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Those keypads are teeming with microbes. (Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP)

Dirty Money

ATMs Dispense Germs and Drugs with Cash We live in a dirty world. Wherever we go, we are among microbes. Bacteria, fungi and viruses live on our phones, bus seats, door handles and park benches. We pass these tiny organisms to each other when we share a handshake or a seat on the
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Americans develop more than 50 million cases of foodborne illnesses each year. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Food Poisioning

Foodborne Illness Is Often Avoidable Each year, Americans develop more than 50 million cases of foodborne illness. While some are caused by eating out, like the recent outbreak of more than 135 cases of norovirus at the Chipotle in Sterling, Va., others originate in home
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Anibiotics only work to kill bacteria, not viruses. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Miracle Drug?

Antibiotics Are Not Always the Answer The discovery of penicillin in 1928 was heralded as a medical miracle. As one of the first antibiotics, it could cure patients of potentially deadly bacterial illnesses, such as scarlet fever, typhoid and pneumonia. Unfortunately, overuse of
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