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Despite Attempted Curbs, Animal Antibiotic Use in US Still Increasing

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration released a vital set of numbers about the routine use of antibiotics in meat animals. The good news: The data is more granular than it has ever been before. The bad news: That granular data shows that most of the trends in ag antibiotic use are headed in …

Why Target Vaccines?

Anti-vaccination campaigners have reached the forefront of the news. When a public health issue has reached the Jimmy Kimmel show, you know that it has reached the "big time." Seth Mnookin wrote the book <i>The Panic Virus: The True Story of the Vaccine-Autism Controversy.</i> Both Kimmel and Mnookin …

Mapping All The Chemicals And Tiny Bacteria Living On Our Skin

In a new experiment, researchers from University of California-San Diego created a 3D topographical map of the chemistry and microbiology of the …

Microbiology

Vaccine “personal exemptions” get shot down in Berkeley

<b>(sergei telegin via Shutterstock)</b><p>California starts to get tough on anti-vax exceptions<p>Mary Elizabeth Williams<p>April 8, 2015 2:27pm (UTC)<p>Watch out, anti-vaxxers. Because if Berkeley can take a stand, the rest of California might just follow suit. And then who knows? We might actually wind up wiping …

Public Health

Are You Covering Yourself in Germs Every Time You Flush the Toilet?

Everything you need to know about the disturbing phenomenon that is "toilet plume"<p>You’ve been doing it practically your whole life: using the toilet—and then flushing. It’s simple and harmless…or is it? We hate to break it to you, but experts say flushing creates an invisible cloud of yucky stuff …

What Science Has to Say About the 5-Second Rule

Myth or fact? Find out if these studies say whether it's really OK to eat food after its been dropped<p>I like to imagine that germs on the floor hold …

You may be your germs: Microbe genes slipped into human DNA, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Evolutionary diagrams usually connect humans and monkeys with common primate ancestors, but now, scientists say there's a missing link that deserves a spot on that family tree -- our bacteria, fungi, and viruses.<p>Though most of our genes come from primate ancestors, many of them slipped into …

Copper kills germs! Startup’s copper spray aimed at reducing hospital-acquired infections

It’s long been established that copper works as an effective antimicrobial – but it’s still a costly proposition to make every doorknob, keyboard and …

White House unveils plan to fight antibiotic-resistant germs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday announced a five-year plan to fight the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria amid fears that …

Microbiology

Researchers Discover New Source Of Airborne Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria from cattle feed yards can become airborne, according to a study to be published in Environmental Health Perspectives this month.<p>Researchers from Texas Tech University collected particle matter samples downwind and upwind of 10 large-scale cattle feed yards within a …

Global Health Sector Strategies for HIV, viral hepatitis, STIs, 2016-2021

Photo collage from GHSS consultation meetings<p>As the world looks to 2030, and prepares to meet the challenges of an ambitious set of Sustainable …

Nephrology

A jury in Denver awarded families of three DaVita Kidney Care patients $383.5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit linked to the dialysis provider’s …

The dangers of using eyeliner: Applying make-up to the inside of the lid can trigger infections and blurred vision, doctors warn

It is a make-up staple for women around the world. But applying eyeliner incorrectly could damage the eyes, scientists have warned.<p>They say liner …

Makeup

CDC: Shigella Infections Becoming Resistant to Recommended Antibiotic

Research conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests a greater proportion of <i>Shigella</i> infections in the United …

Medieval remedy to treat eye infections found to kill MRSA superbug

Researchers in Britain and the U.S. have found that a medieval concoction meant to treat eye infections also has the ability to kill the MRSA superbug.<p>The Daily Telegraph reported that the recipe, which dates from the 10th century, calls for two species of Allium -- a scientific type that includes …

Outbreak of drug-resistant infection could kill 80,000 in UK, report warns

Forecast highlights danger of growth in antimicrobial resistance that could take surgery back to 19th-century mortality rates<p>As many as 80,000 people could die if there was an outbreak of a drug-resistant infection in Britain, a government forecast has warned.<p>According to the report, about 200,000 …

Testing underway on Ontario patient with Ebola-like symptoms

Diagnostic testing is underway for a patient at a Brampton, Ont., hospital being treated for flu-like symptoms after travelling from Nigeria, where the deadly Ebola virus recently broke out.<p>Brampton Civic Hospital has isolated the patient, who was admitted on Friday, as a precaution and has put in …

Infection control experts outline guidance for animal visitations in hospitals

New expert guidance outlines recommendations for developing policies regarding the use of animals in healthcare facilities, including animal-assisted …

Ebola planning created need for unprecedented preparedness in hospitals

Articles highlight challenges of providing care to patients with or suspected of disease<p>NEW YORK (April 1, 2015) - Hospitals and health systems …

Disease