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Zoonoses: Diseases Passed From Animals To Humans

Zoonoses are diseases passed from animals to humans. The most recent high-profile example is swine flu. There are several dozen such diseases that affect humans. The Centers For Disease Control says:
Microbiologic infections acquired from animals, known as zoonoses, pose a risk to public health. An estimated 60% of emerging human pathogens are zoonotic. [...]

Disinfectants: Bacteria Adapt

Dr. Gerard Fleming is the lead researcher on a new study of the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Dr. Fleming works from the National University of Ireland in Galway in the department of microbiology.
The research suggests that some bacteria eat disinfectants. The study looked at Pseudomonas aeruginosa which is responsible for infections in people [...]

Biggest Health Threat: Global Warming

Human induced climate change is “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century,” according to a group of experts.
“This is a bad diagnosis not just for children in different lands. It’s for our children and grandchildren,” Anthony Costello, a professor of international child health and director of the Institute for Global Health at University [...]

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