nose, mouth and eyes. Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or your elbow. Stay home if you are sick with flu-like symptoms. Source: Arizona Department of Health Services Map: Flu in Arizona, 2014-2015 season “If you think about the options we have today for getting a flu vaccine, it’s really, you know, anyone can pretty much choose about whatever vaccine they want,” said Humble, now division director for health policy and evaluation at the University of Arizona’s Center for Population Science & Discovery. “There really aren’t any excuses anymore.” With the new flu season beginning Oct. 3, Humble and...

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Catholic Church hopes pope’s visit inspires millennials

Genesis Monserrate Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 Catholic Church hopes pope’s visit inspires millennials Catholic parishes across Arizona hope lingering excitement over Pope Francis’ visit will inspire lapsed Catholics who are millennials to return. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Basilica is located less than a mile from Arizona State University’s downtown Phoenix campus, but proximity has not helped the parish attract young people who view Catholicism as their parents’ religion. “I think it’s very conservative and not as progressive as other religions … and it’s all very old school,” said Maria Lopez, a student at ASU. During middle school, Maria told her mother that she did not want to be a Catholic and has not been back to Mass since. And she’s not alone. An increasing number of millennials do not identify with any religious affiliation, and many are former Catholics. “They’re looking for a faith that supports their life and the people who are important to them. And not a faith that contradicts everything they want to be doing six days out of the week,” said Ariel Koch, an ASU student. Koch and other students followed the continuous news coverage of the pope’s visit on television and via social media. And parishes across the country want to use that opportunity to continue outreach efforts that encourage young people return to the Catholic Church. “So what we’re trying to do is...

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Drug Take-Back Day attacks addiction threat in Arizona

Lindsey Nelson Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 Drug Take-Back Day attacks addiction threat in Arizona The graveyard of bright orange prescription bottles and stray single-dose tablets in many home medicine cabinets may be concealing the threat of addiction. Officials say that too often those pills wind up in the hands of young people, particularly painkillers leading to opioid abuse. “The biggest vulnerability we have in America is the home medicine cabinet that could be used as a source of supply,” said Erica Curry, a spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Administration in Phoenix. With that in mind, leaders in Arizona and elsewhere are marking National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day by promoting drop boxes around the state, including a temporary one available Saturday at the State Capitol Executive Tower . “Prescription Drug Take-Back Day addresses a crucial and growing problem in Arizona and across the nation,” Gov. Doug Ducey said in a news release. “By educating and encouraging individuals to properly discard their unwanted medication – rather than let it sit in their medicine cabinets, where it’s easily accessible and susceptible to misuse – we can do our part to curb prescription drug abuse in our state.” More than 100 locations around Arizona offer drop boxes for any and all unwanted, unneeded or expired medications. The process is free and anonymous. An in-depth investigation by Cronkite News reported in January that addiction...

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In their own words: Arizonans talk about Pope Francis

Cronkite News Staff Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 In their own words: Arizonans talk about Pope Francis WASHINGTON – Among the tens of thousands who descended on Washington for the first stop on Pope Francis’ three-city U.S. tour this week were a number of Arizona residents and former residents. Some came for a cause, some came for their faith, some came just to be in the presence of the pope. [View the story “In their own words: Arizonans talk about Pope Francis” on...

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Cronkite News: Sept. 25, 2015

Staff Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 Cronkite News: Sept. 25, 2015 This edition is our weekly Cronkite News Refresh, a social media-driven show that features the stories shared most over our social media channels..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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