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Bacteria Risk: Unwashed Stethoscopes

Tools carry amount comparable to what's found on doctors' hands: study

(Newser) - A new study out of Geneva has a clear message for doctors: Time to be as careful about washing your stethoscope as you are about washing your hands. Researchers studied the amount of bacteria on stethoscopes' diaphragms—the piece that touches your skin—and the amount on doctors' hands, the... More »

Sensors Could Stop the Next Bridge Collapse

Wireless devices far smarter than humans with binoculars

(Newser) - New technology can diagnose bridge stress months before human investigators—currently armed with binoculars— could ever detect them. BusinessWeek compares the small wireless sensors to stethoscopes, as they’re capable of gauging vibration, temperature and corrosion beneath the paint. Testers ride trucks over the sensors and monitor signals, listening for... More »

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