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Northern Arizona University

People with Parkinson’s disease often develop trouble with their voices; they begin to whisper and mumble. Speech therapy can help, but so can singing. Flagstaff is one of many cities with a Parkinson’s choir. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, the “Mountain Tremors” are finding healing through music.... in the latest installment of Eats and Beats, stories about food and music.

Steve Hillebrand, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A disease fatal to deer and elk has struck herds in some western states. But Chronic Wasting Disease hasn’t yet arrived in Arizona, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.


CDC / Cade Martin

An infection normally found in hospitals might also be spread to humans by their dogs. That’s the finding of a Northern Arizona University team that collected canine fecal samples from all over Flagstaff.


Melissa Sevigny

Prairie dogs are everywhere in northern Arizona, and so is the plague. The flea-borne disease can destroy whole colonies of prairie dogs, and that has big consequences for ecosystems. Because it’s impractical to vaccinate wild animals, biologists are trying out an edible plague vaccine. It’s a tasty kibble that prairie dogs can’t resist.


David Dorward, PhD / National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease

Tens of thousands of patients die every year from infections they pick up while they’re in the hospital. A Flagstaff-based institute has developed a screening test to find these infections early, before symptoms appear.


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