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How politics derailed EPA science on arsenic

A ban on arsenic-containing pesticides was lifted after a lawmaker disrupted a scientific assessment by the EPA.... Read more»

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Insurers push back against growing cancer costs

Many insurers are encouraging the use of less-costly regimens and paying the same for drugs, whether they’re given in hospital outpatient settings or doctors’ offices.... Read more»

Study: Costly breast cancer treatment more common at for-profit hospitals

Older breast cancer patients who received radiation treatment after surgery were more likely to undergo a more expensive and somewhat controversial type of radiation called brachytherapy if they got their care at for-profit rather than nonprofit hospitals, a new study reports.... Read more»

MIA in the war on cancer: Where are the low-cost treatments?

Michael Retsky awoke from surgery to bad news. The tumor in his colon had spread to four of his lymph nodes and penetrated the bowel wall. When Retsky showed the pathology report to William Hrushesky, his treating oncologist, the doctor exclaimed, “Mamma mia.”... Read more»

Legal battles smolder six decades after ‘the greatest health protection in cigarette history’

It’s hard to think of anything more reckless than adding a deadly carcinogen to a product that already causes cancer—and then bragging about the health benefits. That’s what Lorillard Tobacco did 60 years ago when it introduced Kent cigarettes, whose patented “Micronite” filter contained a particularly virulent form of asbestos.... Read more»

Warning: Opting out of your insurance plan's provider network is risky

Out-of-pocket spending limits and some other safeguards in the health law may not apply if you opt out of your insurance plan’s provider network.... Read more»

Obamacare FAQ: What are the penalties for not getting insurance?

If you don’t already have health insurance, you could face a costly fine if you don’t choose an Affordable Care Act policy in the enrollment period that closes March 31, and you likely won’t have another opportunity to sign up again until the 2015 plans are unveiled... Read more»

Experts: More than half of Az cancer cases are preventable

Experts offered lawmakers some grim statistics Wednesday on cancer in Arizona, including a forecast of 11,400 deaths this year and a 50 percent increase in cancer cases by 2050. However, one figure offered some hope: More than half of cancer cases here could be prevented by lifestyle changes such as not smoking and exercising more.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: The future of cancer treatment

A conversation with Anne Cress, Ph.D., interim director of the UA Cancer Center. Then, financial planner Shelly Fishman had the Tuesday Money Maker Report, Credible Meds founder Dr. Ray Woosley with our monthly segment focusing on your medication and how to take control of your healthcare. Plus, Linda Ray of the Tucson Weekly with the every-other-Tuesday arts report.... Read more»

Congress not always a hardball game; Bipartisan softball pits lawmakers against reporters

It’s one thing to claim that you can work across the congressional aisle in the spirit of bipartisanship. It’s quite another to sweat with members of the other party. But that’s what congressional women were doing on Wednesday as Republicans and Democrats joined forces to play women journalists in a charity softball game on a steamy Washington night. (with video)... Read more»

Deadly breakfast? Study connects bacon, premature death

Researchers found that those who consume processed meats are more likely to die early of cardiovascular diseases or cancer.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Cancer survivors unite at bootcamp

An interview with Save the Scenic Santa Ritas Vice President Morris Farr about opposition to the Rosemont Mine.. Also, Dr. Peter Gordon, veterinary neurologist with Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, and Anita Kellman on the 5th Annual Beat Cancer Boot Camp.... Read more»

Report: Cancer risks from chemicals used to treat drinking water

Chemicals used to treat drinking water for millions of Americans may raise the risk of cancer and lead to other unintended health hazards, according to a report released Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group. Tucson’s water is considerably lower in chemicals than that from other Arizona utilities.... Read more»

Tanning industry dismissal of skin cancer threat draws doctors' ire

A new campaign by the tanning industry to promote the safety of sunbed use has come under fierce attack from the American Academy of Dermatology, which is accusing the industry of making claims that are “ridiculous” and unsupported by scientific evidence.... Read more»

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Spanish paper says Hugo Chavez on life support

Venezuela’s VP challenged rumors about Chavez’s health, while GlobalPost’s correspondent in Havana said the truth about the ailing president’s condition is unclear.... Read more»

Barber back in D.C. after cancer surgery

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber is back on the job in Washington, D.C., this week after having a cancerous tumor removed from his tongue a week ago, as spokesman said.... Read more»

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