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Valley Fever is named for California’s San Joaquin Valley, but the fungus that causes the disease actually originated in Arizona. That finding is the result of genetic testing performed by Flagstaff scientists.


New research shows teenagers are less likely to become parents before the age of 18 if they have strong family and community ties.

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A research institute in Flagstaff traced a deadly infection in South America to tainted cancer medication. Scientists made the connection because now they can map an organism’s complete DNA.

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A company in Flagstaff is working on a medical device to treat resistant high blood pressure with microwave energy. It targets overactive nerves.


Flagstaff scientists have identified a rare strain of “flesh eating bacteria” in Coconino County. It’s the first time the “superbug” has been seen in Arizona.

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A new research project at Northern Arizona University will find out if coyotes, as well as dogs, are spreading ticks infected with Rocky Mountain spotted fever.


A new initiative at Northern Arizona University recruits the help of the public to map the spread of tick-borne diseases.


Scientists at a research institute in Flagstaff want dog owners to help with a new study about Valley Fever.

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New research from Northern Arizona University found signs of increased aging in the cells of married people who say they don’t receive emotional support from their spouse.

State health officials say the flu is now widespread in Arizona.

The Department of Health Services says more than 3,700 flu cases have been reported, although the department says there likely have been even more cases.

According to the department, there have been cases in all 15 counties but that Maricopa County accounts for just over half the statewide total.

Health officials say it's not too late to get a flu shot because Arizona's flu season lasts as late as May.