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Dec. 3 news: HIV, head trauma, coronavirus

New research finds that treating HIV patients who have uninfected partners reduces transmission rates; study shows strong link between repeated head trauma and long-term brain damage; plus, fifth death reported from 'coronavirus,' a respiratory illness similar to SARS. Read these and more public health news stories for Dec. 3, 2012.

Nov. 16 news: Insurance deadline, Senate vs. FDA, antibiotic resistance

Obama administration extends states' deadline for insurance exchanges for second time in a week; Senate takes on FDA commissioner about meningitis outbreak and compounding pharmacy regulations; plus, increased antibiotic resistance a growing problem, potentially due in part to unnecessary use. Read these and more public health news stories for Nov. 16th, 2012.

Nov. 14 news: Sewage flood, doctor shortage, diabetes

Nassau County, N.Y., residents await aid after sewage flood resulting from Hurricane Sandy; with aging population and expanded health care coverage, U.S. might face doctor shortage; plus, diabetes cases worldwide hit record high and half go undiagnosed. Read these and more public health news stories for Nov. 14, 2012.

Nov. 9 news: Asthma, Nestlé recall, smoking update

CDC releases new data on asthma in America; Nestlé recalls NESQUIK chocolate powder because of salmonella risk from one of the ingredients; plus, smoking rates remain the same, but heavy smoking decreases among the 20 percent of Americans who smoke. Read these and more public health stories for Nov. 9, 2012.

Nov. 7 news: Affordable Care Act, Alzheimer’s, pharmacy subpoena

President Obama’s re-election bolsters the Affordable Care Act; a new study detects Alzheimer’s in the brain decades before symptoms arise; plus, Congress subpoenas co-owner of New England pharmacy linked to national meningitis outbreak. Read these and more public health stories for Nov. 7th, 2012.

Nov. 5 news: Wegmans product recall, Hurricane Sandy update, heart treatment

Popular grocer Wegmans recalls several gluten-free baking mixes because of potential soy contamination; a Change.org petition argues for FEMA reservists involved in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts to receive health care benefits; plus, possible benefits of controversial chelation therapy for heart patients. Read these and more public health stories for Nov. 5, 2012.

Oct. 26 news: Meningitis update, Hurricane Sandy, Medicaid spending

South Carolina becomes 18th state in steroid-related meningitis outbreak, Hurricane dubbed ‘Frankenstorm’ headed for U.S.; plus, new survey shows decrease in Medicaid spending over the past year. Read these and more public health stories for Oct. 26, 2012.

Oct. 24 news: Caffeine dangers, pharmacy inspection, contraception

Maryland girl dies from caffeine toxicity after consuming several energy drinks; Investigation into MA pharmacy linked to meningitis outbreak continues; plus, contraception survey reveals widespread support for birth control coverage under health insurance plans. Read these and more public health stories for Oct. 24, 2012.

Oct. 22 news: In vitro risks, mental health care, Iowa superbug

In vitro fertilization procedures have potential long-term health risks; mental health care as a key election issue; plus, a possibly fatal antibiotic resistant “superbug” discovered in Iowa wildlife. Read these and more public health stories for Oct. 22, 2012

Oct. 19 news: Steroid update, laundry detergent pods, gas wells

FDA confirms presence of deadly fungus in steroid linked to meningitis outbreak; CDC warns parents about risk of kids mistakenly eating laundry detergent pods; plus, survey shows harmful effects of shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania. Read these and more public health stories for Oct. 19, 2012.

Oct. 17 news: Debating women’s health, meningitis investigation, Medicare fraud

Presidential candidates face-off on women’s health and reproductive rights in a heated second debate; FDA criminal investigators visited the drug compounding center tied to the widespread meningitis outbreak; plus, multi-state Medicare fraud bust finds many doctors and nurses at fault in Houston. Read these and more public health stories for Oct. 17, 2012.

Oct. 15 news: Lead factories, drug regulation, Medicare advantage

Hundreds of former lead factory sites being investigated by EPA for toxic soil contamination; small drug-compounding pharmacies resisted federal oversight; plus, today marks the beginning of enrollment season for Medicare beneficiaries. Read these and more public health stories for Oct. 15, 2012.