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States Argue Stricter Beach Contamination Warning Standards Are Unnecessary

AP | JOHN FLESHER | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal plan to lower thresholds for warning the public about contaminated beach water is drawing protests from state ...

7 Ways Your Health Is Like a River (And Why We Should Take Care of Both)

Willow Jarosh, MS, RD | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Willow Jarosh, MS, RD

As a registered dietitian who helps teach people to keep their bodies healthy, I couldn't help but see a striking resemblance between the delicate dance of human health and that of a river. It is a perspective that I think may help others be more mindful of how we treat our bodies, as well as our precious rivers.

WATCH: Bizarre Bacterial 'Swimming' Explained

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 06.25.2014 | Science

Bacteria are some of the simplest organisms, yet they are capable of surprisingly complex behavior. When Bacillus subtilis bacteria, a species normal...

David Freeman

LISTEN: How Our Obsession With Killing Bacteria Could Actually Be Killing Us

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 05.20.2014 | Science

Dr. Martin J. Blaser has one big theory about a lot of little things. The little things are microorganisms--the estimated 100-plus trillion bacter...

7 Ways Your House Is Making You Sick

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Andrea Atkins | Posted 04.29.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com It often starts when someone retires, says Jeff May. All of a sudden, the retiree is spending a lot more time in his ...

The Disgusting Truth About Your Toothbrush

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Beth Levine | Posted 04.21.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Your toothbrush looks innocent enough sitting on your bathroom sink. But before you put it in your mouth, consider th...

Show Your State Pride With... Bacteria?

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 04.03.2014 | Weird News

State legislators like to claim official symbols for nearly everything. There are state birds, state dinosaurs, even a state question (New Mexico's ...

Antibiotic Research and Development in the Age of Superbugs (Part 2)

Tim Fothergill, Ph.D. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim Fothergill, Ph.D.

Certainly more weapons in the form of antibiotics will be needed. At the same time, perhaps greater efforts should be made in diplomacy by taking advantage of our knowledge of the human microbiome, that has evolved to have as much interest in our continued survival as we do.

Antibiotic Research and Development in the Age of Superbugs (Part 1)

Tim Fothergill, Ph.D. | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim Fothergill, Ph.D.

The scale of what we stumbled into has since become increasingly apparent. Bacteria have been engaged in a microscopic chemical war for a lot longer than we have been walking the Earth.

Amanda L. Chan

You'll Want To Wash Your Hands Immediately After Reading This

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 02.06.2014 | Healthy Living

Germaphobes, maybe you're on to something. Sickness-causing bacteria and viruses can lurk on surfaces long after they're expelled in an infected p...

Jacqueline Howard

WATCH: Here's Why You're Not Who You Think You Are

HuffingtonPost.com | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.18.2014 | Science

Did you know that you're not just one living thing? No, you're actually an entire ecosystem of teeny tiny, creepy crawly, living microbes. They're all...

Gut Reaction: New Predictor of Cardiovascular Disease Trumps Cholesterol

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Recent research indicates that there is a third party in our relationship with food that dramatically influences a myriad of processes including digestion, energy extraction and metabolism. This is the bacterial population that colonizes our gut.

Will New FDA Guidelines Reduce Threat From Superbugs?

Tim Fothergill, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim Fothergill, Ph.D.

In January of this year the British Chief Medical Officer urged her government to add threat posed by superbugs to the official list of "Apocalypses to Worry About" along with catastrophic terrorist attacks and massive flooding. So what is it that has so many people so worried?

LOOK: The 10 Dirtiest Places In Your Home

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Ellen Breslau | Posted 12.22.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that the bathroom is the germiest place in the house. While the bathroom ...

Ten Tips for Maintaining Your Home Kitchen Like a Restaurant Kitchen

Emily Teel | Posted 02.05.2014 | Taste
Emily Teel

Home cooks can become better cooks by taking a few kitchen tips from the big leagues.

Antibacterial Products: More Harm Than Good

Kristin Wartman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Wartman

Make it a priority to avoid all antibacterial products -- including that antibacterial soap you thought would keep you and your kids from getting the flu. Good old fashioned soap and water works just fine.

He's Just Not That Into You: Why Humans Need to Get Over Themselves

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

With few deviations, religions declare that humans are separate from other animals, higher and better than other critters, unique in their relationship with the creator.

What Your Gut Bacteria Say About You

Posted 09.16.2013 | OWN

The 100 trillion microbes that live in your gut know -- and influence -- you from the inside out. So what can they tell you about yourself? Here's a t...

Genes, Germs and Girth

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The more we've learned about the importance of our resident microbes, the more we've learned about the need and opportunity to learn more. The process may be likened to climbing a hill, and then gaining a view of the higher hills and mountains beyond. There is a lot of climbing left to do.

The Obesity Plague and Antibiotics

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.05.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Can the growing obesity epidemic be linked to over-prescribed antibiotics? The Epidemic You don't have to look far to get a sense that many Americans ...

7 Ways Your Daily Life Is Absolutely Disgusting

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | Posted 08.30.2013 | Healthy Living

There's really no way to avoid it: Life is gross. Even the most mundane things about your everyday life are, if not necessarily dangerous (though some...

The Surprising Health Benefits Of Bacteria

Posted 07.15.2013 | OWN

By Sunny Sea Gold Long regarded as one big ewww, bacteria are finally getting their due thanks to new research that proves bugs within us h...

Tiny 'Forks' May Bring Huge Advance In Hospital Care

| Tim Wogan | Posted 07.01.2013 | Science

A patient admitted to a hospital with a serious bacterial infection may have only a few hours to live. Figuring out which antibiotic to administer, ...

If Your Vet Thinks Your Pet Needs Antibiotics, Ask Him to Do This First

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 08.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

The decision to use antibiotics should never be taken lightly. They should not be prescribed unless absolutely necessary. Aside from the ability of bacteria to mutate and develop resistance to antibiotics, these drugs also have side effects.

Horror in the Guest Room

Jeanne Martinet | Posted 08.12.2013 | Style
Jeanne Martinet

When my hostess wanted to know if I would mind sharing a room, I just assumed she meant with another human. "Be careful not to get too close to the b...