June 1, 1995
Patty Zeitz's father nicknamed her "buffalo breath." Her brother warned visitors: "Don't go into Patty's room. There's a green cloud over her bed."Along with an estimated 25 million Americans, Ms. Zeitz was the victim of chronic halitosis, or bad breath. "It was hell," says the 24-year-old Philadelphia resident. "The first time my date kissed me was usually the last time."These days, Ms. Zeitz breathes easily. The nation's first halitosis clinic, opened in Philadelphia in 1993, cured her bad breath, she says.
May 16, 2012
The story of a 24-year-old Georgia graduate student fighting a flesh-eating disease has prompted a microbiologist with the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System to speak out about the infection. Aimee Copeland lost most of her left leg after the flesh-eating bacteria necrotizing faciitis is believed to have entered a cut on her leg, according to the Associated Press, which reports she may also have to have her fingers amputated. The waterborne bacteria Aeromonas hydrophila is believed to have caused the infection.
November 10, 2000
Health inspectors found no traces of the bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease at Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse, the city's health commissioner said yesterday. Dr. Peter L. Beilenson said that inspectors took samples throughout the building after the disease was diagnosed in a court employee two weeks ago, and that all test results were negative. "It should help to reassure staff members," Beilenson said. He said he was surprised that the courthouse tests were clean. Most institutions have traces of the bacteria somewhere, he said.
May 9, 1997
Human Genome Sciences Inc. announced yesterday that it has determined the genomic code of a bacteria that is the third leading cause of infection in hospitals.The Rockville genomics company said it hopes to strike research collaborations with other companies to develop antibiotics or other treatments to fight the bacteria, Enterococcus faecalis.The organism is normally found in the intestines, but increasingly is causing urinary tract, surgical wound and abdominal infections during hospitalization.
January 21, 1996
Everyone has one: a drain that never stays clear for long. Ours is the bathtub, and when the plumber came last time he talked us into a product called Bio-Clean, sold only through plumbers. Believe it or not, this is a jar of bacteria, grown in incubators, dried and mixed with "enzymes and other helpers." You put a tablespoon in a pint of water and pour it down the drain every night for five nights. The bacteria sit in your pipes, eat waste matter (here comes the important part if you have a teen-age daughter)
November 27, 2008
Anyone who's ever driven behind a truck hauling chickens knows to expect a powerful odor and even a few feathers in its wake. But poultry carriers also apparently trail an airborne plume of potentially harmful bacteria, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers. The results suggest that motorists and those who live along roads traveled by chicken trucks may be exposed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the researchers say. They urged further study and possibly changing transport methods in areas of intense poultry production such as the Delmarva Peninsula.