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FDA allowing folic acid in masa could cut Latino birth defects

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration announced that manufacturers can start adding folic acid to masa de maiz beginning Friday, a move long pursued by advocates who say it will curb birth defects in the Hispanic community.... Read more»

More medical marijuana dispensaries may soon crop up in Arizona

Arizona could see an increase in medical marijuana dispensaries this summer after the Arizona Department of Health Services opens up applications. It’s the first time the department will allow new dispensaries since it issued the first licenses in 2012.... Read more»

Nootropics pop up on campuses, but do ‘smart drugs’ actually work?

It’s no secret college students have used “smart drugs” to enhance their performance in school. They often turn to medication such as Adderall and Vyvanse, prescription stimulants used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder.... Read more»

$1.5 million grant to help reduce Pima jail population

Enhanced pretrial screening, substance abuse and mental health treatment options and more electronic monitoring are part of a plan to help cut the occupancy of the Pima County jail by almost 20 percent over the next three years. The $3.1 million project will be supported by a $1.5 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation.... Read more»

Grandmother rescued after 9 days lost in Arizona forest

A 72-year-old woman who got lost in an Arizona forest after running out of gas en route to a visit with her grandchildren was rescued after nine days surviving on pond water and plants, state troopers said on Tuesday.... Read more»

Factchecking the White House on climate, heat deaths

In a recent “fact sheet” on the threat climate change poses to human health, the White House cherry-picked data on the estimated number of premature deaths due to future extreme temperatures.... Read more»

Officials tell Congress infrastructure upgrades needed to keep water safe, reliable

The president of a Phoenix-based water company joined other officials from around the country to tell a Senate panel Thursday that the nation’s aging infrastructure needs help if Americans want a reliable, safe source of water.... Read more»

H1N1 'swine flu' cases spike in Arizona this flu season

The number of confirmed cases in Arizona has increased 68 percent compared to the previous flu season. "Right now, we are seeing very high levels of flu in the state," said a state epidemiologist.... Read more»

First Zika virus case diagnosed in Arizona

The first case of Zika virus in Arizona has been confirmed in a woman who traveled outside the country before returning to Arizona, health officials have confirmed.... Read more»

SNAP food assistance cuts coming to Pima County

Unemployed SNAP recipients in Pima County will have 90 days to find employment or risk losing their food assistance. 40,000 Arizonans will be among more than 500,000 people across the country who will lose benefits commonly known as food stamps.... Read more»

UA researcher hopes new diabetes drug can curb amputations

Heberprot-P, a drug from Cuba that can speed healing of diabetic lesions, is in the process of being approved for clinical trials. Researcher David Armstrong hopes the University of Arizona will take part in the testing before the end of the year.... Read more»

Skydiving still growing at Az's largest facility despite deaths

From late December 2015 to early February 2016, three skydivers died at the Eloy-based Skydive Arizona, but that hasn't slowed down business. ... Read more»

El Rio opens Az's first human milk donation center

El Rio’s Birth and Women’s Health Center became the first human milk donation site in Arizona on March 15.... Read more»

Hundreds of Az prisoners have used razors, drugs in attempted suicides

There were nearly 500 incidents in Arizona's prison system when convicts attempted to either hurt or kill themselves in 2015, despite efforts to push for better mental health treatment and a legal settlement ordering the Department of Corrections to improve psychiatric services. ... Read more»

Nearly 12k abuse cases languish, kids dying without action

The Department of Child Safety has failed to resolve nearly 12,000 cases of alleged abuse or neglect that have been open for at least 60 days without an investigation or services being provided to a potential victim. In some cases, children may have died because of it, records show.... Read more»

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