Five Things We Didn't Know About the Fungal Outbreak Last Year

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_82c3e9ed65.jpgJared Wickerham/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Health officials are still learning from the fungal outbreak tied to tainted steroid pain injections made at the now-shuttered New England Compounding Company. Researchers now know that most patients' immune systems didn't try to fight off the deadly fungi as it burrowed into their spinal columns -- called duras -- and wreaked havoc, according to one of two scientific journal articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine to review the outbreak.

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Main Ingredient in Benadryl Could Relieve PTSD

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_aa6de6a5c3.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Could Benadryl treat post traumatic stress disorder? It’s not as far-fetched as it seems. Geneticists at the University of Basel, Switzerland studied genomes of 2,500 healthy young volunteers to find gene traits common in people with negative memories. After whittling down the group to 40, the geneticists investigated drugs that could possibly manipulate this trait.

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What Scares Us Makes Us Stronger?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_33553c9ed0.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (PHILADELPHIA) -- Halloween is a time of year that seems to bring out our fascination for getting the wits scared out of us. While enjoying horror movies does seem strange, Saint Joseph's University assistant English professor Paul J. Patterson says it’s an enjoyment we share with many generations before us.

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‘Super' Lice Plague Kids and Parents

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_4f7a370764.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- In schools across the country, kids are becoming infected with a new breed of "super lice." The little pests have developed harder exo-skeletons and lay eggs at different times, so they are not easily killed by over-the-counter lice shampoo. "They call it 'super' lice, because it's kind of like antibiotics to humans when a product is misused," said Maria Botham, owner of the Hair Fairies, a children's hair salon for lice removal.

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FDA Cracks Down on Imported Spices

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_f634b444d2.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The Food and Drug Administration will conduct a meeting Wednesday, considering ways to update rules on imported spices and herbs as a recall is currently underway to pull Pran’s turmeric powder from supermarket shelves after it tested positive for lead. FDA inspectors spent Tuesday pouring through hundreds of pounds of Pran’s turmeric at a warehouse in Dallas, destroying the spoiled spice.

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