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  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • 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, …


  • Secret Cold War tests in St. Louis raise concerns

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Doris Spates was a baby when her father died inexplicably in 1955. She has watched four siblings die of cancer, and she survived cervical cancer. After …


  • Two-day test can spot gene diseases in newborns

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Too often, newborns die of genetic diseases before doctors even know what’s to blame. Now scientists have found a way to decode those babies’ DNA in just …


  • Rare meningitis cases up to 26 in 5 states, 4 die

    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, health officials said Wednesday. …


  • Specialist says more meningitis cases likely

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An infectious diseases specialist at Vanderbilt University says he believes the country will see more cases of a rare fungal meningitis in the upcoming weeks. Dr. …


  • FDA: Farm tied to salmonella outbreak was unclean

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal inspector found two strains of salmonella and unclean conditions at an Indiana cantaloupe farm’s fruit-packing plant during visits following a deadly outbreak linked to its …


  • 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 …


  • Peanut butter recall includes major retailers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A recall of peanut butter and other nut products has some of the country’s largest grocery stores pulling store-brand products off their shelves. New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. …


  • Jury: Death for arsonist convicted of 5 murders

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A jury on Friday recommended death for an arsonist convicted of murdering five men who died of heart attacks during a wildfire that ripped through …


  • EPA pushes tough asbestos standard for Mont. town

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A proposed standard for federal cleanup of asbestos contamination in a Montana town concludes that even a tiny amount of the material can lead to lung …


  • This year’s flu vaccine guards against new strains

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Time to get your flu vaccine. And remember: Last year’s shot won’t protect you this year. Federal health authorities said Thursday that this year’s vaccine contains protection …


  • NJ woman accused of cancer scam for wedding, cash

    MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — When Lori Stilley told her friends and family that she had bladder cancer, they delivered meals, held raffles and a T-shirt sale, hastily planned and …


  • Quitting driving: Families key but docs have role

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Families may have to watch for dings in the car and plead with an older driver to give up the keys — but there’s new evidence that …


  • 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 …


  • Boy who inspired firefighter photo project dies

    DALLAS (AP) — A 4-year-old Dallas boy whose battle with cancer inspired his father’s firefighting crew, then firefighters from across the country to post photos of support for him on …


  • New breast cancer clues found in gene analysis

    NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists reported Sunday that they have completed a major analysis of the genetics of breast cancer, finding four major classes of the disease. They hope their …


  • Trader Joe’s recalls peanut butter

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The grocery store chain Trader Joe’s is recalling peanut butter that has been linked to 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states. The Food and Drug Administration and …


  • Studies more firmly tie sugary drinks to obesity

    New research powerfully strengthens the case against soda and other sugary drinks as culprits in the obesity epidemic. A huge, decades-long study involving more than 33,000 Americans has yielded the …


  • Group: More than half in 39 states will be obese

    NEW YORK (AP) — We Americans already know how fat we are. Can it get much worse? Apparently, yes, according to an advocacy group that predicts that by 2030 more …


  • Study suggests tie between BPA and child obesity

    NEW YORK (AP) — A provocative new study suggests a connection between the BPA chemical used in food packaging and childhood obesity, but the researchers say their findings don’t prove …


  • Advocates: 39 states’ obesity rates to pass 50 pct

    NEW YORK (AP) — A group campaigning against obesity predicts that by 2030 more than half the people in 39 states will be obese — not merely overweight, but obese. …


  • Lawyers: Obese Ohio inmate faces ‘torturous’ death

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs 480 pounds and has a history of difficulty losing weight argues he would face a “torturous and lingering death” if …


  • Lawyers: Obese Ohio inmate faces ‘torturous’ death

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys for a condemned inmate who weighs 480 pounds argue he faces a torturous and lingering death if his execution is carried out early next year. …


  • Cancer overtakes heart disease among US Hispanics

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the No. 1 killer among Hispanics in the U.S., and the rest of the country may be only a few …


  • Cancer overtakes heart disease as top US killer

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the No. 1 killer among Hispanics in the U.S., and the rest of the country may be only a few …


  • Ohio inmate says he’s too obese for execution

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs at least 480 pounds wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying his weight could lead to a “torturous and lingering death.” …


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