Scientists investigating the stranding of hundreds of dolphins in the northern Gulf of Mexico since early last year reported Thursday that they have identified Brucella bacteria in five of 21 tested and are trying to determine whether the deaths may be linked to last year's BP oil spill.
Recent headlines about contaminated foods, from peanut butter and salad to turkey and eggs, are enough to make even the most intrepid eater a little bit paranoid.
A few months before her second birthday, a small bump about the size of a pimple appeared on Audriana Willman's right leg. Her parents, Andrew and Chelsea, noticed the boil in the evening, as they prepared their daughter for bed.
It's understandable that parents want to keep their children's environments clean, especially when kids are young. Moms wash bottles in hot water, clean pacifiers that fall on the ground and take dirty things out of their kids' mouths.
Meat and poultry produced in the United States is widely contaminated with "multi-drug-resistant" bacteria, according to a study published Friday in a medical journal.
NASA has discovered a bacteria that may indicate life on other planets.
Scientists have discovered a form of bacteria that can thrive on arsenic -- an element generally considered toxic -- dramatically expanding both traditional notions of how life is sustained and the range of where it might be found in the universe, NASA funded-researchers said Thursday.
Taking probiotics every day improves my digestive system and prevents constipation. Is there a risk in long-term consumption of probiotic pills? Is there a risk of becoming dependent on them?
It fizzes. It quenches. And it could also contain fecal bacteria.
I am a 31-year-old male. A few months ago, I was diagnosed with H. pylori. I live a healthy life and maintain a relatively clean house. How would a person spontaneously contract the bacterium? Others in my household have tested negative for H. pylori. Could it be something that I picked up in a public place? I do not travel, let alone to developing countries or third-world nations. I went to urgent care in April and was admitted to the ER because I could not keep down liquids, solids or medications. They diagnosed me with gastroenteritis. I have two sick pets: They have both been diagnosed with IBD, though one has been controlled with a diet change. Could H. pylori be transmitted from animal to human? Any information would be helpful.
I've heard that probiotics can help with diverticulitis. What is the strain of probiotics that would work best? Is there a brand name you can recommend? Should it be taken with antibiotics or after the 10-day prescribed course of antibiotics? I realize there is no cure for diverticulosis; I'm trying to be proactive.
In January, salmonella was linked to peanut products; last week, pistachio products. And on Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said overall infection rates for salmonella and other foodborne pathogens have not changed significantly over the last four years.
Your saliva is doing all kinds of useful things for you all the time -- for instance, helping you chew and taste food. It's also home to more than 600 species of bacteria, which are harmlessly enjoying the moisture of your mouth.
CNN.com's Liz Landau talks to Naamua Delaney about a new study that reveals mysteries about bacteria in saliva.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on drug-resistant bacteria, after one killed a Brazilian model.
A new crop of drug-resistant superbugs is in our midst, and experts believe that they could rival the deadly superbug MRSA.
Using naturally occurring antibacterial compounds found in soil, Rutgers University researchers say they may have discovered a new antibiotic drug
Dan Kruse started to feel weak one day while hanging out with his friends in a park. The next day, the eighth-grader woke up completely jaundiced -- the whites of his eyes were yellow -- and he urinated blood.
Parents and officials want answers after a student dies from a drug-resistant staph infection. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
A new government study shows that staph infections are more widespread than once thought. CNN's Jason Carroll reports.
Students at a high school in Virginia prepared Thursday for the funeral of a popular classmate, the victim of a deadly drug-resistant strain of bacteria that has turned up in schools across the country recently.
By now, you've seen the headlines about MRSA, the killer staph virus. Yes, it can be deadly, but it can also be treated
The market for diagnosing and preventing "superbug" staph infections could grow dramatically over the next few years, according to industry experts.
The CDC is calling drug-resistant staph infections a 'major public health concern.' CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta has more.
Federal and state health officials issued a consumer alert Thursday after nine people were sickened by contaminated beef.
Federal and state health officials issued a consumer alert Thursday after nine people were sickened by contaminated beef.
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Los Angeles Salad Company is recalling its baby carrots because of potential contamination with the bacteria Shigella, said the Food and Drug Administration Thursday.
The Georgia lawyer whose travels while suffering from tuberculosis drew international attention has a more treatable form of the disease than the extensively drug-resistant form previously diagnosed, doctors at a Denver, Colorado, hospital announced Tuesday.
There are more options than ever in kitchen surfaces each with pros and cons. The biggest trend right now is stone, stone, and more stone. There are almost limitless choices in stone, all of them extremely durable. They'll take a lot of abuse, but the cons are that they're expensive, cold, and tough on glassware; if you drop a glass on a stone counter, your counter will be fine but the glass will break.
The number of cases of Lyme disease has doubled in the United States since 1991 and these numbers are probably underestimated, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
Thirteen cases of infection with E. coli bacteria may be linked to a multistate beef recall, the beef producer and Arizona state health officials told CNN Thursday.
The Atlanta lawyer quarantined with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis has a relatively low chance of spreading the disease, possibly allowing him to leave his isolation room for a short time, hospital officials said Tuesda
A man with a dangerous form of tuberculosis had health officials around the world scrambling Wednesday to find about 80 passengers who sat within five rows of him on two trans-Atlantic flights
Now you can one-hand that coffee-and-doughnut breakfast.
A new breed of nanobots is being designed to assist doctors by going where no surgeon or technology has gone before.
Meet the companies tackling nine of humanity's biggest problems -- and making millions saving us from ourselves.
The background: Bacterial infections that were once easily treated with antibiotics like penicillin have gained frightening resistance during the past few decades - despite the mistaken assurance by the U.S. surgeon general in 1969 that "the war on infectious disease has been won."
A daily dose of good bacteria may be just what your doctor orders. Bacteria may sound unappetizing, but they're now being sold under the name "probiotic." From yogurt to smoothies to cereal, products that contain probiotics are becoming more popular at the local grocery store. CNN Medical Correspondent Judy Fortin spoke with Marisa Moore, a registered dietician and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, about the pros and cons of probiotics.
In the first two years of life, most children will get eight to 10 colds, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Imagine going to your doctor with joint pain and leaving with a prescription for ginger.
Taco Bell reopened most of the more than 90 restaurants that it closed in the Northeast following an E. coli outbreak that sickened as many as 67 people, a company spokesman told CNN Tuesday.
Taco Bell reopened most of the more than 90 restaurants that it closed in the Northeast in recent weeks following an E. coli outbreak that sickened as many as 64 people, a company spokesman told CNN on Tuesday.
Sixty-four cases of E. coli bacteria related to the outbreak that hit several Taco Bell restaurants in the Northeast in the past two weeks have now been confirmed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than 120 people in six states may be infected with the strain of E. coli bacteria involved in an outbreak that may be linked to Taco Bell restaurants, officials said Friday.
When it comes to colds, flu, stomach bugs, and ear infections, everyone has a theory. Some have been passed down through generations, or are based on outdated science. A few just seem like common sense. But whatever their origin, many just aren't true. The facts behind these myths:
Halloween can be a scary time of year for dentists and orthodontists. Dr. Kaneta Lott, pediatric dentist, spoke with CNN medical correspondent Judy Fortin about the best and worst kind of treats and how to care for your children's teeth.
The nationwide health scare over bacteria-ridden spinach widened Monday, as the number of states reporting sickness linked to the outbreak increased to 21.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was transferred to the intensive care unit of Sheba Hospital in Tel Aviv Wednesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Your job may be making you sick, literally. And it may not be the mystery meat in the cafeteria. In today's Five Tips we're going to tell you how to combat the office germs.
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The EPA said Wednesday that initial findings from New Orleans floodwater sampling indicate high levels of E. coli and coliform bacteria as well as lead.
Despite reporting five deaths from a bacteria-caused illness, public health officials said Tuesday they are more concerned about the possibility of toxic chemicals in the water covering New Orleans than they are about a cholera outbreak.
Look at an office desk and you see sushi, sandwiches and salads sharing space with PCs, phones and paper files -- it is a veritable breeding ground for bad bugs.
BACK WHEN HE WAS A GRAD STUDENT IN 1977, Paul Ewald came down with an intestinal bug. He'd been doing research at the University of Washington at Seattle on the social behavior of sparrows. But the...
Edwyn Collins, the former singer of 1980s British indie band Orange Juice, has contracted the hospital superbug MRSA after having emergency surgery.
The Vatican says the pope has suffered cardiocirculatory collapse and septic shock. CNN's Richard Quest spoke Friday to Professor Anthony Costello, head of the Department of Urology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, to determine the seriousness of the conditions. The following is a transcript of the interview:
Two Pentagon mail facilities were closed and nearly 300 workers tested for exposure to anthrax after sensors detected the bacteria in mail at the buildings, Pentagon officials said Monday.
In the peak of cold and flu season, many Americans may want to hide at their desks to avoid those hacking and sneezing co-workers. But health experts say that could be the very place that makes them sick.
The American Association of Blood Banks estimates that about one in 5,000 units of blood platelets is infected with bacteria, which until recently could be passed to patients who receive transfusio...
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One patient has died and another remains in serious condition in the wake of several cases of necrotizing fasciitis, more commonly known as "flesh-eating bacteria," first diagnosed at the Surgicentre of St. Joseph Hospital in Saint John, New Brunswick, late last week.
The moment was vintage Craig Venter: Biology's bad boy stood before a crowd of reporters in Washington, D.C., trumpeting his latest achievement, with a beaming Spencer Abraham, the U.S. Secretary o...
It's not just computer viruses that you should worry about at work.
The tiny bobtail squid searches for food and wards off predators with a built-in "flashlight" so unusual researchers want to put it to work for humans.
My desk is littered with ordinary-seeming items. There's a silky white T-shirt, a square of rugged carpeting dyed beige, a long paper sleeve with a cellophane-like window for packaging a loaf of Fr...
Toxic-tort lawyers aren't going to like this: Evidence is growing that most hazardous chemicals, as well as radiation, not only are harmless at low doses--but may actually do a body good. Scientist...
There are few lines as memorably succinct as the career advice proffered to Dustin Hoffman's character in The Graduate, the 1967 movie classic. "Plastics, Ben. Plastics," intones an unctuous neighb...
Germs. The word conjures up pure evil--killer microbes resistant to every available antibiotic, scratches that become grisly wounds when invaded by flesh-eating Streptococci, terrorists potentially...
First it was kidney failure and diabetes. Then, for a 40-year-old Michigan woman this June, the diabetes led to foot ulcers and gangrene. One toe had to be amputated, then a second, then a third.
Inside the plain little container I'm looking at may just be our best stopgap against bioterror. Dr. James Baker, chief scientist at the Ann Arbor, Mich., biotech firm NanoBio, holds up the bottle ...
America's insatiable demand for antibacterial products is now being embraced by the consumer-banking industry. MicroTouch Systems of Methuen, Mass. bonds a microbe-killing chemical to its ATM touch...
Microbe-resistant socks? Germ-fighting pizza cutters? Antibacteria mania, like Pokemon, a trend imported from Japan, has seized the U.S., inspiring products unimaginable a few years ago. Antibacter...
Light bulbs that last half a century. Shoes whose insoles mold to the contours of our feet the minute we slip them on. Tiny blue lasers that enable a feature-length film to be stored on a single CD...
On the surface, things seem to be looking up for Archer Daniels Midland. In mid-April, without admitting any wrongdoing, the Illinois company agreed to pay $25 million--a surprisingly small sum--to...
LIKE NANCY DONLEY, 41, YOU MAY THINK THAT TOUGH consumer-protection laws and vigilant regulatory agencies are watching out for you. "I thought that we were the No. 1 country in the world and everyt...
Only 25 years ago, Homo sapiens conquered the moon. But now the proud splitter of the atom, inventor of the electronic computer, decipherer of the genetic code, and developer of the information hig...
At a dock in Marina del Rey, near Los Angeles, stands an 85-foot-long, three- deck ship loaded with ocean-monitoring equipment. Lily Lam visited Ann Dalkey, a marine biologist, and Ioannice (pronou...
THEY EXPECTED to be heroes -- or at least to be appreciated. In the race to find a drug to fight AIDS, researchers at Burroughs Wellcome ran the pharmaceutical equivalent of an under-two-minute mil...
SOMETIMES THE U.S. underestimates its own strength. In this age of increasing global competition, American science still sets the pace. According to the National Science Foundation, Americans inves...
''This is the only piece of mail you've ever had that you can flush down the toilet.'' So it says on the envelopes sent to 1,000 mailboxes in San Jose, California. Inside: a packet the size of a te...
CEO Louis Fernandez sounds just like a science teacher on public television when he describes some of the wonders of his New Jersey biotech company Celgene. Listen to his Mr. Wizard-like explanatio...
WALL STREET is sending a persistent message to its onetime favorites, the health biotech companies: You don't have the kind of future you thought you had. Some of you figured you would turn into th...
IN THE CLOSELY WATCHED arena of biotechnology, the spotlight so far has been on genetic engineering -- tinkering with the genetic blueprints of living things to try to devise exciting new products,...
HOLY SUPERCOW! Within a couple of years, daily injections may induce a cow to churn out 10% to 40% more milk almost overnight. Monsanto, American Cyanamid, Eli Lilly, and Upjohn are among those wor...
When Advanced Genetic Sciences, a tiny biotechnology company, got the first Environmental Protection Agency permit to test genetically engineered bacteria outdoors, environmentalists protested that...
A SMALL CALIFORNIA biotechnology company is battling for the right to be first in the world to test genetically engineered bacteria outdoors, where the mutants might be free to roam. Advanced Genet...
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