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Essential Science: Battling infections with bioelectricity

Is the answer to fighting pathogens connected with bioelectricity? Promising new research suggest this is possible by using drugs to changing electrical charge of cells. Studies have been performed in frogs.

Most contaminated places in the home identified

Philadelphia - There's been a lot of coverage about contamination in the environment and microbial risks in hospitals, but how about your home? Two new studies highlight the dirtiest places in the typical house.

Wood-based filter removes toxic dye from water

Scientists from the research institute Maryland NanoCenter have developed a wood-based filter, designed to remove toxic dyes from water.

Study finds Earth's 'pristine' groundwater at risk of pollution

Vienna - Contamination brought about by human activity is creating a looming threat to the planet's groundwater resources, warns researchers in a new study published on Tuesday.

Kids' hands can carry high levels of nicotine

Cincinnati - Many people who smoke tobacco try to avoid exposing children to the smoke and its array of carcinogens. Despite safe measures, many children are picking up residues, particularly nicotine, by direct contact with surfaces exposed to smoke.

Call for increased monitoring of U.S. drinking water

Washington - A call has been made for increased monitoring of U.S. drinking water supplies, specifically for chemical and microbial contaminants. The concern is with vulnerable people like pregnant women, infants and young children.

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.
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Demonstrating the need for good cleaning and disinfection using ultraviolet light to show how easy i...
Demonstrating the need for good cleaning and disinfection using ultraviolet light to show how easy it is to miss parts of a surface when cleaning.
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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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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Water contamination in Gaza.
Water contamination in Gaza.
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With limited trash and sewage services in this sprawling coastal metropolis of 6 million  tons of ga...
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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Nancy Lauer and Jennifer Harkness sample water and soil.
Nancy Lauer and Jennifer Harkness sample water and soil.
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Karen Rossington demonstrates how to effectively fit a mop head to a mop  in preparation for floor d...
Karen Rossington demonstrates how to effectively fit a mop head to a mop, in preparation for floor disinfection.
Athabasca River near Fort McMurray  Alberta.
Athabasca River near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
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Presenter Rachel Blount shows how ultraviolet light can be used to effectively screen surfaces for c...
Presenter Rachel Blount shows how ultraviolet light can be used to effectively screen surfaces for contamination.
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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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Heating-cooling systems used during cardiothoracic surgery may be contaminated with Mycobacterium chimaera.
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