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'Health index' scores Az counties on residents’ welfare, major health issues

Diabetes, hypertension and depression are the biggest problems facing Arizona counties, according to a new nationwide health index map that also scored counties on whether they tend to be more healthy or less.... Read more»

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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»

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»

ASU study suggests almonds can help prevent heart damage in diabetics

An ASU study, published in Journal of Functional Foods, showed that eating 1.5 ounces of almonds can reduce levels of C reactive protein, which is part of a chain that can lead to heart disease, in people with progressed Type 2 diabetes.... Read more»

UA sponsoring free eye screenings Saturday

Free eye screenings are available Saturday at St. Elizabeth’s Health Center, 140 West Speedway Boulevard, 8 a.m. to noon. The event is sponsored by the UA Department of Ophthalmology, in conjunction with the University of Arizona Medical Center.... Read more»

CDC: Arizona ranked in top five for alcohol-related deaths

Experts said there are several possible factors behind Arizona's relatively high numbers, including the fact that medical responses can be a challenge in a rural state. One treatment counselor noted that there’s no one cause, but “a hundred ways” the problem affects the state. ... Read more»1

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»

Guest opinion

More U.S. Hispanics should be dying younger; Why aren’t they?

This is not a question larded with ethnic prejudice but a widely debated medical mystery. A recent study confirmed it: American Latinos tend to have health outcomes that in many cases are equal or better than those of non-Hispanic Whites – including lower death rates, fewer mental disorders, and higher survival rates from heart disease and other medical conditions.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Is Tucson 'Winnerville' or 'Loserville?'

The Monday Political Face-Off featured commentators Bruce Ash and Paul Eckerstrom. Then, we previewed the 17th annual Fathers of the Year Awards dinner to benefit Type 1 diabetes research with 2012 honoree Robert Ramirez and Max Fisher, who has the disease. Plus, an interview with Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: New UA program to deal with diabetes epidemic

An interview with state Rep. Victoria Steele of District 9, plus, Shelly Fishman has the Tuesday Money Maker Report, and we talk with Dr. Merri Pendergrass, the new director of the Diabetes Program at the UA College of Medicine. Plus, Tucson Weekly Arts Editor Margaret Regan has the Buckmaster Show arts report.... Read more»

Curry ingredient helps cut diabetes risk

Curcumin, a component of curry, was found to cut the risk of type 2 diabetes in a new study.... Read more»


Sugar addicts: New playground for today's kids

Thanks to the powerful corporate food lobby, children's sugar addiction has them swinging toward juvenile diabetes while they slide from obesity to heart disease.... Read more»

Kids who drink soda at increased risk of heart disease

Children who drink sugar-laden sodas may be at greater risk of developing heart disease later in life, a new study suggests.... Read more»1

Girl and dog form healing bond

When Petey the terrier first came to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona he was barely alive. Today he is thriving with the help of an 8-year-old girl also living with Type 1 diabetes.... Read more»

Special report

Diabetes ‘pandemic’ takes severe toll among border-area Hispanics

Diabetes is a growing problem among all ethnic, age and socio-economic groups, but experts say it has reached alarming proportions among Hispanics living near the U.S.-Mexico border, driven by factors including obesity, poverty, a lack of health coverage and poor diet. (with video)... Read more»

Get your eyes checked—free

Volunteers from the Arizona Opthalmological Society will provide free screenings for conditions such as diabetic eye and glaucoma at El Pueblo Senior Center on Saturday.... Read more»1

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