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  1. Drug Slows Knee Osteoarthritis Progression

    Nov. 12, 2012 -- A drug used outside the U.S. to treat osteoporosis may not only lessen the everyday pain associated with knee osteoarthritis, but may even slow down the progression of osteoarthritis, researchers say. The drug is called strontium ranelate. In a three-year study of more than 1,300 pe

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  2. Spine Infections Hit Fungal Meningitis Survivors

    Nov. 5, 2012 -- As many as a third of people suffering fungal meningitis linked to tainted steroids -- and others who did not get meningitis -- are coming down with dangerous infections in the spine. Some of these dangerous infections are epidural abscesses: pockets of fungus growing inside the spin

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  3. More Drug Shortages in Fungal Meningitis Aftermath

    Nov. 2, 2012 -- Safety steps taken in the wake of the fungal meningitis outbreak have worsened drug shortages, raising questions about whether the U.S. must choose between the safety and the availability of crucial medicines. Ameridose -- the sister firm of the NECC, the compounding pharmacy whose t

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  4. FDA: 2 More NECC Drugs Contaminated

    Nov. 1, 2012 -- Two more drugs made by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) are crawling with various kinds of bacteria, FDA tests reveal. The NECC is the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy whose drugs are the likely source of the ongoing outbreak of fungal meningitis. The FDA previously found

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  5. 2nd Pharmacy Recalls Thousands of Drugs

    Oct. 31, 2012 -- Ameridose, a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy closely linked to the NECC pharmacy at the heart of the fungal meningitis outbreak, today recalled thousands of drugs sold to hospitals across the U.S. There have been no reports of fungal meningitis or other infections in patients who

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  6. New Warnings in Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

    Oct. 15, 2012 -- More patients -- not just those who got steroid shots -- will be getting calls from their doctors warning them they might have a dangerous fungal infection. The FDA now suspects fungal contamination is possible in all of the supposedly sterile products made by the New England Compou

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  7. Fungal Meningitis Q&A

    Oct. 12, 2012 -- More people have been stricken with fungal meningitis that’s been linked to contaminated steroid shots sold by a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts. So far, 184 people in 12 states have the rare meningitis, the CDC said on Friday. One person has an infected ankle after receiving

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  8. Death Count Rising in Meningitis Outbreak

    Oct. 4, 2012 -- Patients in 23 states are being warned that the spinal steroid shots they received may have given them a rare and deadly fungal meningitis. So far, there have been 35 cases and "at least five deaths," according to the CDC, which expects the case count to rise. There have been 25 case

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  9. Snake Venom Painkillers?

    Oct. 3, 2012 -- Snake venom painkillers may sound like a hard sell, but a new study suggests it may be the next big thing in pain relievers. Researchers say certain compounds isolated from the venom of the deadly black mamba snake are actually potent painkillers. In the study, these compounds produc

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  10. Acupuncture Pain Relief Is Real, Researchers Say

    Sept. 10, 2012 -- About 3 million Americans visit acupuncturists each year, most of them for the relief of chronic pain. Now a new study shows the relief they get may be modest -- but real. The study is a review of previous acupuncture studies that compared the ancient Chinese practice to standard p

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