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Meningitis Outbreak Update: List Of Hospitals Released

The government has named 75 medical facilities that received a potentially contaminated drug suspected of infecting 47 patients with meningitis nationwide.

The hospitals and clinics that have used the possibly tainted steroid are in 23 states, from New Hampshire to California and Idaho to Florida. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released their names and phone numbers so patients who have had spinal injections at these places can know if they're at risk for a rare and dangerous kind of meningitis.

The number of meningitis cases went up by 12 on Friday, but the number of deaths remained stable at five. The CDC says all 42 known survivors are still hospitalized, and officials expect more cases to emerge over the coming weeks.

The CDC urges patients who have received steroid injections in the past month to seek immediate care if they have headaches, fever, nausea, dizziness, slurred speech or confusion. Many who have received the potentially contaminated drug have escaped harm, however, and others have had only mild symptoms.

Close to 18,000 doses of the drug, methylprednisolone acetate, have been recalled by the Massachusetts pharmacy that made it. The drug is used to treat back pain.

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A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

It was a simple idea: Would you, our listeners, tweet us poems for National Poetry Month? Your response contained multitudes — haiku, lyrics, even one 8-year-old's ode to her dad's bald spot.
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Eating Insects: The Argument For Adding Bugs To Our Diet

Some say eating insects could save the planet, as we face the potential for global food and protein shortages. It's a common practice in many parts of the world, but what would it take to make bugs more appetizing to the masses here in the U.S.? Does it even make sense to try? A look at the arguments for and against the practice known as entomophagy, and the cultural and environmental issues involved.

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A Federal Official Shakes Up Metro's Board

After another smoke incident and ongoing single tracking delays for fixes, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a shake-up of Metro's board.

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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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