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Pall on Mall for smokers: UA campus smoking ban coming

If you’re a smoker, the University of Arizona may be about to put out your fire, or at least your cigarette. If a proposed policy takes effect Aug.15, the school will ban “the use of tobacco or nicotine-containing products” on all UA property.... Read more»1

Acting VA secretary tells Senate $17.6B needed to fix agency

Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson told a Senate committee Wednesday that the agency will need another $17.6 billion over the next three years to cut patient waiting times for the rising number of veterans.... Read more»

UA sponsoring free eye screenings Saturday

Free eye screenings are available Saturday at St. Elizabeth’s Health Center, 140 West Speedway Boulevard, 8 a.m. to noon. The event is sponsored by the UA Department of Ophthalmology, in conjunction with the University of Arizona Medical Center.... Read more»

Police: Missing Oro Valley man found dead

A 70-year-old man missing from his Oro Valley home since June 26, Robert Wesley Carney, was located dead in an office building Tuesday night, an official said.... Read more»

Babeu tip prompts some to plan blockade of Oracle migrant kids' shelter

Some residents of Oracle are planning a blockade of a new shelter for unaccompanied undocumented children, called after Sheriff Babeu told organizers about the facility. Babeu raised questions about the children’s possible affiliation with the notorious MS-13 gang, and the chance they might spread disease.... Read more»5

Obamacare lowers uninsured rate, 3 studies find

According to three new studies, the health law has in its first year reduced the number of uninsured adults by between 8 million and 11 million, and the majority of enrollees report satisfaction with their plans.... Read more»

Commentary

Attack ads may actually be benefiting Obamacare enrollment

Since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, its opponents have spent an estimated $450 million on political ads attacking the law. While those attacks likely cost some Democrats their congressional seats in 2012, a new report indicates that, crazy as it sounds, those ads may have contributed to the success of the legislation this year.... Read more»

County: Migrant kids, families no threat to public health

Questioned about the potential impact of the children and families brought to Tucson by immigration authorities, the director of the Pima County Health Department said they “do not constitute a public health threat.”... Read more»1

CDC: Arizona ranked in top five for alcohol-related deaths

Experts said there are several possible factors behind Arizona’s relatively high numbers, including the fact that medical responses can be a challenge in a rural state. One treatment counselor noted that there’s no one cause, but “a hundred ways” the problem affects the state.... Read more»1

Survey: People covered under Obamacare happy with insurance

About 9.5 million Americans gained coverage during the health law’s open enrollment period, and the uninsured rate for working-age adults fell from 20 percent to 15 percent, according to a survey by the Commonwealth Fund.... Read more»

Az family helps 'put face' on veteran suicides, VA role

Daniel Somers, struggling with physical and emotional problems after tours in Iraq, took his own life last summer after he could not get help at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in Phoenix. His parents, Howard and Jean, have since worked to get changes at the VA.... Read more»

Adults with serious mental illness face 80% unemployment

Employment rates for people with a serious mental illness are dismally low and getting worse, according to a report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Just 17.8 percent of people receiving public mental health services were employed in 2012 – down from 23 percent in 2003.... Read more»

Phoenix VA testifies at House whistleblower hearing

Dr. Katherine Mitchell knew she was “shooting my career in the foot” when she raised concerns about the quality of care the Department of Veterans Affairs was providing patients in Phoenix. But she told a House panel it was more important to look out for vets’ welfare.... Read more»

Politicians, experts hosting forum on mental health, violence

Prompted by gun violence, local politicians and mental health experts will hold a community forum on mental health issues Monday night.... Read more»

Hobby Lobby ruling geared to ‘closely held’ firms, but what is that?

The Supreme Court’s decision on contraceptives and employer health plans could affect companies and workers far beyond Hobby Lobby and the other plaintiffs. But nobody seems to know how far.... Read more»

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