Archive for December, 2009

Using disinfectants could cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics as well as the disinfectant itself, according to research published in the January 2010 issue of Microbiology. The findings could have important implications for how the spread of infection is managed in hospital settings. Researchers from the National University of Ireland in Galway found that […]

A sudden worldwide increase in an antibiotic-resistant bacterium linked to urinary tract infections (UTIs) is cause for concern, according to a review in f1000 Medicine Reports. Faculty of 1000 member Dr Johann Pitout, of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Calgary, urges the medical community to monitor the spread of a multi-drug […]

Over-the-counter pain relieving drugs have long been used to alleviate physical pain, while many other medications have been employed in the treatment of depression and anxiety. But is it possible that a common painkiller could serve double duty, easing not just the physical pains of sore joints and headaches, but also the pain of social […] – A timely study in the journal Human Factors suggests why texting while driving is riskier than talking on a cell phone or with another passenger. Human factors/ergonomics researchers at the University of Utah found that texters in a driving simulator had more crashes, responded more slowly to brake lights on cars in front […]

Given the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes worldwide in the past few decades, it is common to assume that something about our environment or diet is fueling this increase. As a matter of fact, dietary patterns are known to be closely linked to the development of type 2 diabetes. The increasing prevalence of type […]

Adding thirty minutes of daily physical activity / exercise should top your list of New Year’s resolutions for a healthier 2010, says Peter Brubaker, professor of health and exercise science at Wake Forest University. Regular daily exercise is the most important step toward a healthier lifestyle, Brubaker says. “People don’t realize you can get tremendous […]