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Nano device disinfects water using solar power

Washington - In many parts of the world there is limited access to clean water. Different devices exist to clean water but these are rarely portable. In a breakthrough, researchers have developed a nano-sized solar powered device.

Consumer Alert: Two companies recall beef due to E. coli O157:H7

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service has issued two notices of recalls of beef products from two separate companies Tuesday night. Both recalls involve possible contamination of the beef products with E. coli 0157:H7.

Op-Ed: Billions of gallons of oil-waste being dumped in Gulf of Mexico

While the spotlight has been on offshore oil drilling, fracking has been quietly going on behind our backs in the Gulf of Mexico. Over 1,200 permits were issued between 2010 and 2014, with billions of gallons of oil-waste water being dumped in the Gulf.

B. Braun settles tainted syringes lawsuit

The medical device manufacturer B. Braun has paid out $7.8 million to settle a U.S. criminal case in related to faulty syringes. The irony is the company did not make the syringes; however, its brand name was on them.

Review: Microbiologists from Europe discuss keeping medicines safe Special

Nottingham - This week the U.K.'s biggest conference dedicated to pharmaceutical microbiology took place in Nottingham. The key themes were risk assessment, coping with aging facilities, and addressing contamination issues.

Time to get clean on pharma pollution?

Most countries do not have any legal limits for the control of pollution from drugs during their manufacture, use and disposal. Some people are now calling for urgent action.

Contamination risks halt use of Silimed implants in UK

The sale of silicone implants manufactured by Brazil's Silimed has been halted in the UK because of safety concerns, British medical regulators and suppliers announced on Thursday.

Barber Foods recalls Chicken Kiev over Salmonella concerns

Portland - Portland, Maine-based Barber Foods is recalling 58,320 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed chicken breasts that may be contaminated with Salmonella enteritides.

Cracking down on recreation water infection

Bethesda - The weather’s getting hotter and many people like to play and swim in public pools. Sometimes these communal areas can be sites of contamination and infection. The CDC has offered new advice.

Fishing boats finds WW2 mustard gas bomb in catch

Danish fishermen fishing around the island of Bornholm, south of Sweden, found a dangerous mustard gas bomb among their catch after trawling the hazardous region of the Baltic Sea.

Keeping medicines microbe-free Special

Nottingham - This week some of Europe's leading microbiologists gathered in Nottingham (U.K.) for the Pharmaceutical Microbiology Interest Group (Pharmig) annual conference. One of the key themes was keeping medicines safe from harmful microorganisms.

Leading pharmacists debate hospital infections Special

Warwick - This week the leading pharmacists in the U.K. congregated in Warwick for the NHS QA Symposium. A number of measures to protect patients from infection were discussed, and Digital Journal was in attendance.

Viruses spread easily from a single doorknob

Phoenix - Scientists have used special tracer viruses to show that contamination of just a single doorknob can leads to the spread of viruses throughout an entire office building. The idea was to see how easily something unpleasant like norovirus spreads.

NECC pharmacist arrested at Logan Airport

Framingham - The pharmacist who oversaw the sterile compounding at NECC was arrested at Logan Airport as he was about to board a plane for Hong Kong. He is charged with knowingly releasing a contaminated steroid product which caused fifteen deaths.

CDC bird flu contamination caused by man rushing to a meeting

Atlanta - New evidence suggests that a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientist who accidentally leaked H5N1 into a benign strain of avian influenza may have been rushing off to a meeting.

U.S. firm recalls chicken nugget product

Atlanta - A Gainesville, Georgia establishment in the U.S. is recalling approximately 15,306 pounds of a frozen, fully cooked chicken nugget product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials.

U.K. pledges to lead antimicrobial resistance fight

London - Newly anointed British Science Minister Greg Clark has announced a new 'war cabinet' of the UK's seven research councils to lead the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

Risks from hospital visits rise across Europe

The safety of patients receiving healthcare, including the probability of contracting healthcare-associated infections, is a serious concern for the European Union and numbers of cases are rising according to a new report.

Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project controversy rages on Special

Calgary - The long awaited Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project was approved on June 17th by Prime Minister Stephen Harper amid controversy and objection by First Nations groups, environmentalists, concerned Canadians and the political opposition parties.

Op-Ed: ACFN lawyer Larry Innes discusses oilsands expansion and more Special

Calgary - This is an interview with Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s lawyer Larry Innes about Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project approval, the Jackpine mine consent, First Nations’ land and water rights, regulatory protection, a vision for Canada and more.

Salmonella-contaminated peppercorns withdrawn

Frontier Natural Products Co-op is voluntarily recalling several of its products manufactured with organic black peppercorns due to potential Salmonella contamination.

FDA finds contaminated drugs at pharma plant

The FDA has found that a drug ingredient manufactured at a GlaxoSmithKline Plc plant in Ireland was contaminated and says the company did not take sufficient action to resolve the problems.

Today is Rare Disease Day

Today, Feb 28, is the seventh Rare Disease Day. Rare Disease Day is an annual, awareness-raising event coordinated by EURORDIS at the international level and by National Alliances and Patient Organisations at the national level.

Serious Listeria outbreak in the U.S.

Delaware - One person has died and three newborns have become ill in an outbreak of listeria linked to Hispanic-style cheese. Roos Foods, is recalling several varieties of its cheeses because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria.

Two major Salmonella outbreaks in the U.S.

Updates concerning major Salmonella outbreaks have been reported in the U.S. this week. These are linked to Tyson brand mechanically separated chicken and Foster Farms brand chicken.

Many hospital water taps contaminated with pathogens Special

A study into hospital hygiene has found higher levels of infectious pathogens in water from faucet taps with aerators compared to water from deeper in the plumbing system. This means that poor practices are causing contamination around the taps.

Biodiversity loss can lead to toxin build up in soil

A new study suggests that a moderate loss of less than 5 percent of soil microbes may compromise some key ecosystem functions and could lead to lower degradation of toxins in the environment.

Op-Ed: Ecojustice lawyer Barry Robinson on Joint Review Panel outcome Special

Calgary - This is an Interview with Ecojustice lawyer Barry Robinson about the Joint Review Panel outcome and more. Barry acted as legal counsel to three environmental groups in the Joint Review Panel hearings into the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.

The risks of inauthentic herbals

DNA bar coding studies have revealed that herbal products are often contaminated or contain alternative compounds and fillers. This means that consumers do not always get what they pay for, and that some "remedies" can actually cause harm.

Mercury contamination to last 10,000 years in SF

San Francisco - Alarming figures suggest that that toxic remnants of the infamous gold rush will seep into San Francisco area waterways for millennia.
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Water contamination in Gaza.
Water contamination in Gaza.
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DOWNTOWN: A view of downtown Flint  Michigan  is seen in this photo taken from the Flint River.
DOWNTOWN: A view of downtown Flint, Michigan, is seen in this photo taken from the Flint River.
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Australian and PNG doctors and nurses performing surgery in Operation Open Heart. Port Moresby General Hospital, Papua New Guinea.
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Nancy Lauer and Jennifer Harkness sample water and soil.
Nancy Lauer and Jennifer Harkness sample water and soil.
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Raw milk can be contaminated with pathogens that will make you ill.
Raw milk can be contaminated with pathogens that will make you ill.
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Heating-cooling systems used during cardiothoracic surgery may be contaminated with Mycobacterium chimaera.
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Athabasca River near Fort McMurray  Alberta.
Athabasca River near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
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With limited trash and sewage services in this sprawling coastal metropolis of 6 million, tons of garbage and raw sewage flow daily from sludge-filled rivers into the bay, where the Olympic sailing and wind surfing events are to be held.
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