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Texas Woman’s Legs, Fingers Amputated After Dog Bite

Texas Woman’s Legs, Fingers Amputated After Dog Bite

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — A Texas woman is in the intensive care unit at an Austin hospital after doctors were forced to amputate her legs and fingers after a dog bite infected her with rare bacteria. Robin Sullins, a dog lover and mothe…

What Lives Inside Your Belly Button?

What Lives Inside Your Belly Button?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers have found that more than 2,000 different species of bacteria live in our umbilicus – the medical word for belly button.  That means you have more kinds of bacteria in your belly button than th…

Beagle Sniffs Out Bacterial Infection

Beagle Sniffs Out Bacterial Infection

Hemera/Thinkstock (file photo)(NEW YORK) — A 2-year-old beagle in the Netherlands has been trained to sniff out Clostridium difficile, a skill that could help doctors catch the deadly infection days before laboratory tests.Clostridium difficile infect…

Study Finds Most Pork Contaminated with Yersinia Bacteria

Study Finds Most Pork Contaminated with Yersinia Bacteria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A sample of raw pork products from supermarkets around the United States found that yersinia enterocolitica, a lesser-known food-borne pathogen, was present in 69 percent of the products tested, according to a study …

Investigation Finds High Rate of Food Poisoning Bacteria in Pork

Investigation Finds High Rate of Food Poisoning Bacteria in Pork

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Pork eaters beware: a new investigation has found high rates of a potentially harmful bacteria that can cause food poisoning, especially in kids.Consumer Reports tested 198 samples of meat from pork chops and ground …

The 10 Germiest Places in a Restaurant

The 10 Germiest Places in a Restaurant

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — While you’re feasting, where are the germs festering?To get the dirt on dining out, ABC News Consumer Correspondent Elisabeth Leamy went undercover at 10 restaurants in three states.  She took swab samples from …

Sewage, Bacteria, Gasoline Found in NYC Floodwater

Sewage, Bacteria, Gasoline Found in NYC Floodwater

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Water is everywhere in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – in basements, on the streets and in transit systems – but the one place it could be most dangerous is in your body.ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. …

Sewage, Bacteria, Gasoline Found in NYC Floodwater

Sewage, Bacteria, Gasoline Found in NYC Floodwater

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Water is everywhere in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – in basements, on the streets and in transit systems – but the one place it could be most dangerous is in your body.ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. …

Surgeons Report Progress Against Dangerous Hospital Infection

Surgeons Report Progress Against Dangerous Hospital Infection

Pixland/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Surgeons have found a new treatment that may help put a stubborn hospital-acquired infection on the run.Hospitalized patients are at risk for developing healthcare-related infections, and one of the most dreaded is Clos…

That Rose in Your Cheeks Could Be Bacteria

That Rose in Your Cheeks Could Be Bacteria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Rosacea can be annoying, embarrassing and even painful — and now new research shows it could be the result of a type of bacteria that rides into your face in the belly of a mite.A skin problem that causes reddening …

Is the Five-Second Rule Fact or Myth?

Is the Five-Second Rule Fact or Myth?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Myth-Busters are back at it Friday night, shattering one more widely held belief. Did you ever hear about the so-called “five-second rule?” It turns out the rule that says that food that is dropped on the floor is sa…

Sepsis: How Doctors Miss Signs of Dangerous Infection

Sepsis: How Doctors Miss Signs of Dangerous Infection

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A child gets a minor scrape while playing sports at school.  The child and parents ignore it, but the next day he is vomiting and has pain in his leg.  The parents take their child to the emergency room.Rem…

Aimee Copeland Leaves Hospital After Battling Flesh-Eating Disease

Aimee Copeland Leaves Hospital After Battling Flesh-Eating Disease

Tom Adkins/Capital City EMS(ATLANTA) — Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old Georgia grad student who lost her left leg, right foot and hands to flesh-eating disease, has left the Augusta hospital that saved her life. It’s been two months since Copeland cut…

Is the Makeup Counter Making You Sick?

Is the Makeup Counter Making You Sick?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Many women are drawn to the makeup counter by the allure, glamour and intrigue of achieving a new look.  But what else could you be putting on your face when you sample products from a store’s makeup count…

Men’s Offices Germier Than Women’s, Says Study

Men’s Offices Germier Than Women’s, Says Study

Ciaran Griffin/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Men’s offices harbor significantly more bacteria than women’s, according to a new study published in the online journal PLoS ONE.The types of bacteria are the same, and come mostly from the skin, nose,…

Another Case of Flesh-Eating Disease

Another Case of Flesh-Eating Disease

ABC News(ATLANTA) — A Georgia landscaper is battling a flesh-eating disease at the same Augusta hospital as Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old student who lost her leg to the deadly infection. Robert Vaughn, 32, contracted necrotizing fasciitis after cut…

New Report Says Fish Pedicures May Carry Dangerous Bacteria

New Report Says Fish Pedicures May Carry Dangerous Bacteria

Michael Temchine/For The Washington Post via Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The tiny toothless carp that nibble away dead, calloused skin from the feet of salon customers undergoing fish pedicures may carry bacteria responsible for a variety of dangerous ski…

Could a Virus Actually Power Your iPhone?

Could a Virus Actually Power Your iPhone?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Viruses might eventually be able to power the very phone, computer or tablet you’re reading this article on. And we’re not talking about those digital viruses or infestations — trojans, worms, and…

Girl’s Rare Flesh-Eating Disease Caused by Common Bacteria

Girl’s Rare Flesh-Eating Disease Caused by Common Bacteria

WSB/ABC News(NEW YORK) — The rare flesh-eating disease that claimed a Georgia woman’s leg and has her fighting for her life was caused by a common bacterium that thrives in warm climates and fresh water. Aimee Copeland, a 24-year-old master’s student …

FDA Warns of Infection Risks from Contaminated Ultrasound Gel

FDA Warns of Infection Risks from Contaminated Ultrasound Gel

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors, hospitals and clinics that contaminated ultrasound gel produced by a New Jersey company infected 16 cardiac patients and could pose serious risks to pregnant women an…

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