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Novel Technique Restores Michelangelo's Gleam

Team in Italy unleashes microbes to eat away grime on marble

(Newser) - Sometimes, art restorations do not go well . Not well at all . But in Florence, Italy, a team of historians, art restorers, and, crucially, scientists appears to have pulled off the feat in impressive fashion, writes Jason Horowitz in the New York Times . The restoration involved marble statues carved by none...

In This Nation, a 'Fearsome Intruder' Is Surging

Australia slammed with a spike of flesh-eating Buruli ulcers

(Newser) - Australia has been hit with a spike of what the New York Times calls a "fearsome intruder," though it's not a new one. Stretching back as far as the 1940s, cases of Buruli ulcer —an infectious disease caused by the flesh-devouring Mycobacterium ulcerans bacterium, typically found...

Scientists Unravel Mystery Ailment of Bald Eagles
Scientists Unravel Mystery
Ailment of Bald Eagles
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Scientists Unravel Mystery Ailment of Bald Eagles

New study attributes deaths to toxin triggered by bromide

(Newser) - For the last 25 years, a mysterious ailment has been killing bald eagles in the US and leaving them with holes in their brains. Researchers identified vacuolar myelinopathy (VM), a deadly condition that brings on paralysis, blindness, and seizures in bald eagles and their prey, including fish, turtles, snakes, and...

Chimps have Been Dying. Now We May Know Why

A bacterium may be the culprit

(Newser) - Researchers have identified a bacterium that they believe is responsible for a “new and always fatal” illness that has been killing chimpanzees in Sierra Leone, USA Today reports. The disease—Epizootic Neurologic and Gastroenteric Syndrome, or ENGS—has killed at least 53 chimps at the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, per...

Cause of Mass Elephant Die-Off Is Revealed
Cause of Mass Elephant
Die-Off Is Revealed
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Cause of Mass Elephant Die-Off Is Revealed

Botswana blames bacteria in water holes, not poaching

(Newser) - Researchers were baffled when elephants began dropping like flies in the African nation of Botswana earlier this year. Now, government researchers say they've figured out what happened, and it doesn't involve poachers. Instead, they say a naturally occurring bacteria in watering holes is the culprit, reports the BBC...

Mystery Salmonella Outbreak Hits 23 States

Health officials are struggling to find the source

(Newser) - A salmonella outbreak of no known origin has struck nearly two dozen states and hospitalized 31 people, USA Today reports. The CDC said on Friday that 212 cases have emerged in 23 states, with 8 new states listed since Tuesday. While bacterial outbreaks are often linked to a food source,...

Distraught Parents Sue Hospital Over Baby's Death

Abel Cepeda died at just 6 days old, parents say his death could have been prevented

(Newser) - Two babies had already died of a bacterial infection at Pennsylvania's Geisinger Medical Center before Abel Cepeda was born—and yet, his parents say in a lawsuit against the hospital, precautions that could have saved their baby's life were not taken. Instead, Abel spent his first—and last—...

Hospital Warns of Waterborne Bacteria After 3 Infants Die

5 babies have recovered or are recovering at Pennsylvania's Geisinger Medical Center

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania hospital is turning away premature babies after three contracted pseudomonas infection and died. Eight premature babies, all born at less than 27 weeks of gestation, fell ill at Danville's Geisinger Medical Center as a result of the waterborne bacteria discovered in July, reports CNN . Four were "...

She Fell Asleep on Her Sofa, Woke Up With No Arms, Legs

Ohio woman contracted serious infection believed to have come from dog lick

(Newser) - A small cut on an Ohio woman's arm and a friendly lick from her dog led to what a GoFundMe campaign calls a "perfect storm"—and to the amputation of all her limbs. Stark County salon owner Marie Trainer's ordeal began May 10, when WJW reports...

Student Ignored Her Sore Throat. 2 Weeks Later, She Was Dead

Kansas State's Samantha Scott thought she had tonsillitis, died of a rare bacterial infection

(Newser) - A top rower for Kansas State University hadn't been feeling well and suspected she had tonsillitis. But Samantha Scott put off getting medical treatment for too long, and by the time she went to the hospital two weeks later, it was too late, per People : The 23-year-old architectural engineering...

Scientists Make 'Critical' Find on Honeybees, Herbicide

Glyphosate, used in Monsanto's Roundup, may kill off insects' essential gut bacteria

(Newser) - Animals don't seem to be harmed by the world's most widely used weedkiller, but bees apparently don't fall under that protective umbrella. "This is really critical," one entomologist tells Science of a new study showing the digestive system of honeybees (and possibly other bees as...

100-Plus People Infected by Pet-Store Puppies: CDC

Agency links antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter infections to pet-store pooches

(Newser) - Eighteen states, more than 100 people sick, 26 hospitalizations—and an unknown number of puppies as the likely infection-spreaders. That's the word out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has tied contact with puppies at six pet-store companies to the outbreak of human diarrheal infections from...

He Ate a Bad Oyster, Died 2 Days Later

Saltwater bacteria Vibrio vulnificus claims life in Florida

(Newser) - A man dined on oyster at an unnamed restaurant in Florida's Sarasota County, only to die two days later from a deadly bacteria. The 71-year-old died July 10 from a bacterial infection caused by the bacteria Vibrio vulnificus, reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel . Though such infections are rare—only...

STD You May Not Have Heard of Could Be Next Superbug

Mycoplasma genitalium can develop resistance to antibiotics if not treated properly

(Newser) - A little-known sexually transmitted disease carries the potential to become the next superbug. Per the BBC , health officials in the UK have set new guidelines regarding the bacterial infection Mycoplasma genitalium, or MG, out of fear improper treatment could lead to antibiotic resistance. Huffington Post UK reports the British Association...

Teen Went to Sleep on a School Trip. She Never Woke Up

16-year-old Sara Manitoski died from toxic shock syndrome in March 2017, coroner finds

(Newser) - An overnight school trip last year turned tragic for a Canadian teen, and now a coroner has confirmed why. People reports 16-year-old Sara Manitoski, who was found unresponsive in her cabin bed after friends came back from breakfast, died of toxic shock syndrome, with the coroner's conclusion based on...

Tainted Water Blamed for Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

Romaine lettuce outbreak is over, feds say

(Newser) - The worst E. coli outbreak in the US since 2006 is over, with five people dead and more than 200 sickened by tainted romaine lettuce, federal authorities say. The outbreak, which affected people in 36 states and caused at least 96 hospitalizations, was traced to the Yuma region in western...

Your Kitchen Towel Is Grosser Than You Know
Kitchen Towels
Dirtier Than You Think
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Kitchen Towels Dirtier Than You Think

Study finds that bacteria is common

(Newser) - There's a decent chance your kitchen towels are hiding bacteria linked to food poisoning and other infections, according to a new study , though some are urging caution before tossing those towels in the trash. The finding is based on a University of Mauritius study of 100 kitchen towels used...

By This New Measure, Plants Rule the Earth
By This New Measure,
Plants Rule the Earth
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By This New Measure, Plants Rule the Earth

They outweigh all other life on the planet, by a mile

(Newser) - A first-of-its-kind study reveals that humans make up a minuscule portion of life on the planet. As in 0.01%, reports the Guardian . The flip side of that? Despite the scant figure, humans have reshaped the animal kingdom, helping wipe out about 83% of mammals and half of all plants...

Bathroom Hand Dryers Spew Fecal Matter
Bathroom
Hand Dryers
Spew Pretty
Nasty Thing
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Bathroom Hand Dryers Spew Pretty Nasty Thing

Poo bacteria gets 'aerosolized' in bathrooms: study author

(Newser) - Hand dryers are great environmentally friendly inventions, right? That's the word, but a new study by University of Connecticut scientists finds they spread fecal matter onto people's hands, CNET reports. "The more air ya move? The more bacteria stick," study author Peter Setlow tells Business Insider...

CDC: 'Nightmare' Superbugs Are Here

Hunt found more than 200 cases of antibiotic-resistant bacteria last year

(Newser) - "Nightmare bacteria" with unusual resistance to antibiotics of last resort were found more than 200 times in the US last year in a first-of-a-kind hunt to see how much of a threat these rare cases have become. That's more than health officials expected to find, and the true...

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