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  • New mother who lost limbs to flesh-eating disease sues Halifax hospital

    10/13/2017 8:20:59 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 32 replies
    CTV News ^ | October 11, 2017 | Aly Thomson
    He said it's also alleged that when Hubley arrived back at the hospital on March 5 with abdominal pain -- the day after being discharged following the birth -- an examination was not performed. Hubley was diagnosed with constipation and sent home. The next day, she was rushed to the hospital after experiencing more pain and discolouration on her body. She was later diagnosed with flesh-eating disease, and has since undergone multiple surgeries, including amputations below both of her elbows and knees and a total hysterectomy.
  • Three in five millennials think bar soap is gross: research firm

    08/28/2016 10:23:42 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 184 replies
    ‘[A]lmost half (48%) of all U.S. consumers believe bar soaps are covered in germs after use, a feeling that is particularly strong among consumers aged 18-24 (60%), as opposed to just 31% of older consumers aged 65+.’

    09/25/2015 6:14:53 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 50 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 9/25/15 | Daniel Greenfield
    Hygiene isn't Halal Immigration is all about diversity and cultural enrichment. And this Muslim eatery enriched the UK with a new strain of Ecoli that sent customers to the hospital because handwashing was Haram. A teenage girl almost died and more than 140 others were taken severely ill after contracting a E.coli in a filthy takeaway where staff did not wash their hands after going to the toilet. 142 customers who ate at the Khyber Pass in Hyson Green, Nottingham, suffered with nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea after the outbreak last June, and a 13-year-old girl was left so ill that...
  • Stay Classy: Trump Used To Test His Dates For AIDS

    07/24/2015 8:23:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 25, 2015 | Asawin Suebsaeng
    In the early ‘90s, the Donald said he would ask his ladies to swing by the doctor for an AIDS test before he’d wine and dine them.Future American President Donald J. Trump appears to be a tad germophobic. “One of the curses of American society is the simple act of shaking hands, and the more successful and famous one becomes the worse this terrible custom seems to get,” the 2016 Republican presidential frontrunner wrote in his book The Art of the Comeback, published in 1997. “I happen to be a clean hands freak. I feel much better after I thoroughly...
  • Students' invention offers germ-free door handle

    06/22/2015 9:04:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-22-2015 | Bob Yirka
    Two high school students, Sum Ming Wong and Kin Pong Li, both living in Hong Kong have designed and built a door handle that kills germs, thus preventing the spread of disease through hand contact. They demonstrated their handle at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held last month in Pittsburgh—taking second place in the materials science category. One of the ways that ailments such as cold and flu are passed is via contact, and one of the main avenues is via door handles—a sick person coughs into their hand then uses the handle to enter a bathroom, office,...
  • Significance of Fomites in the Spread of Respiratory and Enteric Viral Disease

    09/09/2014 5:03:08 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 29 replies
    ASM Applied and Environmental Microbiology ^ | 2014 | Stephanie A. Boone* and Charles P. Gerba Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, Univer
    Reference article about fomites and spread of viruses in offic enclosed environments. Long technical article. Pertains to enteric and Norovirus among others. Short version via MailOnline available here: (Snip) Study found between 40 and 60 per cent of office contaminated in two hours Pushing buttons in lifts and touching phones spread infection quickest  Disinfectant wipes and regularly washing hands is best way to kill germs   Infections can spread from an office door handle to half the workforce in just two hours, new research has found.  Using tracer viruses, a study found as much as 60 per cent of...
  • Hospitals see surge of superbug-fighting products

    04/29/2013 7:03:19 AM PDT · by bgill · 6 replies
    AP ^ | April 29, 2013 | Mike Stobbe
    In U.S. hospitals, an estimated 1 in 20 patients pick up infections they didn't have when they arrived, some caused by dangerous 'superbugs' that are hard to treat... Machines that resemble "Star Wars" robots and emit ultraviolet light or hydrogen peroxide vapors. Germ-resistant copper bed rails, call buttons and IV poles. Antimicrobial linens, curtains and wall paint. While these products can help get a room clean, their true impact is still debatable. There is no widely-accepted evidence that these inventions have prevented infections or deaths.
  • Flush With Germs: Lidless Toilets Spread C Difficile

    01/11/2012 12:04:59 AM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Medscape Today ^ | 12/29/11 | Jenni Laidman
    Put a lid on it. That is the conclusion of research examining the amount of Clostridium difficile that flies into the air and contaminates surrounding surfaces with the flush of a lidless toilet. The investigation, published online December 2 in the International Journal of Hospital Infection, is the work of E. L. Best from the Microbiology Department, Old Medical School, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds Teaching Hospital National Health Service Trust, United Kingdom, and colleagues. Using fecal suspensions of C difficile, the researchers measured airborne suspension of the bacteria in addition to surface contamination by the bacteria after flushing of both...
  • New Superbug Found in Cows and People

    06/02/2011 5:26:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 2 June 2011 | Jocelyn Kaiser
    A novel form of deadly drug-resistant bacteria that hides from a standard test has turned up in Europe. Researchers found the so-called MRSA strain in both dairy cows and humans in the United Kingdom, suggesting that it might be passed from dairies to the general population. But before you toss your milk, don't panic: The superbug isn't a concern in pasteurized dairy products. MRSA, short for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a drug-resistant form of the widespread and normally harmless S. aureus bacteria. Many people walk around with MRSA in their noses or on their skin yet don't get sick. But...
  • N.Y. Law Would Ban Docs From Wearing Ties to Reduce Germs

    05/05/2011 10:40:13 AM PDT · by massmike · 43 replies ^ | 05/05/2011 | n/a
    Some New York lawmakers are proposing a law that would prohibit doctors from wearing neckties while working. The proposal quotes a study that shows bacteria may build-up on neckties and lead to infection.
  • TSA’s “Pat Downs” Pose Disease Risk

    11/27/2010 1:04:11 PM PST · by John Semmens · 29 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 27 November 2010 | John Semmens
    The Transportation Security Administration’s “pat down” protocol may spread communicable diseases. While TSA officers do wear rubber gloves when touching air travelers’ genitals and anal cavities they do not dispose of the used gloves between checking other passengers. “The purpose of the gloves is to protect our officers from coming into direct contact with a traveler’s skin,” said TSA chief John Pistole. “This protects against the transmission of fungus, parasites, bacteria, and viruses between the officer and the prospective airline passenger.” While the barrier may block transmission of pathogens between inspectors and passengers, the failure to change gloves between each...
  • Reusable Grocery Bags Breed Bacteria : Tests Confirm Risk Of Illness

    09/27/2010 2:05:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Call7 ^ | September 27, 2010 | Theresa Marchetta
    Marchetta could not find anyone who regularly cleaned their reusable bags. Marchetta brought the lab results to Dr. Michelle Barron, the infectious disease expert at the University of Colorado Hospital. "Wow. Wow. That is pretty impressive," said Barron. Barron examines lab results for a living. "Oh my goodness! This is definitely the highest count," Barron commented while looking at the bacteria count numbers. She admitted she was shocked at what was found at the bottom of the bags. "We're talking in the million range of bacteria," she said. Marchetta used swabs provided by a local lab to test several grocery...
  • People leave unique trail of germs

    03/16/2010 3:42:41 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 372+ views
    reuters ^ | Mar 15, 2010
    People leave more than fingerprints when they touch stuff -- they also deposit a tell-tale trail of germs that could help investigators solve crimes, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. They were able to map a unique bacterial genetic signature left by nine different people, and said this germy DNA lasted though day-to-day temperature changes, humidity and sunlight..... "Each one of us leaves a unique trail of bugs behind as we travel through our daily lives," Noah Fierer, a researcher at the University of Colorado at Boulder who led the study, said in a statement.

    11/12/2009 7:28:40 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 4 replies · 486+ views
    SWAMPSNIPER PRESS ^ | Nov 12, 2009 | swampsniper
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  • Deep Inside Bacteria, a Germ of Human Personality

    09/08/2009 1:20:40 PM PDT · by OldNavyVet · 17 replies · 1,115+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8 September 2009 | Gautam Naik
    Bacteria are the oldest living things on earth, and researchers have long felt that they must lead dull, unfussy lives. New discoveries are starting to show just how wrong that notion is. For a simple, single-cell creature, a bacterium is surprisingly social. It can communicate in two languages. It can tell self from nonself, friend from foe. It thrives in the company of others. It spies on neighbors, spreads misinformation and even commits fratricide. "Really, they're just stripped-down versions of us," says Bonnie Bassler, microbial geneticist at Princeton University, who has spent two decades peeking at the inner lives of...

    09/18/2008 2:04:54 PM PDT · by mick · 15 replies · 198+ views
    The Tico Times ^ | September 18,2008 | By Leland Baxter-Neal
    Beaches Not for Germ-a-Phobes By Leland Baxter-Neal Tico Times Staff | Some of the Pacific coast's most popular beaches are dangerously polluted with sewage runoff, according to a broad study by the Costa Rican Water and Sewer Institute (AyA). Water samples taken Aug. 13 show the beaches of Playas del Coco, Playa Tambor and Jacó are hazardous to human health as a result of elevated levels of fecal matter in the ocean.
  • Sleep Deprivation for Germs

    04/27/2008 9:11:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 117+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 21 April 2008 | Martin Enserink
    Enlarge ImageScience of sleep. The scientists used fluorescent proteins--green and red in these images--to determine whether E. coli bacteria were active.Credit: Gefen et al., PNAS 105 (22 April 2008) Most antibiotics kill only microbes that are growing and multiplying, leaving untouched a select few that are hibernating. A new study suggests that a dose of the right nutrients can awaken these bacteria for just long enough to kill them with antibiotics. If the strategy works in humans, it might provide a more effective way to treat persistent diseases such as tuberculosis and urinary-tract infections. During infections, bacteria may slow...
  • Britain In Grip Of Norovirus As Cases Hit 3m

    01/11/2008 6:10:20 PM PST · by blam · 35 replies · 225+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-12-2008 | Rebecca Smith
    Britain in grip of norovirus as cases hit 3m By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor Last Updated: 1:50am GMT 12/01/2008 Three million people have been struck down by the winter vomiting bug - with experts fearing that cases could rise through this month and next. The norovirus season began a month earlier than normal this winter. Cases of the bug increased rapidly, with more than 200,000 people a week now catching the infection, official figures claim. Those with symptoms are urged to engage in good hygiene to prevent the virus spreading further Hospitals struggling to cope have closed hundreds of wards...
  • Separating Friend From Foe Among the Body’s Invaders

    11/28/2007 7:21:19 AM PST · by Jabba the Nutt · 2 replies · 83+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 27, 2007 | ABIGAIL ZUGER, M.D.
    Even metaphorical wars can have flesh-and-blood casualties, and hospitals around the country are now tending to the victims of one of our fiercest. It is not so much that we are “losing” this particular war; simple notions of victory and defeat dropped away some time ago. Rather, locked in a spiral of costly and controversial escalations, we may have lost sight of who the enemy actually is.
  • Drug-Resistant Staph Germ's Toll Is Higher Than Thought

    10/17/2007 6:57:17 AM PDT · by zencat · 42 replies · 45+ views ^ | 10/17/2007 | Rob Stein
    A dangerous germ that has been spreading around the country causes more life-threatening infections than public health authorities had thought and is killing more people in the United States each year than the AIDS virus, federal health officials reported yesterday.