Little is known about how to diagnose and treat this kind of meningitis, which was caused by a tainted drug. And the investigation into how the drug contamination occurred is revealing a spectacular failure of consumer protection.
In the first presidential debate between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, a few terms and figures became flash points for later discussion. Here's a closer look at a few of these disputed terms that are likely to come up in Thursday's vice presidential debate.
Mitt Romney's claim is belied by a large and growing body of academic studies. Democrats pounced on the remarks, which came a day after the GOP presidential nominee's comments on abortion stirred controversy.
Thursday night may be Representative Paul Ryan's first debate on a national television stage, but Vice President Joe Biden is an old hand. Four years ago he debated Sarah Palin, and before that he was on stage in the presidential primaries.
Fourteen thousand people may have been exposed to contaminated medicine believed responsible for a meningitis outbreak that has killed a dozen people. Dr. Rachel Smith is a epidemic intelligence service officer at the Centers for Disease Control. Smith talks to Robert Siegel about the huge undertaking to identify, notify and — if necessary — treat those at risk.
Many schools and colleges train students and staff to lock doors, call police and stay put during shooting threats. But a growing number of schools are adopting the advice of security experts who say students should be taught when and how to fight back when confronted by a gunman.
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