Health

Rural Metro offers reminders for hiking in warm weather

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

  Doctors warn against trampoline parks amid spike in injuries

  Tucson police video shows officers saving life with Naloxone

AZ Game and Fish warns as temperatures rise, so does the exposure to rabies

Warning issued to parents for Fisher-Price baby product after reports of infant deaths

No more expiration dates for portable permanent MVD disability placards

Banner-University Medical Center set to open new tower

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Give blood with the Red Cross in April during National Volunteer Month

  Organization says more sexual violence resources needed

Tips to help make walking more fun and effective

  TUSD program puts Narcan in high schools

  Tucson woman goes extra mile to help seniors in their final days

Mothers in need of second chance get new safe space

The Hillman House has 15 fully furnished units.

  Anti-vaping campaign kicks off in Pima County

During a press conference Wednesday, the health department announced the "Real Deal on Vaping" campaign, a new partnership to put an end to the rampant use of vapes and e-cigarettes.

Bill would require suicide prevention training in AZ schools

Districts would have flexibility in terms of meeting the mandate

  Health assessment finds suicide rate on the rise in Pima County

The suicide rate is rising in Pima County although it mirrors the state.

Bill aims to tackle AZ doctor shortage

SAVAHCS relocating Primary Care Ocotillo Clinic

Baby cough syrup recalled due to bacteria contamination

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

This week, we found out three restaurants and two gas stations in Pima County failed their health inspections.

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

A year after transplant surgery, Robin Schrader’s new kidney is chugging along, just as if it were her own

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

All breakfasts and lunches served in the city's public-school cafeterias will be vegetarian the first day of the school week.

  Deadly counterfeit pain pills widely available in Nogales

Counterfeit pills are causing a spike in overdoses among teens in Arizona. The deadly pills make there way into our state through Mexico.

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

Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Measles symptoms appear seven to 12 days after exposure but may take up to 21 days to appear.

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

According to a Cochise County news release, the laboratory confirmed case has been reported at Elfrida Elementary School, and the student who contracted the disease had not been vaccinated.

  Doctors predict aggressive allergy season

Active winter season brought rain, meaning more blooms - leading to more pollen

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

The company intends to provide users with authoritative information on the controversial topic.

Fifth hypertension medication recalled in two weeks

This is the third recall in one week.

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.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, up to 80 million people suffer from halitosis, or chronic bad breath.

Birth control pill recall announced by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising the public about a nationwide, voluntary recall initiated by Apotex Corp. on a birth control pill.

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

The movement to look and feel younger continues to be big business – but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down.

Cat tests positive for rabies in Cochise County

Residents are being reminded to vaccinate their animals after a cat in Cochise County was tested positive for rabies.

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

Each month, the Pima County Health Department inspects hundreds of restaurants and fast food places.

Politicians weigh in on vaccination controversy

So far, there are no reported measles outbreaks in Arizona

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.