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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

Click "Source" to view the video via Scientific American/Reuters. Read More

Animal breeders and suppliers of food rats may increase spread of Cowpox

German researchers suspect that a recent increase in human Cowpox infections in Germany may be spread through the handling of food rats (rodents used for feeding pets or zoo animals) and a decrease in small pox vaccinations among the general public in a PLoS One paper entitled "Cowpox Virus Outb... Read More

Don't be the Fifth Guy

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 observational survey in 5 cities found ... Read More

Activation of a Macrophage by an Effector T Lymphocyte

Major histocompatibility (MHC) molecules enable T lymphocytes to recognize epitopes of antigens and discriminate self from nonself. Unlike B-cell receptors on B lymphocytes that are able to directly bind epitopes on antigens, the T-cell receptors (TCRs) of T lymphocytes can only recognize epitop... Read More

Dengue Fever PSA (Queensland, Australia)

An animated public service announcement from Queensland, Australia on how to prevent catching Dengue Fever. Read More

Bananas accross central Africa under attack from two diseases

Two diseases, banana bunchy top virus and bacterial wilt, are infecting banana crops across central Africa, putting about 30 million people at risk in regions where it is a staple.

"At a meeting in Tanzania last week on the crisis, agricultural experts urged farmers to use pesticides or switc... Read More

Sea bacteria may lead to new therapies

U.S. marine biomedicine scientists say they have discovered a promising ocean-based compound that might yield new ways to fight human disease.

Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego and Creighton University in Omaha say they have decip... Read More

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