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How Copper Could Save Hospital Patients' Lives

Surfaces made from the metal can kill dangerous germs

(Newser) - One in 25 patients in US hospitals gets a new infection at the facility, according to the federal health department, and the numbers are three times that in non-industrialized countries, a Chilean researcher tells NPR . Healthcare-acquired infections, as they're known, can lead to longer hospital stays, increased treatment costs,... More »

West Nile Outbreak Worst on Record

Death toll is now 92

(Newser) - Ninety-two people have been killed so far this year by the West Nile virus, and 2,118 have reported infections, making 2012 the worst year on record, according to health officials. The number of West Nile deaths spiked 25% over the past week alone, reports USA Today . Infected patients have... More »

America's Worst Airport for Spreading Disease Is ...

... New York's JFK, scientists say

(Newser) - Which US airport is most likely to spread an infectious disease during an epidemic? This won't surprise New Yorkers: It's JFK. But its top ranking has nothing to do with dirtiness, reports the New York Daily News . MIT scientists who analyzed 40 of the biggest US airports compared... More »

STDs: Open Relationships Safer Than Cheating

Sneaky hookups involve more booze and fewer condoms, says study

(Newser) - A cheating lover is more likely to pick up and spread an STD than a person in an open relationship, according to a new study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. The reason may be connected to drugs and booze, which are used 64% more in unfaithful hookups. This correlates... More »

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