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Road Runner: City of Tucson installing more HAWK signals for pedestrian safety

March 3, 2019

To ensure pedestrian safety, more HAWK signals will be installed thanks to the “Complete Streets” ordinance.

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City council passes Complete Streets initiative

February 7, 2019

The Tucson City Council is moving forward with the Complete Streets ordinance that will put safety parameters on streets and transportation projects.

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Most Americans Concerned About Weight, Link to Heart Health

February 7, 2019

A recent survey by the Cleveland Clinic found that most Americans have concerns regarding their weight but little is being done to address the matter., in spite of an increased understanding of the relationship between heart health and weight.

Read the full article here at: Physicians Briefing


Record-setting fentanyl load seized in Nogales

February 4, 2019

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized a record stash of more than 250 pounds of fentanyl and nearly 400 pounds of meth, estimated total value of $4.6 million, at the Mariposa Port of Entry last Saturday.

Read the full article here at: Nogales International


Child Passenger Safety

February 6, 2019

Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. But many of these deaths can be prevented. Always, buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces serious and fatal injuries by up to 80%.

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Insulin Price More Than Doubles in U.S.

January 23, 2019

Some Americans with type 1 diabetes have cut back on their insulin usage as the cost of the lifesaving drug nearly doubled over a five-year period. The rise in the cost of essential medication has created a risk to public health. A study published last year found that more than one-quarter of people with diabetes said they reduced their use of insulin due to the rising cost.

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Report: Arizona kids more fit than US kids, but US is pretty sorry

January 2, 2019

Arizona’s schoolkids are doing better than their peers nationally when it comes to physical activity, according to a national report card. The 2018 U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth graded school-age children on nine different indicators, with kids nationwide earning no better than a C in any category and Ds in several. Arizona scored slightly better than the national average in six of the nine indicators, but experts say there’s still a long way to go.

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Arizona looks to target teens and limit prescription access of opioids to start 2019

January 1, 2019

In an effort to eliminate forged prescriptions, starting January 1, doctors practicing in metropolitan areas are now only able to write online prescriptions for opioids. The E-prescriptions are part of the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act which the legislature adopted during a special session last year.

The Arizona Department of Health Services is also targeting teens with a public service campaign titled "Opioids getting in is easier than getting out." The campaign will provide information to youth about how opioids affect the brain, how to avoid misuse and how to seek treatment for addiction.

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