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Your pet on pot, or even CBD: Not a good thing, a vet toxicologist explains

As marijuana and its derivatives are sold legally in more states, pets are getting into pot, accidentally. And some owners are intentionally giving them CBD. A veterinary toxicologist explains the dangers.... Read more»

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As e-cig use climbs, schools address problem with vape detectors

E-cigarette use rose 78% among high school students and 48% among middle school students from 2017 to 2018. As vaping grows, raising health and addiction concerns, Arizona schools are addressing the problem by installing vape detectors in restrooms.... Read more»

Gov't shutdown has mixed affect on health care

For the vast majority of the federal government’s public health efforts, though, it’s business as usual during the current shutdown. Though bottlenecked spending bills leave some services feeling the squeeze.... Read more»

FDA limits restrictions on flavored e-cigarette sales to stem surging underage use

The FDA won't ban flavored cigarettes marketed to children, which the agency considered, but imposes stricter sales restrictions on-line and in convenience stores.... Read more»

Wireless industry uses 1st Amendment as cudgel in battle against safety warnings

Few people know that there are federal safety limits for exposure to the weak radiation emitted by cellphones and other wireless devices. There often is language about this embedded right in our phones, but finding it requires knowing where to look, wading through sometimes five or more steps and then making sense of the technical jargon. ... Read more»

Debunking false 'vaccines cause autism' claim

Q: Has the FDA announced that vaccines cause autism? A: No. FDA statements are grounded in scientific evidence. There is no evidence that vaccination is linked to autism.... Read more»

$4.8M grant to speed UA's work on Valley fever vaccine for dogs

Researchers at the University of Arizona say they’ve made progress in developing a vaccine that could protect dogs from Valley fever, a potentially deadly respiratory disease common in the Southwest.... Read more»

Generic drug prices are declining, but many consumers aren’t benefiting

Outcry has been building over the rising cost of brand-name medications, but the price of generic drugs has been moving in the opposite direction. The stock prices of generic manufacturers have tumbled, but many consumers aren’t paying less at the pharmacy counter. ... Read more»

Doctors teeter on divide between pain treatment, opioid abuse

A new 400-page report by leading doctors across the country called on the FDA to develop new regulations for opioid prescriptions, balancing the need to treat pain properly and avoid opioid abuse.... Read more»

Digital timer on prescription bottles may help addicts, CEO says

A digital-timer on a pill bottle may help those who are fighting prescription drug addiction, the chief executive of the company that created the tool says.... Read more»

'Brain boosters' a gold mine for supplements industry but benefits hotly disputed

Concerns about Alzheimer's and other brain-wasting diseases have fueled booming sales of dietary supplements. But experts question the benefits.... Read more»

Fighting opioid abuse in Indian country

The overdose death rate among Native Americans is three times the rate in the general population. As the opioid epidemic surges, many tribes are investing in treatment and specialized housing on the reservation. ... Read more»

CDC cautions against nasal spray flu vaccination this season

Better get the Band-Aids out. This year, the CDC recommends against nasal spray flu vaccinations, saying it’s less effective than the shot. That means Arizona nurses and doctors will inject thousands of people the old-fashioned way, resulting in sore arms and lots of tears.... Read more»

FDA approves first drug to treat rare form of muscular dystrophy

The FDA has approved the first drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare and lethal muscle weakening disorder that affects about 15,000 Americans. The approval of the drug, Exondys 51, came over the objections of its own advisory committee.... Read more»

UA researchers developing new way to look deep inside the brain

Researchers at the University of Arizona may be on the cusp of a breakthrough when it comes to examining the deepest parts of the brain.... Read more»

ASU researcher applauds new FDA rule on antibacterial soaps

ASU researcher Rolf Halden has been warning the Food and Drug Administration of the dangers of ingredients found in antibacterial soaps for more than a decade. His research focuses on how man-made pollutants found in personal care products seep into our natural resources and eventually, our bodies.... Read more»

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