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April 2016

Infection control is a must at the gym

Equipment at the gym can be a lot dirtier than other everyday items. Exercise bikes had an average of 39 times more bacteria than a cafeteria tray. Treadmills contained about 74 times more germs than a public bathroom sink. And this finding will have you running for the hand sanitizer: Free weights were found to…

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Infectious Disease and drug-resistant bacteria

Penicillin changed everything. Infections that had previously killed were suddenly quickly curable. Yet as Maryn McKenna shares in this sobering talk, we’ve squandered the advantages afforded us by that and later antibiotics. Drug-resistant bacteria mean we’re entering a post-antibiotic world — and it won’t be pretty. There are, however, things we can do … if…

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