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  • Copsin in horse dung miracle mushroom kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria
    Copsin in horse dung miracle mushroom kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria
    Biologists in Europe have found that a mushroom that grows on horse dung has miracle antibiotic properties, reported Reuters on March 16.Copsin (Coprinopsis cinerea or C. cinerea), found in inky cap fungi is a protein, unlike most antibiotics. But...
  • Superbug protection
    Device associated with California superbug never approved by the FDA
    California hospital patients just can’t catch a break. Seven patients were diagnosed with superbug CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae) at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in the past four months. Now four more have come down with...
  • Examination
    Study: Viruses cause most cases of childhood pneumonia
    Respiratory viruses are much more likely to cause pneumonia in kids than bacterial infections, according to new research published in the Feb. 26 New England Journal of Medicine. The study, Etiology of Pneumonia in the Community (EPIC), was...
  • CRE Virus
    Who's sterilizing your surgical instruments; superbug on the rise in hospitals
    The main focus in recent months has been on the large number of people that have been hit hard by the flu this year. The virus mutated after the flu vaccine for this year had already been released, and has resulted in more particularly aggressive...
  • yogurt
    Med student makes yogurt using vaginal bacteria
    A med student at the University of Wisconsin recently conducted an experiment to see if she could use bacteria from her own vaginal secretions to make yogurt. The bizarre experiment worked and she not only tasted the fruits of her labor, but...
  • Shigella virus
    Health officials in US concerned of fast spreading Shigella bacterial illness
    The fast spreading of Shigella, a bacterial illness that attacks the lining of the colon, especially in young children, has caused health officials across the nation to issue alerts and offer more information to the public in efforts to decrease...
  • The molecular echo of Hurricane Sandy
    The molecular echo of Hurricane Sandy
    As New York shovels out from under another Nor’easter, scientists released a study of the unexpected and long-term consequences of severe weather events, specifically the 2012 storm surge of Hurricane Sandy. In an article in today’s...
  • Breastfeeding
    Breastfed babies may make easier transition to solids
    A small study from the University of North Carolina (UNC) adds to the growing list of breast-feeding benefits. Published in the Feb. 5 issue of Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, the research suggests that exclusively breastfed...
  • Bacteria can be present in foods that appear to be safe.
    Ways to reduce food-related illness at Super Bowl parties
    Pizza, wings, burgers, chips, cookies, and even veggie trays will be served across America in celebration of the Super Bowl, making Super Bowl Sunday the second biggest eating day of the year next to Thanksgiving. Celebrating the big game with...
  • Antibacteria word bank
    Promising new antibiotic kills drug-resistant germs
    Scientists have discovered a new class of antibiotics that can kill a wide range of dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria (super bugs). Additionally, bacteria did not develop resistance to the new drug, teixobactin, in lab experiments, and may need...
  • Thanksgiving turkey
    Talking turkey: Safe practices for preparing your Thanksgiving gobbler
    As friends and family gather for Thanksgiving dinner, good safety practices for thawing, preparing, stuffing and cooking your holiday turkey will ensure a meal that will be the source of delicious tastes and not a bout of bacterial food poisoning...
  • Contaminated Cosmetics Spread Illness
    Contaminated Cosmetics Spread Illness
    Flu and cold season is in the air and spreading. Can using contaminated beauty products cause you illness? Yes, beauty products can serve as Petri dishes to bacteria. How does this happen? People can dip dirty fingers into products instead of...
  • Four simple rules
    Partnership for Food Safety Education introduces microwave usage guidelines
    The Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE), a project of academics, food industry trade groups, and the US government, has released four guidelines for microwave oven use in food preparation. As part of the "Fight Bac!" campaign,...
  • Baby wipe recall: Contamination concerns cited, 10 brands affected
    Baby wipe recall: 10 brands of wipes contaminated, bacteria may make kids sick
    A massive baby wipe recall has been issued by Nutek Disposable, Inc., this week for 10 national brands in total. Fears that some wipes may be contaminated and contain harmful bacteria were reported by users after they noticed strange smells and...
  • Baby wipes
    Baby wipes recalled, possibly contaminated
    Baby wipes marketed under 10 brand news were recalled from retail outlets and Internet sites throughout the United States, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Monday. Investigations are under way to determine whether the wipes are...