Why you really get sick on planes – and how to prevent it

If you're about to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving, you're probably dreading the possibility that you'll catch a bug along the way. And with good reason: Many people come down with something nasty in the days following an airplane flight. Why does this happen, and how can you keep yourself from getting sick? » 11/26/13 11:05am 11/26/13 11:05am

At long last, MRSA seems to be on the decline

We've been hearing terrifying stories about MRSA for years. Ask anybody in the health care industry, and they'll tell you MRSA is a source of great trepidation. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is incredibly hard to kill, and thanks to its toughness against antibiotics, it tends to spread like wildfire in… » 7/05/12 3:20pm 7/05/12 3:20pm

Now you can replace your antibacterial soap with a plasma jet

There are some bacteria that are remarkably hard to clean off your body. A perfect example of this is the heat- and antibiotic-resistant Enterococcus faecalis — it's notoriously hard to expunge, and kills many hospital patients. Now a group of Chinese and Australian scientists have found a way to beat this bacteria… » 4/06/12 4:00pm 4/06/12 4:00pm

Why flying on planes can make you sick - and how to stop it

If you're about to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving, you're probably dreading the possibility that you'll catch a bug along the way. And you're not alone. Many people report coming down with something in the days following an airplane flight. It's not like we're all lining up to lick the lavatory handles — so why can't… » 11/23/11 9:24am 11/23/11 9:24am

How to use a hyperbaric chamber to treat flesh eating bacteria

Hyperbaric chambers are usually sleek cylinders with long observation windows. Inside there's a place to lie down, and often a mask that goes over the patient's face. Once the patient is inside, the chamber is sealed and filled up with pure oxygen. In fact, so much oxygen is pumped in that the hyperbaric chamber… » 4/18/11 7:00am 4/18/11 7:00am