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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

WAMU 88.5's Caregiving Forum

The needs of caregivers and the issues facing them today is the subject of a public forum hosted by WAMU and American Public Media.


FDA's Rejection Of Generic OxyContin May Have Side Effects

A push to make narcotic painkillers harder to abuse means that generic versions of OxyContin won't be allowed. But drugs that are more resistant to abuse are expensive and can still be addictive.

In Meat Tests, More Data Tying Human Illness To Farm Antibiotics

A new analysis of government data finds that antibiotic-resistant bacteria that cause human illness were widespread in supermarket meat samples tested. The implications are significant: that the bacteria had become resistant to antibiotics back at the farm because farmers were overusing them.

How Ricin Can Sicken And Kill

Ricin is a naturally occurring toxin that's found in castor beans. Castor-oil plants, the source of beans, are popular with gardeners. You can get sick by eating beans. But purified ricin can be made pretty easily and used for no-good.

As Bird Flu Spreads In China, The Source Remains A Mystery

A new strain of bird flu has sickened 82 people and killed 18 in China. But many people who have caught the H7N9 flu say they hadn't been near poultry or other birds. So what's fueling the outbreak of the virus?

Boston Blasts Remind Us Of Fragility Of Life

The attack in Boston makes us think about our own vulnerability. Psychologists have used the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and other tragedies to track the arc of recovery from this kind of incident.