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How hikers can avoid a bee attack, and what to do if it happens

Recent bee attacks have turned normal summer outings into a deadly encounters. But there are precautions that hikers can take to avoid an attack, and appropriate ways to react if one happens. ... Read more»

How tying gun restrictions to mental health has failed

n the wake of a mass shooting, a furious political debate inevitably erupts: Does gun violence stem from mental-health issues or from easy access to firearms? A new study suggests that regulators' attempt to predict which people are likely to use a gun to cause harm needs fine-tuning. ... Read more»

3D-printed heart helps family cope with toddler’s lifetime of heart surgeries

3D printed organs may look like a toy but have serious goals. Surgeons can practice on an exact duplicate of a patient before surgery and families can better understand what loved ones are going through.... Read more»

Man killed by more than 1,000 bee stings in Mesa park

A 23-year-old man who set out for a peaceful hike in an Arizona park died after being stung by more than 1,000 bees, a swarm so threatening it thwarted rescuers' repeated attempts to reach him. ... Read more»

Az mosquito surveillance helps track, curb spread of Zika

Phoenix is one of the best regions in the nation when it comes to the surveillance of mosquitos that can carry the Zika virus, one of the hard science approaches that could help check the spread of the disease, an Arizona epidemiologist said Wednesday.... Read more»

Motorcycle crashes driving highway death toll; Az near top for fatal wrecks

Last year was a bad one for motorcyclists, with a new estimate showing that 5,010 bikers were killed in crashes nationwide — the worst death toll in seven years. Cycle-related deaths remained flat in Arizona, but the state was in the top 10 for the percentage of motorcyclist fatalities, and Tucson is seeing more deadly crashes.... Read more»

How upcoming Supreme Court abortion ruling could change Az’s legal landscape

The status of abortion access and legislation that affects patients and healthcare providers may change dramatically in June, when the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide a Texas case that could echo across the country. ... Read more»

As opioid epidemic continues, steps to curb It multiply

In recent months there has been an increasing emphasis on health providers and the agencies that oversee them to stem access to widely abused prescription drugs.... Read more»

Report: Child care costs rival in-state college tuition in Arizona

Infant child care in Arizona costs an average of $9,437 a year, rivaling in-state college tuition and putting care out of reach for many families, according to a recent report. And Arizona’s costs were on the low end when compared to the rest of the nation, with infant care costs in Washington, D.C., reaching $22,631 annually.... Read more»

Ex-Phoenix VA chief sentenced over improper gifts from lobbyist

Sharon Helman, the former director of the VA Health Care System in Phoenix, was sentenced to two years of probation Monday. She earlier pleaded guilty to charges that she failed to disclose more than $50,000 in gifts from a lobbyist, including cash, a car and a Disneyland vacation.... Read more»

Unaccompanied minors – the state and local story

With the dramatic increase in unaccompanied minors over the past five years, some communities have expressed willingness to accept these children, while others have voiced concerns that the children would have an adverse effect on the local infrastructure.... Read more»

Supreme Court sends contraception case back to lower courts, demands compromise

The Supreme Court unraveled an appeal Monday by religious nonprofits that do not want to complete insurance forms about their objections to covering contraception for employees. ... Read more»

Law and disorders: Cops, advocates try to defuse dealings with disabled

One-third to half of those killed by police are disabled, a recent report says. “Our problem isn’t with police,” one mental health advocate says, but both sides say officers need more training.... Read more»

BP agents rescue man from rugged Az mountains

Agents with the Tucson Sector's elite Border Patrol rescue team hiked two miles into rugged terrain to rescue a stranded Mexican man in the Baboquivari Mountains late Tuesday night. ... Read more»

Arizona spent millions on failed biospecimen program it hopes to revive

How the state's Bioscience Roadmap lost its way: the government agency that poured millions into the Arizona Biospecimen Locator hasn’t discussed it at a formal meeting in months, despite its status as a core initiative. But new plans may breathe life into the program by the end of the year.... Read more»

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