Ultraviolet Light Fights Dangerous Bugs

A pilot study found that flooding hospital rooms with ultraviolet light from a robotic device killed 90% or more of certain drug resistant bacteria on surfaces in hospital rooms. More research is on going to determine if this can help prevent the spread of disease to patients. Interesting findings in light of some 100+ year…

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Infections Cause Cancer

Worldwide, there are nearly 13 million cases of cancer each year. A study published in Lancet Oncology estimates that 2 million (16%) of these cancers are caused by infectious agents. Viruses, bacteria, and parasites are known to cause human cancers. The most common organisms causing cancer are Helicobacter pylori, hepatitis B and C viruses, and the…

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Immune System and Vaccine Failure in the Elderly

Advancing age brings a decline in immune system function. Regular exercise helps improves immune function in seniors, leading to a reduced rate of infections and the deaths they cause, and increases vaccine effectiveness.PositiveTip: Multiple short daily walks can improve immune response to annual flu shots.

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Meat and Poultry Harbor Staph

The staphylococcus aureus bacteria (also known as Staph) is a common cause of skin infections in the United States. This germ causes painful, red, swollen boils that drain thick pus. Under some circumstances, Staph can invade deeper into the body and cause infections of internal organs, heart valves, and even death. Staph is increasingly becoming resistant to…

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Breast-feeding Newborns Protected Against Infections

 Researchers in Crete interviewed 900 new mothers through-out the first year of their infants life to discover breast-feeding habits and the health of the newborns. When exclusively breast-fed infants experienced 30% fewer infections and 40% fewer admissions to the hospital. PositiveTip: Exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months of life provides huge benefits to the newborn! 

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Reducing Childhood Infections the Simple Way

Simple infection control practices to reduce the transmission of illness play an important part in community influenza prevention. A recent three-year study in a 240 student kindergarten in Thailand reported a three-fold (p=0.02) drop of influenza-like symptoms, and a twenty-fold (p=.007) drop in diarrhea following the introduction of four simple practices. Students, teachers and parents…

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Swimming Related Illnesses

There are several different illnesses you can get from swimming in contaminated water such as diarrhea eye, ear, skin, and respiratory infections. These are coming from germs in the water. To make sure that you are not spreading these germs: always shower before entering a pool; don’t go swimming when you have diarrhea; deposit your…

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