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Don't Get Caught Dirty Handed

When it comes to washing their hands, Americans say they are getting the message, but their actions speak otherwise.  While nine out of ten (92%) Americans, in a recent telephone survey, said they always washed their hands after using a public restroom, an observation... Read More

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Hello, I have been an avid listener of TWiV over the last 9 months or so and have very much enjoyed the podcast. It is always great to hear a broad, informed discussion on virology, and your recent podcast on viral classification was of particular interest to m... Read More

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Filthy X-Ray Equipment Blamed for Spreading Infections in Hospitals

Israeli researchers looking into the spread of drug-resistant infections in hospital intensive-care units are pointing a finger of blame at portable X-ray equipment that is not properly sanitized.

Officials from Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital in Jerusalem say observation of technicians p... Read More

Absidia corymbifera

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Loyola University Chicago's Department of Microbiology & Immunology Promo Video

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Swine Flu Upsets Rituals of Greeting

When it comes to avoiding the transmission of swine flu — without awkwardness or rudeness — perhaps the Samoans are best prepared.

“In Samoa, people do not touch when they greet each other,” the linguistic anthropologist Alessandro Duranti says.

There is, of course, a catch: “When people w... Read More

Even during a high-profile outbreak, students followed recommended hand hygiene procedures 17 percent of the time

The path to poor hand sanitation is paved with good intentions, according to researchers from Kansas State and North Carolina State Universities.

As college campuses prepare for an expected increase in H1N1 flu this fall, the researchers said students' actions will speak louder than words.

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Saving Bees: What We Know Now

This is a neat article that offers several editorial viewpoints as to what we know so far about the plight of bees and Colony Collapse Disorder. Six experts, ranging from authors to entomologists, weigh in with their thoughts on this unique problem. Read More

Report to the President on U.S. Preparations for 2009-H1N1 Influenza

Click "source" to view the full "Report to the President on U.S. Preparations for 2009-H1N1 Influenza" from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Here is the Council's "planning scenario":

Indeed, the 2009-H1N1 influenza is already responsible for significant morbi... Read More

Chinese company Sinovac gets greenlight to mass produce H1N1 vaccine

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