The percentage of Arizona kindergartners not getting vaccinated went up yet again this year.The Arizona Department of Health Services released its annual report on how many children aren't getting vaccinated due to a parent's "personal belief" exemption, a rate that's up to 4.7 percent for kindergar ... More >>
A little more than a month after someone with measles flew into Phoenix, health officials say it looks like an outbreak has been avoided.There have been multiple measles outbreaks in places along the West Coast this year, including more than 20 cases in Orange County, California, and more than 400 c ... More >>
The number of Arizona parents choosing to not have their children vaccinated is increasing.Back in 2003, only 1.6 percent of kindergartners weren't vaccinated due to a personal-belief or religious exemption. As of last school year, a decade later, that rate more than doubled, to 3.9 percent.
The Arizona Republic published a TKO of its editorial board this weekend, after the writers declared that the state's voter-approved medical-marijuana program was "one of the biggest cons around."Dr. Gina Mecagni, a local emergency physician, simply annihilated the Republic's assertion that most med ... More >>
Ninety percent of medical-marijuana cardholders didn't qualify for nothing but "chronic and severe pain," as Channel 5's Morgan Loew reported last week, the director of the Arizona Department of Health Services told us this morning. New Times writer Matthew Hendley wrote several articles recently a ... More >>
CBS 5 -- the local news station that claims to be "telling it like it is" -- prominently displayed a made-up statistic during its recent anti-medical marijuana propaganda piece "investigation."In the report, in which "investigative reporter" Morgan Loew told the state health department it was true t ... More >>
[Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on Heard Mentality, the music blog of our sister paper OC Weekly. Longtime concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out almost two years ago that he had Stage IV Colon Cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events for us on top of ... More >>
See also: -Arizona Organix Steps Out as the State's First Authorized Medical-Marijuana Dispensary This is near-heresy to say in my current position as a scribe for an alternative publication, but when Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts writes that our state's medical marijuana program is a " ... More >>
One of the easiest ways to piss off Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- aside from being in the country illegally or writing for New Times -- is to mess with a puppy.Animal abuse is one of Arpaio's press-release-worthy crimes, and Lyman Morkunas allegedly bragging about using a 16-pound sledgehamm ... More >>
The old saw that he who represents himself in court has a fool for a client carries weight with us, having seen the usually sorry outcomes of such endeavors. But an Arizona Court of Appeals decision filed last week gives a local woman hope that her self-composed lawsuit against a bo ... More >>
WikipediaThe feds say Dr. Angelo Chirban and his ex-wife used money they scammed from the state health care program to buy an Arabian horse like the one pictured above.A federal grand jury returned an indictment this morning alleging that a Queen Creek pain management doctor billed the state heal ... More >>
The Daily CourierSpencer Cullen stole money from Wal-Mart to pay for a sex-change operation.Spencer Danger Cullen, 23, was born with a penis -- and he's apparently so determined to get rid of it that he and a friend burglarized the Walmart where the two worked in order to come up with the cash to ... More >>
Pro-lifers in the Arizona legislature want doctors to show images like this to women seeking an abortion.Several members of the Arizona State Legislature want to force doctors to offer to show women seeking an abortion ultrasound images of the fetus before they end their pregnancy.Supporters of t ... More >>
The problem of sewer water leaking on surgical patients at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix began as early as April of 2009, a newly obtained report shows. Until we received the report today, we'd been under the impression that two incidents of water leaking into the ... More >>
Wikimedia Commons Gabrielle Giffords, following her 2010 election victory. In the aftermath of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday, many people are wondering about her chances of recovery. They're the best they can be, given advances in brain surgery, according ... More >>
Image: www.phoenix.va.gov Backed-up toilet water on the fifth floor of the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix dripped into rooms where surgery was occurring this summer -- twice.The dirty secret was revealed in an anonymous letter we received yesterday that outlined less-than-admirab ... More >>
www.deviantart.comAs we reported back in January, 2009 was the most rabid year in Arizona history, with 261 animals testing positive for the disease, which is an alarming 85 more than 2008.The outbreak got so bad in Santa Cruz and Coconino counties that county-wide quarantines were issued. ... More >>
www.funnyaussiephotos.comWhat could someone possibly need with 660 boxes of pseudoephedrine? That was the question Arizona Department of Public Safety officers were asking a Las Vegas man after they found an absurd amount of cold medicine in his car, and it didn't take long for them to figu ... More >>
Well, at least they weren't using old bedsheets this time around Normally, I could give a flip if someone hangs a banner off a freeway overpass. But these Ron Paul-worshipping hosers so annoy me with their conspiracy-a-minute mills and their wack, home-made signs spouting the nonsense that "vaccin ... More >>
A team of surgeons and nurses at Phoenix Children's Hospital early this morning finished a 17-hour operation to separate conjoined twins. The hospital staff released these photos this afternoon to tout the achievement and the national media attention it brought. NBC's Today Show is scheduled to rep ... More >>
Two local doctors will be named in the Guiness Book of World Records for the biggest uterus removal ever. The November 30, 2007 procedure at Tempe St. Luke's is a big deal in the world of minimally invasive surgical techniques, which are far easier on patients than surgeries that involve large i ... More >>
Hey, its not brain surgery. Well, okay, it kinda is.
Since I penned the entry below, the Arizona Republic has made several major corrections to Ruelas' story, including the fact that De LaFreniere has not had "sexual reassignment surgery," and is therefore still in possession of her taliwacker! Here's the full retraction, which ran on page 2 of Sectio ... More >>
Say it loud! You're intact and you're proud!
Could Bob Pettit have cured cancer in his lifetime? We might never know, thanks to nasty university politics
The system that serves tiny children with disabilities is nowhere near fixed, after years of trying on the governor's watch
Make your naughty bits nice
When it comes to preventing -- and treating -- crystal meth addiction, Arizona may be getting a clue
The national press takes note as a major lawsuit is filed in the "Rent-a-Patient" scam
California's rent-a-patient scam has reaped millions for greedy physicians, clinics and patients
Following a New Times story on rent-a-patients, California authorities raid several health clinics
Need some quick cash? Everyone makes a killing when doctors and clinics scam the insurance companies.
Meet the creator of edible vaccines
Dr. Michael Teodori holds the hearts of many Valley children - often literally - in his hands
Cheryl Moore expected a healthy baby to come off the plane from Korea. She got Jamie instead. And then she and her family made a surprising choice.
The David Leibowitz Show
Anthrax vaccine opponents are finding more allies in Congress
Mandatory participation in military's anthrax vaccine program pushes plunger on medical controversy
Instead of removing Michael Cooley's brain tumor, a surgeon cut out healthy tissue. Fifteen years later, Cooley's settled malpractice cases against his doctor and his lawyer. The tumor still must be removed.
The sting targeted stores selling over-the-counter medicines that could be cooked into meth. But the cops warned major retailers to stop the sales while throwing the book at mom-and-pop shops, most of which are owned by Arab immigrants.
Jail inmate with 50 bullet fragments in arm waits months for medical treatment
THE SURGERY WAS SUPPOSED TO GIVE THE FORMER MARCH OF DIMES POSTER CHILD A LIFE. BUT A SERIES OF ERRORS INSTEAD LED TO HER DEATH.