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FDA recalls several brands of dry dog food following toxicity reports

Mosquito birth control? UA working on it

Ex-prosecutor to lead health care firm’s rape investigation

Routine food inspections halted by US government shutdown

Mom who lost daughter to flu warns others

Tucson widow and mom of 4 awarded new smile

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Northwest Healthcare eyes Tucson’s east side for new hospital

Lupin Pharmaceuticals recalls injections due to visual gray material

Resolve to give blood with the Red Cross

Boy, 11, dies from apparent allergic reaction to smell of cooking fish

PCSD deputies to start carrying NARCAN in 2019

Hawaii now allows terminally ill patients to take their own lives with prescription drugs

  Best way to make and keep New Year’s resolutions

New Year’s resolutions have been around for 4,000 years since the Babylonians expressed a desire to be a better person for the gods and pay off debts.

Northwest Fire offers safety tips ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations

As you and your family prepare to ring in the new year, local fire crews want to remind you to be safe.

Santa honors boy’s Christmas wish by bringing $1,200 for cancer research

After an 8-year-old asked Santa to borrow money for kids with cancer, word spread quickly among family friends and colleagues, and the boy found $1,200 under the tree Christmas morning.

Jennie-O issues nationwide recall of some ground turkey products

Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, Inc. is recalling approximately 164,210 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with salmonella, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

FDA warns about dangers of teething necklaces, bracelets after death of 18-month-old boy

Blood pressure medication recalled due to ‘unexpected impurity’

More than 30 dogs euthanized in a week at AL shelter after outbreak of deadly disease

Heart healthy life: Giving back during the holidays

Santa drops in on Nogales hospital

Have winter blues? You could be suffering from this condition

Pill-size pacemaker now offered at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital

The new device only one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker. About the size of a vitamin pill, it doesn’t require cardiac wires (leads) or a surgical implant under the skin like traditional pacemakers.

Doctors baffled after 11-year-old girl’s brain tumor disappears

Even after double-checking the girl’s brain scans to confirm the results, doctors could find no trace of her tumor, which they say they can’t explain.

Study: Heavy backpacks could hurt your child

A recent study claims carrying a heavy backpack puts children and teens at risk for long-term health problems.

UA, Banner look to improve Valley fever diagnosis

The goal is to get doctors on the same page to avoid delays and misdiagnosis.

Obamacare enrollment down in Pima County, across U.S. as deadline approaches

Medical professionals are concerned that southern Arizonans aren’t aware that the deadline to enroll is Dec. 15.

Cincinnati raises minimum age to buy tobacco to 21

Cincinnati City Council voted Wednesday to raise the minimum age of tobacco sales to 21 within city limits.

Most drug overdoses involve fentanyl, CDC finds

The study found illicit drugs like fentanyl, heroin and cocaine were the leading causes of unintentional overdoses, and prescription drugs were more likely to be involved in suicidal overdoses.

Help save a life in 2019

Cochise Health & Social Services is partnering with the Red Cross to bring the organization’s Bloodmobile to Sierra Vista in 2019.

Trump administration rolls back Obama-era guidelines for school lunches

The U.S. school lunch program is making room on menus again for noodles, biscuits, tortillas and other foods made mostly of refined grains.

KOLD INVESTIGATES: Suicide behind bars

So, KOLD went behind bars to look at the new ways our local officials are trying to stop the deaths as they throw millions more of your tax dollars at the problem.

Avoiding holiday stress

Unfortunately, all that stress can easily land anyone in the doctor’s office. So, to stay out of the ER and at home for the holidays, the American Heart Association and Dr. Movahed have five important tips to remember.

Infants' liquid ibuprofen sold at CVS, Walmart, Family Dollar recalled

Several lots of liquid baby ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS and Family Dollar has been recalled due to the potential of overdose.

Fireplaces heat up as temperatures cool down

Wood smoke contains tiny particles and toxic pollutants including benzene, formaldehyde and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Pollutants in wood smoke can cause the eyes, nose and throat to burn with irritation, and even cause headaches, nausea and acute bronchitis.

Tucson Water working to keep you safe from lead poisoning

Since starting the Get The Lead Out program in January 2017 Tucson Water has removed approximately 4,000 feet of lead service line.

Pima County to allow medical marijuana cultivation to additional zones

Caregivers will be allowed to cultivate medical marijuana in GR-1 and RH zones without a Conditional Use permit.

Syphilis outbreak in AZ: who it’s impacting and how

Health officials say that both across the country and here in Arizona the number of Syphilis cases is dramatically on the rise. In Arizona, the department of health services is calling the rise in cases an outbreak. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, medical professionals are s

Cleveland Heights school mandates vaccinations after measles outbreak in New York

“There’s really no good credible science for someone not to be vaccinated,” said Dr. Baruch Fertel with the Cleveland Clinic.

Nationwide recall of Jennie-O raw turkey products expanded

The recall of raw turkey products from Jennie-O due to their association with an outbreak of salmonella has been expanded.

CDC: Don’t eat romaine lettuce until we tell you

Romaine lettuce has caused an outbreak of E.coli.

Retired Sheriff’s officer receives lifesaving organ from another Sheriff’s employee

Jim Anderson receives a kidney transplant from his longtime friend and co-worker Chad Avery.

Researchers release study on new treatment that helps fight peanut allergies

For the study, researchers gave the participants small doses of peanut flour in vials.

Pfizer raising drug prices in 2019

The pharmaceutical giant says one drug will go up by 9 percent. Three others will rise 3 percent, and the others will see a 5-percent hike.

Arizona sheriff plans for registry of dementia patients

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office is planning to create a registry of Alzheimer's and other dementia patients to help authorities find them more quickly if they go missing

Report: Gun-related deaths of Arizona children up in 2017

The Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics says in its annual review of child fatalities that 337 of those deaths last year were preventable, including 43 caused by guns

County launches new Volunteer Cochise program

Volunteer Cochise is a program sponsored by Cochise Health & Social Services with the goal of encouraging residents to volunteer in their local communities. Additionally, the County is asking its employees to give back to the communities they serve, and plans to track the impact of that effort.

The Red Cross needs blood donations

The Red Cross is in need of blood donations

Parents fear polio-like illness among children being underreported

Parents worry acute flaccid myelitis among children is being underreported by the CDC.

Pediatricians advise parents to not spank children who misbehave

The report states that corporal punishment is limited in its effectiveness and has potentially harmful side effects. (Source: CNN)

GREAT NEWS UPDATE: Tucson man gets much-needed hearing aids

Chris Welsh, of Tucson, needed $4,000 for a new set of hearing aids. His family tried to host a fundraiser to pay for them, but they couldn't come up with all the money. That's when a local ear doctor stepped up and donated the hearing aids to Chris.

One dead, three hospitalized in apparent overdose on south side

One man died and three people were taken to the hospital following apparent overdoses at a home on the south side of Tucson.

Tucson first in state to adopt organics instead of herbicides

Tucson could soon adopt a new pilot project for what is known as an Integrated Pest Management Policy.

Tucson-area fire departments equipped with life-saving cyanide antidote

Rural/Metro firefighters are now trained and ready to use a life-saving drug for smoke inhalation.

New program takes unique approach to battle opioid crisis

When an officer encounters an addict in the field, they can call the counselor who would then try to convince the individual to go through treatment, instead of sending them to jail.

Veterinarians on alert for opioid misuse by pet owners

You take your dog or cat to the veterinarian so they can be treated for an illness or injury. Usually, that help could come with some kind of medication.

State to launch aggressive anti-vaping campaign aimed at teens

This push comes as the Federal Drug and Food Administration cracks down, putting pressure on businesses who sell to minors.

New weekly ‘Taste of the Market’ program at Rillito Park Farmers Market

New weekly 'Taste of the Market' program to launch this Sunday at Rillito Park Farmers Market to increase food literacy and support local growers.

Tucson’s first ‘Healthy Living Expo at the Farmers Market’ comes to the Rillito Park Farmers Market

Heirloom Farmers Markets’ first annual Healthy Living Expo at the Farmers Market kicks off Nov. 11.

National Teen Driver Safety Week has law enforcement working to educate parents

In 2016 crashes caused the deaths of six teens every day.

  Dangerous Disguise: Fake ‘black tar heroin’ seized on Tucson streets

A dangerous discovery on Tucson streets has law enforcement officials worried about what could be a widespread problem.

PCSD holding National Prescription Drug Take Back event

The Pima County Sheriff's Department is holding a drug take back event at two locations on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Teacher donates kidney to student she never met

"I’m ready and I know he is for the next step, and for him to be off of it and just be a kid again."

Pima Co. hires new Behavioral Health Director

There is a new director of the Behavioral Health Department for Pima County, Paula Perrera, according to a news release on Monday, Oct. 22.

Banner program helps break distance barrier to treat mental health

The TeleHealth program currently works with about five to six rural communities.

Cochise Co. Sheriff’s Office warns residents about rabies cases

The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office has been advised of two positive rabies cases from areas around the county and one pending that may be positive as well and they are warning the public to be on alert.

Polio-like condition on the rise, concerning Arizona parents

Representatives of the Centers for Disease Control say they don’t know the cause of Acute Flaccid Myelitis in most cases. That concerns parents, because AFM mostly affects children.

Santa Cruz Valley Regional Hospital launches “Swing Bed” program

The Santa Cruz Valley Regional Hospital now includes a nine-bed, Medicare-certified Swing Bed Program for physical rehabilitation patients.

Flu shots now available at Pima County Health Department

The health department is urging people to get a flu shot before the end of October.

KOLD Investigates: Doctor pleads guilty after opioid indictment

A doctor in Pima County, with a history of infractions involving opioid prescriptions, has pleaded guilty to criminal charges.

Report: Toxic metal known to cause cancer found in jewelry sold at national retailers

A new report from the Associated Press and nonprofit Center for Environmental Health says some jewelry sold at big national retailers contains high levels of a toxic metal known to cause cancer.

Tucson FD in national study of cancer risk in firefighters

The Tucson Fire Department is one of multiple fire departments in the study, joining departments in the Palm Beach and Boston areas.

Feeling stressed? Find out where Arizona ranks according to a new study

Do you feel relaxed or stressed? Many people say the sun and relaxation of life in the desert are reasons they love living in Arizona, but a new study says Arizona isn't as laid back as we think.

Grant allows UA students to tackle disparities in CPR training

Research shows Hispanics are less likely to receive bystander CPR than non-Hispanics.

Tucson VA hospital gets low ranking from federal government

The ratings are then used to help each VA with improvements, according the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

CPR Mobile Tour visits Tucson Friday

The American Heart Association is hosting a free hands-only CPR event is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at Armory Park.

Groups discuss ways to stop opioid epidemic

Multiple groups packed a room at the Tucson Convention Center Friday, Sept. 28 with one goal in mind -- stop the opioid epidemic.

Topical anesthetic recalled for potential risk to children

The recall involves Uber Numb Topical Anesthetic Cream and Uber Numb Spray sold only online.

Tucson Water refutes reports it delivered contaminated water

Reports that Tucson Water delivered contaminated water to 60,000 customers has the utility defending itself and hoping to assure customers the water is safe to drink.

Sexual Assault calls for help skyrocket in Tucson

Calls to the Southern Arizona Center for Sexual Assault hotline have doubled in just the past four days.Driving the increase is the interest in the United States Senate Judiciary hearings involving Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh.