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Oct 15 is Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day starts October 15, 2009. This international awareness day is brought to you by the Academy for Educational Development, CDC, UNICEF and several other partners. The strategy for the United States is being led by the U.S. Coalition for Child Survival which is preparing a med... Read More

Interview with Paul Turner - The Evolution of Disease

"Paul Turner received his Ph.D. in 1995 from the Center for Microbial Ecology, at Michigan State University. He did postdoctoral work at the National Institutes of Health, University of Valencia in Spain, and University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Turner is currently Associate Professor of Ec... Read More

Can we domesticate microbes?

Evolutionary biologist Paul Ewald discusses germs. Why are some more harmful than others? How could we make the harmful ones benign? Searching for answers, he examines diarrhea. Read More

Dr. Satyajit Rath of India's National Institute of Immunology discusses the AIDS vaccine trial in Thailand and its success.

Dr. Satyajit Rath of India's National Institute of Immunology discusses the recent AIDS vaccine trial being conducted in Thailand and its success. Via Newsclick.in Read More

Chicago family seeks answers in Malcolm Casadaban's death by plague

ABC News video on the late Malcom Casadaban, a University of Chicago researcher who passed away after exposure to Yersinia pestis.

"The tragic irony is that Professor Casadaban had been trying to develop a vaccine so that thousands of people around the world wouldn't die a painful, ugly death... Read More

Naval scientist Patricia Guerry is the Partnership for Public Service 2009 Science and Technology Medal Recipient for her work on Campylobacter

If you’ve ever suffered through a bad case of food poisoning, you’ll be glad to know that Naval scientist Patricia Guerry has made a breakthrough that may dramatically reduce the odds that you’ll have to relive this miserable experience. Read More

USDA Food Saftey Video for Pregnant Women

A very important message to women who are pregnant. Listeria monocytogenes is very dangerous for anyone who is immunocompromised and it is one of few bacterial pathogens that can cross the fetal-placenta barrier and infect the fetus, usually resulting in fetal death. The USDA produced this vid... Read More

Md. cheese goes raw (Video)

A pilot program is allowing some Maryland creameries to manufacture and sell raw milk cheese. This video takes you to Chapel County Creamery to see the unpasteurized process first hand. Read More

Healthy Pet, Healthy You (MWV32)

Animal, human and environmental health are inexorably intertwined. Diseases are making the jump from animals to humans and vice-versa at an increasing pace. The emergence of animal borne diseases such as Avian flu, Ebola, and most recently H1N1 (swine flu), demonstrate the need for an integra... Read More

Video - China Starts Mass Flu Vaccination

A short video detailing China's vaccination program for H1N1. Over 10,000 children have already been vaccinated and there are plans to prepare for vaccinating 5% of the overall population. Read More

Dr. Clarke's H1N1 Rap

The H1N1 Rap was written, composed, produced, and performed by John D. Clarke, MD, FAAFP, for the HHS' www.flu.gov public service announcement contest. Out of the over 200 entries submitted, a panel of 12 video communication and public health experts determined the top 10 entries. These were put... Read More

How to make chicha beer with real spit!

This is the story of how to brew chicha beer with a saliva starter as told by the Dogfish Head brewer. Read More

Elmo calls for frequent handwashing

The federal government is reintroducing a powerful weapon in the fight against the H1N1 flu virus: Elmo.


The popular Sesame Street character will be featured in a series of public service advertisements meant to encourage better hygiene among young children, the Department of Health a... Read More

You Better Wash Your Hands

A parody of The Beatles' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," as performed by UC Davis food toxicologist Carl Winter.

The animations were produced at New Mexico State University as part of USDA CSREES National Integrated Food Safety Initiative Project Number CD-D-FST-7057-CG.

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Put Your Hands Together

Scientists estimate that people are not washing their hands often or well enough and may transmit up to 80% of all infections by their hands. From doorknobs to animals to food, harmful germs can live on almost everything. Handwashing may be your single most important act to help stop the spre... Read More

Henry the Hand

www.henrythehand.com is an online handwashing resource for teachers by Will Sawyer, MD. The mission of the educational campaign is to propagate the 4 Principles of Hand Awareness throughout the United States and the world.


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Authorities in Papua New Guinea fight to contain simultaneous outbreaks of cholera, influenza and dysentery

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An hour on the life of Charles Darwin with E.O. Wilson and James Watson

An hour on the life and work of Charles Darwin with James Watson, chancellor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and E.O. Wilson, professor emeritus, Harvard University. This aired on the Charlie Rose show on PBS. Read More

Video on how Swine Flu/H1N1 Spread

A Bayesian phylogeographic reconstruction of the early H1N1 spread.

“This helps reveal hidden information about the spatial spread of the virus,” said Marc Suchard, a University of California at Los Angeles biomathematician and co-author of the analysis, which was published last week in Publi... Read More

Swine Flu and the Next Pandemic with Palese, Worobey, Bloom, Koplan and Hoffman

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Bigthink.com has posted a 45 minute panel discussion on swine flu and the next pandemic. Moderator and editorial chairman for Bigthink.com, Paul Hoffman prefaces the discussion by saying:

"The reason we are here today is of course to di... Read More

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