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Rural Metro offers hiking reminders for upcoming warm weather

There are a few things that the Rural/Metro Fire Department would like hikers to remember before heading out.

Another hypertension tablet recalled due to impurity

  Sabino High sophomore recognized as 2019 Ovarian Cancer Hero

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

  RESTAURANT REPORT CARD: Tucson seafood shack can’t stay out of trouble

  GIFT OF LIFE: Three Tucson women bound by story of life, love, selfless sacrifice

School lunches will go ‘meatless’ on Mondays in New York

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  Deadly counterfeit pain pills widely available in Nogales

Measles case confirmed in Pima County, reminder to parents to vaccinate

Parents reminded to vaccinate children as mumps case reported in Cochise County

  Doctors predict aggressive allergy season

Facebook plans to pull anti-vaccine groups and pages to combat misinformation

Fifth hypertension medication recalled in two weeks

Wildlife officials warn about rabies after man bitten by skunk near Catalina State Park

A homeowner bitten by a rabid skunk near Catalina State Park is one of the many cases in Pima County this year.

Citizens reminded to get Hepatitis A vaccination

For further information contact your local health provider or Cochise Health & Social Services at (520) 432-9400.

Authorities looking for owners of dog that bit boy at Saguaro National Park

Proof of vaccination would let child avoid expensive treatment

Ronald McDonald House Charities thank Diamond Children’s nurses and staff for 38 years of support

The Diamond Children’s Ronald McDonald House Family room, an extension of the nearby Ronald McDonald House, offers a peaceful ‘home away from home’ for all Diamond Children’s patients and their families.

  Have bad breath? You could be making it worse. Here’s how.

Birth control pill recall announced by FDA

GRAPHIC: FDA warns against using ‘vampire plasma’ to reverse aging

Cat tests positive for rabies in Cochise County

  RESTAURANT REPORT CARD: Cafe a la C’Art fails health inspection

Politicians weigh in on vaccination controversy

Ducey calls Arizona ‘pro-vaccination’

Ducey said he won’t sign 'any law that doesn’t promote or extend vaccinations'

  Hoops for Health: Why KOLD Anchor Brooke Wagner Wants YOU!

Just in time for March Madness, KOLD Cares is proud to announce our Hoops for Health partnership with the Red Cross.

  New efforts to keep consumer crops safe

Many consumers are still concerned about the safety of their produce after widespread e-coli outbreaks linked to lettuce last year.

Adults vaccinated as kids may not be protected against the measles now

If you were born between 1957 and the early 70s, you may not be protected from the measles.

Scientists discover how to make immune cells better at killing cancer

Scientists have discovered by fixing a defect in 'killer T cells,' they could actual help the fight against cancer.

High blood pressure medicine recalled due to NDEA impurity

Patients taking this medication are urged to continue taking the medication as the risk of harm to the patient’s health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment.

Pima County considering raising smoking age to 21

Pima County is considering an ordinance to raise the smoking age to 21.

Spain is the world’s healthiest country – the U.S. did not make the top 20

The U.S. dropped a spot because of deaths due to drug overdoses.

Pima Co. Health holding community forums on proposed tobacco ordinance changes

These meetings are an opportunity for the public to provide feedback and ask questions about the proposed changes.

  RESTAURANT REPORT CARD: Find out which Tucson food shops received failing grades

We’re launching a new segment to you keep you safe when you grab a bite to eat.

  STDs on the rise across AZ and in Pima Co.

Concerning trend has been ongoing for years

Gripe water for infants, adults sold at Dollar General recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced is advising the public about recalls on a Gripe water product for infants and adults. The product was distributed throughout the United States by Dollar General Corporation.

Tucson Water warns of drinking water scare tactic by scammers

People showing up at your home, asking to come inside to test your water may not actually be from Tucson Water

  Untested water: 99.9 percent of foreign fish goes without testing for unsafe drugs

According to government reports, there is evidence that the main oversight agency for seafood, the Food and Drug Administration, has failed to meet new mandates to increase inspections at foreign food facilities.

Elementary school closes because of flu

School personnel will disinfect classes and buses during the closure

  Love on your heart: Tips for a healthier Valentine’s Day

Stay away from chocolate this lover's day and try these.

  Pima County Health Department sees spike in Hepatitis A cases

Within the first six weeks of 2019, Pima County has had 42 cases reported, 30 of those leading to hospitalizations.

Tucson woman advocates for adult changing tables in public restrooms

Wants bill to include facilities for adults with special needs

  Tucson community comes together to help beloved musician

Friends and family have started a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for medical bills.

FDA probes Salmonella link to imported tahini; some products recalled

Consumers should discard or return the product

The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter Snuggles for Seniors Program

For the third year in a row, the Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary brings a little feline therapy to Tucson seniors.

  Rural southern AZ experiencing a crisis in mental health care

Cochise County is a perfect example. Only two psychiatrists practice in the entire county that is home to 125,000 people, and there's no mental health facility.

  Pot for pets

As more states legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational use, some companies are now marketing cannibis products for pets. But experts caution the supplements are not necessarily a good fit for every animal.

FDA: Six patients reportedly die due to defibrillator malfunction, Stryker recalls

The device reportedly locks up after shock.

  Coffee shop offers caffeine fix with side of CBD

CBD oil does not contain THC and does not produce the high associated with marijuana

  CBP seizes record-breaking amount of fentanyl

CBP officers made the bust on Saturday when a tractor-trailer carrying produce from Mexico entered the Nogales port of entry. Agents found almost 650 pounds of fentanyl and 395 pounds of methamphetamine worth about $8.1 million combined.

  Keeping hearts beating to a beat!

Students at Sunnyside High School learned how to properly give CPR.

Friday is National Wear Red Day for heart disease awareness

Friday is National Wear Red Day in an effort to help raise awareness and save lives from heart disease.

UPDATE: Infant ibuprofen recall expands to include three additional lots

Several lots of liquid baby ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS and Family Dollar has been recalled due to the potential of overdose.

Youth in Crisis event to discuss teen suicide, provide resources

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 34

  State hopes new prescribing requirement helps in fight against opioids

Mandate provides many benefits, including tightening doctors’ record-keeping systems

Blood pressure medication recalled because of trace amounts of carcinogen

Testing shows they have trace amounts of a cancer-causing material.

Study: West Nile virus appears to endemic in Maricopa County

A new study suggests that a strain of the West Nile virus is going to remain in Arizona's most populous county for the foreseeable future

Pima County Hepatitis A outbreak reaches 34 cases

The Pima County Health Department is urging all people at risk, especially those experiencing homelessness and those that are using (or trying to quit using) illegal drugs, to get vaccinated against hepatitis A.

FDA recalls several brands of dry dog food following toxicity reports

The FDA has recalled several brands of dry dog food, and is alerting dog owners and veterinary professionals alike.

  Mosquito birth control? UA working on it

Researches discover protein vital to mosquitoes' reproduction cycle

Ex-prosecutor to lead health care firm’s rape investigation

The owner of a long term care facility in Arizona where a patient in a vegetative state was impregnated in a sexual assault has hired metro Phoenix's former longtime top prosecutor to review circumstances that led up to the rape

Routine food inspections halted by US government shutdown

Meat and poultry inspections are conducted by another agency, however right now, cheese, infant formula and produce aren't being inspected.

  Mom who lost daughter to flu warns others

Her little girl died of respiratory failure from the flu - just a day after coming home from school with a fever.

  Tucson widow and mom of 4 awarded new smile

Mindy Buscemi opened the door to new possibilities when she entered the Arizona Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons office on Wednesday morning.

Northwest Healthcare eyes Tucson’s east side for new hospital

The 70-bed facility would employ nearly 600 people

Lupin Pharmaceuticals recalls injections due to visual gray material

If injected, the drug could cause vein irritation/phlebitis or pulmonary embolic events that could result in permanent impairment of body function or damage to body structures, such as the lungs and vascular system.

Resolve to give blood with the Red Cross

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in southern Arizona.

Boy, 11, dies from apparent allergic reaction to smell of cooking fish

Investigators say the 11-year-old may have had an allergic reaction to the fish cooking in his home. He is not believed to have eaten any of it.

PCSD deputies to start carrying NARCAN in 2019

Each deputy will be issued an individual dose to carry in their Individual First Aid Kits, this will be after they are trained on how to determine if it is an opioid overdose, as well as how to use the spray.

  Hawaii now allows terminally ill patients to take their own lives with prescription drugs

The law requires patients to obtain two, independent diagnosis that they have six months or less to live. They also must go through psychological counseling.

  Best way to make and keep New Year’s resolutions

New Year’s resolutions have been around for 4,000 years since the Babylonians expressed a desire to be a better person for the gods and pay off debts.

  Northwest Fire offers safety tips ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations

As you and your family prepare to ring in the new year, local fire crews want to remind you to be safe.

Santa honors boy’s Christmas wish by bringing $1,200 for cancer research

After an 8-year-old asked Santa to borrow money for kids with cancer, word spread quickly among family friends and colleagues, and the boy found $1,200 under the tree Christmas morning.

Jennie-O issues nationwide recall of some ground turkey products

Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, Inc. is recalling approximately 164,210 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with salmonella, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

FDA warns about dangers of teething necklaces, bracelets after death of 18-month-old boy

One report involved a 7-month old child who choked on the beads of a wooden teething bracelet while under parental supervision and was taken to the hospital. Another involved an 18-month-old child who was strangled to death by his amber teething necklace during a nap.

Blood pressure medication recalled due to ‘unexpected impurity’

According to the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration), Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited is voluntarily recalling two lots of Losartan potassium tablets,

More than 30 dogs euthanized in a week at AL shelter after outbreak of deadly disease

Since Monday, they’ve had to euthanize more than 30 dogs that contracted Canine distemper, a disease brought in by that one animal.

Heart healthy life: Giving back during the holidays

The American Heart Association says now’s the time to do it. The added stress from the holidays can put you and your loved ones at higher risk of heart disease. But how can you help the cause? There are many ways.

  Santa drops in on Nogales hospital

Santa paid a visit to Carondelet Holy Cross in Nogales, as part of an annual tradition at the southern Arizona hospital.

  Have winter blues? You could be suffering from this condition

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a depression that emerges during the winter months.

Pill-size pacemaker now offered at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital

The new device only one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker. About the size of a vitamin pill, it doesn’t require cardiac wires (leads) or a surgical implant under the skin like traditional pacemakers.

Doctors baffled after 11-year-old girl’s brain tumor disappears

Even after double-checking the girl’s brain scans to confirm the results, doctors could find no trace of her tumor, which they say they can’t explain.