Food Safety Tips for Halloween

By |October 29th, 2015|

Halloween is loved by children and adults alike. As Halloween approaches, the Arizona Department of Health Services encourages families to celebrate in a safe and healthy way. Parents should talk to their children about Halloween food safety. Tell children not to accept – and especially not to eat – anything that isn’t commercially wrapped. Inspect [...]

Arizona to be featured by @FDAFood on Twitter

By |August 3rd, 2015|

The Food and Drug Administration’s 50 State Food Safety Twitter Tour is underway and Arizona will be featured on August 4th. This tour aims to encourage engagement through social media by promoting the best content the 50 state agricultural and/or health agencies have on food safety. The Food Safety Tour kick-off was on April 7th, [...]

Are E-cigarettes an Important Tool in the Tobacco Fight?

By |May 21st, 2014|

There’s no substitute for evidence when it comes to public health decision-making.  Over the last couple of years the public health community has been asking itself whether electronic cigarettes can play an important role in getting folks to kick their tobacco habit.  We haven’t had much evidence to answer that question so far… but a [...]

FDA Study Committee Recommends Disapproval of New Opiate Painkiller

By |April 29th, 2014|

Last week an FDA panel unanimously recommended rejecting a new drug that’s a combination of morphine and oxycodone – two very strong painkillers.  The panel, Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee, said the company didn’t provide data to prove that Moxduo is more effective or safer than using one of the already available drugs. [...]

FDA Bites the E-cigarette Regulation Bullet

By |April 24th, 2014|

It’s no public health secret that tobacco use continues to be a dominant cause of preventable disease and death in the US.  While the trend has been encouraging (Arizona’s smoking rate is down to 17%), there’s still much work to be done- and continued efforts to provide creative and effective ways to help adult smokers [...]

FDA Approves Painkiller Overdose Field Treatment

By |April 14th, 2014|

It’s no secret that misuse and abuse of opiate painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin are a large and growing public health threat in Arizona-  misuse and abuse of these medicines are now killing more Arizonans than car crashes. Last week the FDA approved a prescription treatment called Evzio that can be used in medical emergencies caused by prescription [...]

Ocean Predators & Pregnancy

By |December 3rd, 2013|

There was good news this week about preconception health.  A report just out from the EPA found that more women of childbearing age have been avoiding eating the kinds of ocean predators that typically contain mercury (Hg).  This is important because mercury can affect the baby’s brain being developed during pregnancy.   Mercury is found in [...]

Trans Fats on the Way Out?

By |November 18th, 2013|

The FDA made a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (the primary dietary source of trans fat in processed foods) are not "generally recognized as safe" for use in food.  Their review of the research has led them to conclude that consuming trans fat raises LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, and increases the risk of coronary heart disease. The FDA opened a 60-day [...]

Hydrocodone Combination Products Moving to Schedule II?

By |November 7th, 2013|

Poisoning (including alcohol and prescription drugs) causes more deaths than car crashes in AZ.  Committed folks across the state are taking action on this issue.  We’re part of the Arizona Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative, a multi-agency, multi-systemic approach to addressing the epidemic.  As part of this initiative, new guidelines have been issued for prescribing [...]

Fungi in Medicine

By |October 9th, 2012|

You’ve no doubt heard about the multi-state outbreak of fungal meningitis among patients who received an epidural steroid injections recently.  Here’s what we know right now:  Starting sometime in September some shipments of a steroid sometimes used to relieve back pain were contaminated with a fungus called Aspergillus fumigatus. Shortly thereafter patients in 23 states [...]