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STDs on the rise for Arizona’s aging population

More Arizona seniors are staying sexually active — and catching sexually transmitted diseases.... Read more»0

App addresses challenges women face trying to quit smoking

When it comes to quitting smoking, women may need some extra motivation: "Women are more likely to gain weight than men when they quit smoking, and women have more difficulty losing weight when they gain it." That’s why UA researchers helped develop an app to remind women smokers that their health is more important than being thin.... Read more»0

Activists file initiative to legalize recreational pot in Az

Supporters have until June 2016 to gather the 150,000-plus signatures needed to get the proposed Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act on the ballot. It would allow those 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. ... Read more»2

McCain: Reopening hatchery near Hoover Dam a boon to Mohave County

U.S. Sen. John McCain traveled to Bullhead City to see officials formalize an agreement to reopen the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery along the Colorado River. He and others say making sure Lake Mohave is stocked with rainbow trout is critical to the area’s economy. ... Read more»0

Wildfire forecast 'normal', but firefighters are preparing for the worst

The official forecast has Arizona facing a normal wildfire season, but experts say how things play out depends on conditions in different parts of the state. As weather heats up, there is potential for significant wildfires.... Read more»0

UA out to get more Native Americans into medicine

To address health care disparities between Native American communities and the rest of the country, the UA College of Medicine has received an Indian Health Service grant to promote medical careers to Native Americans.... Read more»0

Report gives Arizona a B for gov't spending transparency

Released during Sunshine Week, the annual Following the Money report praises Arizona for providing data about the state's largest economic-development programs through its OpenBooks website. ... Read more»0

CDC: Heroin OD deaths rose significantly from 2010-2013

A CDC report says heroin-related deaths almost tripled between 2010 and 2013 to 2.7 per 100,000 people. Arizona's heroin-related deaths are following a similar trend, according to Arizona Department of Health Services statistics.... Read more»0

Melanoma survivor urges lawmakers to bar minors from tanning beds

Christine Nelson said there’s a reason a tanning bed looks like a coffin. A melanoma survivor, Nelson said she has had numerous surgeries and takes eight doses of a chemotherapy drug every day. And she said it’s all because she decided to add a little color to her skin with indoor tanning sessions 30 years ago.... Read more»0

Arizona's latest abortion bill seeks ban on health exchange coverage

A new bill would prohibit any health care exchange in Arizona from providing coverage for elective abortions.... Read more»2

Reintroduced Mexican gray wolves top 100 for first time

From the 1970s until 1998, not a single Mexican gray wolf roamed the Southwest. Now there are more 100 of them in Arizona and New Mexico, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday.... Read more»0

Arizona animal activists seek law against tethering dogs in yards

The Humane Society of the United States brought two rescued dogs to the State Capitol on Wednesday to press its case for a law against tethering dogs to trees, posts and other objects. It says tethered dogs are often left exposed to the elements and without water.... Read more»0

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»0

Officials: Fans from flu-heavy states bringing more than Super Bowl fever

Throngs of sports fans headed to Arizona for a string of high-profile sporting events may spread more than Super Bowl fever. Health officials warn they might also bring the flu, worsening what’s already shaping up to be a tough season. ... Read more»1