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Long after losing glamorous image, smoking keeps tight grip on mentally ill

For decades, tobacco companies relied on movie stars and sports heroes to pitch their brands, making cigarettes a symbol of sophistication and glamour. Today, the image is vastly different, with smoking largely a habit of the troubled and the poor: 44 percent of all smokers are mentally ill.... Read more»

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Why don’t we know how many people are shot each year in America?

How many Americans have been shot over the past 10 years? No one really knows. We don't even know if the number of people shot annually has gone up or down over that time. ... Read more»

Republicans say no to CDC gun violence research

After the Sandy Hook school shooting, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was one of a few congressional Republicans who expressed a willingness to reconsider the need for gun control laws. More than a year later, as Kingston competes in a crowded Republican primary race for a U.S. Senate seat, the congressman is no longer talking about common ground.... Read more»

Season’s dominant flu strain especially harmful to young people

Young people are being hit harder by this year’s flu season, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those ages 18 to 64 accounted for 61 percent of all influenza-related hospitalizations, compared with an average of 35 percent in previous years.... Read more»

The fix isn’t in: Why a safety device that can stop overdoses by kids isn’t widely used

Today, the promise to make medicine safer for kids remains largely unfulfilled, hindered by industry cost concerns and inaction by federal regulators, an examination by ProPublica found.... Read more»

Law allows schools to stock, use epinephrine for allergy attacks

Allowing schools to stock and administer general-use, injectable epinephrine will save lives when students go into anaphylaxis from previously undiagnosed allergies, a state lawmaker says. ... Read more»

Study: Childhood obesity in Az levels off, as national rate falls

The obesity rate for low-income Arizona preschoolers remained level from 2008 to 2011 after growing sharply in previous years, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.... Read more»

Drop of doubt: Water’s safe but survey says residents aren’t so sure

Valley health officials insist that it’s safe to drink the water, but area residents don’t appear to be so certain.... Read more»

Rangel’s assault weapons whopper

Rep. Charlie Rangel falsely claimed there are “millions of kids dying, being shot down by assault weapons.” In fact, fewer than 100,000 persons younger than 20 years old died of gun violence, including suicide, over a 30-year period through 2010, government data show. About two-thirds of those deaths — or nearly 65,000 — were homicides. ... Read more»

Chlamydia report has good news, bad news for Az

A national survey suggests that more young women in Arizona are getting tested for the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia, but data for the latest year available showed that fewer than half of those in this group were tested.... Read more»

Tucson receives $2.4M grant to get the lead out

A grant from the the Department of Housing and Urban Development hopes to help Tucson's low-income families eliminate lead hazards in their homes over the next three years. ... Read more»

Az has one of lowest rates of tobacco use by young

Arizona is one of the better states in the nation when it comes to preventing tobacco use among 12- to 25-year-olds, according to a report released Thursday by the Surgeon General.... Read more»

Report: Binge drinking more intense for seniors

Binge drinking is most common among young people, but a government report on the problem also places a red flag next to senior citizens. It turns out that those 65 and older engage in binge drinking more frequently than any other age group.... Read more»

Navajo tribal members combat unspoken crisis of HIV

HIV is a taboo topic among the Navajo tribe, one of the largest in the country with over 300,000 members. Many Navajo, some say, believe that speaking of disease is the same as bringing it into the community.... Read more»

Report: 1 in 5 Americans suffer mental illness

One in five adults in the United States suffered from mental illnesses in 2010, with women and people aged 18-25 disproportionately afflicted, according to a government report.... Read more»

CDC: Binge drinking bigger problem than thought

Binge drinking rates in the United States is "a bigger problem than previously thought," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report released Tuesday. ... Read more»

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