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Suspected Fungal Meningitis Cases Rise In Virginia

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Public health officials say the number of suspected fungal meningitis cases in the Virginia has risen to 50. That number includes three West Virginia residents and two fatal cases.

A national outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain made by a specialty compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts. The medication was recalled in late September.

The tainted steroid was given to approximately 700 patients at outpatient facilities in Roanoke and Christiansburg.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked 424 illnesses to the shots and 31 deaths.

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Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

Walk down a street in Peru and you'll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren't impressed.
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Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.
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America's First Ladies

They walk a tricky line: closest adviser to the President of the United States and hostess in chief. A new book examines the evolution of the role of first lady of the United States.

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E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Last week, the D.C. Council voted to designate e-cigarettes and "similar vapor products containing nicotine" as tobacco products. That means that their sales tax will jump from the regular 5.75% sales tax to the 70% tax that's tacked onto sales of products like cigarettes and cigars. We explore what this means for the evolving public health debate surrounding e-cigarettes.

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