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Top News Stories: October 5-10

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Worst cities for fall allergies, strokes striking the young & more of this week’s top news stories.

The 10 Worst Places for Fall Allergies in 2012
If you tend to suffer from allergies and are planning a trip this autumn, there are a few places you might want to avoid. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has released its annual ranking of 100 metropolitan areas that are the worst for allergies. Read more

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: 13,000 Tainted Shots
The fungal meningitis outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people has spread to 23 states and has been traced to contaminated steroid pain shots that were administered to about 13,000 people. Read more

Strokes Striking Younger People
New research has revealed that people are having strokes at younger ages, possibly due to rising rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. Read more

High-Dose Generic Wellbutrin XL Withdrawn
The FDA has withdrawn its approval of Teva Pharmaceutical’s generic version of Wellbutrin XL antidepressant. Patients taking the drug began complaining of headaches and returning depression shortly after the generic’s release in 2006. Read more

Weight Watchers Gets Thumbs Up in Study
A recent study found that people enrolled in Weight Watchers lost as much weight as those in a professionally led behavioral weight loss program, potentially opening up more affordable and effective weight-loss options for overweight Americans. Read more

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