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Hey! You got a friend in Taenia solium. Hey! You got a friend in Taenia solium. Roberto J. Galindo

The top ten parasites that could be lurking in your food

Most people are fascinated, and probably equally repulsed, by parasites. And it may be something you think you only need to worry about if you go on holiday somewhere exotic. However, increasing globalisation…
Antibacterial products cost more and might contribute to bacterial resistance. Antibacterial products cost more and might contribute to bacterial resistance. Image from shutterstock.com

Health Check: should I use antibacterial hand sanitisers?

I should start by saying that an important part of my job is encouraging hospital staff to clean their hands. The World Health Organisation has a global patient safety campaign reminding us that Clean…
I wouldn’t do that if I were you. I wouldn’t do that if I were you. Runs with Scissors

Disgust stops us from doing things we shouldn’t

If you read about the record-breaking “fatberg” lurking under Kingston recently and reacted the same way as me - “Oh my God - a gob of fat in the London sewers as big as a bus - that’s disgusting!” - you’ll…
Good veterinary practices practice good hygiene - but you’d be surprised how few of them do. Good veterinary practices practice good hygiene - but you’d be surprised how few of them do. The National Guard

Why the low hygiene standards between vets and pets?

We all know hygiene is paramount in hospitals, necessary to protect patients and staff alike. But while medical staff usually wear protection when conducting examinations on infectious patients and hospitals…
Early exposure to siblings and dogs may help to train the developing immune system. Early exposure to siblings and dogs may help to train the developing immune system. Flickr/henry...

Infants with siblings and pets less likely to develop allergies

Having older siblings and a dog that lives in the home could reduce the likelihood of infants developing egg allergies, according to a new study published in the latest edition of the journal Allergy…
A toilet wall has more than meets the eye. A toilet wall has more than meets the eye. Flickr/ukslim

Women’s toilets in Australia: the writing is on the wall

La Trobe University’s Dr Jan Schapper recently completed a study into signage and writing on women’s toilets in Australia. The research, just published in the international journal, “Gender, Place and…
Water alone won’t kill germs – it’s the soap that counts. Water alone won’t kill germs – it’s the soap that counts. Flickr/CafeMama

Monday’s medical myth: you have to wash with hot water to kill bugs

Despite decades of medical breakthroughs and growing health budgets, the simple act of washing our hands remains one of the most important things we can do to protect ourselves from disease. The principle…

Research and News (1)

Cough and sneeze into elbows, not hands

NSW Health authorities should withdraw advertisements urging people to cover their coughs and sneezes with their hands and…

Research Briefs (6)

Reducing superbugs through hand hygiene

An educational initiative has improved hand hygiene practices among health care workers and reduced rates of antibiotic-resistant…