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Althea John / Navajo Times

Navajo spiritual tradition accepts old age as a natural part of life, but that’s doesn’t mean aging is easy – especially when language and culture can make it difficult to communicate with doctors.


nature.com

An outbreak of measles that began with an inmate at a federal detention center for immigrants in central Arizona has now grown to 11 confirmed cases.

Pinal County Health Services spokesman Joe Pyritz said Monday that seven of those infected are inmates at the Eloy Detention Center and four are workers at the facility.

State and county health officials say they're working to stop new transmissions by isolating patients, vaccinating people detained in the privately-run facility and trying to identify people who were at locations the four infected workers visited.

CDC

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.


CDC

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


Melissa Sevigny

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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