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Bacteria Increasing Tolerance Of Hand Sanitizers In Hospitals: Study

A common gut bacteria that's responsible for many healthcare-related infections has become more tolerant to hand sanitizers in hospitals. What does this mean for our everyday use of hand sanitizers?

Public Health August 3, 2018

E.coli In Well Water Sickens More Than 500 People At Zip Line Attraction

More than 500 people reported having experienced gastrointestinal illness after visiting CLIMB Works in Gatlinburg. Local health officials determined the water well as the root cause of infection among the visitors.

Public Health July 11, 2018

New Biological Weapons Could Emerge From Today’s Technology: Here’s How That Might Happen

Scientists can now easily recreate viruses or make bacteria more dangerous, a new report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Defense revealed. The report named and classified a number of biological weapons that could be created from today’s technology.

Biotech June 20, 2018

This Species Of Bacteria May Help Humans Breathe On Planet Mars

A species of low-light adapted cyanobacteria can be sent to Mars to produce oxygen for colonists. These organisms can thrive in harsh environments and could make the Red Planet breathable to humans.

Space June 18, 2018

Scientists Discover New Strong Bacteria That Could Help Us Find Aliens On Mars: What Is Chroococcidiopsis?

Scientists revealed that a type of cyanobacteria called chroococcidiopsis absorbs low light and still produces oxygen. This organism can be used to help humans explore Mars.

Space June 15, 2018

Your Kitchen Towels Could Be Contaminated With Bacteria From Human Feces And Cause Food Poisoning

Kitchen towels may harbor dangerous bacteria such as E. coli from human feces that can cause food poisoning. Which families are at greater risk of using contaminated towels?

Healthy Living/Wellness June 10, 2018

How 3,800-Year-Old Skeletons In Russia Changes The Timeline Of The Bubonic Plague By 800 Years

The 3,800-year-old skeletons of a woman and man buried together were discovered in Russia. Researchers say their teeth contain the bacteria that caused the Black Death.

Ancient June 10, 2018

Persistent Bacteria On Spacecraft May Complicate Search For Alien Life

A group of chemists discovered that bacteria lurking in the recesses of spacecraft are resistant to NASA’s stringent cleaning measures. If left unchecked, the microbes could invade other worlds and confound humanity’s search for extraterrestrial life.

Space June 7, 2018

Study Finds That Fast Food Can Trigger Osteoarthritis

A new study revealed that consuming foods high in fat can contribute to bacteria in the gut and can lead to osteoarthritis. Many of these are the ones usually found in fast food restaurants.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 30, 2018

Some Bacteria Eat Antibiotics Like A 'Buffet Table,' And That Might Be A Good Thing

As antibiotic-resistant superbugs continue to spread, some bacteria can actually eat antibiotics. A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis reveals why this could be a good thing.

Medicine April 30, 2018

Alcohol May Increase Strains Of Bad Mouth Bacteria: Here Are Long-Term Effects Of Alcohol On The Body

Heavy drinkers tend to have an overabundance of bad mouth bacteria linked to increased risk for gum disease and cancer. Drinking alcohol may also cause permanent damage to the brain and body.

Public Health April 26, 2018

Scientists Just Created An Enzyme That Eats Plastic, And It Was By Accident

By applying tweaks to a bacteria that can eat plastic, researchers accidentally produced an enzyme that can break down plastic in a much faster rate. The groundbreaking study could pave the way for more effective ways to fight plastic pollution.

Earth/Environment April 18, 2018

Hand Dryers In Public Restrooms May Spread Bacteria To Your Hands

Your hands may be getting bacteria right after washing them, if you use the hand dryers in public restrooms. This should not stop people from washing their hands though, as they just need to dry their hands another way.

Public Health April 12, 2018

Scientists Just Created Bacteria That Produce High-Energy Carbon Rings

Scientists have successfully engineered bacteria that can produce high-energy carbon rings, which can be used to make other materials. Such rings were previously difficult to prepare.

Energy April 9, 2018

Extraterrestrial Life Could Be Thriving In The Clouds Of Planet Venus

Could the clouds of Venus actually host extraterrestrial life? Researchers of a new study said that the dark patches in the clouds of the planet could be comparable to algae blooms.

Space March 31, 2018

Study Finds 4 Out Of 5 Rubber Ducks Are Very Dirty And Crawling With Bacteria

The quintessential bathtime toy comes with a very dirty secret, it is covered in bacteria, according to a new study. Scientists discovered that 4 out of 5 rubber ducks contained pathogenic bacteria.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 27, 2018

Disease X: Unknown Pathogen Could Cause Epidemic That Can Kill Millions Worldwide

The World Health Organization identified Disease X as a global threat. A deadly epidemic caused by the still unknown pathogen may emerge from a variety of sources and may strike anytime.

Public Health March 10, 2018

Office Workers Exposed To Harmful Bacteria That Causes Illness, Says Microbiologist

From your workspace to office kitchens and copy machines, there are many office supplies that are contaminated with harmful bacteria. A microbiologist has revealed the biggest reason why people get sick at the office.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 4, 2018

Common Skin Bacteria Produces Chemical That Can Help Prevent Cancer

A strain of bacteria that commonly lives on the human skin produces 6-HAP that can kill cancer cells without harming other cells. About 20 percent of healthy humans have 6-HAP-producing Staphylococcus epidermidis.

Public Health February 28, 2018

Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster May Contaminate Planet Mars With Bacteria From Earth

Scientists at Purdue University think that Elon's Musk's Tesla car currently in orbit around the sun was not sterilized before it was launched into space. What could happen if it contaminated Mars?

Space February 28, 2018

Antibacterial Wipes Don’t Kill Germs, They Spread Harmful Bacteria, Doctors Say

Antibacterial wipes are used to kill 99 percent of germs, such as cold and flu viruses and allergens, such as pollen and pet dander. A new experiment found that instead of killing germs, the disinfecting wipes spread them.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 26, 2018

Millions Of Viruses And Bacteria Raining Down On Earth Every Day And We Don’t Even Know It

For the first time, scientists were able to measure the quantity of viruses and bacteria in the Earth's atmosphere. They were surprised to know that enormous viruses and bacteria are falling down on Earth daily.

Earth/Environment February 8, 2018

Bacteria Can Convert Human Waste Into Food For Astronauts In Space

Amid plans to send humans to planet Mars, researchers have shown the possibility of using human waste to provide nutrients for astronauts on deep-space mission. The process involves use of bacteria and anaerobic digestion.

Space January 28, 2018

Climate Change Linked To Massive Die-Off Of Endangered Saiga Antelopes

In 2015, a deadly disease wiped out half of the entire saiga population in Kazakhstan. Scientists suspected that environmental changes triggered such event, and a new study confirmed this theory.

Animals January 18, 2018

Woman Dies OF Flesh-Eating Bacteria After Eating Raw Oysters

Next time you crave for oysters, think again. A woman from Texas reportedly died weeks after eating fresh oysters that were infected with flesh-eating bacteria. This condition is rare, but deadly.

Public Health January 9, 2018

The International Space Station Is Teeming With Germs, But That's A Good Thing

The International Space station is filled with germs, but it's possibly a good sign of a healthy spacecraft. Still, it's important to identify these microbes, especially now that humanity has a renewed interest in further space exploration.

Space December 7, 2017

Gum Disease Bacteria Linked To Higher Risk For Esophageal Cancer

Oral bacteria linked to gum disease were found to be associated with higher risk for esophageal cancer. Researchers also found two types of bacteria in the mouth that may reduce risk of developing esophageal tumor.

Public Health December 4, 2017

NASA E.Coli Experiment In Microgravity May Offer Clues On How To Treat Infections In Space

How do E.coli bacteria that cause urinary tract infections respond to antibiotic treatments in space? NASA's EcAMSat small satellite experiment may reveal how to more effectively fight bacteria in microgravity.

Space November 27, 2017

Here's The Gross Reason Why You Should Stop Taking Your Phone To The Bathroom

Experts have warned about the dangers of using the cellphone inside the bathroom. Here's why it is not a good idea to browse through your Facebook News Feed while sitting on the toilet.

Public Health October 9, 2017

Shape-Shifting Bacteria: Behavior Of E.Coli Aboard ISS Could Pose Risk To Future Space Explorations

E.coli bacteria sent to the International Space Station were observed to change shape after being subjected with the antibiotic that kills them on Earth. What does this mean to future space explorations?

Space September 15, 2017

How Did The First Animals Appear On Earth? Algae Blooms May Have The Answer

How did the first animals appeared on Earth and paved the way for the existence of complex life and humans? Algae blooms that followed the melting of snowball Earth may hold the answer.

Animals August 17, 2017

Cleaning Kitchen Sponges Can Make Them Dirtier: Study

Microwaving kitchen sponges or cleaning them in hot and soapy water does not remove the bacteria and may even make them dirtier. Here's what experts advise for cleaner and safer kitchen sponges.

Public Health August 7, 2017

Kitchen Sponges Are Host To Millions Of Bacteria

Scientists reveal that kitchen sponges may be more dangerous than originally believed and should be replaced weekly. Cleaning or sterilizing sponges do not remove bacteria.

Public Health August 4, 2017

Fecal Bacteria Found In Drinks Sold By Major Fast Food Restaurants Like McDonald's

Scientists discover another reason why fast food is unhealthy. Three major fast food chains in the UK test positive for poo bacteria in its iced drinks.

Public Health July 21, 2017

Scientists Code GIF Image Into DNA Of Bacteria: Here's How They Did It

Harvard researchers have successfully encoded a five-frame GIF into the DNA of living E. coli bacteria. The new method could lead to a more stable, long-term data storage than silicon memory.

Material Science July 13, 2017

Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Existed Even Before The Dinosaur Age

A study indicated that drug resistant enterococci or Superbugs existed even before the dawn of the dinosaurs. The research conducted also isolated the genes responsible for the superior resistance in these bacterial strains.

Public Health May 12, 2017

Elton John Cancels US Shows After Contracting ‘Harmful And Unusual’ Bacterial Infection During South American Tour

Elton John canceled his tour in the United States after suffering from a dangerous bacterial infection. The artist will resume his tour but the following nine concerts won't happen.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 25, 2017

Sunlight-Bottling Bionic Leaf Can Create Fertilizer And Boost Food Supply

Harvard researchers may have found a way to end world hunger through their bionic leaf, which produces cheap fertilizer potent enough to make crops grow 1.5 times bigger. Read on to see how the invention works!

Material Science April 5, 2017

Can Maple Syrup Extract Make Antibiotics Kill Bacteria Easily?

Scientists may have discovered a way to increase the potency of antibiotics. An extract derived from maple syrup could possibly decrease the consumption of antibiotics by 90 percent.

Medicine April 4, 2017

Orcas Spew An Array Of Bacteria When They Exhale, And Human Waste May Be To Blame

New research has found that orcas or killer whales breath out good bacteria, pathogenic ones such as salmonella, and fungi when they exhale. Human waste contaminating the environment may be to blame.

Animals March 25, 2017

Putting Paper On Toilet Seat To Prevent Infection Is Not A Good Idea: Here's Why

Putting a cover paper on a toilet seat to prevent acquiring infection only makes the matter worse. Toilet seats, according to public health experts, are not vehicles for the transmission of any infectious agents.

Public Health March 20, 2017

Cheese With Listeria Linked To 2 Deaths: What You Should Know About Listeria

A multi-state Listeria outbreak has been detected by health officials and they are reportedly looking into the issue. This bacterium has already caused two deaths and has resulted in hospitalization of four more individuals.

Public Health March 12, 2017

Can Rain Spread Diseases? Amazing Video Shows How Raindrops Propel Bacteria Flying Through Air

A new study paints a scary picture of how raindrops can help spread bacteria. Watch the video here.

Earth/Environment March 8, 2017

Algae That Survived Nearly Two Years Outside Space Station Could Be Key To Growing Food On Mars

An algae belonging to the Sphaerocystis species survived 16 months of extreme condition outside of the International Space Station. What makes it a good candidate as a food source for the manned Mars mission?

Space February 13, 2017

Dentist Faces Court Rap Over Death Of Teen During Wisdom Tooth Removal

A family in Minnesota is now finally filing charges against a dentist for the death of their daughter during routine wisdom tooth removal. It was a change of heart as they have formerly expressed no intention to sue the doctor for malpractice.

Medicine January 29, 2017

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