Elephants Stomp Cancer, But Humans Unlikely to Benefit - A study of elephants finds these massive animals get cancer at a far lower rate than humans. Researchers also found the reason: they have an astronomical number of copies of a vital gene. The news is interesting, but is unlikely to do more for improving human health.
C. Diff. Can Be Controlled, With Relative Ease - Clostridium difficile is one of the many bacteria that inhabit our gastrointestinal tract. Normally, it is harmless. But when patients receive antibiotic therapy, especially in hospitals, it can overgrow and become life-threatening. Fortunately, a new study shows it can be controlled with a common-sense approach.
Antibiotic Resistance, On the Rise, Threatens Surgery Safety - The safety of surgical procedures was greatly enhance with the discovery of antibiotics which has allowed prophylactic antibiotics to protect against infections. But according to a new study, the continued growth of antibiotic resistance is threatening to make this practice ineffective.
Australian Government Comes Down Hard on Homeopath - Science wins a major victory in Australia! The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has levied a six-figure fine against a company for pushing a homeopathic vaccine for whooping cough. It is also a good reminder of how important this vaccine is.