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  • Fungus blamed for meningitis rarely causes trouble

    NEW YORK (AP) — The fungus blamed for causing a meningitis outbreak in several states is mostly everywhere. It floats in the air, indoors and outdoors — and only very …


  • Salmonella confirmed in peanut butter plant

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says it has found salmonella in a New Mexico plant that produces nut butters for national retailer Trader Joe’s and several other …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Health officials urge doctors to avoid all products from Mass. company in meningitis outbreak

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Health officials urge doctors to avoid all products from Mass. company in meningitis outbreak.


  • 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, …


  • 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 …


  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Docs: NYC ban on big, sugary drinks could help

    NEW YORK (AP) — The era of the supersized cola may come to an end in New York City on Thursday, when health officials are expected to approve an unprecedented …


  • Whooping cough vaccine loses punch too fast

    NEW YORK (AP) — As the U.S. wrestles with its biggest whooping cough outbreak in decades, researchers appear to have zeroed in on the main cause: The safer vaccine that …


  • Portland, Ore., officials approve plan to add fluoride to city water to fight tooth decay

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland, Ore., officials approve plan to add fluoride to city water to fight tooth decay.


  • Ind. farm linked to salmonella pulls watermelons

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana farm linked to a deadly outbreak of salmonella in cantaloupes said Wednesday it had voluntarily withdrawn its watermelons from the market and was working with …


  • CDC reports incidents of tainted ricotta cheese

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials say ricotta cheese tainted with listeria bacteria is linked to 14 illnesses including at least one death. The imported Italian ricotta salata cheese distributed …


  • Ex-Iowa egg farm manager pleads guilty to bribery

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A manager at the Iowa egg farms linked to the nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010 pleaded guilty Wednesday for his role in a conspiracy to …


  • Louisville asks liquor warehouse to control vapors

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A worldwide liquor conglomerate has been ordered by Louisville officials to cut down on vapors coming from warehouses where it stores bourbon because residents are complaining …


  • Portland, Ore., approves adding fluoride to water

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City Council approved a plan Wednesday to add fluoride to Portland’s water, meaning Oregon’s biggest city is no longer the largest holdout in the U.S. …


  • In Portland, fluoride debate is ideological clash

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It’s a dental story told so often it borders on cliche. When someone moves to Portland from another state — and that’s most people you meet …


  • In liberal Portland, fluoride issue resurfaces

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland is the largest city in the United States that has yet to approve fluoridation to combat tooth decay. That is expected to change when the …


  • Two-thirds of Indonesian men smoke, tops in world

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian men rank as the world’s top smokers, with two out of three of them lighting up in a country where cigarettes cost pennies and tobacco …


  • Early test suggests dengue vaccine possible

    LONDON (AP) — Results from an early test of a dengue vaccine suggest it isn’t ideal, but scientists say the study is still encouraging news in the global fight against …


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