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Community Dialogue Digs into Mental Health Issues

Event aims to bring Tucsonans together to explore how mental health affects Arizona communities.

2011 has been designated as the international year of the bat, and there are concerted efforts to inform the public about the importance of these creatures.

Rabies Warnings Issued in Pima County

Milder weather brings people out, increasing risk of contact with infected bats, skunks, other critters.

Asarco Fined $30K for Mismanagement of PCB Waste

EPA says Tucson company used buildings contaminated with toxic chemical; employees constantly used these buildings.

Migrant deaths in the desert continue at a steady pace and its the Tucson sector that has the highest numbers.

Border Deaths Up From Last Year, Pima County Figures Show

Medical examiner's office reports 148 migrant deaths so far, compared to 125 at this time in 2012.

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CDC: Arizonans over 65 Have Life Expectancy of 20 Years Plus

Report says state one of the top nationally for healthy residents; more than 1.3M people over 60 living here.

A book written by Patrisia Gonzalez about thing such as natural law and the role of spirituality in Red Medicine.

New Book Discusses Native American Healing Practices

Author wrote about indigenous systems of healing that include birthing practices, dreaming, purification rites.

Native American Vets proudly incorporate their cultural heritage with traditional military uniform in this march.

Event Aims to Inform Native American Vets on Benefits

Gathering hosting veteran, non-veteran health organizations; ensuring all benefits are claimed.

First Legislative Hearing on Hotshot Families Survivor Benefits

State House Speaker Andy Tobin to testify Tuesday; proposal includes funding for rebuilding efforts as well.

Efforts Underway to Educate Arizonans On Affordable Care Act

Estimates indicate more than 1 million residents will qualify for financial healthcare assistance.

A display of Native American practice used to help others heal, at the New Directions Center, a behavior health and treatment center.

Researchers Explore Roots of American Indian Resilience

New studies reveal protective elements of Native American cultural traditions; used for various healing treatments.

Valley Fever Common But Not Harmless

Lung infection endemic to the American Southwest carries risk of complications.

AZ Week: Child Welfare Crisis Eases a Bit

Funding from Legislature, procedural changes by state agency bringing improvement, but much more needed.

Lawsuit: AZ Medicaid Expansion Unconstitutional

Goldwater Institute files on behalf of 36 Republican state lawmakers, says tax to fund expansion violates AZ Constitution.

Effort to Defeat Medicaid Expansion Fails

Committee falls 5,000 signatures short of minimum needed for issue to go on next year's ballot.

Cardiovascular Disease Deaths Are Preventable, Study Says

Nearly one-fourth of deaths caused by heart disease, stroke, hypertension avoidable with quality health care, healthy lives.

The Tucson Fire Department utilizes trucks like this one to respond to less serious calls which don't require a full fire engine.

Tucson Fire's New Rescue Unit Saves Resources

Rescue 8 responds to less grave emergency calls, though it's equipped for higher-risk ones as well.

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