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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.”

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

Brave the Shave at Aveda Institute

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

New warning for parents of babies on how they sleep

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

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

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

PACC: Rabies confirmed in kittens attacked by skunk near Amado

  New county website to help with mental health, addiction

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

  Hot weather common sense

  Hundreds gather on Mount Lemmon for Candlelighters Family Camp

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

Possible foreign matter contamination the reason for two major food recalls

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

Cochise County Health staff participate in World No Tobacco Day

  TSA now allowing some CBD oil and medication on flights

  Program changes lives for Tucson kids

  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.

  Hepatitis A outbreak worsens in Tucson

173 cases have been reported since November, when the virus started spreading rapidly. It was officially declared an outbreak in January 2019. So far this year there have been 263 cases of Hepatitis A in Arizona.

PCSD deputies credit Narcan usage in saving three people from drug overdose

Earlier this year deputies with the Pima County Sheriff's Department were issued Narcan in their Individual First Aid Kits and are crediting the spray in saving the lives of three people who were showing signs of overdose.

  Pima Council on Aging, TMC host Salute to Centenarians

“We’re so happy to be able to celebrate these people who have lived amazing lives and have done amazing things both here in Tucson and the other communities they’ve live in,” said W. Mark Clark with Pima Council on Aging.

  Public health agencies warn public of potential measles exposure at Tucson airport

The visitor, who was potentially contagious and was in Tucson from April 17 to April 29, may have exposed the public to the disease while at the airport on April 29 from 6 a.m. to 10:40 a.m., according to the news release

Aspen Dental to provide free dental care to military vets

Beginning May 1, veterans can call to find a participating office near them and schedule an appointment.

  Raising tobacco buying age to 21 raising concerns about vaping

A controversial bill in the Arizona senate calling for the state to raise the legal age to buy tobacco to 21 but wipe out local regulations is facing some serious pushback from lawmakers.

  Suicides on rise on college campuses

Active Minds tours the country with its Send Silence Packing display. They use 1,100 backpacks to represent to number of college students who commit suicide each year.

  Medical marijuana farms ask for protections from hemp industry

Industrial hemp farming is coming to Arizona and the possibility of cross-contamination is causing real concerns for medical marijuana farmers.

  GROSS! Creepy crawlers invade Tucson woman’s home

False chinch bugs don’t bite and aren’t a public health concern, but that doesn’t make them any less annoying.

  Children abused, families move

A federal agency has ignored a 2006 federal law requiring the creation of a national child abuse registry, leaving an untold number of children in harm’s way when their families move to new states.

  Failed and Forgotten

The deaths of hundreds of children because of abuse or neglect goes unnoticed every year by agencies that protect kids. Congress and a 45-year-old law are largely to blame.

Pima County holding prescription drug take back event

Prescription and over-the-counter pills, capsules, caplets, gel caps, medicated patches and powders will be collected.

Cochise County reminds residents to vaccinate animals after fox tests positive for rabies

Due to contact with the dogs and the possible human exposure, the fox was found and taken to the State lab for testing; results came back positive for rabies.

  Pima County issues health warning; gets ‘D’ rating from American Lung Association

Ground-level ozone is pollution from things like cars and powerplants. The Environmental Protection Agency said these types of pollutants can be harmful to the lungs, cause shortness of breath and be harmful to some plants.

Northwest Healthcare breaks ground on third hospital

The hospital is expected to open in third quarter of 2020.

  Kratom detected in overdose deaths

Kratom is used by some to curb opioid addiction.

  New York outbreaks drive US measles count up to 626

That is already the most since 2014, when 667 were reported for the whole year. The most before that was 963 cases in 1994.

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.

UPDATE: Guatemalan child in USBP custody has strep throat, not measles

The child and her father were quarantined from the other detainees, and the Yuma County Health Department was notified per protocol.

Cochise County wins top award for volunteer program

Healthy Arizona Worksites awarded its top honor to the County – Platinum status – for the impact it has made both within and beyond its walls and for addressing a local health challenge.

  Doctors warn against trampoline parks amid spike in injuries

The most common injuries are strains and sprains.

  Tucson police video shows officers saving life with Naloxone

Tucson police officers started carrying the overdose-reversing medication in January 2017.

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

“At this time of year, we often see an uptick in the number of wildlife submitted for rabies testing as a result of contact with people or their pets,”said Anne Justice-Allen, AZGFD wildlife veterinarian.

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

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price have issued a warning about the Rock 'n Play infant swing due to several reported deaths.

No more expiration dates for portable permanent MVD disability placards

The portable blue placard is designed as a convenience for disabled motorists who may use more than one vehicle or for family members, friends or caregivers who drive a disabled person in a vehicle without a disability plate.

Banner-University Medical Center set to open new tower

Tower 1 has been under construction for 4 years.

SIGN UP AND WIN! Take the UnitedHealthcare ‘Step Up For Better Health’ pledge

For the second straight year, UnitedHealthcare is hosting its Step Up for Better Health sweepstakes and you can win one of more than a hundred walking-related prizes.

  Organization says more sexual violence resources needed

Nearly 90 percent of organizations who work with sexual assault survivors saw in an increase in calls last year.

Tips to help make walking more fun and effective

April is Move More Month, an annual celebration established by the American Heart Association to encourage people, schools, workplaces and communities to get out and walk for at least 30 minutes* and put themselves on the road to a healthier lifestyle.

  TUSD program puts Narcan in high schools

The only people trained currently to administer Narcan are school nurses and health assistants

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

Her caring nature was a trait instilled when she was young

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

Senate Bill 1354 would funnel money to programs aimed at keeping future doctors in the state.

SAVAHCS relocating Primary Care Ocotillo Clinic

The new clinic location will be in the PACT (Patient Aligned Care Team) Building 80 Expansion Area, First floor.

Baby cough syrup recalled due to bacteria contamination

Those at risk for more severe forms of the illness include infants, young children and those with weakened immune systems.

Another hypertension tablet recalled due to impurity

This is the eighth recall.

  Sabino High sophomore recognized as 2019 Ovarian Cancer Hero

He opened the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Hope on the Horizon National Conference in New York City with his “Forever Bonded by Teal” presentation. Following his speaking debut in New York City, he presented again at Tesaro headquarters in Massachusetts to open ovarian cancer awareness month in