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Amoebas in drinking water: An untreated threat to health

EPA recently announced they are moving forward, contrary to the policy of the Bush Administration, with setting standards for various toxics in drinking water. Unfortunately, attention is not being given to a serious health threat, amoebas in drinking water. Amoebas (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...

Antibiotics and vaccines can act as selection factors for bacteria

As noted in prior posts, almost anything has the potential to act as an evolutionary selection factor. [Yes, Virginia, there really is evolution.] A recent assessment that traces the history of a virulent strain of pneumonia-causing bacteria demonstrates that both antibiotics and vaccines can act as...

Some bacteria found on grocery store meat are resistant to antibiotics, often many antibiotics

Prior posts have noted the unfortunate tendency in much of the world, including the U.S., to over prescribed antibiotics (even for conditions in which antibiotics are of no use whatsoever [e.g., viral infections]), resulting in disease-causing organisms that are resistant to many (if not almost all)...

Can antibiotics interfere with the body's ability to fight viruses? Perhaps so.

Prior posts have noted that abuse and misuse of antibiotics in people and animals has lead to an increase in antibiotic resistant organisms, to the detriment of human health. Prior posts have also noted the importance of bacteria to human health and welfare (and that there are 10 bacteria in the human...

Armadillos may transmit leprosy

It has been long suspected, and more or less recently confirmed, that animals (particularly those that were domesticated thousands of years ago) are the source of many major human diseases, including diseases that ironically are no longer found in animals. See, for example, http://www.nature.com/nature...

Missouri: Reaction to Flu Vaccine Is a "Comp" Injury

A health-care worker who had a severe reaction to a flu shot in 2005 could collect worker’s compensation benefits even though the shot was not mandatory and not an “accident” as a matter of law. The employer did not require employees to have flu shots, but allowed employees to obtain...

Colony collapse disorder, has the answer finally been found? Possibly

Prior posts have discussed the various research done and theories put forth related to colony collapse disorder (see Colony Collapse Disorder for an overview). The range of potential causes includes pesticides, global warming, disease, and habitat destruction. The problem has been getting worse since...

Decimation of frog populations may result from fungus disease spread initially by the international amphibian trade

Prior posts have noted the decline in the frog population in California, among other locales worldwide. As with colony collapse disorder of honeybees, there have been numerous theses regarding the cause. Researchers now propose that the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatis ("Bd") is the cause...

Illinois: Claimant’s Self-Treatment of Foot Blister Does Not Break Chain of Causation

A claimant’s self-treatment in the form of lancing a blister on his foot with a sterilized needle was not an independent intervening act that would break the chain of causation between the work-related blister and a subsequent infection, held an Illinois appellate court, reversing a finding by...