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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»

In addition to treating diseases and infections in food-producing animals, antibiotics such as cephalosporins also are used to prevent illnesses. The use of antibiotics for the disease-fighting technique is a controversial issue.

A study of chicken byproducts co-authored by an Arizona State University researcher found trace amounts of antibiotics banned from poultry production in 2005. Read more»

In spring, hospitals see more young bicyclists with injuries ranging from scrapes to internal injuries caused by ramming into handlebars. Read more»

Sen. Paula Aboud, D-Tucson, addresses a crowd at a women’s rally outside the Arizona State Capitol.

Dozens of women joined Democratic state legislators Wednesday to denounce GOP bills on birth control and abortion they say pander to ultraconservatives. Read more»

Copper Queen Community Hospital in Bisbee saw a rise in dental-related health issues from 2010 to 2011.

Between 2006 and 2009 preventable dental-related ER visits rose 61 percent in Arizona, compared to a 16 percent national increase during the same period, a study found. Read more» 1

The female American dog tick is known to carry the bacteria responsible for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Reported Arizona cases of a Rocky Mountain spotted fever have increased steadily over the past decade and spiked within the last two years. State and federal officials say those heading into the outdoors should be aware of the danger. Read more»

Bob Mizer, co-owner of Tobacco Mizer, explains how customers can create a custom mixture from eight different flavors of loose tobacco.

Stores that offer smokers roll-your-own cigarettes are worried that a bill progressing in the Senate to expand taxation on their products could be a death blow to their businesses. Read more» 7

A state lawmaker wants Arizona voters to decide in November whether to allow a lower minimum wage for tipped workers and younger part-time and temporary employees. Read more»

Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal delivers his State of Education address Monday in Phoenix.

An outdated and inefficient information technology system used to provide data to the state wastes staff time and creates roadblocks for those seeking the information, Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal said Monday. Read more»

Rep. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, is sponsoring a bill that would allow the State Board of Education to assign failing grades to schools immediately, rather than wait three years as current law requires.

Allowing education officials to immediately assign schools failing grades under Arizona’s new system for measuring performance would allow troubled schools to get help faster, a state lawmaker contends. Read more»

Those 65 and older who engage in binge drinking do so more frequently than any other age group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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»

Barring state universities and community colleges from requiring students to have immunizations would remove a roadblock to higher education for some Arizonans, a state lawmaker said. Read more»

State Rep. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix.

A Phoenix lawmaker wants to make it clear that state officials can notify licensing boards when medical professionals are suspected of improperly recommending marijuana for patients. Read more»