Category: Cronkite News

Phoenix advocate urges Washington to remember plight of homeless kids

Danika Worthington Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Phoenix advocate urges Washington to remember plight of homeless kids WASHINGTON – When she arrived at UMOM New Day Center with her three children in the car they briefly called home, Stephanie – a veteran suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder – was under a lot of stress. And it soon became evident to workers at the Phoenix shelter that the kids were suffering, too. Like their mother, the infant twins and 8-year-old suffered from emotional stress and anxiety from their situation. The twins’ speech and motor skills were behind. They couldn’t attach to their teacher and would cry when their mom left. That’s the part – the weight of homelessness on children – that people don’t talk about enough, said Kresta Horn, director of Children and Youth Services for UMOM. She was in Washington on Wednesday to raise awareness about that part of the issue to roughly 50 congressional staffers. The panel, which included Health and Human Services Deputy Assistant Secretary Linda Smith and other homeless advocates, also talked about policies that work and the need to continue focusing on the problem. “I’ve been around policy for quite a few years now, and it just takes a while,” Smith said after the panel. “You have to build momentum and you have to educate the public and elevate the issue,” she said....

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Arizona researcher hopes new diabetes drug can curb amputations

Samantha Witherwax Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Arizona researcher hopes new diabetes drug can curb amputations WASHINGTON – It’s a jarring statement, but for Dr. David Armstrong and his patients it makes complete sense: “Pain is a gift from God.” It makes sense because Armstrong, a University of Arizona surgeon, works with diabetic patients whose symptoms sometimes develop into neuropathy, or loss of feeling – the loss of what Armstrong said can be the “gift of pain.” “I don’t think any of us want to have pain but, remarkably, this is the reason we react to things,” said Armstrong, who was in Washington as part of a panel discussion Tuesday at the Capitol on advances in “diabetic limb salvage.” “What is so strange and sinister, but also blatantly apparent in folks with diabetes, is that after a while with diabetes, folks lose that gift of pain,” said Armstrong, the director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance. The panel, organized by the American Podiatric Medical Association, was aimed at raising awareness of a typically overlooked issue, the problems of foot ulcers, amputations and kidney failure in diabetic patients. There are more than 29 million Americans with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, and more than 70,000 in a typical a year will face amputation of a foot or part of a leg as a result of the disease. That’s...

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Glendale Fire Department leads disaster drill training

Ben Margiott Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Glendale Fire Department leads disaster drill training The Glendale Fire Department led disaster drill training for local students at Landmark Middle School as students spent 21 hours of time in the classroom learning about proper preparations for how to handle disasters. (Video by Ben Margiott/Cronkite News).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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Walmart coworkers in Phoenix honored for performing CPR

Lauren Michaels Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Walmart coworkers in Phoenix honored for performing CPR In February, Walmart coworkers Brent Anderson and Cathy Villa performed CPR on a colleague suffering from a heart attack until firefighters arrived on scene. The pair was honored for their life-saving efforts by the Phoenix Fire Department on Wednesday. (Video by Lauren Michaels/Cronkite News).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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Sen. Jeff Flake: States should determine primary responses to drought

Travis Arbon Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Sen. Jeff Flake: States should determine primary responses to drought U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said he believes there is a chance the U.S. Congress will move forward with legislation addressing drought in the West, but any federal response to water shortages must not overrule state policies or rely on federal funding. Flake spoke at the 2016 Business of Water Summit in Phoenix, where local government and business leaders convened to discuss the future of water sustainability in the Southwest. Attendees from Colorado, Arizona and California streamed into the Hyatt Regency Phoenix hotel for the two-day conference. The Colorado River Basin faces a 16-year drought that has led to tightening belts as the swelling population of western states increases strain on the river’s resources. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the combined population of California, Arizona and Colorado has grown about 19 percent since 2000, from about 43.3 million to more than 51.4 million people. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of the Interior said the Colorado River system – Arizona’s largest water source – is experiencing its driest period in the last 100 years. Flake said he has been working on federal legislation to address the issue, but those measures remain trapped in congressional gridlock. One proposal would extend the Colorado River system’s conservation pilot program and allow the Department of the Interior to...

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