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Sunday, June 1, 2014

6/1/14 Health News: MRSA: Hospital Superbug 'Shared with pets' ♦ Placenta Home to Diverse Bacteria That May Affect Newborn

MRSA: Hospital Superbug 'Shared with pets'
Pets can harbour the hospital superbug MRSA and it can pass between pets and their owners, research suggests. Cats and dogs have the same strain of the bacterium as people, genetic tests show. MRSA may spread between animals at veterinary clinics in a similar way to hospital infections, according to scientists at Cambridge University.Source:Continue Reading
Placenta Home to Diverse Bacteria That May Affect Newborn

The placenta that nourishes the fetus isn’t the sterile environment it was once thought to be, according to a study that finds the organ contains a diverse community of bacteria that affect a newborn’s health. The study of 320 placentas, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, suggests the varied colony of bacteria may influence the pregnancy as well. Continue Reading

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