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Special Pharmacies Suspected In Meningitis Outbreak

The tainted drug believed to have caused 170 cases of rare fungal meningitis and 14 deaths came from a so-called "compounding pharmacy" in Massachusetts. But this is no corner drugstore. It's one of dozens of industrial-scale companies that mix and ship drugs nationally. They operate under old-fashioned rules that require pharmacies to custom-mix medications for individual patients on a prescription-by-prescription basis. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration largely leaves regulation of these pharmacies to each of the 50 states but now many experts say it has to change.
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Among Disciplined Nurse Aides, Criminal Records Turn Up

The federal government is providing more grants for nursing home background checks, but a federal investigation finds that a background check would likely flag some, but not all, of the aides who ultimately are disciplined.
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How Cellphones Helped Researchers Track Malaria In Kenya

By tracking nearly 15 million cellphones in Kenya, scientists mapped out how malaria spreads through the Texas-sized country. The findings pinpoint areas where efforts to control malaria would be the most effective. One day, the data may help guide alert systems for phones that remind travelers to use bed nets.
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Bioethicists Call For Privacy Protections For Personal Genomes

A sample of saliva taken from a coffee cup can reveal someone's genes, for better and for worse. Now bioethicists are recommending privacy protections as the age of cheap, fast genome sequences unfolds.
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A Conversation With Sandra Fluke (Rebroadcast)

Diane talks with women's rights and social justice activist Sandra Fluke, who rose to prominence last spring when she testified at a congressional hearing on women's health.

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Georgetown Doc Works Toward Personalized Cancer Care

Researchers at Georgetown are working toward treating cancer patients' cells, before trying treatments on the patients themselves.

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Meningitis Scandal Linked To Compounding Pharmacy

A Meningitis outbreak occurred after a steroid drug commonly injected into people's spines to relieve back pain was apparently contaminated by an ordinary fungus. The problem shines a light on little-known and lightly regulated companies called compounding pharmacies.

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