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Even Football Players Get Superbugs

We're all wearing millions of bacteria, and some of these are antibiotic-resistant superbugs (MRSA). MRSA identifies a staph infection that is unable to be defeated by most penicillin-based...
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Another Way to Catch a Superbug

Too many antibiotics are used on the farm, meaning that people who live near livestock or in livestock farming communities may be at greater risk of acquiring an antibiotic-resistant superbug. You don't need to actually VISIT these farms or ranches: It turns out that you can BREATHE...
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Antibiotics on the Farm

80% of the antibiotics sold in the US are fed to chickens, pigs, cows and other animals that people eat, yet the farmers who raise these animals are not required to report on which drugs they use on what types of animals, and in what quantities they use them...
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What About Airport Germs?

As if X-rays weren't enough, we have to take our shoes off in an airport. Do we pick up dangerous germs if we've forgotten to wear socks? And what about those bins--is the TSA line going to replace...
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There may be Superbugs in Our Pork

We already know we should avoid pork products from China, but home-grown pork from the grocery store may be dangerous in ANOTHER way--it may be contaminated with superbugs.

Retail pork products in...
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Your Hospital Can be a Dangerous Place

Going to the hospital can be DANGEROUS. The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that millions of people die each year from medical errors and infections linked to health care. They say that going into hospital is far riskier than flying. Out of every 100 hospitalized...
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Farmers are Killing Us with Antibiotics

Food kills one person every 2 hours in the US alone--usually from bacteria like the recent E. Coli that has stricken Germany. In the June 17th edition of the Independent, Jeremy Laurance writes that "Resistant genes for toxic forms of E.coli can jump from animal to human strains. The outbreak of a virulent antibiotic-resistant strain of E....
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What Light Does

Sleep with the blinds closed! Exposure to even dim light at night is enough to cause physical changes in the brains of hamsters (and humans?) that may lead to depression. But light DOES kill superbugs, which must be why, when you're in the hopsital, nurses come over and shine a flashlight in your eyes at night!
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Cow Drugs

Bad for humans - Humans aren't the only ones who need to get off antibiotics. But the total number of antibiotics used in farming is getting bigger every day, and 70% of them are used in animals (mostly cattle and chickens) that are healthy but are vulnerable because they live in crowded and unsanitary conditions.

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Saved from Superbugs

A big step for science: One small country has solved the problem of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, which are a major problem in hospitals. How? By NOT prescribing any antibiotics!

Most superbugs originate in hospitals, where many people are taking antibiotics, and often exiting patients take these bacteria with them when they go home,...

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Pig and Poultry Problems

We've learned that pork farms that treat pigs with antibiotics can mysteriously spread killer superbugs throughout a nearby community. It turns out the same thing can happen with poultry farms, but in this case, they know the means of transmission?flies.
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Why You Shouldn't Pick It

At any one time, up to 30% of perfectly healthy people carry around the bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus, which lives in the human nose. In most cases, these bugs are harmless, but an antibiotic-resistant version is becoming more common, which is difficult to treat and can lead to pneumonia if it gets into the lungs. It can cause boils,...

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Superbug Battle

Human beings are SWARMING with bacteria: Even the average healthy adult plays host to about 100 trillion microscopic organisms. Infection takes place when the bacteria get out of hand?especially when they become superbugs. But help is at hand: Mud may be coming to a drug store near you?but not just any mud: special GREEN mud.

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Superbugs Worse than AIDS?

UPDATE: High School inspections - Recent headlines on mainstream media have announced that there are antibiotic-resistant superbugs out there that are worse than AIDS. Is this true--and if so, how can we protect ourselves against them?

Researchers at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and Prevention stated that...

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Superbugs From Vegetables?

Cattle in this country are fed corn, which upsets their stomachs, so they are given antibiotics, which end up in the beef we eat. Fertilizer made from the manure from these cattle?and other food animals treated with antibiotics?may also put antibiotics into the vegetables we eat. The danger in all this is that it could lead to antibiotic-...

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Superbug Gown

The Japanese discovered how to make people invisible. Now some UK scientists have discovered how to make objects?especially military objects?invisible as well. And a new gown could protect you from getting a superbug, the next time you're in the hospital.

The researchers have created a device that can reroute certain wavelengths of light...

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How to Catch a Superbug

Superbugs are antibiotic-resistant bacteria that usually pass from person to person in hospitals, because of the large amounts of antibiotics that are administered there. The sad fact is, you can leave the hospital even sicker than you were when you entered!?especially since we now know that doctors are spreading superbugs with their cellphones...

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Superbug Detector

Antibiotic-resistant Superbugs are a real problem in hospitals, where they're created, but they're even more of a problem when they walk out with discharged patients, and with their visitors and the health workers who take care of them, and infiltrate the general population. But now someone has invented a kind of CSI for dangerous superbugs?a...

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Superbugs on the Loose

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs are back in the news. These are caught and passed around mainly in hospitals, because so many antibiotics are used there, but occasionally they escape and invade the "real world." Some people think that Morgellon's may be a superbug.

The official name for superbugs is MRSA (methicillin-resistant...

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Aren't Polio Vaccinations GOOD?

As more and more children in third world countries are immunized against polio, scientists are discovering something strange: new forms of the disease are cropping up, as the new forms of the virus are mutating into existence in places where the disease should have been eliminated. In other words, polio is becoming a kind of superbug.

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Safe to Give Antibiotics to Cows?Or is It?

In the US, we give cattle antibiotics because, instead of letting them graze exclusively on grass, we fatten them up on corn in feedlots, which they are not able to handle well. This makes it possible for ranchers to raise more cattle per acre. Feedlot corn also produces the marbling that makes steaks so appealing. But what are the these...

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Superbugs Spreading in Food

E. coli bacteria is found in food that hasn't been adequately refrigerated or has been mishandled during preparation, often by people who don't wash their hands after visiting the bathroom. It gives most people no more than a stomach ache, but can be dangerous for the elderly or people whose immune systems are compromised. This is why health...

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Migrating Geese Spreading Superbugs

This fall, like every autumn, we'll expect to see V-shapedformations of geese in the skies, honking as they fly southfor the winter. Now scientists have discovered thatmigrating geese may be spreading superbugs, those dangerous,antibiotic-resistant bacteria which are usually only found inhospitals.

Canada geese may be spreading bacteria...

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It's Dangerous to be Too Clean

Newswise - You should not use antibacterial soaps and cleaningproducts, because they can expose you to high amounts ofchloroform. The chemical triclosan, which is present in manyof these products, reacts with tap water to form thedangerous chemical chloroform. Chloroform has beenclassified by the EPA as a human carcinogen....

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Mystery Disease Plaguing LA, San Francisco, Austin, Other Areas

An unknown disease is hitting Los Angeles, San Francisco,Austin and other areas, and ifit's not actually a new disease, doctors think it must bemass hysteria. People are getting lesions on their bodiesthat are filledwith strange, string-like fibers. The lesions start out asitchy bumps. Given the fact that leisons appear, as well asparasite-...

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Problem of Dangerous Superbugs Solved

BBC reports that doctors at Christie Hospital in Manchester,England have solved a problem that has made hospitals allover the world dangerous places to be. The problem: Whenthey treat dangerous bacteria, hospitals create somethingeven more dangerous---superbugs which cannot be killed. Thismeans you can come out of the hospital even sicker than...

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A Superbug Escapes

Superbugs?bacteria that have become resistant to allantibiotics?are usually found in hospitals, where lots ofantibiotics are used and bugs eventually evolve that cannotbe killed by the drugs. This means you can be sicker comingout of the hospital than you were going in. Doctors andhealth authorities have always worried that these superbugswould...

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Save Us From Superbugs

Russian researcher Alexander Sulakvelidze came to the U.S. after Communism ended because "There was nothing left to do. Good scientists would come to work and spend all day playing cards and chess." When he arrived at the University of Maryland Medical Center, he discovered the hospital was in the midst of a crisis that Soviet scientists had...

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New Superbug Form of Common Childhood Disease

Until now, antibiotics have easily killed group A streptococcus, the bacteria that cause strep throat and life-threatening septic infections, but now hospitals have seen a sudden, widespread resistance of the bacteria to widely used antibiotic erythromycin. Strep is becoming a superbug.

Doctors suspect the strep bacteria also are...

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Doctors Observe Superbug Appearance

Doctors in the U.K. have observed the exact moment when a new strain of drug resistant bacteria evolved in a patient. These ?superbugs? are new bacteria that cannot be treated with existing antibiotics. Relatively harmless bacteria are capable of turning into superbugs when they acquire new genetic material from other bacteria that have become...

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