Bacteria and you (a healthy rant)

Mike the Mad Biologist writes, in his blog: During the last week, I’ve come across a couple sensationalist article about E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus being found on common surfaces. Here’s one article about shopping carts and E. coli… And here’s an article about Staphylococcus aureus (those S. aureus resistant to methicillin–and often other antibiotics–are […]

Lee Loveless: Vampire video for tooth care

The perhaps misleadingly-named Lee Loveless [pictured here] works for the UK’s National Health Service [NHS) in the city of Portsmouth. Loveless appears, in words only, in a BBC news report: Vampire video aims to help improve Portsmouth’s teeth A viral vampire video is at the centre of a new dental health campaign in Portsmouth. Inspired […]

Improbable Research Collection #128: The 2009 Ig Nobel Prize for Public Health

At the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, Public Health Prize winner Dr. Elena Bodnar demonstrates her invention – a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander. She is assisted by Nobel laureates […]

Kissing and the Common Cold?

Valentine’s Day always brings the question “Can you catch a cold by kissing?” A 1984 experiment gave this answer: “Casual social encounters or kisses between infected and susceptible individuals are probably unlikely to result in the transmission of rhinoviruses.” Here’s kissing data from the experiment. The citation and further quotations appear below it.