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Meningitis outbreak toll: 184 cases in 12 states
By The Associated Press
An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled.
Latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
States: 12; Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
FDA regulation of pharmacies has knotty history
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The deadly meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated pain injections has prompted renewed calls for tighter federal regulation of compounding pharmacies, which have periodically been blamed for crippling and sometimes fatal injuries.
Previous efforts have prompted vigorous pushback by compounding pharmacists, with the result being a patchwork of laws and uncertainty over how much power the Food and Drug Administration has to regulate compounders.
Several members of Congress this week have promised to introduce legislation giving the FDA greater authority to oversee the specialty pharmacies, which a trade group says have grown into a $3 billion business. An FDA official suggests the agency would support new laws on the issue as well.
The president of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists says he would "absolutely" cooperate with federal officials on new laws to prevent outbreaks. But he adds that the New England Compounding Center appears to have been acting as a manufacturer -- which he says "runs contrary to what a compounding pharmacy is all about."
Posted: Friday, October 12 2012, 04:37 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Power of Moore tornado dwarfs Hiroshima bomb
May 21, 2013 18:31 GMT
By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) --
Wind, humidity and rainfall combined precisely to create the massive killer tornado in Moore, Okla. And when they did, the awesome amount of energy released over that city dwarfed the power of the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima.
Meteorologists contacted by The Associated Press used real time measurements to calculate the energy released during the storm's life span of almost an hour. Their estimates ranged from 8 times to more than 600 times the power of the Hiroshima bomb.
Scientists know the key ingredients that go into a devastating tornado. But they are struggling to figure out why they develop in some big storms and not others. They also are still trying to determine what effects, if any, global warming has on tornadoes.
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JPMorgan's Dimon survives shareholder referendum
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Shareholders at JPMorgan Chase will let Jamie Dimon, the chairman and CEO, keep both his jobs.
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Dow Record: Three tales of ups, downs and changes
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By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: iPHONE RECOVERED AFTER THEFT IN OREGON
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A smartphone, plus a not-so-smart criminal -- equals an arrest in Oregon.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- George Washington University students will soon be walking all over the White House and the Capitol, too.