Bacteria

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 02/19/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and … fun 1. The mission of India’s Mangalyaan spacecraft to Mars cost a lot less than the blockbuster movie Gravity. (Learn more at NY Times) 2. Babette March, the first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model in 1964, is now a 72-year-old artist and innkeeper in Halfway, Ore.  (Learn more at AARP) 3. Facebook offers 50 ways to describe your gender. (Learn more at Future Tense) 4. DNA testing might solve mysteries of Mona Lisa’s smile. (Learn more at Mail Online) 5. …

Your Cellphone Has More Germs Than Your Toilet

Posted on 01/24/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s certainly extreme, but a recent news story points up how germy a cellphone can be. Reports say a man who stole a cellphone from an Ebola virus quarantine ward in a Ugandan hospital ended up apparently catching the virus from germs on the phone. Obviously, most of us aren’t in close proximity to an Ebola outbreak — or likely to be pinching a phone from a dangerously ill person — but germ expert Charles Gerba, Ph.D., a microbiologist at …

Attack of the Killer Sepsis

Posted on 09/11/2013 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeScience is once more reminding us that there are predators stalking the land no larger than a speck of dust but with the killing power of a herd of hippos. They are so small you can’t see them but you only have about a 50-50 chance of surviving their attack. They are called bacteria and the sepsis or blood poisoning they engender is killing 250,000 Americans a year. I was almost one of them. I am alerted to the danger …

The Great Chicken Debate: To Wash or Not?

Posted on 09/3/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthJust about every cookbook icon, from Julia Child to Martha Stewart to the Joy of Cooking’s Rombauer sisters, has told us to rinse off our raw chicken before preparing it. Guess what? They were wrong, scientists say. Rinsing raw chicken to get rid of the bacteria just spreads it around more, increasing our risk of getting sick, says food-safety researcher Jennifer Quinlan, with Drexel University  in Philadelphia and one of the developers behind a new “Don’t Wash Your Chicken!” campaign. …

Ground-Turkey Test Finds 90 Percent With Bacteria

Posted on 05/1/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA Consumer Reports lab analysis of ground-turkey products purchased nationwide found that 90 percent had potentially disease-causing bacteria, some of which were antibiotic-resistant. The consumer watchdog organization said its first investigation of this kind on ground turkey also showed that turkeys raised without antibiotics had much less antibiotic-resistant bacteria than did turkeys raised with antibiotics. The new report follows a February analysis of store-bought meat by Food and Drug Administration scientists that found antibiotic-resistant bacteria in 81 percent of raw …

What’s Lurking in Your Refrigerator Drawers?

Posted on 04/12/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthWhich of your kitchen appliances or utensils has the most germs? It’s not, as most people in a new survey guessed, the keypad on the microwave. Or even that gunky can opener, the second most common answer. In terms of the pathogens that could really make you ill — E. coli, salmonella and listeria — the top three offenders were the refrigerator meat and vegetable drawers, followed by the blender gasket — that floppy ring that fits around the appliance’s …