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D.C. Combines Health Care Exchanges For Individuals, Small Biz

D.C. is considering a move to combine the city's health care exchange for individuals with one for small businesses as part of its efforts to comply with the Affordable Care Act. 

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Maryland Parents Educate Teens On Drunk Driving

Montgomery County parents are working ahead of time to prevent alcohol-related crashes during homecoming season.

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In Haiti, Aid Groups Squabble Over Rival Peanut Butter Factories

Two organizations with a mission to feed the malnourished set up competing factories in Haiti. The problem is, just one factory could probably satisfy the country's demand for the life-saving peanut product.
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Rare Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Spreads To Six States

A steroid drug administered to relieve back pain has been contaminated by the spores of a common leaf mold. Five deaths have been reported so far.
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Maryland, Virginia Medical Facilities Respond To Meningitis Outbreak

Several medical facilities in Maryland and Virginia are contacting hundreds of patients who may have been infected with meningitis.
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Ketamine Relieves Depression By Restoring Brain Connections

A few years ago, scientists discovered that the club drug ketamine worked as a quick and effective treatment for people depression who didn't respond to other treatments. New research goes further in explaining just how it works.
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Spinal Injections May Be Source Of Rare Meningitis

Federal and state health officials are trying to identify any more cases of a deadly fungal meningitis that they suspect resulted from an injected steroid commonly used to treat back pain. The drug, made by a Massachusetts company that has suspended operations, was apparently contaminated by a common leaf mold. So far 35 people have gotten sick in six states and five have died. But thousands more may have received the tainted drug. The incubation period can be as long as a month, so the danger period may not be over until late October.

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