Infections

Infections

A Pandemic Could Happen Again. Here’s Why

The next pandemic is just a matter of time. Here’s where it’s likely to come from, and how you can protect yourself.

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Germs on Your Money

Recent research identified thousands of types of bacteria on paper money, including germs that cause food poisoning, staph infection and pneumonia.

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Dangerous Parasite in Swimming Pools

That crystal-clear pool water could be harboring Cryptosporidium, a parasite that can cause up to three weeks of diarrhea, stomach…

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Four Surprising Facts About Mucus

Mucus. It’s hard to even say the word without curling a lip in disgust. But this much-maligned secretion is really…

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Zika Can Attack Adult Brains, Too

Zika has become a disease to fear for pregnant women and women who may become pregnant—because babies who are infected…

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Millions Die from Sepsis But It Can Be Cured—If Detected Quickly

Sepsis is the tenth-leading cause of death in the US. It doesn’t have to be. The challenge: There isn’t a…

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A Hidden Cause of Chronic Disease

Infection may be at the root of heart disease and more… Everyone gets infections from time to time—a swollen cut…a…

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Dry Your Hands Right… Or Washing May Do More Harm Than Good

Of course we wash our hands after using the restroom, but how we dry them determines whether bacteria die off…

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Can Bedbugs Give You Deadly Chagas Disease?

If the idea of bedbugs doesn’t already give you the heebie-jeebies, news blasts from the National Institutes of Health, Scientific…

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The Ebola Virus in the Age of Air Travel

Ebola is a very dangerous virus, no doubt—and cases may continue to crop up in the United States, but from…

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The Handshake—Could Banning It Prevent Infections?

Should hospitals ban handshaking? And should you refuse to shake your doctor's hand for your own health? A handshake can…

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Stop the Ebola Myths

What you need to know most about this outbreak… From the public's perspective, the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa…

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How to Protect Yourself Against Deadly Listeriosis

The food-borne illness listeriosis can result from contamination that may occur at any point in the food-production and delivery cycle.…

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Deadly Bacteria from the Gym Where You Exercise

Deadly bacteria are on the rise where people exercise Even the cleanest health club provides an ideal environment for a…

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Do You Really Need an Antibiotic?

Foods and supplements sometimes work just as well as prescription antibiotics...without side effects. Most likely you've been taught that if…