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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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Doctors say it is safe to cuddle with your pet when you're sick if it makes you feel better. Pet's can't catch human diseases or transmit anything to you. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Puppy Love

It’s Safe to Cuddle with Pets When Sick This winter, when you are home sick with the cold or flu, cuddling with your dog or cat may feel like just what the doctor ordered. A Vanderbilt infectious disease expert, while stopping short of actually prescribing in-home “pet
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Your cell phone is likely dirtier than your toilet seat. (Photo: iStock/Mashable)

Ick!

Are Cellphones Really Covered in Germs? A quick Google search for “mobile device” and “germs” lists pages of reports about how your smart phone is likely dirtier than a toilet seat and how you’d be terrified if you knew all the germs and bacteria it collects in a single da
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