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Warning sounded on heavy metals in chocolates

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, news that may break a chocolate-lover’s heart: A consumer group is taking legal action against an array of major chocolate manufacturers and retailers, saying they’ve failed to warn consumers about the potentially harmful levels of lead and cadmium in their products.... Read more»

States with looser laws have lower immunization rates

The current measles outbreak has some states questioning laws that make it too easy for parents to get exemptions from immunization requirements. ... Read more»

Arizona ‘Right to Try’ advocates welcome new FDA rule on drug access

The Food and Drug Administration announced plans last week to make it easier for Americans with terminal illnesses to access experimental drugs, cutting the time to apply from about 100 hours to as little as 45 minutes.... Read more»

Measles outbreak sparks bid to strengthen Calif. vaccine law

State lawmakers in California introduced legislation Wednesday that would require children to be fully vaccinated before going to school, a response to a measles outbreak that started in Southern California and has reached 107 cases in 14 states.... Read more»

White House budget includes $133M to fight heroin abuse

The administration's proposal comes amid a rising heroin epidemic in the nation and in Arizona, where overdose deaths have risen steadily. The funding would go toward prevention strategies, medication-assisted treatment programs and efforts to reduce drug crimes.... Read more»

Az House panel advances bill to let more first responders administer overdose antidote

The bill would allow more first responders such as peace officers and basic-level emergency medical technicians to carry and administer naloxone hydrochloride and other opiate antidotes.... Read more»

FactCheck

Factchecking false narratives on the measles outbreak

Rep. Mo Brooks and potential presidential hopeful Ben Carson both suggested a connection between illegal immigration and the spread of diseases such as measles in the United States. ... Read more»

FactCheck

Rand Paul repeats baseless vaccine claims, back-peddles

SciCheck: Sen. Rand Paul gave false and misleading statements about vaccine safety in two separate interviews, including a claim that “many” children have developed “profound mental disorders” after vaccinations.... Read more»

Commentary

Millions in middle class remain uninsured despite Obamacare

Commentary: No-man's land captures those too rich for subsidies but too poor for sanctions.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Beryllium plant: Public needs to speak out about their environment

The Materion plant, the nation's largest manufacturer of beryllium oxide products in on South Tucson Boulevard in a residential neighborhood with numerous nearby schools. Materion, formerly known as Brush Ceramics and Brush Wellman, opened its ceramics manufacturing plant in 1980. Since then, at least 35 employees have developed chronic beryllium disease, and at least 5 have died. People had fears and concerns that the risk posed by the Brush Wellman plant isn't limited to its employees.... Read more»

Racial generation gap looms large for Az, other states

America’s growing racial generation gap, and what it means for state policy on everything from schools to job training to mass transit.... Read more»

Advocate: Arizona measles outbreak a wake-up call on vaccinations

An immunization advocate says the current measles outbreak should be a wake-up call for Arizonans to get vaccinated. And for many it is. ... Read more»

Take precautions against measles, Az officials say

With seven confirmed cases of measles and an estimated 1,000 people believed to have been exposed as of Friday, health officials and advocates were urging Arizonans to take precautions.... Read more»

Experts: Treat heroin as a health problem, not crime

Treating the heroin epidemic as not only a law enforcement issue, but also a community health issue – is the approach touted last week to mayors from across the country who were at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington.... Read more»

Lawmaker: Allow more first responders to give antidote to opiate overdoses

When a person overdoses on an opiate-based painkiller, life or death can hinge on how quickly a first responder or doctor administers drugs known as opiate antagonists. A state lawmaker wants to allow more first responders to give them to overdose victims. ... Read more»

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