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4 Dead as Meningitis Outbreak Spreads

30 sick in 5 states; disease traced to Massachusetts pharmacy

(Newser) - A meningitis outbreak linked to epidural steroid injections has now spread to five states; four victims have died, while 30 others are sick, and experts expect the numbers to continue climbing. Scientists have tied the illness to a steroid tainted with the Aspergillus fungus. All victims so far had received... More »

Woman Dies Hours After Injecting Beef Fat Into Face

Heated beef fat, no less

(Newser) - Add this to the list of really awful ways to go: An Illinois woman injected heated beef fat into her face Thursday, and died shortly thereafter. Janet Hardt, 63, had done it several times before, says a source, but after injecting the substance around her mouth and chin this time,... More »

Swarm of Mild Quakes Rattles Arkansas

Fracking, or natural gas mining, might be to blame

(Newser) - Arkansas residents are dealing with a new rash of minor earthquakes, the AP reports. The quakes—30 since Sunday, with the largest at 3.8 magnitude—have not caused serious damage, but have understandably unnerved the populace. "Now when it happens, people say, 'Well, there's another one,'" says... More »

Scientists Reverse Aging in Mice

Could the process work for humans?

(Newser) - Harvard scientists have reversed the aging process in mice, injecting them with an enzyme that healed tissue and reportedly spurred the growth of new neurons in their brains. Now they’re wondering if they can apply some of these benefits to humans. But differences between human and mice bodies make... More »

Autopsy: Jackson Was Healthy

King of Pop had track marks, surgery scars, but organs were fine

(Newser) - Michael Jackson's arms were covered with punctures, his face and neck were scarred, and he had tattooed eyebrows and lips, but he wasn't the sickly skeleton of a man portrayed by tabloids, according to his autopsy report. In fact, the Los Angeles County coroner's report shows Jackson was a fairly... More »

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