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While science is only now starting to pinpoint the salubrious effects of flowers like marigolds, practitioners of traditional medicine in Mexico have long used the bright orange blooms to treat stomach conditions.

Known as the flower of the sun, the marigold is used to guide the souls of the deceased to the altars arranged by their loved ones on the Day of the Dead, but Mexican scientists have found that the flower has life-giving properties for those of us on this side of the grave. Read more»

Nationwide, about 1 in 5 indebted adults who have had cancer or have a family member who’s been sick say they owe $10,000 or more.

Cancer kills about 600,000 people in the U.S. annually, making it a leading cause of death - and many more survive it, because of breakthroughs in medicines - but the high costs of modern-day care have left millions with a devastating financial burden. Read more»

Water from the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project, which recharges water by sending it down the watercourse near Downtown Tucson, flows in the river in 2019.

A government advisory lowered acceptable amounts of certain PFAS chemicals to levels so low they can’t be tested by any modern laboratory - now, industry reps see exploding costs while environmentalists see a victory — mostly. Read more»

Ward 3 Councilman Kevin Dahl speaks after winning his bid in the November 2021 election.

Tucson City Councilman Kevin Dahl said Friday he has throat cancer, however, doctors have told him he has a 97 percent chance of a "complete cure." Read more»

A cup full of single-use, ion-exchange, gel-based media sits atop valves that control a groundwater remediation system being used to remove PFAS from groundwater at the fire training area of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in, 2020.

Likely PFAS contamination had been found around at least 704 current and former military bases across the country, and advocates say the military should be doing more to address the problem and care for the families who have been affected by it. Read more»

As the Sunnyside School District Governing Board president, an outspoken community activist in the fight for equity, and somebody who has a long history of mentoring at-risk youth, I have some concerns about the FDA's proposed ban on menthol cigarettes. Read more»

A sign in Diné that reads 'Leetso Dooda,' meaning 'No Uranium,' stands south of the Quivira (formerly Kerr-McGee) uranium mine in the Red Water Pond Road community and next to the community meeting house.

With big money flowing in the coming decade from settlements with large corporations and the U.S. government for contamination, cleanup of hundreds of abandoned uranium mines - found in all corners of the Southwest - will finally begin. Read more»

First lady Jill Biden speaks to a small crowd in the backyard of Tucson Mayor Regina Romero as part of her visit to Tucson on Tuesday.

First lady Jill Biden and Tucson Mayor Regina Romero marked International Women's Day during a backyard celebration at Romero's home Tuesday, as Biden tours Arizona and Nevada to push the "cancer moonshot" and stalled Build Back Better bill. Read more»

First Lady Jill Biden with Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy at the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe on March 1, 2022.

First Lady Jill Biden will visit Tucson as part of a larger tour of Arizona and Nevada to push for the president's priorities outlined last week during his State of the Union address. Biden will visit San Xavier del Bac, and meet with Tucson Mayor Regina Romero. Read more»

Jean Bishop, a Mohave County supervisor, shows a map of the radiation-exposed areas during a conversation with Cronkite News reporters on Feb. 3, 2022, in Kingman, Arizona.

In 1990, Congress approved the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act to pay victims of radiation exposure - however, the southern part of Mohave County, which is just 190 miles south of the testing site, was excluded in what Rep. Paul Gosar said was an unintentional mistake. Read more»

President Joe Biden delivering the 'State of the Union' speech on Tuesday night.

"We are the only nation on Earth that has always turned every crisis we have faced into an opportunity. The only nation that can be defined by a single word: possibilities." Read more»

Washington visitors ponder a field of almost 690,000 flags, one for every U.S. COVID-19 death since the pandemic began, in late September, when Arizona’s death toll was nearing 20,000. Since then, the U.S. death toll has climbed over 820,000 and the Arizona death toll hit 24,229, likely making COVID-19 the leading cause of death in the state in 2021.

COVID-19 claimed almost 15,800 lives in Arizona this year, putting it on track to be the leading cause of death in the state in 2021 - a change from 2020, when the virus was the third-leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. Read more»

As the summer months ended amid more mitigation measures implemented by Gov. Doug Ducey, cases fell and so did deaths.

A new report by the Arizona Public Health Association found that COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in Arizona during the pandemic, unlike in other similar states that had more aggressive mitigation measures. Read more» 1

Colin Powell, who was first Black secretary of state and the first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol. Powell, who died Monday, was praised by Arizona officials for his legacy of firsts.

Arizona politicians from both sides of the aisle praised former Secretary of State Colin Powell as a dedicated public servant who will inspire “generations of Americans,” but who also leaves behind a mixed legacy. Read more»

The EPA plans to host national webinars on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 to speak with stakeholders about the roadmap for PFAS regulation.

In an effort to better protect Americans – especially those in underserved communities – from toxic compounds called “forever chemicals” for their resistance to dissolution, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a roadmap to new regulations Monday. Read more»

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