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Minnesota Wild goalie diagnosed with MS

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Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding contacted numerous teammates Wednesday to inform them of his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, the Pioneer Press said.
"I don't look at this like I've got to take a new path," said Harding, 28, drafted 10 years ago by the Wild and months off signing a new three-year contract, the Star Tribune reported. "This is a little bump in the road. I've had lots in life."
Multiple sclerosis is "an incurable autoimmune disease in which the body randomly attacks and eats away the protective lining of his nerves and causes them to scar. It causes problems with balance, fatigue and blurred vision. There are 25,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States every year," the Star Tribune said.
Harding hopes to keep moving forward and expects no sympathy.
"I feel good," Harding said. "I've been skating for a couple of weeks, three or four times a week. I still have a little bit of a way to go, but I'm definitely on track," he told the Pioneer Press.

Former President George HW Bush stable in hospital

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President George HW Bush is in the hospital for Bronchitis-related complications and is in stable condition, the hospital said Thursday, Reuters reported.
Bush, 88, has stayed at Houston's Methodist Hospital for the past six days. He has a "lingering cough", spokesman Jim McGrath told CNN.
"President Bush has been in and out of The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center being treated for complications related to his bronchitis," Bush's office said in a statement released by the hospital, Reuters reported. "He is in stable condition, and is expected to be released within the next 72 hours."

Ameridose recalls all drugs

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Ameridose LLC agreed to recall all products Wednesday after federal investigators found flaws in the company's sterilization process, the Boston Globe reported.
Ameridose is a sister company to the Framingham pharmacy linked to drugs that are suspected to have aided in hundreds of fungal infections and 29 deaths in the country, the Globe said.
"Ameridose and FDA agree that the use of injectable products that are not sterile can represent a serious hazard to health," the company said in a statement, Reuters reported.
The halt of Ameridose's products could lead to a shortage of supply, Reuters said.
""This is a company that produces and ships a lot of sterile injectables. We are trying to mitigate the effects (of the Ameridose recall) on drug supplies," Jane Woodcock, FDA director of theCenter for Drug Evaluation and Research, said.

Monster cited in death reports

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Monster Energy Drinks have been cited in five death reports this year, according to reports filed to the FDA.
The reports could possibly have aided in Monster's fall in the stock market. The California-based company fell 14% in the market Monday, losing all gains from this year, Businessweek reported.
The reports were released after a Maryland mother requested them following her 14-year-old daughter's death. The girl's death was linked to heart issues and the girl's mother reported her daughter drank the Monster drink of consecutive days before her death, Businessweek said.
"Monster does not believe that its beverages are in any way responsible for the death of Ms. Fournier," the company told CNN Money. "Monster is unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks."

Meningitis cases rise to 205

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The fungal meningitis caused by a contaminated steroid has hit 205 reported cases in the U.S., officials said Sunday.

The Centers for Disease Control reported 14 states being affected by the disease, including Tennessee, with 53 cases and 6 deaths confirmed, reported the NASDAQ.

Of the 205 cases, 15 deaths have resulted, according to Reuters.

The cause of the outbreak is linked to a Massachusetts company who shipped vials that may have been tainted to 23 states and 76 medical facilities. The NECC distributed thousands of vials possibly containing a contaminated steroid, putting up to 14,000 people at risk of contracting meningitis, according to health officials.

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