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Helping the health of his hometown

May 2, 2016

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement. See the rest here . Andres “Andy” Meza’s goal in life is lofty but achievable: to leave a mark on the Hispanic community. If the 22-year-old Yuma native continues to follow his educational path, that goal will be attainable in just a few short years. Meza,...

ASU Insight: Are the baby boomers going to bust the health care system?

April 28, 2016

The healthcare system is rapidly reaching a point of insolvency, but if we fix it now the pain will be much less than if we wait until we're out of money. That was one of the conclusions of a panel discussion Tuesday hosted by Zocalo Public Square and the Health Futures Council at Arizona State University that set out to...

ASU Insight: Zocalo - Should Health Care Systems Be National?

April 27, 2016

Around the world, health care is seen as a responsibility of nations. Even in the United States, a national system of health care and insurance is a longstanding, if still unrealized, goal. But in the 21st century, is a national system or a national government really the best way to guarantee and provide coverage? Diseases spread easily around the globe.

1 step closer in solving speech disorder

April 27, 2016

People take preventative measures every day. We use seat belts to prevent injury, wear sunscreen to prevent skin damage and lock our doors to prevent burglaries. Any way you look at it, preventing a disaster is preferable to dealing with its aftermath. The same holds true for medical disorders; prevention is always better than attempting to treat after diagnosis. For...

Will Boomers make the health-care system go bust?

April 21, 2016

Most Baby Boomers and Gen Xers have generally accepted the idea that Social Security might fold in their lifetime. Will our health-care system share the same fate if it isn’t properly addressed? That’s a question a group of national and local experts will attempt to answer at an April 26 panel, “Will the Aging of America Bankrupt the Health Care...

Planting new roots

April 20, 2016

Lindsay Dusard has a heart of gold. Get the 20-year-old Arizona State University student to open up about the subject of refugees, and more likely than not a tear or two will be shed by the time she finishes her first sentence. Refugees have an ally in Dusard, one of approximately 60 members in ASU’s Peace Corps Club. She says...

Honoring innovation at ASU

April 11, 2016

Classroom teachers are more crunched than ever, and many see time spent on professional development as inefficient and a waste of resources. Arizona State University is working to help teachers build their skills through a series of free online modules. The micro-courses — each an hour or less — have been created by the Sanford Inspire Program, part of the...

Should health-care systems be national?

April 6, 2016

Having medical coverage for all Americans is a noble cause and in recent years has been touted as a national priority. But getting buy-in from the public and politicians is a challenge when there are still so many unknowns: how to share the costs, what kinds of coverage should be offered, and should oversight be federal, state, non-profit or private...

Don't bug out, but crickets are on the menu

April 6, 2016

Crickets. It's what you might hear when you offer an insect entree, but it's also what will be on the menu April 12 at the ASU Kitchen Cafe on the Downtown Phoenix campus. Customers on that day won’t be eating plates of whole crickets. Instead, they’ll have a choice if they want a powder containing the remnants of the insect...

Health and the city

April 1, 2016

Air pollution. Heavy traffic. Too much concrete. Not enough parks or bike paths. Cities can get a bad rap when it comes to being spaces that encourage healthy behaviors. But a new international study shows that characteristics of cities such as high population and density might in fact lead to better health through more physical activity — if cities are...