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UA doctor’s drug could buy time between rattlesnake bite and anti-venom treatment

As soon as a rattlesnake sinks its fangs into a victim, the venom starts traveling through the bloodstream. Within seconds, people can experience pain, swelling, bleeding and trouble breathing. It’s a race against time to get to a hospital. The longer it takes to get treatment, the higher the odds of long-term injury or death.... Read more»

Carmona, health experts to hold Ebola prep roundtable

An event Saturday will feature the former U.S. surgeon general and other heath-care experts discussing community preparedness for an outbreak of Ebola or other contagious disease. The "Ebola and All-Hazards Forum" is being held by the Medical Reserve Corps of Southern Arizona.... Read more»

Poison center: Baby rattlesnakes are active, dangerous

Arizona rattlesnakes and their offspring are active and residents should be on the lookout for them over the next few weeks. Baby rattlesnakes, born in July and August, strike without warning and have enough venom to be a serious health hazard, authorities said.... Read more»

Silent baby rattlers pose risks for the unsuspecting

Not only are baby rattlesnakes silent, they can be more likely than adults to bite — and because their bites may not cause swelling, some victims are unaware they've been bitten until they suffer severe bleeding problems. "Last Saturday in the Tucson area alone, we had eight bites in 36 hours. That’s a lot of bites."... Read more»

Poison center: Baby rattlesnakes have dangerous bites

The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center is warning Arizonans to be on the lookout of rattlesnakes and their new offspring. Baby rattlesnakes, on the rise in August, strike without warning and pack enough venom to be a serious health hazard.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: 'Stamp out Hunger' this Saturday

Interviews with Sen. Linda Lopez, Dr. Keith Boesen of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, Tucson Weekly's Jim Nintzel, TUSD Boardmember Mark Stegeman, Bill Carnegie of the Community Food Bank of Arizona and Dan Turrentine of the Letter Carriers Association, plus Councilman Paul Cunningham... Read more»

Rattlesnakes still biting as heat continues

With 39 people bitten by rattlesnakes last month, and eight bites reported in the just first five days of September, hikers, yard workers and those venturing outdoors in the evening should continue to be cautious.... Read more»

Hot summer nights mean scurrying scorpions

Summer in Southern Arizona means things shake and buzz. From monsoon clouds with their thunder and lightning, to rattlesnake tails, nature can reach out and grab you. But there's another, more silent sting that awaits the unwary: summer heat also brings out Arizona's scorpions.... Read more»

Budget cuts bitter pill for UA poison center

Tucson's poison control center may be due for painful cuts if a new federal budget is passed. The plan working its way through Congress includes a 93 percent cut to funding for poison control centers nationwide. ... Read more»