Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Fully Equipped

Tempe-based StateServ’s software helps hospices improve service nationwide

StateServ Chairman Anthony Perre says it takes a big heart to help families provide comfort for their loved ones in hospice. “If you don’t have a heart for it, then you don’t belong in this business,” he says. “We want to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”

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Sustaining Soleri

One year after Arcosanti founder Paolo Soleri’s death, board members work to keep his ideas alive.

Not even birds could scavenge scraps from the avocado rinds Paolo Soleri composted, so frugal was the famed architect and philosopher who founded the experimental community Arcosanti in 1970.

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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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