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  • FRIDAY, OCT. 19, 2012, 10:52 A.M.

    APNewsBreak: Questions for Medicare in outbreak

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare is coming under scrutiny in the meningitis outbreak that has rekindled doubts about the safety of the nation’s drug supply. The giant health insurance program for …


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 19, 2012, 10:51 A.M.

    APNewsBreak: Tenn.’s meningitis has likely peaked

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s chief medical officer says the rate of new infections from a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak appears to be declining in the state where it was …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17, 2012, 7:32 A.M.

    Study: Multivitamins may lower cancer risk in men

    America’s favorite dietary supplements, multivitamins, modestly lowered the risk for cancer in healthy male doctors who took them for more than a decade, the first large study to test these …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2012, 1:50 P.M.

    Dirty shoes? How did steroids get contaminated?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Was it some moldy ceiling tiles? The dusty shoes of a careless employee? Or did the contamination ride in on one of the ingredients? There are …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2012, 11:30 A.M.

    Medical marijuana advocates want drug reclassified

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Washington is considering whether marijuana should be reclassified from its current status as a dangerous drug with no accepted medical use. Last …


  • MONDAY, OCT. 15, 2012, 12:05 P.M.

    FDA: Pharmacy’s other drugs may be causing illness

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two more drugs from a specialty pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak are now being investigated, U.S. health officials said, as they urged doctors to contact …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012, 1:12 P.M.

    CDC: Meningitis outbreak growing, 14 people dead

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have tracked down 12,000 of the roughly 14,000 people who may have received contaminated steroid shots in the nation’s growing meningitis outbreak, warning Thursday …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012, 3:45 P.M.

    Friend describes fatal beauty surgery at Pa. hotel

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia woman known as “the Black Madam” performed deadly cosmetic surgery on a London dancer in an airport hotel room, then used Krazy Glue to close …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012, 2:32 P.M.

    Friend describes deadly beauty surgery at Pa. inn

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia woman known as “the Black Madam” performed deadly cosmetic surgery on a London dancer in an airport hotel room, then used Crazy Glue to close …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012, 12:15 P.M.

    2 US scientists win Nobel chemistry prize

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two Americans won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for studies of how the cells in our bodies pick up signals as diverse as hormones, smells, …


  • MONDAY, OCT. 8, 2012, 10:33 A.M.

    Alzheimer drug shows some promise in mild disease

    BOSTON (AP) — Combined results from two studies of an experimental Alzheimer’s drug suggest it might modestly slow mental decline, especially in patients with mild disease. Taken separately, the studies …


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012, 2:27 P.M.

    Docs say spine shots for steroids are usually safe

    CHICAGO (AP) — Millions of people get steroid shots in their backs to relieve pain. Now they are probably wondering if it’s safe. In 23 states, hundreds, possibly thousands, of …


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012, 2:19 P.M.

    Intense pain, confusing diagnosis mark meningitis

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A week after her annual steroid shot for back pain, Janet Russell began getting unbearable headaches. A fever followed. Doctors admitted her to the hospital, but …


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012, 12:48 P.M.

    Steroid-related meningitis cases rise to 47

    NEW YORK (AP) — As the tally from a deadly meningitis outbreak rose Friday, health officials identified the medical clinics across the country that received steroid shots for back pain …


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012, 1:30 A.M.

    Clinics rush to warn patients of tainted steroid

    NEW YORK (AP) — Health providers are scrambling to notify patients in nearly two dozen states that steroid shots they got for back pain may have been contaminated with a …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012, 3:32 P.M.

    Hundreds seen at risk in meningitis outbreak

    NEW YORK (AP) — The potential scope of the meningitis outbreak that has killed at least five people widened dramatically Thursday as health officials warned that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012, 11:59 A.M.

    FDA: Avoid drugs from company tied to meningitis

    NEW YORK (AP) — The government is warning doctors and hospitals not to use any product from the specialty pharmacy that made the steroid suspected in a meningitis outbreak. An …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012, 11:30 A.M.

    Research on mice suggests new fertility treatments

    NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have turned mouse skin cells into eggs that produced baby mice — a technique that, if successfully applied to humans, could someday allow women to …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012, 11:24 A.M.

    Outbreak spotlights risks from custom-mixed drugs

    Two people blinded in Washington, D.C., in 2005. Three dead in Virginia in 2006 and three more in Oregon the following year. Twenty-one dead polo horses in Florida in 2009. …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012, 8:37 A.M.

    Outbreak spotlights safety of custom-mixed drugs

    Custom-mixed medicines like the steroid shots suspected in a meningitis outbreak have long been a source of concern, and their use is far wider than many people realize. These medicines …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012, 5:06 A.M.

    Rare US meningitis outbreak grows; 4 dead, 22 sick

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An outbreak of a rare form of meningitis is likely to grow after sickening 26 people in five states, including four who died, health officials warned. …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012, 1:43 A.M.

    4 dead from rare meningitis, more cases expected

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Health officials are expecting to find more cases of a rare and deadly form of meningitis that has sickened more than two dozen people in five …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3, 2012, 3:42 P.M.

    Rare meningitis cases at 26 in 5 states, 4 deaths

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An outbreak of a rare and deadly form of meningitis has now sickened 26 people in five states who received steroid injections mostly for back pain, …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 2, 2012, 9:05 P.M.

    Benefits seen in hormone use early in menopause

    A new study may reassure some women considering short-term use of hormones to relieve hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. Starting low-dose treatment early in menopause made women feel better …


  • MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2012, 2:29 P.M.

    Ban on gay ‘conversion’ therapy to be challenged

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gay rights advocates are making plans to get other states to join California in banning psychotherapy aimed at making gay teenagers straight, even as opponents prepared …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 30, 2012, 10:51 P.M.

    California law bans gay teen ‘conversion’ therapy

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has become the first state to ban a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay teenagers straight. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012, 9:13 P.M.

    Agency: Medicare refills strong drugs despite law

    MIAMI (AP) — Medicare routinely refilled pain pills and other restricted medications that are barred by federal law from renewal without a fresh prescription, government inspectors said in a report …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012, 2:26 P.M.

    Bizarre tumor case may lead to custom cancer care

    It’s a medical nightmare: a 24-year-old man endures 350 surgeries since childhood to remove growths that keep coming back in his throat and have spread to his lungs, threatening his …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012, 6:33 A.M.

    High court to consider drunken driving case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide when law enforcement officers must get a warrant before ordering a blood test on an unwilling drunken-driving suspect. The issue has divided …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2012, 10:46 A.M.

    Pot could be tax windfall, but skeptics abound

    DENVER (AP) — A catchy pro-marijuana jingle for Colorado voters considering legalizing the drug goes like this: “Jobs for our people. Money for schools. Who could ask for more?” It’s …


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