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Research finds COVID-19 may worsen symptoms of those with Tourette’s

Stress, isolation and face mask requirements related to COVID-19 may be worsening symptoms for the estimated 1% of the world’s population who suffer from Tourette syndrome, research shows. The neurological disorder, named for a French doctor who first described the condition in 1885, is characterized by repetitive, involuntary movements or sounds. Common motor tics include

State

With focus on COVID-19, experts fear opioid crisis may worsen unseen

A deadly epidemic has been on the rise this year in Arizona – but this one has drawn scant media attention. With the world focused on COVID-19, local and national experts say a growing number of opioid overdoses and deaths is being overlooked. “COVID-19 has taken up a lot of our space, but oftentimes it’s

Legal Beat

Phoenix PD offers officers mental health training; community members say that’s not enough

Protesters over the summer called for defunding Phoenix police, motivated in part by deep skepticism about officers’ ability to properly handle mental health crises. Activists point to police shooting deaths of mentally ill Arizonans in the past as evidence that law enforcement officers need help defusing such situations. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office reports that

Health

Opinion: Rare Progress in Mental Health Policy When It’s Needed the Most

Rarely do five pieces of legislation on a single topic pass a chamber of Congress — especially when that topic is sensitive or often stigmatized, as mental health and suicide are. Even more rare is such a comprehensive set of policies introduced and co-sponsored by a group of lawmakers that cross the political and ideological

Opinion

Opinion: Dealing With Political Loss

The intensity and deep partisanship of the 2020 election has left many of us in serious distress. Most Democrats, reading misguided polls, felt optimistic going into the election, and then faced an early possibility that Donald Trump would win the White House. Now they are dealing with losses in the House and a possible Republican

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