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Bacteria linked to deaths of bottlenose dolphinsupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 19:18:00

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.

Not safe to eat: Three foods to avoid updated: Wed Oct 12 2011 07:22:00

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.

MRSA: Protect your kid from a superbugupdated: Thu Sep 01 2011 09:27:00

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.

Why you should love germsupdated: Mon Jul 04 2011 09:05:00

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.

Study: U.S. meat widely contaminated with drug-resistant bacteriaupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 19:40:00

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.

Is life on other planets possible?updated: Fri Dec 03 2010 06:19:00

NASA has discovered a bacteria that may indicate life on other planets.

Arsenic-feeding bacteria find expands traditional notions of lifeupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 06:19:00

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.

Could I become dependent on probiotics?updated: Wed Feb 10 2010 08:53:00

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?

Soda fountains contained fecal bacteria, study foundupdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 18:37:00

It fizzes. It quenches. And it could also contain fecal bacteria.

Where did my H. pylori infection come from?updated: Wed Sep 16 2009 09:31:00

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.

Can probiotics help prevent diverticulitis?updated: Wed Jul 01 2009 11:32:00

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.

Food safety progress 'has plateaued,' CDC saysupdated: Thu Apr 09 2009 16:06:00

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.

Spit happens: Saliva's mysteries revealedupdated: Tue Mar 03 2009 19:05:00

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.

The mystery of salivaupdated: Tue Mar 03 2009 19:05:00's Liz Landau talks to Naamua Delaney about a new study that reveals mysteries about bacteria in saliva.

Catching a 'superbug'updated: Mon Feb 23 2009 18:39:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on drug-resistant bacteria, after one killed a Brazilian model.

Gram-negative bacteria are drug-resistant superbugs to watch out forupdated: Mon Feb 23 2009 18:39:00

A new crop of drug-resistant superbugs is in our midst, and experts believe that they could rival the deadly superbug MRSA. A New Class of Antibiotics Could Offer Hope Against TBupdated: Fri Oct 17 2008 12:00:00

Using naturally occurring antibacterial compounds found in soil, Rutgers University researchers say they may have discovered a new antibiotic drug

If you had salmonella poisoning, would you know?updated: Fri Jul 11 2008 12:22:00

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.

'Superbug' worriesupdated: Sat Oct 27 2007 19:09:00

Parents and officials want answers after a student dies from a drug-resistant staph infection. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Baffling staph infectionsupdated: Fri Oct 19 2007 13:53:00

A new government study shows that staph infections are more widespread than once thought. CNN's Jason Carroll reports.

Bacteria that killed Virginia teen found in other schoolsupdated: Fri Oct 19 2007 13:53:00

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. What You Need to Know About Staphupdated: Thu Oct 18 2007 14:00:00

By now, you've seen the headlines about MRSA, the killer staph virus. Yes, it can be deadly, but it can also be treated

CNNMoney: Market for superbug screening poised to growupdated: Wed Oct 17 2007 16:39:00

The market for diagnosing and preventing "superbug" staph infections could grow dramatically over the next few years, according to industry experts.

Deadly staph infections spreadupdated: Wed Oct 17 2007 14:09:00

The CDC is calling drug-resistant staph infections a 'major public health concern.' CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta has more.

Consumers warned on tainted beefupdated: Thu Aug 30 2007 22:32:00

Federal and state health officials issued a consumer alert Thursday after nine people were sickened by contaminated beef.

CNNMoney: Check your freezers for contaminated beefupdated: Thu Aug 30 2007 06:40:00

Federal and state health officials issued a consumer alert Thursday after nine people were sickened by contaminated beef.

Just Imagine - Health: Your viewsupdated: Wed Aug 29 2007 08:48:00

What do you think the future holds for health? What developments are you hoping for? What challenges will we face? Send us your thoughts and we'll print the best ones here.

CNNMoney: California firm launches baby carrot recallupdated: Thu Aug 23 2007 04:08:00

Los Angeles Salad Company is recalling its baby carrots because of potential contamination with the bacteria Shigella, said the Food and Drug Administration Thursday.

Doctors: TB traveler's diagnosis more treatable than thoughtupdated: Tue Jul 03 2007 22:30:00

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.

The secret to getting great kitchen countersupdated: Mon Jul 02 2007 02:21:00

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.

CDC: Lyme disease cases double in U.S.updated: Thu Jun 14 2007 14:26:00

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.

13 E. coli cases may be linked to beef in expanding recallupdated: Thu Jun 07 2007 12:29:00

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. Patient Unlikely To Spread TBupdated: Wed Jun 06 2007 09:45:00

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 107 People on TB Flights Need Testsupdated: Tue Jun 05 2007 15:20:00

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

Science serves up super snacksupdated: Thu May 31 2007 13:36:00

Now you can one-hand that coffee-and-doughnut breakfast.

Nanobots get to the heart of the matterupdated: Thu Feb 08 2007 10:42:00

A new breed of nanobots is being designed to assist doctors by going where no surgeon or technology has gone before.

Business 2.0: Go Green, Get Richupdated: Fri Jan 26 2007 15:02:00

Meet the companies tackling nine of humanity's biggest problems -- and making millions saving us from ourselves.

Business 2.0: Problem no. 8: Drug-resistant infectionsupdated: Wed Jan 24 2007 15:45:00

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."

'Healthy' bacteria help keep you in balanceupdated: Thu Jan 18 2007 14:35:00

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.

Tots are prime targets for colds and fluupdated: Wed Jan 10 2007 18:34:00

In the first two years of life, most children will get eight to 10 colds, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Spices and herbs may help you avoid diseaseupdated: Fri Dec 22 2006 12:53:00

Imagine going to your doctor with joint pain and leaving with a prescription for ginger.

All but 30 Taco Bells reopened after E. coli outbreakupdated: Wed Dec 13 2006 09:37:00

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.

Most Taco Bells reopen; senators call for investigationupdated: Tue Dec 12 2006 09:43:00

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.

64 sickened by Taco Bell E. coli; more onions test positiveupdated: Mon Dec 11 2006 14:24:00

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.

E. coli outbreak now in 6 states; agencies focus on Taco Bell updated: Fri Dec 08 2006 09:42:00

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.

The 7 kids' health myths every mom should ignoreupdated: Thu Dec 07 2006 09:12:00

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:

A pediatric dentist's tricks for treat nightupdated: Mon Oct 30 2006 08:42:00

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.

E. coli spinach scare increases to 21 statesupdated: Mon Sep 18 2006 08:45:00

The nationwide health scare over bacteria-ridden spinach widened Monday, as the number of states reporting sickness linked to the outbreak increased to 21.

Hospital: Sharon taken to intensive careupdated: Wed Jul 26 2006 07:38:00

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was transferred to the intensive care unit of Sheba Hospital in Tel Aviv Wednesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

CNNMoney: Battling a sick officeupdated: Wed May 10 2006 10:30:00

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.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Fri Apr 14 2006 08:45:00

Mixed message

Fortune: Deadly Cautionupdated: Thu Feb 09 2006 12:25:00

For six hours on Nov. 8, 2005, time moved so slowly for Frank Burroughs and Steve Walker that it seemed to stop altogether. The two had come to a dreary ballroom at a Holiday Inn in Gaithersburg, M...

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Nov 03 2005 16:06:00

More than a symptom

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Fri Sep 09 2005 11:23:00

News from the heart

EPA: Lead, bacteria in floodwaterupdated: Wed Sep 07 2005 14:42:00

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.

Officials: Chemicals bigger concern than choleraupdated: Tue Sep 06 2005 18:31:00

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.

Fighting the office war on grimeupdated: Tue Jul 26 2005 11:07:00

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.

Fortune: How disease evolvesupdated: Mon May 16 2005 00:01:00

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...

Orange Juice singer has 'superbug'updated: Thu May 05 2005 08:27:00

Edwyn Collins, the former singer of 1980s British indie band Orange Juice, has contracted the hospital superbug MRSA after having emergency surgery.

Q&A: The pope's conditionupdated: Fri Apr 01 2005 02:31:00

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:

Sensors detect anthrax at Pentagon mail facilitiesupdated: Mon Mar 14 2005 20:20:00

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.

Is your desk making you sick?updated: Mon Dec 13 2004 09:40:00

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.

FSB: Safer Blood, Fasterupdated: Wed Dec 01 2004 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: PhageTech BIOTECHupdated: Mon May 17 2004 00:01:00

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Hospital reports flesh-eating bacteria casesupdated: Mon May 03 2004 13:38:00

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.

Fortune: Biology's Bad Boy Is Back Craig Venter brought us the human genome. Now he aims to build a life form that will updated: Mon Mar 08 2004 00:01:00

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...

Dishing the dirt on office germsupdated: Mon Feb 09 2004 10:55:00

It's not just computer viruses that you should worry about at work.

Squid's 'flashlight' intrigues scientistsupdated: Sat Jan 10 2004 07:17:00

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.

Fortune: Bioplastic Fantastic Bugs that eat sugar and poop polymers could transform industry--and cut oil use too.updated: Mon Jul 21 2003 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: A Little Poison Can Be Good For You The received wisdom about toxins and radiation may be all wet.updated: Mon Jun 09 2003 00:01:00

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...

FSB: Oliver Peoples, Founder, Metabolix Inc., Cambridge, Mass. Making plastics by understanding--and harnessing--the updated: Sun Jun 01 2003 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: Germs Make The Man Your body is teeming with trillions of infectious microbes. That's a very good thing.updated: Mon Jan 20 2003 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: The Killer Bug A lethal new mutation of the wily staph bacterium is proving resistant to the best antibiotic in the drawer. Can updated: Mon Sep 30 2002 00:01:00

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.

Fortune: See This Goop? It Kills Anthrax And the tiny biotech startup that invented it has been thrust into a national updated: Mon Nov 12 2001 00:01:00

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 ...

Money Magazine: Germ Warfareupdated: Sun Oct 15 2000 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: Maybe We're Disinfecting Ourselves Too Much ANTIBACTERIAL EVERYTHINGupdated: Mon Oct 11 1999 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: THE NEW FIGHT AGAINST KILLER MICROBES Bacteria have developed scary resistance to antibiotics, spawning deadly infections doctorupdated: Mon Sep 05 1994 00:01:00

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...

Money Magazine: 3 Lily wants to help the animals who live in the sea. Biologistupdated: Thu Mar 11 1993 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE AIDS DRUG For the first time Burroughs Wellcome tells how it made crucial decisions on AZT that brought updated: Mon Nov 05 1990 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: AMERICA'S HOT YOUNG SCIENTISTSupdated: Mon Oct 08 1990 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: BEASTIE BUSINESSupdated: Mon Dec 04 1989 00:01:00

''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...

Fortune: ALL THEY CAN EATupdated: Mon Jan 30 1989 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: BRINGING BIOTECH DOWN TO EARTH Suddenly the hot companies that make wonder drugs face formidable competition in the race from reupdated: Mon Nov 07 1988 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: COMING: STAR WARS MEDICINE Monoclonal antibodies, derived from the body's immune system, not only speed diagnosis but also delivupdated: Mon Apr 27 1987 00:01:00

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,...

Fortune: MILKING BIOSCIENCE Monsanto hopes its hormone will cream the competition.updated: Mon Jul 07 1986 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: Setbacks for Biotechupdated: Mon Apr 28 1986 00:01:00

When Advanced Genetic Sciences, a tiny biotechnology company, got the first Environmental Protection Agency permit to test genetically engineered bacteria outdoors, environmentalists protested that...

Fortune: BACTERIA UNBOUND Protesters want to keep mutant microbes off the farm.updated: Mon Feb 17 1986 00:01:00

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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