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Cows, people infected with new strain of MRSA
June 2nd, 2011
06:30 PM ET

Cows, people infected with new strain of MRSA

Scientists say a new strain of antibiotic-resistant staph has been identified in humans and fresh, unpasteurized cow's milk in Europe, although it's not known how widespread or virulent it is.  A bigger concern, according to their study, is that a newer test may miss this strain of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

"We're missing out on a whole chunk of the bacteria from our understanding of the epidemiology of MRSA," said Dr. Mark A. Holmes of the department of veterinary medicine at the University of Cambridge in England, and a study co-author.  "If we're going to continue the successful drive to reduce MRSA in hospitals and in communities we need to understand where it's coming from. We are not seeing the whole picture."

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Cases of E. coli from Europe now in U.S.
June 2nd, 2011
04:02 PM ET

Cases of E. coli from Europe now in U.S.

Three people in the United States likely have been stricken by the same strain of E. coli that’s killed 16 people in Europe, according to an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Samples from the patients are on their way to a CDC lab in Atlanta, Georgia, for testing, Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, told CNN. The patients have traveled recently to Germany, and all three have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially deadly kidney disease and a complication of E. coli infection.

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Coffee, pickled veggies also 'possibly' cause cancer
June 2nd, 2011
12:37 PM ET

Coffee, pickled veggies also 'possibly' cause cancer

As you continue to weigh the risks and benefits of using your cell phone, in light of the recent World Health Organization announcement that the phones may lead to cancer, consider how scared you are of pickled vegetables, gasoline and magenta dyes.

These are just some of the substances also lumped in the same group of "possible carcinogens," formally known as "group 2B carcinogens" on the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer's list of known, likely and maybe-likely suspects.

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June 2nd, 2011
12:22 PM ET

E. coli outbreak at a glance

A deadly outbreak of E. coli has killed 16 people and sickened more than 1,600 others across 10 European countries. The EU is now grappling with potential diplomatic fallout from the outbreak, as well as economic repercussions, as fingers are pointed on who is to blame and bans on vegetable imports are imposed. Here's a look at how the outbreak has developed.

WHAT IS E. COLI?

Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a bacteria found living in the intestines of people and animals. It can be transmitted through contaminated water or food - especially raw vegetables and undercooked meat.

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Dealing with bedroom boredom
June 2nd, 2011
08:12 AM ET

Dealing with bedroom boredom

Ian Kerner, a sexuality counselor and New York Times best-selling author, blogs about sex on Thursdays on The Chart. Read more from him at his website, GoodInBed.

In my experience as a sexuality counselor and founder of GoodinBed.com, roughly 25% of people are significantly bored in their relationships and another 25% are somewhat bored.

Of course it stands to reason that life can’t always be filled with fireworks and that a little bit of boredom every now and then is only to be expected. But what about when a general sense of malaise settles in - when you’re not necessarily unhappy in your relationship, but you’re not particularly excited either?

Relationship boredom may not be dramatic, but it can be dangerous if left unattended.
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