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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Pain Medication: Are You Addicted?

      Many people taking medication to control chronic pain are afraid they'll become addicted to those drugs. Some people do become addicted, and the results can be devastating. But there are ways to limit your risk. Candy Pitcher of Cary, N.C., knows all about the fear of addiction. One summer day in 20

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    9. When Your Pain Medication Isn't Working

      More than 100 million Americans have chronic pain. If you're one of them, controlling it will likely require searching for treatments beyond medication. That's because pain medication, while helpful, often cannot provide complete relief of pain. It may reduce but not eliminate pain. Carla Ulbrich, 4

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    10. Pain Doctor, Pain Patient

      On the night of March 28, 1986, Howard Heit's car was struck in a head-on collision. He left the scene of the serious crash thinking how lucky he was that he hadn't been hurt. "And then four to six weeks later, I started noticing twitches in the muscles of my neck and upper back. These progressed to

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