Health

CDC: Patients may have received steroid injections infected with Fungal Meningitis in ankles, knees, and other joints

October 12, 2012

“The CDC said there are 170 reported infections tied to an 11-state meningitis outbreak, including 14 people who died.”

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Bioethics Panel calls for more Gene Privacy Protection

October 11, 2012

“A presidential commission found that’s legally possible in about half the states — and says new protections to ensure the privacy of people’s genetic information are critical if the nation is to realize the enormous medical potential of gene-mapping.”

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GlaxoSmithKline and Aeras to conduct “proof of concept” tests in Africa and India for an experimental Tuberculosis Vaccine

October 10, 2012

“TB is a growing threat around the world, especially with the emergence of strains that are resistant to multiple antibiotics. It kills an estimated 1.4 million people a year.”

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World Health Organization: More than 350 Million People suffer from Depression

October 10, 2012

“According to the UN’s global health arm, depression is more than just a bout of the blues, rather a “sustained feeling of sadness for two weeks or more” which interferes with “work, school or home”.”

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Outbreak of the Brain-Eating Amoeba ‘Naegleria fowleri’ kills at least 98 people in Pakistan

October 9, 2012

“The infection is usually contracted through swimming in contaminated water, but health authorities said that many of the victims of the outbreak were not swimmers.”

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Fungal Meningitis Outbreak reaches a total of 119 cases, including 11 deaths

October 9, 2012

“A sealed vial of the drug, obtained by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, contained levels of fungus that were visible to the naked eye.”

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Liquid Nitrogen Cocktail nearly kills a British Teen

October 9, 2012

“Gaby Scanlan was celebrating her 18th birthday at a Lancaster bar in Northern England when she became “breathless” and experienced severe stomach pain after drinking a Jagermeister digestif made with liquid nitrogen.”

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An estimated 13,000 people exposed to the spinal steroid tainted with Fungal Meningitis

October 8, 2012

“NECC made 17,676 potentially tainted steroid injections, which were then shipped to 75 clinics in 23 states, according to federal and state officials.”

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2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded to John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka

October 8, 2012

“[Won] for the discovery that mature, specialized cells of the body can be reprogrammed into blank slates that can become any kind of cell.”

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FDA withdraws approval for a generic version of the antidepressant Wellbutrin

October 7, 2012

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said new data indicate that the generic version of the popular antidepressant Wellbutrin is not equivalent to the original drug manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.”

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CDC: At least 90 cases of Fungal Meningitis, including 7 deaths

October 7, 2012

“The outbreak is spread across nine states, the same states reported Saturday: Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.”

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New England Compounding Center, the pharmacy linked to the outbreak of Fungal Meningitis, issues a voluntary recall

October 7, 2012

“It is not yet known exactly how many people may have been affected, though it could affect hundreds or even thousands of people who received the steroid injections for back pain from July to September.”

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Number of reported cases of Steroid-related Fungal Meningitis hits 47

October 5, 2012

“Tennessee’s cases now total 29; Virginia, six; Indiana, 3; two each in Maryland and Florida and one in North Carolina.”

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Rare form of Fungal Meningitis has killed 5 people and hospitalized close to 30 total in 5 States

October 4, 2012

“The outbreak of aspergillus meningitis has been linked to spinal steroid injections, a common treatment for back pain.”

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California Governor Jerry Brown signs law banning “gay-to-straight” therapy

September 30, 2012

“State Sen. Ted Lieu introduced the measure based on his belief that so-called conversion therapy is nonscientific and dangerous because in some cases patients have later committed suicide or suffered severe mental and physical anguish.”

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