Health

Illinois becomes first state to require insurance companies to cover EpiPens for kids

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Arizona taking steps to end nursing shortage

  Tucson police update SAFE Place program to be more inclusive

A warning to pet owners: toxic algae kills three dogs in matter of hours

  U of A study aims to help firefighters reduce cancer risks

Recreational marijuana initiative may appear on 2020 ballot

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  Ordinance to raise smoking age rejected in Pima County

  Smoking age likely to increase to 21 in Pima County

  Where people live the longest, shortest in Tucson area

  Tucson woman’s triumphant transformation following traumatic tumble inspires others

  Woman turns 107, shares secret of long life: Don’t get married

  New school brings more autism resources to Tucson

  Overdose increases reported in several Tucson zip codes

The local Counter Narcotics Alliance subscribes to an alert that notifies the agency of any zip code in Arizona that experiences at least 10 overdoses in a week's time, according to Captain John Leavitt.

  “It’s just hair” Women shave heads for cancer research

It was part of the St. Baldrick’s annual event. Venicia Ramirez sat in the chair to remember a friend, and support her dad. He has a lymphatic cancer.

  Hospital in Jeopardy: ‘Dangerous problems’

For the first time, workers at Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital are blowing the whistle on what they call dangerous problems as they push for change.

Allergan recalls type of breast implant linked to rare cancer

The FDA's call for a recall follows bans by regulators in France, Australia and Canada.

  Fake Filters? Companies falsely claim to have prestigious water safety certification

Fallout from patient rape leads to Mesa hospital’s closing

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Arizona attorney general accuses Insys of fraud

KOLD CARES: Schedule an appointment with Red Cross to donate blood

  New to Tucson? Here’s how to stay safe while enjoying our desert landscape

  Pima County cutting idle time for fleet vehicles, helping reduce air pollution

  Pool parasite spreads across U.S., including Arizona

To prevent any recreational waterborne illness, Sassi recommends showering before and after swimming and said people should not swim after having diarrhea.

Eye drops and other ointments recalled over sterility concerns

The Food and Drug Administration said the products may not be sterile.

VA extends Urgent Care coverage to vets

FastMed Urgent Care, one of the nation’s largest urgent care providers, has announced simpler access to timely, high-quality care for Veterans as part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ new Urgent Care benefit.

PCSD: Badges and Backpacks event for school kids

This is a back to school event that includes a health fair with hands on activities and will be held at the Tucson Convention Center,

Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital recognized for stroke care

The American Heath Association/American Stroke Association recognized the Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital for the stroke care it provides.

  Fireworks can trigger flashbacks for some vets with PTSD

It’s important to be mindful of the effect these festivities can bring for some vets.

Hot Dog Etiquette: Do’s and Don’ts during Fourth of July holiday

July is National Hot Dog Month.

  Specialized program gives military, first responders needed help

Red, White and Blue has already helped between 70 and 80 people.

  Green Valley woman uses ASMR to deal with loss and life

Autonomous sensory meridian response, or ASMR, has become an internet sensation in the last few years. It’s sounds or light touch that some people find relaxing. Many people watch or listen to ASMR to go to sleep or to meditate.

CDC warns about a parasite in pools that is making people sick

The parasite can be worse for kids, pregnant women and anyone who has a compromised immune system.

  Avoid scalding water from hoses under Arizona sun

Scalding from hot water is the leading cause of burns for children ages 4 and younger, according to the Burn Foundation.

Cochise County residents reminded to vaccinate pets against rabies

“It is important to note that rabies is preventable, and it is strongly recommended for domestic animals, especially cats, to be vaccinated. Cats in particular are more likely than any other pet to roam and hunt, and therefore be exposed to wildlife,” said Cochise Health & Services Director.

Declare charcoal lighter fluid independence this Fourth of July

According to PCDEQ, charcoal lighter fluid helps contribute to air pollution, is a safety hazard when stored inside and can actually leave a residual taste on grilled food.

  New EPA emissions standards under fire

The standards would roll back the Obama era standards meant to lower auto emissions to reduce carbon pollution, which has been linked to climate change.

OpiEnd Youth Challenge poster contest open to AZ students

The contest is to help raise awareness about opioid misuse and abuse prevention across the nation.

Baby formula sold at Walmart recalled nationwide for potentially containing metal

A baby formula sold exclusively at Walmart is being recalled nationwide “because of the potential presence of metal foreign matter.”

More and more Arizona seniors food insecure

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona provides help to seniors who are struggling.

Frozen blackberries sold in Arizona recalled over risk of Norovirus

If you recently bought frozen fruit from Walmart, you’re going to want to check that label.

  Arsenic found in bottled water brands sold at Whole Foods, Target and Walmart

The testing conducted for the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) revealed levels of the toxic metal that are above the legal limit.

Brave the Shave at Aveda Institute

As a way to raise funding for cancer research, Aveda Institute Tucson will be hosting a Brave the Shave event.

Cleveland Clinic performs first in utero fetal surgery to repair birth defect (video)

Cleveland Clinic doctors performed their first surgery on a baby still in her mother’s womb to repair a spina bifida birth defect.

New warning for parents of babies on how they sleep

New Warning for Parents of Babies on How They Sleep

  Arizona moms step up to donate breast milk to mom undergoing chemo

“I had no idea, anything about cancer. And they let me know I had leukemia.” Philadelphia Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia was the official diagnosis. A mouth-full, as Miller jokes.

Hacienda Healthcare back in the headlines as maggots are found under patient’s bandage

According to an AZ Family article, the information on the maggots was released on Friday, at the same time state health officials announced they were considering revoking Hacienda's license.

  VIDEO: ‘No secret’ of large heroin supply on Tucson’s streets

The Counter Narcotics Alliance reports a seven-fold increase of heroin seizures in the past two years.

PACC: Rabies confirmed in kittens attacked by skunk near Amado

PACC and Health Department urging pet owners to vaccinate

  New county website to help with mental health, addiction

Site is a central resource for people seeking services.

Frozen berry recall at Fry’s stores due to possible Hep A contamination

FDA tested a sample of the frozen berries and found it was contaminated with Hepatitis A.

  Hot weather common sense

“We hydrate,” she said. “They have to hydrate.”

  Hundreds gather on Mount Lemmon for Candlelighters Family Camp

The annual camp is for families with children in treatment for cancer or other blood disorders.

New website eases access to resources for substance use and mental health

A new online resource for behavioral health support across Pima County now live.

Opioid maker agrees to pay $225M to settle federal probes

An opioid manufacturer has agreed to pay $225 million to resolve federal investigations into allegations that it paid kickbacks and used other illegal marketing tactics to sell a powerful fentanyl spray, authorities said Wednesday.

  Carondelet looking to hire recent RN grads, combating nursing shortage

Tuesday's job fair may be over, but there are still three more coming up.

Quest Diagnostics data breach exposes personal information of millions

About half of U.S. doctors and hospitals use Quest Diagnostics.

  State launches tracking tool amid Hepatitis A outbreak

Public can learn more about affected communities.

Possible foreign matter contamination the reason for two major food recalls

Perdue Foods ready to eat chicken and Johnsonville's jalapeno cheddar smoked sausage are being recalled.

MAP: See which Tucson convenience stores, vape shops were caught selling to minors

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said more and more businesses are being fined for selling tobacco products to minors.

Cochise County Health staff participate in World No Tobacco Day

The department will be setting up resource booths at three area hospitals as part of World No Tobacco Day on Friday, May 31.

  TSA now allowing some CBD oil and medication on flights

New policy on CBD clears air on long period of confusion

  Program changes lives for Tucson kids

I Am You 360 has been around for five years.

  Tucson nurses picket as part of multi-state demonstration

Pickets planned for St. Joseph's and St. Mary's hospitals.

  ‘Stop the Bleed’ holds workshops in Tucson

Program teaches people how to stop bleeding, the leading cause of death among trauma victims.

  Lawyers: Incapacitated woman who gave birth, ‘repeatedly raped,’ may have previously been pregnant

Lawyers for the woman, who has been in long-term care since age 3, have filed a $45 million notice of claim against the state of Arizona.

  Pro-life activists rally in Tucson; Arizona Republicans ask for $2.5 million for anti-abortion clinic pilot program

Protesters were also there to support pro-life ideals.

  Tucson protesters rally for abortion rights

There were two abortion rallies in Tucson to protest recent state laws imposing new restrictions on abortion laws.

  Tucson man alive thanks to help from AED, trained employees

Hundreds of thousands of people suffer cardiac arrests nationwide every year. When it happens, there can sometimes only be minutes to act.

Stop the Bleeding training events

The training events are part of the country's largest public health campaigns. National Stop the Bleed is supported by the Department of Defense, the American College of Surgeons, the Department of Homeland Security as well as several other organizations across the U.S.

Cochise County responds swiftly to Hepatitis A outbreak, offers free vaccinations

As part of the County’s outreach to stop Hepatitis A spreading in the region, the health department is offering walk-in clinics at its service centers in the coming weeks.

Black Minds Matter: Event talks mental health in Black community

May is mental health awareness month, and a local group is hoping to shed light on resources for mental health in the Black community.

AZGFD forced to kill mountain lion posing immediate threat to Patagonia neighborhood

A mountain lion that had posed an immediate threat to a Patagonia neighborhood has been lethally removed, according to Officials with Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Patagonia Marshal.

Red Cross: Critical type O blood shortage; donors needed now

Eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – are needed to help ensure blood products are available for patients this spring.

  Prevention Week: Helping veterans face their addiction

There are between 500 and 600 VA patients getting help for an opioid disorder.

  UA graduate Mariajose Franco turns tragedy into passion for cancer research

Mariajose Franco lost her sister Alejandra to leukemia and turned that tragedy into a passion for cancer research.

With student mental health in mind, Cincinnati-area school ditches valedictorian, salutatorian honors

The change comes after a year-long study and focus groups with students, staff, and families.

  Hepatitis A infections in US increased by nearly 300 percent over 2 years, CDC reports

The highly contagious virus of the liver, which is also a vaccine-preventable illness, has made a resurgence among adults in the United States.

Northwest Fire District offering babysitting program

This summer Northwest Fire District is offering a 2-day class that is designed to familiarize students with the basic knowledge and skills to safely care for infants and children

New law requires teachers to get suicide prevention training

Teachers, counselors and principals in public school districts and charter schools must receive suicide awareness and prevention training at least every three years under legislation signed by Gov. Doug Ducey

Cochise Health and Social Services issues Hepatitis A alert

Community-wide hepatitis A outbreaks have been reported in multiple states since 2017, including a large ongoing outbreak in Pima County, disproportionately impacting individuals experiencing homelessness.