Whether you're flying, riding in a bus or traveling by rail, seat backs, seat pockets and lavatories can be germ-ridden. And if a sick passenger a few rows ahead of you sneezes, you may be too close for comfort.
Battling the bacteria
So how can you stay healthy if you have to travel? The fol... Read More
The trend began with so-called cat cafes, and there are now more than 120 establishments in Japan where people can enjoy the healing effects of being surrounded by dogs, birds, goats and rabbits.
Some shops, however, have not registered as required with local governments, and experts warn the... Read More
Nearly half of children who survive an episode of bacterial meningitis experience persistent behavioral, intellectual, or other complications, reports a study in the January issue of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.
Bacterial meningitis is a potentially fatal infection of the tissues... Read More
A year after a devastating earthquake, the immediacy of the need for aid to Haiti has passed, but the country remains desperate for long-term help, the head of a Portland-based aid group said Saturday.
Nathan M. Nickerson, executive director of Konbit Sante, who is in Cap Haitien, said those ... Read More
In the flash of a light, a new device at Thomas Memorial Hospital can disinfect an entire room of all major viruses, bacteria and bacterial spores.
The Xenex PX-UV, a portable device that stands about 3 feet tall, emits a broad spectrum of ultraviolet light that kills bacteria on exposure, es... Read More
A simple, automated method of tracking E. coli uses a laser to detect and monitor the microbe in potentially contaminated bodies of water or waterways. The technique described this month in the International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design could reduce the incidence of waterbor... Read More
Sections of the Great Barrier Reef face coral bleaching and dieback as a result of flood plumes extending as far as 65 kilometres offshore.
Other environmental problems caused by the floods include widespread bacterial and algal pollution in rivers, as well as massive habitat destruction of w... Read More
Might want to carry your Purell to the ATM from now on. A new study finds that the numeric keypads on London ATMs are as bacteria-contaminated as the seats of public restrooms. ”We were interested in comparing the levels of bacterial contamination between heavily-used ATM machines and public l... Read More
The bacteria that live on the skin and contribute to acne may also cause infections after surgery, including infections in the brain, researchers say.
The microbes may even spur some cells to become cancerous, said Peter Lambert, a professor of microbiology at Aston University in Birmingham, ... Read More
The first Taiwanese to show symptoms from the multi-drug resistant NDM-1 bacteria was found to be free of the superbug in the latest tests conducted on him, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Friday.
The 56-year-old patient, who has remained quarantined at National Taiwan University H... Read More
Researchers have come up with a simple recipe that turns a common disinfectant into a potent virus killer—and they’re putting the recipe out into the public domain.
Adding silicone to titanium dioxide dramatically increases its ability to degrade aerosol- and water-borne viruses.
Titanium ... Read More
Abraham L. (Linc) Sonenshein, PhD, professor of molecular biology and microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine and member of the genetics and molecular microbiology program faculties at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts has been awarded the distinction of AAA... Read More
A simple, automated method of tracking E. coli uses a laser to detect and monitor the microbe in potentially contaminated bodies of water or waterways. The technique described this month in the International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design could reduce the incidence of waterborn... Read More
It's a tale that has all the trappings of a cult 1960s sci-fi movie: Scientists bring back ancient salt crystals, dug up from deep below Death Valley for climate research. The sparkling crystals are carefully packed away until, years later, a young, unknown researcher takes a second look at the ... Read More
Video game designers are always striving to make games more lifelike, but they'll have a hard time topping what Stanford researcher Ingmar Riedel-Kruse is up to. He's introducing life itself into games.
Riedel-Kruse and his lab group have developed the first video games in which a player's ac... Read More
New research shows that oncolytic viruses, which are engineered to destroy cancer cells, might be more effective in treating deadly brain tumors if equipped with an enzyme that helps them penetrate the tumor.
The enzyme is derived from the intestinal bacteria called Proteus vulgaris. The enzy... Read More
Scientists said the wreck of the Titanic, the giant ocean liner that sank nearly 100 years ago, is being devoured by an iron-eating superbug and could disappear in 20 years.
The bacteria, which has been named Halmonas Titanicae, has been greedily feasting on the ship, which sank in the Atlant... Read More
Traces of viral activity have been found in a mysteriously dwindling population of Pacific salmon, hinting at an explanation for deaths that have so far baffled scientists.
In fish returning to Canada’s Fraser River, site of the die-off and home to one of North America’s last great sockeye sa... Read More
Future chicken cutlets may come from birds that have been genetically modified to resist bird flu, after a breakthrough in Britain announced this week. Researchers have produced chickens that cannot spread avian flu to other chickens, a major step toward protecting birds — and humans — from the ... Read More
Scientists have for the first time sequenced and reconstructed the genomes of most of the microbes in the gut of a premature newborn and documented how the microbe populations changed over time.
Further studies involving more infants could eventually help researchers understand the causes of ... Read More