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  • Human body fighting MRSA
    Dealing with MRSA, Part I
    If you or anyone you know has been in the hospital recently, you’ve probably been given information on MRSA, the drug-resistant bacterial infection. In the US, many hospitals check the person for MRSA now on admission, so that they can be...
  • Scientists say superbug threat is as grave as climate change
    America is going through an antibiotic crisis
    America is experiencing an antibiotic crisis. Superbugs are on the rise infecting two million Americans each year, and killing 37,000.In 2010, Peggy Lillis died from taking an antibiotic after she had a routine root canal. The antibiotic killed...
  • Acne
    Too much vitamin B12 may cause acne
    A new study from the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) suggests that high levels of vitamin B12 may cause common skin bacteria to promote inflammation that leads to acne. The research, published June 24 in the journal Science...
  • Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream follows the Listeria footsteps of Blue Bell
    Listeriosis: All-too-common bacteria tagged in Jeni’s and Blue Bell’s outbreak
    Many were hopeful that the Blue Bell Creameries’ legacy would be able to recover after several of its products where recalled because of listeriosis. There was also hope for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams however, according to the Columbus...
  • Baby bottle
    Breast milk bought online comes with serious health risks
    The growing online market for human breast milk – fueled by fitness buffs, fetishists and chronic disease sufferers – exposes purchasers to a dangerous array of risks and to a product that provides no benefit to adults, according to a...
  • Contact Lens
    Infections in contact-lens wearers linked to changes in eye bacteria
    A new study suggests that people who wear contact lenses may be more prone to eye infections than people who do not wear them because of changes in the bacterial populations in their eyes. Presented May 31 at the annual meeting of the American...
  • Subway under microscope
    Manhattan Subway’s Germs
    A team of scientists from Well Cornell have found traces of microscopic germs at Manhattan’s subway, New York City. Over 18th months the group conducted research by swabbing areas of the subway including benches and railways passenger seats...
  • Amazonian Indians found to harbor twice as many bacteria as others
    Amazonian Indians found to harbor twice as many bacteria as others
    While most people are aware that are bodies are virtual farmacopias of trillions of bacterial microbes (aka as microbiota), researchers were astonished to discover that “pre-modern human microbiota was composed of a greater diversity of...
  • Bottle-fed baby
    Breast milk purchased online may contain cow’s milk
    Parents who purchase breast milk online may be getting more than they bargained for. According to new research published in the April 6 online journal Pediatrics, about 10 percent of the samples in their study were contaminated with cow’s...
  • 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...
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