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We take a look at a Tucson man who says he improved on an existing idea that will help people to quit smoking.

Pima County Health Launches Hotline For Young Smokers

Officials say 6,000 Arizona teens become smokers each year; about 90 percent addicted by the time they're 19.

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Report Compares Contraceptive Use In US, Mexico

Coauthor says Mexico has a national family planning program making it easier to access contraceptives.

New AZ Regulations Better Define Midwives' Scope Of Practice

State's department of health released changes this summer; Tucson midwife discusses how these affect her work.

Court Strikes Down AZ Law Denying Abortion Funding

Law disqualified women's health providers such as Planned Parenthood from receiving public money.

Researchers Conduct Study to Investigate American Indian Health

A statewide team including staff from UA public health dept. received a $6M grant to establish project.

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Epilepsy Rates in Hispanics Lower Along the AZ-Sonora Border

Recent study shows more Caucasians suffer from neurological disorder; results differ in non-border cities.

Ted Prievo, dental patient at St. Elizabeth's

PCC Expanding Dental Hygiene Program

$3.2M federal grant allows more dental chairs and expanded outreach to Latino students.

UA Researcher Collaborating on Astronaut Health

Multi-institutional study will investigate the infectious disease risks to crews during spaceflight.

Doctor examines baby

CDC: AZ Exceeds National Average for Breastfeeding

83% of state's babies have breastfed, 'getting a great start in life,' state health official declaims.

Affordable Care Act May Cover Half of AZ's Uninsured by 2015

State ranks among bottom five states with 1.2 million residents now without health coverage, UA center says.

UA Launches Online Pediatric Integrative Med Curriculum

Demand for alternative treatments rising; program emphasizes preventative approach for complex issues.

US House Majority Whip Visits UA Valley Fever Lab

Rep. Kevin McCarthy tours facility as part of a task force looking to take legislative action to eradicate disease.

Research Works to Understand Retinal Damage in Diabetics

UA scientists looking into what leads to blindness in adults with the disease, hopefully counteract it in the future.

The Granite Mountain Hotshot crew. Nineteen crew members were killed June 30, 2013, fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire.

Law Changes May Ensure Hotshot Families Survivor Benefits

AZ house speaker drafting a retroactive legislation; mother of one of 19 firefighters having a news conference in Prescott Wed.

Cigarette in hand

ASU Prohibits Tobacco on Its Properties

Ban of cigarettes, snuff, other products went into effect Aug. 1; UA may head in same direction.

Mother of Prescott Hotshot Demands Family Survivor Benefits

Such aid reserved for full-time employees; many of the 19 firefighters were seasonal; officials unable to legally reclassify them as permanent.

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