Saturday, January 31, 2015

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Global Pursuits

Following decades of job loss to China and India, officials now court those countries to invest in America... and Arizona.

Governor Jan Brewer wasn’t looking for masonry tips on Great Wall-building when she flew to China in 2011. Nor was she seeking advice on how to govern a multicultural society when she visited India last summer.

 

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Small Wonders

TGen uses genome sequencing to unlock the mysteries of rare childhood disorders.

It was the best of times for 13-year-old Shelby Valint. Once unable to walk or talk, Shelby effortlessly bounced to the microphone at the opening ceremony for TGen’s Center for Rare Childhood Disorders (CRCD) on October 15, 2013. “It’s real hard to explain how much TGen has changed my life,” she said, thanking the researchers who freed her from the wheelchair she describes as “a prison.” TGen utilizes state-of-the-art gene-mapping technology to provide a diagnosis and treatment plan for youngsters stricken with profound illnesses. This process was literally a lifesaver for Shelby, who was born with a genetic disorder so rare it doesn’t have a name.

 

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IV League

PHM0414 Slideshow PFVN2Trendy intravenous vitamin treatments take a long, strange drip through Scottsdale.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon in early spring, The Drip Room in Scottsdale bustles with guests lounging on comfy, oversized massage chairs and enjoying the wafting aromas of lavender and jasmine at an oxygen bar, all while watching a large-screen TV, or using iPads. The chic, social setting features Tiffany blue-colored walls, a geometric patterned accent wall, and a private back room resplendent in orange and yellow hues.

 

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Headbanger’s Call

PHM0414 Slideshow PFVN1A popular Phoenix-based Internet channel promotes organ donation and awareness alongside heavy metal music videos.

In addition to the visage of Alice Cooper tearing the legs off a chicken, or of Ozzy Osbourne biting the head off a dove, the term “heavy metal” conjures images of long-haired guys in bands with names like Megadeth and Cannibal Corpse, thrashing their locks around while strumming V-shaped guitars painted with skulls. It’s not exactly a healing and life-affirming aesthetic – which makes the charitable mission of local Internet video station Heavy Metal Television all the more interesting.

 

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In a Bind

Valley docs weigh the pros and cons of a drug that eases withdrawal from painkiller addiction.

Days shy of her 70th birthday, a woman named Joy carts around Scottsdale from lunch appointments to yoga. “It’s worth celebrating,” she says, “to be off that stuff, and to feel so much better.”

 

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Home Ward Bound

Valley businesses provide high-end home health care for a younger generation.

Five women stand around the island in a palatial Scottsdale kitchen. They wear aprons over their impeccable clothes, and floor-sparing blue booties over their shoes. One of them, a private chef, teaches the other four how to make Scottish shortbread.

 

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¶lim¶Facing Our Fears

In a Scottsdale classroom, lost and wanted souls come to life under the guidance of one of the world’s leading forensic artists.

Two skulls sit on the shelf above the desk, their faces angled toward each other as if they’re whispering secrets. Aside from these grinning companions, however, Kirt Messick’s office isn’t especially macabre. His bulletin board is covered with photos of his wife and two young sons. A water feature gurgles and trickles, and Josh Groban sings softly from a speaker somewhere. It might almost be the office of, say, a family therapist.

 

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