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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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Scientists Create Fertile Eggs From Mouse Stem Cells

For the first time, scientists have created fertile eggs and healthy offspring using embryonic stem cells. The experiments in mice raise the possibility of artificial egg production and new infertility treatments for humans someday.
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How To Help Kids Handle Death And Grieving

In the aftermath of death, many adults struggle with how to talk to kids while dealing with their own grief. Often, the instinct is to protect children from pain and loss. That can sometimes leave kids out of the family grieving process, which can leave them feeling lonely and misunderstood.
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The Cost Of Saving Lives With Local Peanuts In Haiti

Fortified peanut paste saves lives in Haiti and other places where malnutrition is a problem, but producing it locally costs more than importing it from faraway factories in Europe because of labor and other costs. Still, feeding programs are willing to pay a little more, for now.
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Ca. Bans Therapy Meant To Turn Gay Kids Straight

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law landmark legislation that bans gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors. Host Michel Martin talks with California State Senator Ted Lieu, who wrote the legislation, and Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver. That's a group hoping to overturn the law.

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