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Dog bacteria might benefit human health

Fido’s licks and tummy rubs just might be good for your health. UA researchers are studying the biological connection between humans and dogs to find out how they influence each other.... Read more»

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»

Arizona ‘Right to Try’ advocates welcome new FDA rule on drug access

The Food and Drug Administration announced plans last week to make it easier for Americans with terminal illnesses to access experimental drugs, cutting the time to apply from about 100 hours to as little as 45 minutes.... Read more»

Kingman ‘downwinders’ seek recognition from U.S. decades after atomic tests

Decades after atomic tests in Nevada spread radiation across much of the Southwest, the federal government has offered compensation to many so-called downwinders. Kingman residents, however, were not among that group. And they say they don't know why. ... Read more»

Breaking the code of the Navajo Nation

For many Americans, the word Navajo conjures up images of the World War II code talkers who used their unique language to encrypt secret radio messages sent to the front lines. Here’s what many don’t know about the most populous Native American tribe in the United States.... Read more»

The politics of poison

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»

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»

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