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Police: Oro Valley woman found after being missing for a week

A 63-year-old woman from Oro Valley was located safe after not being seen by her friends and family since last Monday, authorities said. Sheryl Forte was found after police announced that she was missing Monday.... Read more»

Az medical boards can take years to penalize doctors who overprescribe

It can take years for a physician to be penalized for over-prescribing opioids and it's rare for licenses to be revoked. Since 2010, more than 3,600 people have overdosed and died from opioids in Arizona. Over the past 16 years, the state has sanctioned 250 doctors and assistants for overprescribing prescription pain pills.... Read more»

Arizona senators follow party-line vote on Obamacare repeal

Arizona’s senators joined all but one of their fellow Republicans early Thursday to narrowly approve a budget resolution that is the first step in overturning the Affordable Care Act.... Read more»

'Brain boosters' a gold mine for supplements industry but benefits hotly disputed

Concerns about Alzheimer's and other brain-wasting diseases have fueled booming sales of dietary supplements. But experts question the benefits.... Read more»

ACLU asks judge to hold BP in contempt over missing evidence

Civil rights groups asked a federal judge Monday to hold the Border Patrol in contempt of court for failing to turn over video from Tucson Sector holding facilities. A lawyer wrote that the agency was "stonewalling" and acting in "bad faith" and had allowed a computer update to corrupt months of video showing conditions in the facilities.... Read more»

Experts: Doctor training key to fighting opioid epidemic

Although Arizona has developed a training program for doctors on prescribing opioids and treating chronic pain, the state does not mandate doctors take continuing education in pain management, controlled-substance prescribing or substance-abuse disorders – as several other states do.... Read more»

Pennsylvania sees dramatic drop in opioid prescriptions

Within months of launching a registry to prevent patients from receiving opioids and other potentially addictive prescription drugs from more than one doctor, Pennsylvania saw a substantial drop in the number of prescriptions for painkillers such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet.... Read more»

$3.6M federal grant jump-starts opioid awareness in Pima, 5 other Az counties

State officials said federal funding has helped jump-start awareness campaigns and drug monitoring efforts to combat the prescription drug epidemic in six of Arizona’s 15 counties. In 2015, 401 people across the state died from overdoses of prescription opioid pain relievers.... Read more»

Judge keeps order for BP to provide bedding, showers to detainees

Border Patrol officials must follow a court order to provide clean bedding and showers for detainees after a judge rejected a motion asking him to reconsider because of "unexpected consequences." But Judge David C. Bury wrote that "the Court cannot suspend what it believes are constitutional rights." ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

A look at 2017: The year of 'Who the Hell Knows'

Together we in Southern Arizona enter 2017 looking through the lens of just one tautology: God only knows what will happen. If you liked last year's uncertainty, you'll love what comes next. Five issues locally could give Tucsonans an idea.... Read more»1

Missing man with dementia found after 2-day search

A 65-year-old man who went missing from his group home Monday was found safe Wednesday morning. Dennis Cahill, who climbed over the fence of the property, has dementia and gets lost easily, police said.... Read more»

If Obamacare goes away, coverage will stay – for the moment

Despite Donald Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act in his first 100 days in office, health policy experts say those who have enrolled in the Obamacare marketplace are “more than likely” to keep their coverage for 2017.... Read more»

Obamacare enrollment beating last year's early pace

Despite the Affordable Care Act’s rising prices, decreased insurer participation and a vigorous political threat to its survival, consumer enrollment for 2017 is outpacing last year’s, according to new federal data and reports from state officials around the country.... Read more»

If Republicans repeal Obamacare, how will they pay for replacement?

Leading Republicans have vowed that even if they repeal most of the Affordable Care Act early in 2017, a replacement will not hurt those currently receiving benefits. But that may be difficult for one big reason — Republicans have also pledged to repeal the taxes that Democrats used to pay for their health law. Without that funding, Republicans will have far less money to spend on whatever they opt for as a replacement.... Read more»

How a great-grandmother's body ended up in an Army blast test

The story of how an Arizona grandmother's remains came to be used in a Pentagon experiment shines a spotlight on a growing but little-known industry: the trade in human cadavers and body parts. No federal law regulates body brokers, and no U.S. government agency monitors what happens to cadavers pledged for use in medical education and research. ... Read more»

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