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Jessica Rigler, chief for the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control at the Arizona Department of Heath Services, said that while there are no confirmed cases yet in Arizona there have been rumblings.

Enterovirus D68, part of a family of viruses associated with the common cold, can cause severe respiratory illness, particularly among those with asthma and other breathing problems. Read more»

Linda Flatt's son, Paul Tillander, killed himself in 1993. After his death, Flatt helped found the Nevada Suicide Prevention Office at the state Division of Public and Behavioral Health. She partners with gun stores, ranges and shows to make gun owners more aware of firearm suicide

Americans are twice as likely to die from turning guns on themselves as they are to be murdered with one. Read more»

Shelley Kais, Martha McSally, and Chuck Wooten answered questions from government students at Empire High School, who organized Thursday night's debate between the three Republican candidates

The three Republican candidates in Congressional District 2 largely agreed with each other on the lack of leadership in Washington, but split on the necessity of immigration reform at a debate Thursday night. Read more» 5

Unaccompanied minors board a chartered airliner on the tarmac at Tucson International Airport on July 9, part of the federal effort to detain and process more than 52,000 children who have crossed into the United States through the Rio Grande Valley this year.

The unaccompanied minors staying in Tucson continue to pose a "very low health risk to county residents," according to an assessment released out by the Pima County Health Department. Rather, the health of the children at the end of a long and perilous journey is a concern, said health chief Dr. Francisco Garcia. Read more»

The insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund threatens federal transportation programs. Implementing a mileage fee would provide robust funding for decades to come. Read more»

Arizona was tied for the fourth-highest rate of alcohol-related deaths among its working-age population from 2006 to 2010, the CDC said, at 13.4 percent compared to a national rate of 9.8 percent for the period. The state was fifth for the alcohol-related death per 100,000 residents.

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

Wendy Brennan and her granddaughter, Madelyn Begin, in the kitchen of Brennan's home in Mount Vernon, Maine. Brennan had a filter installed on her tap after she learned her drinking water contained arsenic.

A ban on arsenic-containing pesticides was lifted after a lawmaker disrupted a scientific assessment by the EPA. Read more»

In April 2012, a team of inspectors from the FDA investigated a seafood company in India that had been exporting tons of frozen yellow fin tuna to the U.S. What they found was not appetizing: water tanks rife with contamination, rusty carving knives, peeling paint above the work area, unsanitary bathrooms and an ice machine covered with insects and “apparent bird feces.” Read more»

In a few districts, doctors and hospitals are making their records available to school health officials to help provide better care for children with chronic conditions. Read more»

Cramped conditions at a South Korean puppy mill.

GlobalPost investigation: For celebrities, a canine in the handbag is a delightful fashion accessory. But animal lovers condemn the dogs’ squalid, sweatshop-like roots. Read more»

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) are unveiling legislation that would restart the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's gun violence research efforts.

New legislation would increase CDC funding for gun violence research from zero dollars to $10 million. The NRA calls the push “unethical” and an “abuse of taxpayer funds.” Read more»

Dr. Garen Wintemute

Since Congress pressured the CDC to stop funding research on gun violence, Dr. Garen Wintemute has donated more than $1.1 million of his own money to keep his research going. Read more»

Agencies at all levels, through aggressive and manipulative tactics, are increasingly controlling what information the public receives, threatening the very foundation of democracy. This is more than just about Easter eggs and inconveniences for journalists. Growing message management by the government is something that concerns anyone who cares about holding elected officials accountable. Read more»

Dr. Frank LoVecchio, the center’s co-medical director of the Banner Good Samaritan Poison & Drug Information Center, displays an electronic cigarette.

With electronic cigarettes gaining popularity, officials in Arizona and nationwide are seeing more cases of people exposed to too much nicotine, not just from inhaling but by spilling or swallowing the liquid drug. Read more»

Americans have a spotty understanding of the risks of Tylenol, a nationwide poll shows. About half said they are not aware of any safety warnings involving the drug. But 80 percent said that overdosing on the medicine could result in serious side effects. Read more»

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